ERIC Number: ED414964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Collaboration & Cooperation: Using Faculty Handbooks To Define Faculty and Staff Responsibilities in Distance Learning Programs.
Minich, Eleanor L.; Sipes, Jane
This document outlines the factors necessary in creating a faculty handbook for distance learning programs. It begins by discussing the various uses for this kind of faculty handbook, such as clarifying faculty responsibilities, defining policies and procedures of distance learning, and serving as a reference and marketing tool. It then describes the preparatory work involved in writing the handbook, and suggests using handbooks from other institutions as guidelines. Next, it details handbook contents, which should include an institutional mission statement, a student profile, support services, faculty responsibilities, policies and procedures, contact numbers, and the distance learning syllabus. The next section defines faculty responsibilities: understanding course materials, developing a syllabus, scheduling on-campus meetings, communicating regularly with students and the distance learning office, testing procedure development, and keeping records. Support staff responsibilities may include marketing distance learning courses, distributing syllabi and course materials, and providing technical services and course evaluations. Finally, the handbook should list general policies and procedures, such as faculty assignments, class sizes, and distance learning delivery methods. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Community Coll., Jacksonville.