Online Learning

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Teaching Online at Rush
At Rush University, the quality of the learning experience matters for all of our students, including the students who learn from a distance. In 2018, Rush University approved the use of Rush Standards for Online Course Design and Rush Standards for Online Teaching. 
The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation supports all faculty at Rush University. If you would like to inquire about ways to improve your online or blended course, or just wish to get another perspective, reach out to our instructional design staff through the request for services form below.

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Rush University Standards for Online Learning

The Rush Standards.

  • Having standards for online learning is a requirement for all quality courses and programs.
  • We have two standards at Rush University. These forms can be downloaded by clicking on the links.  
    Online Course Design and Online Teaching.
  • The standards began as a recommendation from the intercollegiate Online Taskforce.
  • A committee was developed to create the Rush University Standards that included representation from all four colleges as well as CTEI and library staff.
  • The Standards have been approved by the University Curriculum Committee and University Council.
  • Faculty members who develop new or revise existing online courses should use these standards during development.
  • Faculty members should complete a course design self-evaluation of their online course(s) before the course begins.
  • Faculty members should complete a teaching self-evaluation of their online course after the course ends.
  • Completed forms will be sent to the CTEI email box and an instructional designer will be assigned to work with you.
  • Have questions? We have a Frequently Asked Questions document related to the Standards.
Training and Templates

Training for online teaching

  • Each semester the CTEI offers a 5-week, fully online class called Online Teaching and Course Design to prepare faculty for online teaching at Rush University.
  • The course is appropriate for those who teach blended courses too, since the skill set is similar.
  • The course is asynchronous, which means that there are no on-campus meetings and no required times to be online.
  • However, the course does require you to participate every week, on at least 2 different days of the week.
  • There are practical assignments and activities that lead to course completion.
  • The course focuses on the skills needed to design and teach a high quality online class, including how to use the learning management system (Blackboard).
  • The dates for the next course are offered below with a link to register. Classes will fill up, and a maximum of 25 registrants will be allowed for each session, so secure your spot!

    Summer session: June 11th - July 15th
    Register for the summer OTCD class

Did you know we have an online course template?

  • The CTEI created a Blackboard template for anyone who wishes to use it to drastically cut down on the time it takes to design a high quality course.
  • Here’s a video overview of the online course template.
  • If you would like to have access to the course template, please email CTEI@rush.edu and include your Blackboard username in your email.
  • Do not edit the template. Instead, import the template into your own course first, and then edit your course.
  • Here’s a video about how to import the course template into your own course.