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Core Principles & Policies for Online/Hybrid Classes

  1. Online and Hybrid courses are a part of the student’s regular course load and are counted the same as on-campus courses.
  2. Students are at the center of each decision in teaching, design, and course management.
  3. Faculty who teach online/hybrid at McDaniel are required to take a four-week online class, BPO 100: Best Practices in Online and Hybrid Instruction.
  4. All online/hybrid classes are written by McDaniel faculty and designed in consultation with the Instructional Design & Technology Department.
  5. The McDaniel course development process includes:
    • Working collaboratively as a team to develop each online/hybrid class.
    • Designing courses according to the principles of Backward Design, aligning learning objectives with readings, activities, and authentic assessments.
    • Encouraging student-centered instructional design and teaching practices that foster active learning and draw on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines for effective teaching and learning.
    • Privileging the Community of Inquiry framework, ensuring social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence in each online/hybrid class.
  6. We follow all Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education established by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC).
  7. Our online courses are accessible (508 compliant), engaging, interactive, and meet known best practices in instructional design and teaching methods.
  8. We are a member of Quality Matters and follow their guidelines and principles in designing and assessing our courses.
  9. McDaniel College provides students and faculty HelpDesk support, offering technical support (phone, email, virtual) for educational technology hardware and software required in online and hybrid classes. Students/faculty can call 410-871-3390 or email at any time.
  10. Integrity, honesty, and respect are paramount in all aspects of McDaniel’s online/hybrid operations.