(useful whether you teach online or on-campus)
Faculty Technical Support for Online Systems
Faculty are encouraged to contact the Instructional Design Unit for technical support related to online learning technology. The Instructional Design Unit can help faculty identify which technologies would work best for their needs and can assist with instructional design.
GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn is the learning management system that SPSU uses to support SPSU courses and programs. The system is hosted at the University System of Georgia data center in Athens.
There are three options for faculty support with GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn:
Student Support for GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn
Refer your students to the GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn student support guide for student support options.
Wimba Live Classroom
Wimba Live Classroom is available for all SPSU courses. If you have any questions or need support for your Wimba classroom, or want to learn more, contact Travis Melton in the Instructional Design Unit via phone at 678-915-3992 or via email: email@example.com
GoToTraining online training software facilitates interactive online training sessions. For more information regarding GoTo Training, contact Travis Melton in the Instructional Design Unit.
Ensemble Video is a video content management system that allows faculty to organize, store, and share video in support of their courses. For more information regarding Ensemble Video, contact Travis Melton in the Instructional Design Unit.
Selecting technology for your courses
If you are not certain what technology is available to you, or you want to learn more about what is available, please contact the Instructional Design Unit.
Course Design and Development
The Instructional Design Unit provides faculty with assistance with the development and design of courses. Visit
the Instructional Design Unit website for more information about the services provided.
Instructional Media Development
Digital media development support is available via the Digital Media Specialists within
the Instructional Design Unit. Services provided include a recording booth as well as media development and hosting
services (podcasting and streaming video). Contact the Instructional Design Unit for more information.
Course Review Process
The SPSU DL Standard Rubric (PDF | MS Word Document) is a 43 element rubric designed to help faculty develop quality online courses to support student learning. The rubric was originally developed by the Distance Learning Task Force with Dr. Mary McShane-Vaugh and Dr. David Dayton collecting and organizing an Academic Assessment Checklist that was distilled into the Reviewer's Rubric. Courses must have passed the course review process prior to academic programs receiving DLR funds to support online courses. For more information about the SPSU DL Standard Rubric, visit the Instructional Design Quality Assurance website. The course review process is managed through the Instructional Design Unit.
In spring 2010 the Dean’s Council approved a new funding formula for distance learning. This formula provides departmental funds based on credit hour generation and became effective in FY 2011.
Departmental DLR funds may be used for distance learning development, marketing, and program support as well as for other departmental expenses identified by the school dean. Special funds are also available for Distance Learning Marketing and Course Development.
Student Evaluation of Instructors
Strategic Initiatives and Online Learning and Online Learning manages the student evaluation of instructor process for Academic Affairs. During spring semester 2012 Strategic Initiatives and Online Learning and Online Learning worked with the Faculty Senate to pilot the use of the online student evaluation system in select online courses.
Faculty instructions for using the student evaluation of instructors can be found
on the SPSU CoursEval website.
Support and ongoing application management for the Student Evaluation of Instructors application is provided by the Information Systems Group within University Information Technology Services. The UITS Helpdesk is the point of contact for faculty and students for technical support.
Classroom Technology Support
Technical support for classroom technology is provided via Classroom Technologies as part of the Technical Support Group within University Information Technology Services. Report problems with classroom technology (computer, projectors, document cameras, smart boards, smart podiums, etc) to the UITS Helpdesk online, or via phone at 678-915-4357.
Workshops and Faculty Development Opportunities
The current schedule of workshops for faculty can be found on Workshop Schedule. This schedule includes programs sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Instructional Design Unit, as well as other programs related to faculty growth and development.
Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
The Center for Teaching Excellence provides many opportunities for growth and development, including workshops, brown bag sessions, resources, and other opportunities for faculty to dialogue on the teaching excellence.
Teaching Academy for Distance Learning (TADL)
TADL is a training program for SPSU faculty that is designed to provide:
Visit the Instructional Design Unit website to learn more about the Teaching Academy for Distance Learning.
Planning and Assessment
The Educational Support and Online Learning Unit assesses, develops, and supports the online learning program at SPSU. This includes data collection and review of services and programs as well as enabling a platform of services and systems which provide academic programs with the ability to offer online learning in on-campus, blended/hybrid, and online formats. Some of the ways the Educational Support and Online Learning Unit supports online learning at SPSU include:
Student Evaluation of Instructors
SPSU uses an online system to manage student evaluation of instructors. Instructions that describe how to access the system can be found on the CoursEval page.
Distance Learning Task Force
The Distance Learning Task Force is comprised of representatives from each of the programs that offer degrees offered via online learning as well as administrative representatives from service and support units at SPSU.