Blended Learning Programs for Faculty

NAU currently offers two funded programs for faculty who want to design and teach blended courses:

Only courses currently taught in person at the Flagstaff Campus are eligible for these programs. Fully online courses are not eligible to be converted to blended courses. Courses taught only through Extended Campuses are not eligible.

Comparison of the two programs

CriteriaPresident's Technology Initiative, Round 4 Blended Learning Initiative, Round 1
Courses targeted100- and 200-level high-enrollment coursesUpper-division undergraduate courses or lower-enrollment lower-division courses
Reduction of seat timeRequiredRequired
When pilot course must be taughtFall 2014Fall 2014
Funding available for lead course developers$6,000Up to $5,000, depending on potential for increased efficiency and effectiveness
Funding available for technologyVariableVariable to a maximum of $10,000
Supplemental funding available for departmentUp to $30,000 annual budget supplement, depending on course outcomes and other factorsNone
Desired course characteristics

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that lead to these outcomes:

  • "flipped" classes, in which a portion of conventional seat time is replaced by online or out-of-class activities
  • classes structured in a way that makes more efficient use of classroom time and space
  • improved student learning
  • improved student success evidenced by course completion and retention
  • more efficient use of university resources in ways that lead to cost savings or time savings (that is, lower cost per student)
  • increased capacity to serve students

 

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that lead to as many as possible of the following outcomes:

  • greater student engagement
  • increased student learning
  • improved student success evidenced by course completion and retention
  • reallocation of faculty time toward high-value activities such as research or intensive interaction with students
  • differentiated instructional roles, which allow collaborative faculty members to contribute their greatest strengths to courses
Cross-section collaboration & coordinationAll instructors of all Flagstaff Mountain Campus sections of the course must agree to teach in a blended format after the pilot course has been taughtAll instructors of all Flagstaff Mountain Campus sections of the course must agree to teach in a blended format after the pilot course has been taught. Exceptions may be made for demonstration projects that have potential to have a positive impact on the department's future course redesign strategies.