2013-14 RUSA Online Course Proposal Form

1. Welcome to the RUSA Online Course Proposal Form!

The RUSA Professional Development Committee solicits and evaluatesproposals for professional development courses that support excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers’ advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library.

The Committee welcomes proposals for professional development courses to be taught using the Moodle course management software over the course of four to six weeks. Moodle features a chat function to allow for live course sessions in addition to asynchronous coursework. Blackboard Collaborate is also available for live presentation sessions. Instructors for accepted proposals will receive support and training for these technology tools.

Attendees are charged a fee to participate in the course and receive a certificate upon completion. The fee includes ongoing access to an archived version of the course. Instructors will be paid a one-time $1,000 course/curriculum development fee to set up the course initially, and $40 per participant thereafter. The Committee does attempt to consider expected levels of interest when approving a online course proposals.

This form will be open December 2, 2013 through January 15, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed in January the intent to launch approved courses starting in February or March of 2014.

Questions? Contact RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill at ahill@ala.org.
1. Today's date is:
(MM/DD/YYYY format)
2. Presenter(s) Contact Information:

Please provide all of the following for each presenter: Name, Title, Affiliation, E-mail Address and Phone Number
3. Proposed Course Title
4. Summary Course Description (150 words):
5. Identify Online Course Learning Outcomes
6. Detailed Course Description and Content Outline (for use by RUSA Professional Development Committee):
Identify subject, scope, content and approach. State what is distinctive and compelling about the course you are proposing.
7. Course Duration:
Recommended duration is four to six weeks, and includes 1-3 hours of student engagement per week. Engagement is inclusive of all time a student might spend on course related activities, lectures, chats, readings, assignments, etc.
8. Interactive Content:

Discuss methods of engaging course participants in preparation, discussion, question/answer time, projects, etc. Include estimate of time dedicated to each type of activity.
9. Uniqueness of Content:

Identify other ways participants might attain skills or knowledge taught in the course. How does this proposal distinguish itself from these other offerings?
10. Target Audience:

Who would benefit from participating in this course? Include job functions/responsibilities, titles, library types, etc.
11. Proposed Course Dates:

Indicate here your preferred dates for teaching the course, the earliest date on which you would be ready to teach this course, and well as any restrictions on when the course could be taught. Courses begin on Mondays and end on Fridays.

If there are any live sessions, indicate days of the week, frequency and length of sessions.

Any dates should be at least two months into the future to allow for preparation and promotion of your webinar.

Once approved, exact dates and times will be negotiated by RUSA staff.
12. Instructor Qualifications:

State qualifications of each presenter to present on this topic; include relevant teaching experience and knowledge in the proposed topic area. Though not required, please indicate any experience with delivering online webinars, courses or other online learning offerings.
13. Any other important details about this session we need to know?
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