Faculty Support

Announcements

UNM Online is currently accepting online course proposals for all of 2022 (Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters). Online Course Proposal forms are available here.

Friday, February 4th, 2022 is the deadline for Summer 2022 online course proposals.

Regular & Substantive Interaction (RASI) training is now available in Learning Central

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Welcome

In the Spring 2021 semester, 386 UNM faculty provided instruction in 831 online course sections, with 15,738 enrolled. Online student headcount was 8,756, or 43% of the Main Campus population, and of that group, 1,941 students were exclusively online. 

In the Summer 2021 semester, 204 UNM faculty provided instruction in 346 online course sections, with 4,897 enrolled. Online student headcount was 3,316, or 50% of the Main Campus population, and of that group, 2,929 students were exclusively online.  

Online Education

Online education is popular because of the flexibility. The option to customize when and where learning happens lets students to study around work, family and health commitments. Online education brings higher education to rural communities. It offers opportunity to those with limited access to transportation and technology. Stretching beyond our borders it generates interest in you and UNM. The resources below are offered to support you through your journey in online instruction.


Compliance and Regulations

Under federal law, an institution of higher education must be authorized by each state in which it offers distance education. This includes both online education and experiential placements, such as internships and clinical rotations. To meet the requirement, UNM joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). Read more…

CONTACT: UNM Online Strategic Support Manager Austin Megli


Course Information

The Schedule of Online Courses features section-specific course information faculty provide. The information goes beyond what is available in LoboWeb or UNM Catalog. This is both a student benefit and a requirement for UNM's membership to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). In partnership with UNM Online,  faculty teaching online use a Course Information Form to publish course details to the schedule.

CONTACT: UNM Online Course Information Form (CIF)

  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. MST
  • Web: online.unm.edu, under Admin Resources
  • Email: cif@unm.edu
  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-2528

Degree Programs

The University of New Mexico offers degrees fully and partially online. Programs are developed through partnerships between UNM Online and academic units. 

CONTACT: UNM Online

  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. MST
  • Web: online.unm.edu, under Online Programs
  • Email: online@unm.edu
  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-9000
  • Toll free: (866) 869-6040

RASI Training Requirement

Before teaching an online or hybrid course in Summer 2021 or later, instructors must have completed one of the following trainings:

  • Evidence Based Practices for Teaching Online (EBPTO)
    • EBPTO is a six-week course for instructors (open to any instructor) offered multiple times per year. The training is fully revamped. Those who completed a similar training before Fall 2019 are strongly encouraged to take EBPTO.
  • Regular and Substantive Interaction(RASI) training in Learning Central
    • RASI training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This course provides instructors with training on regulations related to regular and substantive interaction in online courses, student privacy and security in the online environment, and guidance on providing effective student support in an online format. Instructors teaching classes that are not fully online but still contain online components will also benefit from completing this training. Click here for tips to search for RASI in Learning Central.

Developing an Online Course

For faculty teaching online, Digital Learning at the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) supports course development. An instructional designer is assigned to a course once it has been through the following process:

  1. Course is approved to be offered online by the course's department and college
  2. Course is reviewed and approved for development by UNM Online and CTL
  3. Course is scheduled

Together the designer and faculty member build a course modeling both the UNM Online Course Standards rubric and the Quality Matters rubric. From concept to delivery, designers are an excellent resource in creating effective and engaging online courses.

The course development process begins with creating a course map. It will aid thinking through the alignment of content and assessments. An online course is built using the university's learning management system, UNM Learn. From several options, a faculty member chooses additional educational technologies to enhance student interactions and collaborations. Instructors also depend on designers when addressing just-in-time needs during the semester such as challenges with the grade center or discussions groups.

If you are notified that your course is eligible for a UNM Online development stipend, then you must complete the CTL course review process in order to receive the stipend. 

2021 deadlines for completing CTL course review:

  • Summer 2021 courses - July 30th, 2021
  • Fall 2021 courses - December 17th, 2021

For instructors new to teaching online, CTL offers a six-week online development workshop, Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching Online. Successful instructors will complete the online workshop with clear course design goals and strong familiarity with UNM Learn. For on-going support, CTL offers weekly Open Lab sessions for drop-in support, and additional scheduled workshops using UNM Learn. 

CONTACT: Digital Learning at the Center for Teaching & Learning


Learning Management System

Online courses are accessed using the Blackboard learning management system known as UNM Learn. 

Have you noticed the NMEL User (NMEL CD ZZ) in your online course and wondered what it is? This user role allows UNM Learn Support to ensure that your students receive timely and personalized support when they have technical problems in a course. It also allows Center for Teaching and Learning instructional designers to provide additional coverage and support for instructors.

Resources to learn about Learn

UNM will be transitioning to the new LMS, called Canvas. Canvas will be the only LMS for online courses starting in Summer 2022. See UNM Academic Technologies for more info.

CONTACT: UNM Learn Support

  • Office hours: 24/7 phone support
  • Web: learn.unm.edu
  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-0857
  • Toll free: (877) 688-8817

Accelerated Online Programs

Accelerated Online Programs are quality-reviewed 8-week courses packaged into fully and partially online degrees. Tuition is assessed at a flat rate, regardless of residency. To qualify, students must be admitted to an accelerated online program.

CONTACT: UNM Online Strategic Support Manager Austin Megli


Part-of-Term

At UNM, semesters are divided into parts-of-term. In the Fall and Spring, the instructional period for a full term course is 16 weeks. The instructional period for a full term Summer course is 8 weeks. There are 8 week courses offered in the first half and second half of the Fall and Spring semesters. In Summer, half term courses are for 4 weeks. Courses offered between semesters are known as Late Starting Courses.

Current part-of-term dates are in the left navigation column at registrar.unm.edu, under Semester Deadline Dates. An online course opens at 12:01 a.m. Mountain Time on its part-of-term start date.


Schedule of Online Courses

The schedule displays the current semester’s online course offerings, plus the three most recent previous semesters. It includes course information details faculty supply.


Scheduling an Online Course

UNM Online facilitates scheduling online courses. Faculty work within their academic units to prepare scheduling forms. Departmental scheduling coordinators submit them to UNM Online for pre-approval.

Descriptions for synchronous, asynchronous, and accelerated online program courses are here.

For guidance on new online course proposals, visit our Scheduling an Online Course page

 CONTACT: UNM Online Scheduling


Student Outreach: Emails

Each semester, UNM Online connects with students through two email campaigns. Online students are directed to the resources featured at UNM Online/Current Students.

Welcome Email

Following the university’s part-of-term dates, (see Semester Deadline Dates in the left navigation column at registrar.unm.edu), the Welcome Email is distributed roughly two weeks before courses begin. It offers links to student success and wellness resources.

Midcourse Email

A few weeks before midterms, a Midcourse Email is distributed. Here the focus is on exam preparation with links to tutoring, as well as to wellness support and career services.

CONTACT: UNM Online

  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. MST
  • Web: online.unm.edu
  • Email: online@unm.edu
  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-9000
  • Toll free: (866) 869-6040

Student Outreach: Surveys

UNM Online administers two surveys to students enrolled online. Invitations are distributed to their preferred email addresses, as indicated by UNM records.

Welcome Survey

  • It is not course-specific. One survey invitation is distributed to each online student.
  • It is not anonymous. Student names and contact information are associated with the responses.

Midcourse Survey

  • It is course-specific. A survey invitation is generated per online course. A student enrolled in multiple online courses will receive as many Midcourse Survey invitations.
  • It is confidential. Student names and contact information are not associated with the responses.

UNM Online compiles and distributes to faculty the Welcome and Midcourse Survey responses.

 CONTACT: UNM Online Evaluations

Course Feedback

End-of-Semester Course Feedback is administered by UNM IT at coursefeedback.unm.edu.