Teaching English Online
MTSU Online, housed within University College, coordinates all online and hybrid courses at MTSU. Assistance is offered through Online Faculty Services, and the English Department's Online Curriculum Committee (OCC, see below).
To be eligible to teach an existing or new online or hybrid course, faculty must complete the MTSU Online Certification Course. To enroll, go to your D2L Home page and click on Self Registration on the second line of the page (after Email, ePortfolio, and Support tabs). Enroll in MTSU Online Certification. This course is thorough and self-paced. Once completed, proceed to the steps below, as relevant to your situation.
Developing a New Online English Course
Once you are approved to teach online and hybrid courses, you are technically eligible to develop a new English course to be taught online. Here are the steps to follow:
- If the course has never been offered in the English Department in any fashion (onground or online), you must create a formal course proposal to be approved by the relevant English Department Committee (Gen Ed, Undergraduate Studies, or Graduate). Once approved, English recommends the course be taught at least once onground.
- If the course has already been offered in the English Department and you are the creator, you may proceed to developing an online version of the course. You may request to work with a member of the OCC or work independently. Begin with a request for a D2L Development Shell (often called a "Sandbox") in which you can design and upload central course elements, including the required ADA-compliant Syllabus, Content Modules, Quizzes and Exams, Discussion Boards, Dropboxes, and other features you learned about (and can refresh yourself on at any time) in the Online Certification Course.
- As you begin, you will also need to request from Carol Hayes, Coordinator of Online Faculty Services, an MTSU Online Course Development Contract. Contracts are approved on a rotating basis, meaning you will be informed of the earliest you can schedule your new online offering once you have completed everything and had the course approved. Also, new online and hybrid courses currently receive extra financial compensation. When Carol Hayes creates your contract, she will also create a form for extra compensation that you and the English chair sign. Compensation is paid after all other work is complete and the course approved, and you may not request reassigned time or claim the work on creating an online or hybrid course as part of your regular workload (as the form for extra compensation states).
- When your contract is approved, you will receive additional paperwork clarifying all expectations and requirements for the approval of online and hybrid courses by MTSU Online, and you will be assigned an Online Faculty Mentor (OFM) from outside the department, whose primary task is to review your completed course in its D2L Development shell for future teaching. If you would like mentoring as you create your course, you will want to work with one of the members of the OCC (see below). Add your OFM or willing member of the OCC to view your Development shell by completing the D2L Add/Remove/Change User Form.
Teaching an Existing Online English Course
The process for teaching English courses already created and offered online does not involve a new contract or design. Instead, you will work with the Lead Instructor (creator or assigned leader) for that course, who will install a premade/approved shell into your D2L page for the requested/assigned course and will serve as a mentor for you. You will have control over many aspects of the course, but you must teach from the Lead Instructor's shell for any course currently taught online in English. You'll need to add the Lead Instructor to your scheduled online course by completing the D2L Add/Remove/Change User Form. Bring questions to the OCC (see below).
The ENGL 2020 Exception
Although multiple English faculty teach ENGL 2020 online, they teach different themes. Thus, ENGL 2020 can be considered a "New" course (earning a contract and extra compensation) if the faculty member creates a new theme/topic and has this proposal approved by the Gen Ed Committee before seeking to teach it online. Faculty who wish to teach already existing online 2020 themes/topics must use the Lead Instructor's course shell, as described above.
Contact the OCC for the names of Lead Instructors. Note: The OCC does not schedule courses, but the OCC chair does work with the Department chair to ensure regular rotation.
English Department Online Curriculum Committee, 2020-2021
- Dr. Elyce Rae Helford, Chair
- Dr. Aleka Blackwell
- Dr. Laura Dubek
- Ms. Candie Moonshower
- Ms. Jennifer Wilson
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Chair: Dr. Stephen Severn
Telephone: (615) 898-2648