Faculty FAQ

How do I propose a new online or hybrid course?

UNLV instructors and department chairs are welcome to propose new fully online or hybrid courses. Go to the course development section of our website and start the conversation with us using the links there.

How long does it typically take to develop a fully online or blended (hybrid) course?

As opposed to face-to-face courses that may be developed during the semester, development of fully online or blended (hybrid) courses occurs prior to the start of the semester in which the course will be offered. As a result, a great degree of advanced planning and preparation are necessary.

Since it is expected that online courses be fully developed one week prior to the start of the semester, course development typically begins at least eighteen weeks prior to the start of the semester. Complex online courses requiring specialized instructional design, learning interactives, or videos may require more than eighteen weeks to develop.

What does an online course look like?

An online course is typically organized into eight-to-ten learning modules containing lessons, discussions, assignments, and assessments. Please view our short course tour video here.

You can also see additional examples of exemplary courses by viewing these Blackboard Award winning online courses.

As a faculty developer, what online resources are available to me for self-help?

There are a variety of resources for faculty seeking self-help assistance with the development of online or hybrid courses.

  • Office of Online Education (OE) Blackboard Learn Instructor Resources A collection of videos, handouts, job aids, and presentations on the features and functions of UNLV's learning management system, Blackboard Learn.
  • Office of Information Technology (OIT) WebCampus Support for Instructors This link provides contact information, frequently asked questions, known issues, additional getting started information, and more.
  • Blackboard Learn Instructor Guide The Blackboard Learn Instructor Guide provides detailed information about creating and managing Courses. The community engagement capabilities of Blackboard Learn offer the same set of functions and features for managing an organization.
  • Lynda.com As a member of the UNLV community, you have free and unlimited access to the vast lynda.com training library. Whether you want to learn the latest software or enhance your business skills, lynda.com can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Use your ACE account to log in. Among other comprehensive training courses, lynda.com provides "WebCampus Essentials for Instructors" and "Where to Find Free Photos Online: Know the Law!"

Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's taxonomy can help you consider and articulate student learning objectives. By using Bloom's classification of learning activities, you can identify, refine and elevate activities from the low-level remembering and understanding skills to the higher order thinking skills of applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. Check out the following links to explore various perspectives on Bloom's taxonomy that may be helpful to you.

What is blended (hybrid) instruction?

Blended (hybrid) instruction is a multi-modal instructional delivery term where instruction and engagement includes in-person class meetings and online instruction. For more information on blended (hybrid) instruction see here.

What is the typical process of development for an online or blended (hybrid) course?

The Office of Online Education uses a collaborative model of development that begins at least eighteen weeks prior to the semester in which the course is offered. For a complete explanation of the procedural steps, see here.

Who provides technical support for students or instructors in online or blended (hybrid) courses?

For technical support issues (for both faculty and students) such as computer hardware, software, network, or browser problems, please contact the Office of Information Technology IT Help Desk.

Who provides support for face-to-face courses using WebCampus?

The Office of Information Technology provides support to instructors using WebCampus to supplement their face-to-face courses. Please contact the Office of Information Technology's IT Help Desk for additional information.

What services can the Office of Online Education provide?

The Office of Online Education provides a comprehensive set of services to instructors teaching fully online or hybrid courses. For more information on OE services, see here.

What are my responsibilities as an online instructor?

The following are typical instructor responsibilities for online and blended (hybrid) courses. The Office of Online Education is available to provide guidance and training, but the following tasks are the responsibility of the instructor.

  • If available, copy course content from one semester to the next at least eight weeks prior to the start of the upcoming semester.
  • Update the syllabus at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
  • Make certain that the syllabus contains the most up-to-date items identified by the Provost's office.
  • At least two weeks before the start of the semester, "disable" your course (or any specific content) if it isn't ready for student view.
  • Update release dates and times of assignments, discussions, and assessments at least one week prior to the start of the semester.
  • Check and repair any broken links to external resources.
  • Check content for factual accuracy as well as for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Send a greeting announcement on the first day of the course. Send announcements throughout the semester regarding upcoming assignments and assessments, feedback, coaching and clarifications.
  • Ask students to introduce themselves in the introductory discussion forum during the first week.
  • Log in to the course at least four times a week for at least a half hour a week. Log in daily for the first two weeks, then adjust downward according to student need.
  • Conduct virtual office hours through video chats, phone calls, instant messaging or other mutually agreed upon means.
  • Respond to student emails and moderate discussion posts in a timely and predictable fashion (as identified by the syllabus grading policy, usually within 24 to 48 hours).
  • Grade student assignments and assessments in a timely and predictable fashion (as identified by the syllabus grading policy).
  • Monitor and moderate ongoing student communications (discussion forums, blogs, wikis, etc.)
  • Track student participation on the course and contact students who have not entered the course in more than a week.
  • Identify underachieving students and initiate intervention (phone call, email, etc.).
  • Provide accommodation for students with disabilities according to the student’s Disability Resource Center Academic Accommodation Plan. The Plan must be submitted to the instructor by the student. Develop alternative assessments or make adjustments according to the Plan.
  • Manage the grade book and all assessment settings. 

Who determines my online course schedule? Who makes my online course available to students in MyUNLV?

Your departmental administrative assistant controls your course schedule and provides access to your online or (blended) hybrid course directly through MyUNLV. The Office of Online Education does not manipulate instructor schedules or provide access to students.

What quality standards are used to evaluate fully online or (blended) hybrid courses?

UNLV subscribes to the Quality Matters Higher Education program and uses the QM rubric as a tool for measuring the developmental stage of fully online or blended (hybrid) courses. To see the QM rubric, see here.

How do I arrange for a proctored test?

The Academic Success Center provides proctoring services for both local and online students. Call (702) 895-0667.
For off campus assessments, ProctorU provides secure proctoring online.