Information Item # 2 – Submitted By FA President Dr. Gordon Rakita: (2014/2015-Sept)
Distance Learning Task Force
Faculty Association recently passed a resolution (Resolution on Distance
Learning (Agenda Item FA 14-22, passed 05/15/14) – calling for a
broader and more inclusive conversation on the direction and governance of
Distance Learning at UNF. Additionally, the UNF Board of Trustees has
identified our percentage of Distance Learning course sections as one of our
Performance Based Funding metrics. Thus the future direction and momentum
of DL at UNF are tremendously important issues. To address the
resolution’s call for a broader conversation on this important topic, I am
appointing a Task Force to review where we are and where we as a faculty want
to go in terms of Distance Learning. After they complete this first task,
they will seek to meet with the Distance Learning Committee to continue the
conversation. The Task Force will report to the Faculty Association’s
Executive Committee on a regular basis and will produce a final report of their
recommendations on moving forward with Distance Learning at UNF. The
purpose of the Task Force is to ensure that the faculty as a whole has control
over their courses no matter what format they are delivered in and that we
maintain the appropriate momentum to the development of DL here at UNF.
As per Article
VI – Section 12 of the Faculty Association bylaws, I am appointing a special
committee to be called the Distance
Learning (DL) Task Force
charge of the Distance Learning (DL) Task Force is to (1) initiate a
campus-wide conversation regarding the future of DL at UNF, (2) meet with the
Distance Learning Committee to discuss their findings and make recommendations
with regard to the revision of the UNF DL Policy and the future implementation
of that policy, and (3) prepare a report of their finding for the Faculty.
Task Force shall be composed of the following:
members from COAS, one from each major area (sciences/math, social sciences,
humanities/arts) and two at-large;
members from each of the other four colleges and two from the library;
Chief Information Officer.
chair of the committee shall be the Faculty Association’s Vice President
The Task Force shall have the following responsibilities:
- Initiate a university-wide conversation about the future of Distance Learning (DL) at UNF, answering the following questions above and beyond any other questions the committee shall deem appropriate:
- What do the faculty see as the future role of DL at UNF?
- How should DL courses and the faculty that teach them be evaluated?
- In what ways should faculty be encouraged and supported in their development of DL courses?
- Meet with the Distance Learning Committee to discuss their findings and make recommendations with regard to the revision of the UNF DL Policy and the future implementation of that policy.
- Prepare a report of their finding for the Faculty and forward any action items to the Association’s Executive Committee.
Term of existence:
per the Association’s bylaws, the Task Force shall exist for 6 month from the
date of their first meeting. The committee may petition (in writing for
approval by the Association’s Executive Committee) for a 6 month extension.
Method of meeting & reporting:
Task Force shall meet according to its needs; however it is expected that they
will meet at least twice per month. The chair of the Task Force shall
report the activities of the Task Force at the Association’s monthly Executive
Committee meetings. As indicated in the committee’s charge, they will
meet at least once with the Distance Learning committee at a time of mutual
the end of its existence, the committee will prepare a report to be submitted
as an informational item to the Executive Committee. Additionally, the
committee via its chair will forward to the Executive Committee any agenda
items, resolutions, or other action items for the Association.