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Distance Learning Program Transition

Each academic year, up to two certificate or degree programs will be provided significant support and resources to either (a) convert the entire program to fully online or (b) develop a new certificate or degree program as one delivered fully online. This will be accomplished by providing a full instructional design model. Support for selected faculty and departments will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Seats in the TOL Foundation Course for program faculty.
  • The dedicated assistance of an instructional designer to develop the courses, working in conjunction with an identified faculty Course Developer.
  • Stipends to the faculty Course Developers.

For a list of all programs transitioned to online format, refer to DL Programs Selected for Transition

For a complete listing of all programs offered online at UNF, refer to Distance Learning Programs


If you are interested in submitting a letter of interest for program transition, please contact Dr. Deb Miller, CIRT


Program Personnel

Selected departments will assign a faculty program coordinator to serve as the main contact person to coordinate transition of this degree program with the Center for Instruction & Research Technology (CIRT) and to assist with any issues that may arise. Coordination will include:

  • Facilitating communications between CIRT and instructors/course developers;
  • Coordination and communications between the program and the college and other administrative units to ensure policy and procedures are in place to facilitate the offering of this program to distance students.

CIRT will assign an instructional designer to serve as the main contact person to coordinate development of this degree program and to build the program courses in consultation with identified faculty Course Developers.


Funding Overview

Funding is varied, based on program size. All funds will be disbursed from the Distance Learning auxiliary budget account. Funds may be used for activities which support the development and delivery of the distance learning program. This may include distance learning assistants, faculty development, the purchase of specialized equipment, compensation for Program Coordinator, distance learning facilitators, or other expenditures. All expenditures must be approved by AA/CIRT to ensure compliance with state requirements for the use of distance learning fee funds.

Faculty Training/Support Funding = $2000 per Course Developer
All faculty who will develop courses for the program are required to complete the TOL Foundation Course (Track-A) offered by CIRT. Faculty will receive a $2000 stipend at completion of TOL and certification to develop and deliver online courses at UNF. 

Faculty Training Funding = $1000 per Course Instructor
Any instructor who will deliver, but not develop, courses for the program is required to complete the TOL Foundation Course (Track-B) offered by CIRT. Faculty will receive a $1000 stipend at completion of TOL and certification to deliver online courses at UNF.

Course Development Funding = $2000 per Course
Each faculty member identified by the Department as the Course Developer for a course will be assigned an Instructional Designer for course development and work with that Instructional Designer as a Subject Matter Expert. Upon course review and approval, that faculty member will receive a $2000 stipend for the course development. The stipend is available for the development of up to 3 courses. Faculty assigned by the department to develop more than 3 courses will not receive the stipend for those additional courses.


Program Development and Collaboration

  • Courses will be collaboratively planned, designed, and developed by the Course Developer and the Instructional Designer provided by CIRT.
  • All courses in the program will be developed using a best practices framework for instructional design, aligned with national standards for distance education courses and programs, and developed in the Canvas course management system.
  • The Course Developers will engage in continued collaboration with CIRT from project inception to ensure course completion and approval of each course at least 4 weeks prior to the initial term start. The course will be reviewed upon completion of development, using the Quality Matters rubric.


Use of Course and Materials

Instructional materials for distance learning courses developed as part of this program transition are subject to the existing UNF-UFF Collective Bargaining agreement and the Faculty handbook.


End-of-Project Report

The Department will submit a final report within 3 months of completion of the project to include:

  • Description of the development process
  • Two-year schedule for continued course and program delivery
  • Student feedback on the experience taking the courses
  • Course evaluation data
  • Faculty response to the development activity
  • Plans for program sustainability


Funding Agreement Terms

The funding described in this plan is contingent upon completion of course development and offering as describe above, and summarized in Distance Learning Program Intake Form. Changes to the agreements, timetables or funding will be based on agreement between the College and AA/CIRT. The funding agreements are subject to renegotiation if course development and delivery do not proceed according to the accepted Course Development Plan.