On Wednesday, the 2025 Online Plan Steering Committee met with the Implementation committee to discuss moving forward on the plan. Several decisions were made on several of the tactics within the plan. Some of which will have an impact here at FAU.
The first of the topics that were moved forward was the idea of quality and high-quality courses. At the quality level, each university is going to be able to use their own institutional rubric or the QM rubric for an internal review to receive a rating of quality. For FAU, the peer review rubric will work. Courses with a QM certification will receive a high-quality state rating. Courses with either quality or high-quality ratings will lead to two things. Courses with these ratings will be tagged and searchable in the state course catalog. Courses that receive a high-quality rating will be able to receive a Presidential Award by the university. Presidential award courses will be submitted for the state level award. Winners of the state award will be considered for the Chancellor award.
Several other items were put forth for discussion. Questions were raised about how the State University System should handle data that is generated in distance learning. The Implementation committee is also looking at how to use student information systems to provide multiple accelerated terms. At FAU, we are looking into 3 five week starts with minimesters between semesters. The group shared thoughts about how to market what Florida is doing with online. A discussion of how to proceed with shared programs allowed that committee to narrow the focus to niche programs that require highly specialized faculty but have a workforce need. A decision was made to have the research consortium group work closed with the IFOL to create research questions that use Unizin data that could be answered through the research grants.
Later in the day, the Innovation and Online Committee agreed to support the LRB which requested money to support shared services across the university system. Within the IRB, was money for innovation and research in the distance education, a statewide open education resources structure that will promote sharing of learning objects and materials, and a statewide proctoring network. Finally, money allocated for faculty to share general education courses and to refresh those courses. These shared courses will be available across the state.