The following Q & A will help course instructors understand the new requirements for graduate credit and licensure.
Why is this change happening?
This change is taking place because of two factors:
- As it applies to Drake University courses, the Title IV Federal Financial Aid Guidelines now require 15 instructor-led hours with an additional 30 hours of outside work. This connects to Federal Student Loan requirements for degree completion.
- As it applies to license renewal courses, the statewide AEA system is working together to develop common programs, procedures and policies across the state for AEA license renewal programs. With the change to the Drake requirements, and the statewide license renewal programming connections, this change is coming about at this time.
What types of assignments can I implement to meet the goal of 30 hours of outside work?
There are several ways to make this work. The focus of this work should be on extending the learning from the course, not just busy work. Some things to keep in mind:
- You can have over 15 hours of face-to-face instruction; you just need to have a minimum of 15 hours. Those extra hours can be counted towards the additional 30 hours.
- Keep focused on the course objectives and assign work that allows the student to expand their learning; do not just focus on the hours required.
- Think outside the box for extended learning opportunities. Webinars, blogs, YouTube videos, research articles, books and applications provide many and varied opportunities.
- Find ideas for out-of-class learning opportunities on the Drake University EDMA Website.
Special issues for catalog (open) courses
- One of the main things to think about is scheduling of your course. You may want to have a class meet one day, then leave a week and then meet for day two. During that week, some out-of-class assignments can be completed. Make sure you allow plenty of time before you close the course to allow participants to complete the work.
- You may want to schedule some time in the summer, then a follow-up in the fall.
- Be sure you have an assortment of extended learning opportunities as some participants may not have a classroom to apply the learning.
- One of the benefits to this schedule is you will be able to have more in-depth, robust conversations and activities in your face-to-face sessions. Time does not need to be spent in reading material or watching movies, etc.
- As you think about grading, the primary reason for grading is to evaluate the level to which your participants meet the objectives of the course. All of the activities that lead to this evaluation should be graded.
- With these new requirements, the best way to evaluate may be by the use of a rubric or a point system, then a point cut-off for A, B, C, D and Pass.
- The Licensure program at Heartland AEA is requiring a grade of A or B to be the equivalent of a Pass.
- You do not need to monitor the time needed for completion of outside activities, but rather, the completion of the activities.
- The grading should not connect to hours, but rather the quality and completion of the work.