Frequently Asked Questions
Interested faculty must contact their Department Chair/Lead Staff. Respective units will conduct the search and hiring of qualified faculty to teach an online course. For more information on teaching with FIU Online, please click here.
For information on teaching with FIU Online, please click here.
For information on teaching with FIU Online, please click here. In addition, FIU Online is continuously offering hands on training for Faculty who are teaching, or interested in teaching fully online courses. To learn more about these trainings and register please click here.
Please visit our faculty site prior to your first development meeting with your Instructional Designer.
Increase knowledge about eLearning, Technologies, Teaching Philosophies, Best Practices, Assessments, and Assignments to improve your online teaching.
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Although similar materials can be used the online learning process differs greatly from face to face instruction. It requires that both the instructor and students take active participation throughout the length of the course. The instructor at times will play the role of a facilitator overseeing and directing students in achieving the learning objectives for the course. FIU Online offers a training program to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in the online classroom.
A course is considered online when at least 80% of the class meetings that would be held for a standard classroom course are replaced by online activities. For example, the fall semester has 16 class meetings, therefore you will only be allowed up to 3 class sessions on campus.
All textbook orders for online courses should be made by the professor to their respective departments. FIU Online is not responsible for placing textbook orders.
Yes. Please make sure to obtain the instructor's written permission. We are unable to copy another instructor's resources without their written consent.
FIU Online hosts fully online courses while UTS (which is an entirely separate department) assists Faculty with their web-assisted courses. For more information on teaching with FIU Online, please click here.
Contact your assigned Instructional Designer and/or Support Services.
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Please contact FIU Online Support Services.
The streaming server mitigates technical difficulties and improves the viewing capabilities of the video. Another reason why video and audio files which tend to be large should not be uploaded into a course is due to course size restrictions.
For tutorials & help with on the use of Adobe Connect, please click here.
Instructional Designers do not have access to UTS hosted web-assisted courses.
Your Instructional Designer, or Support Services who are available during extended hours and on weekends.
Please contact your College's assigned Program Manager or contact Support Services.
Faculty are limited to teaching 200 students (4 sections of 50) per semester or 400 students per year. This only applies to overload-extra state compensation workload appointments. Adjuncts have no cap restrictions.
Please refer to our Student Proctored Exam Instructions.
Instructors should log into their online courses 2-3 times per day and should take the necessary time to address student inquiries and work on evaluation and feedback. Student inquiries should be answered within 24-48 hours.
Students from multiple sections of the same course taught by the same instructor will be added together for payment purposes and students from different courses taught by the same instructor will not be added together for payment purposes.
FIU Online provides each respective Department Chair with professor evaluation results approximately three weeks after the end of each semester. Instructor should then contact their Department Chair or refer to CBASYS.
Students, Professors, Support Services members, Instructional Designers, Course Developer, FIU Online Administrators, and individuals who you have been given permission to assist you in the design and development of the course.
Final grades for students should be posted in the LMS grade book, but must be entered into student records by the instructor through the PantherSoft system. If you have trouble accessing or posting grades into PS, please contact UTS at 305.348.2284 or click here.
Students have access to their online course(s) for 7 days after the last day of classes. Professors will have access to their online course(s) that have taken place during the current and last 2 terms; so you will have access to Fall, Spring, and Summer courses.
Course grades are to be posted by the deadlines on the Academic Calendar.
Instructional Designers only have access to fully online courses hosted by FIU Online.
This is handled on a case by case basis. Typically, courses are developed during the semester prior to the course offering.
We have a few ways in which group work can be handled in your online course. Your Instructional Designer can share the tools we commonly use. It is highly recommended that you incorporate the use of collaboration tools such as Adobe Connect for group work. Please visit our Adobe Connect page for more information.
Yes. And not only can you show them, you can make them and have your students make them, too. If you have an existing video (for example VHS) that you would like to use in an online course, we can digitize that and put it in a format for streaming online. Just as in a face-to-face course, there are special rights (as outlined in the TEACH Act and through fair use guidelines, for example) for the use of video in an online educational setting. We recommend using smaller clips and integrating video into the curriculum (for example making specific activities for students based on viewing short to medium size clips), both as an instructional strategy and as a way to honor the copyrights of both content creators and users in the spirit of sharing and spreading knowledge. Additionally, there are many tools that allow instructors to integrate video right in their courses, whether it be from YouTube, NBC Archives, or other video depositories. FIU Online also has many tools that can help faculty to create instructional videos, and there are also tools that will allow students to upload video assignments and interact with video as well. Instructional designers at FIU Online will be happy to work with faculty to integrate various video options into their courses.
The amount (duration) of time depends on the level of difficulty per question; for example one minute per question if 1 minute is reasonable to answer the specific question. The availability period typically ranges from 1 day to 7 days. Consider your audience, their responsibilities, as well as the specific assessment type (quiz vs. exam).
There are a few ways to circumvent academic misconduct in your online course. Your Instructional Designer can recommend our best practices.
Please contact your Instructional Designer for suggestions and recommendations or visit our faculty website.
Please contact FIU Online Support Services.
For information regarding accommodations for students with disabilities, please click here.
Students will gain access within 24 hours of registration.
The student can't resubmit and we cannot reset the submission for him/her. The student needs to e-mail you (the professor) his/her paper and you will have to manually submit it for the student through Turnitin.
FIU Online only provides support for content created and hosted by FIU Online.