The meeting was called to order by Chair Senger at approximately 8:55 a.m. April 30, 2009 room 126 Wing.
Members present: Czerwinski, Glass, Senger, Poulton, Kastantin, Gendreau, Seebach, Sudhakaran. (Yu was excused due to class meeting conflict. Yu submitted questions on the Dosimetry Program Proposal via email).
Guests present: Nishele Lenards, Medical Dosimetry Program and Peggy Denton, Chair Health Professions.
Minutes APC meeting April 9 and April 23, 2009 were reviewed. MSP to approve both minutes as drafted.
Nishele Lenards presented a summary of the Medical Dosimetry Masters Program Proposal. The program is entirely on-line. The program is operated as a self-sustaining cost center. On-line course fees have been separately negotiated for this program gradually being phased into the full normal fee assessment for on-line courses. Likewise the UWL overhead charge is phased in. There were several questions about target audiences and markets for the program. The documentation together with the summary presentation and direct answers to questions formed a sufficient basis for the committee to make its recommendation to Faculty Senate
MSP forward to Faculty Senate recommending approval of the Medical Dosimetry Masters Program Proposal.
The remainder of the meeting focused on an APC response to the additional committee charge from Faculty Senate dated September 2, 2008: Review the current status of on-line education at UWL and recommend ways that the University can plan for the long rage future of this area of instruction.
Chair Senger, as previously agreed, sent via email to APC members a four point recommendation regarding the charge to Faculty Senate (see below). Discussion followed. There are now possibly six points. Chair Senger will again draft the proposed recommendations. Committee will consider the draft at the next meeting
Next meeting Thursday May 7, 2009 8:50 a.m. Wing 126.
Meeting adjourned approximately 9:40.
Joseph T. Kastantin, Secretary
Senger draft proposal discussed and modified during the April 30, 2009 meeting:
1. Definition of Online Course: Online courses are distinguished not based upon the technology that they employ but on the extent to which online activities replace face-to-face classroom activities. We recommend that a course be considered online if 50% or more of the course contact hours are replaced by online activities.
2. Recommendation: The Registrar's Office should implement mechanisms for tracking offerings of course sections that meet the definition of online courses. One possible mechanism would be to identify a range of section numbers that would indicate the section would follow an online format. This identification along with the usual data maintained on courses and reported for various purposes (term of offering, number of students, distribution of grades or average GPA) will allow programs, and committees such as APC and APR, to better assess course offering patterns and their effectiveness in programs.
3. Recommendation: The Academic Program Review committee should require programs to discuss the use and effectiveness of online course offerings within the context of the discipline and objectives of the program.
4. Recommendation: The Academic Planning Committee should add to its list of review criteria a discussion of the use of online courses in proposals for new programs. Where proposals build on existing programs (e.g. moving a minor to a major) prior use and effectiveness of online offerings should be addresses.