The University’s vision states:
Texas Wesleyan aspires to be a values- and student-centered university where motivated students prepare for graduate school and leadership in professional careers. This vision is premised upon the understanding that professional employers seek individuals who have attained the essential skills of critical thinking, analytical reasoning and creative problem solving. Texas Wesleyan believes that the best way for undergraduate students to learn these skills is in a liberal arts setting through intentionally small classes led by gifted faculty who are committed to student success.
As part of the initiative to promote a student-centered university, the CETL provides resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology and promoting essential student skills. Another initiative from the university is the creation of online or hybrid courses that enrich the students’ learning experiences and expand the learning from the traditional walls to anywhere and at any time.
The position of the CETL in the distance education initiative is to effectively train faculty in instructional methodologies, to ensure that the quality of instruction is on par with more traditional methods of instruction and that every online course meets or exceeds standards for effective online courses. The latest University Distance Education Policy is currently under review.
Be sure to check out a full schedule of professional training and workshops.
The 2016 Online Instruction Guide is intended to provide answers to frequently asked questions and information about procedures specific to the delivery of online courses. First time online instructors may want to read through this guide and refer to it often. Veteran online instructors should review the guide periodically for changes and additional information.
For developing your online course, the university provides an Online Course Syllabus Template as a guideline for organizing your goals, policies and requirements in written form. However, your department may provide its own template.
Fundamentals of Online Training (F.o.O.T.) is a six-week online certification class covering the basic principles of online teaching. Faculty who wish to teach online or hybrid classes at Texas Wesleyan University must obtain certification by completing course requirements. The CETL maintains a list of certified faculty.