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Digital Platform Electives

Digital Platform Electives


Suggested Process for Running Digital Platform Electives

As decided in a 2019 senate meeting, as of the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year, students will use digital platforms for up to 20% of the total number of electives in their program or, on programs that have around 100-120 credits allocated to electives, for at least two of their electives. In order to organize this, the following process is suggested.

  1. All students submit a list of online courses they are interested in into a Google form, two weeks before the beginning of the term.  The request includes 4 items: the course name, the online platform, the university that is offering the course, and the URL (ex: Byzantian Art, EdX, Chicago, URL).

  2. Dr. Erkut and the CELT collect the student requests, rank them in popularity and select the top X courses (X can be determined based on the number of requests. In all likelihood we would pick 2-3 courses per area and maybe a few general electives in humanities.)

  3. Dr. Erkut, with assistance from the deans, will match the selected courses to faculty members (or research assistants, or instructors) able to supervise the course. This will be done in Google sheets where the list of courses will be shared with all instructors. In areas where we do not have a faculty member, we contact a part-time instructor from outside.

  4. The faculty (with the assistance from the instructor) decides on how many ECTS the course corresponds to and whether it will count as an area elective, non-area elective, free elective etc. This information will be shared in Google sheets. In some instances, several courses may have to be combined to one course to justify the corresponding MEF credits (2, 4 or 5).

  5. The assigned instructor gets credit for the course. The University Board will determine the credit.

  6. The instructor determines the assessment method and the mentoring to accompany the online course, and prepares a course outline, similar to regular MEF courses.  The mentoring frequency and the exact assessment method is left up to the instructor. However, assessment must be multifaceted and must include the following components: one-page statement of learning objectives at the beginning of the course, a weekly log (maximum one page/week) describing what the student learned during that week, a progress report (sometime during the term) and a final assessment at the end (which can be a written report, oral presentation, lab quiz, a project etc.).  The required threshold for PASS mark in each course is 75/100.

  7. We allow students to register in the offered "blended courses."  Courses with a registration of under 7 are closed (similar to regular MEF courses) and students are directed to other electives. (We will waive this during the second semester of academic year 2019-20.)  There is no upper limit on the number of students in a course.

  8. We run these courses just like regular MEF courses. The main difference is that instead of lectures, the content is delivered online and students can be anywhere during the lectures.  However, they must come to class during the pre-assigned contact times (we recommend a minimum of twice per semester).

  9. Students can complete the courses as fast as they wish, but they must finish before the end of the semester so that their instructor can grade them.

  10. Even if a student wishes to pay the course fee to receive a certificate, the student must fulfil the MEF course requirements.

  11. On completion of a course, instructors contact Student Information Services (SIS) to enter the results into SIS and reports via EBYS towards which slot the student is using the digital course (free elective, non-dept. elective, dept. elective, hum/soc, etc). The groups of courses that (when combined) make up 2, 4 or 5 ECTS will come under the heading ‘Personalized Learning Experience’ on student transcripts. A course code will be created when the students have completed a package of courses meeting 2, 4, or 5 ECTS (following the same system used for internships). Results will be recorded as PASS/FAIL.

  12. Copies of certificates and/or assessments conducted at MEF should be kept by instructors and filed (same as exam papers).
     

Current as of 3 February 2020, subject to regular updates

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