Phase 2 - Online By Design Course Mode of Delivery Changes

During Phase 2 of Fall 2021 Undergraduate Curriculum Review, units will have the opportunity to identify courses (along with faculty instructors/ coordinators) where there is interest in pursuing a permanent change to delivery mode from in person to online by design through CM. Course delivery mode changes are considered canonical to the course and constitute a change to nature of the course. As such, the introduction of permanent online courses require the review of UTM's Divisional Undergraduate Curriculum Committees and final approval from UTM's Academic Affairs Committee (UTM).

Below is a summary of course mode of delivery definitions, characteristics, and governance pathway to assist Departmental Curriculum Committees as they consider these permanent delivery mode change proposals at the unit level. In addition, a step-by-step guide for administrators on how to identify these courses in the Curriculum Management (CM) system is available below.

Please note that at this time, the Program & Curriculum Unit is not accepting propospals to change a course to hybrid delivery mode. The definition and governance pathway for hybrid courses are still under discussion. More information on hybrid courses will be communicated to all Divisional Curriculum Committee members once available. Additionally, the approval of numerous courses to fully online may change a program(s) mode of delivery, resulting in a major modification to an existing program.

Once all courses have been identified in CM (by the July 30th deadline), the Program & Curriculum Unit will be reaching out to units, as appropriate, to request necessary additional proposal details. Departmental Curriculum Committees should be prepared to speak to the pedagogical benefit for students and programs, demonstrate alignment to their curriculum maps, and confirm unit-level commitment to provide support and resources for online delivery. For units proposing a change in delivery mode that is either (1) in-person or online by design (i.e. may be delivered in-person one term but then fully online in another, with or without a change of instructor); or (2) the addition of an online section(s) (whether synchronous or asynchronous) to an in person course, additional information that specifically speaks to the benefit and curriculum alignment of offering and maintaining both approaches will be required. Please make sure to identify any courses that might fit this dual status in CM during Phase 2 (July 12th - July 30th).

 


TIMELINE  

Units to propose changes to course mode of delivery on the Curriculum Management (CM) system

July 12th, 2021 to        July 30th, 2021.
Office of the Dean to review and provide initial guidance to units on next steps August 2021 or early Fall 2021.

 

RESOURCES:

Summary of Course Mode of Delivery Definitions, Characteristics & Governance Pathway

Offering & Definition Instruction Assessment UTM Approval Pathway
An in-person course is one in which both the instructor and the student are in the same physical location at the same time for most or all of the teaching and learning involved in the course components, usually on campus. While online components may be included as part of the course design, they do not constitute the majority of academic activities. At UTM, courses where less than one-third of the scheduled class time is replaced with online activities are considered ‘in-person’.
In-person at campus or other location. (Could have online components.)
In-person at campus or other location. (Could have online components.)
In-person courses require initial approval through a minor modification under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) when first created. Final approval rests with the Faculty/divisional council or delegated governance body.
An online course is designed such that all of the instructional interaction occurs without the student and instructor being in the same physical location.
Instruction may be done via synchronous or asynchronous web‐based learning technologies including, for example, online instruction, webcasts, videos, discussion forums, collaborative tools, self-directed learning modules, etc.
Assessments for online courses are conducted or submitted online, with the possible exception of final or interim assessment requiring attendance on campus no more than once per session.
Online courses require initial approval through a minor modification under the UTQAP when first created. Final approval rests with the Faculty/divisional council or delegated governance body.

If an existing in-person course is converted to an online course, this is done through a minor modification. Final approval rests with the Faculty/divisional council or delegated governance body. Approval is required because the change to online mode of delivery is considered a canonical change to the nature of the course. The proposal will include an academic rationale for the change in mode of delivery and a clear commitment to resourcing the offering.

If an online section is being added to a regular course, whether offered in a synchronous or asynchronous manner, this is approved through a minor modification. Final approval rests with the Faculty/divisional council or delegated governance body. Students are registered in separate sections of one course. Approval is required because the change to online mode of delivery is considered a canonical change to the nature of the course. The proposal will include an academic rationale for the additional mode of delivery and a clear commitment to resourcing the offering.
 
If a course is being proposed to be offered either online (synchronous or asynchronous) or in person (e.g. online one term, then in person the next), this is approved through a minor modification.

 

Using the Curriculum Management System: How to Propose a Permanent Mode of Delivery Course Change in CM (PDF)

Propose a Permanent Mode of Delivery Change

A step-by-step guide for administrators on how to identify course delivery mode changes in CM.

 

Contacts

Lori Innes
Program & Curriculum Assistant
lori.innes@utoronto.ca

Yen Du
Manager, Academic Programs, Reviews & Quality Assurance
yen.du@utoronto.ca