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Mentioned below are the most frequently asked questions that prospective *eCreators typically inquire about while considering the development of an online, hybrid and/or a technology-enhanced course. If you have any questions other than the ones provided below you can directly email us at [email protected]

1. What are the prerequisites for hiring an eCreator?

The candidate must:

  • Be qualified a per HEC criteria, i.e. “Master's degree (foreign) or M.Phil. (Pakistan) or equivalent degrees awarded after 18 years of education as determined by the HEC in the relevant field from an HEC recognized University /Institution. Preferred Qualification Ph.D. in the relevant field from an HEC recognized University/Institution.
  • Have prior experience of at least 4 semesters (2 years) in the particular field.
  • Have successfully completed the Online Faculty Certification course and/or APPQMR or equivalent.

Otherwise, be approved by your respective direct supervisor.

2. Can a visiting faculty serve as a developer for an online/blended course development project?

  • Visiting faculty members have a certain credit hour limit; while an online/blended course development is considered as a 3-contact hours course. Hence, if the visiting faculty members credit hour limit doesn’t exceed the limitations and they fulfill the other necessary requirements only then can the visiting faculty be considered for eCreator position.

Please contact your direct supervisor if you have questions about maximum credit-hours.

3. What other factors contribute to the hiring of an eCreator?

Following is a list of general considerations in the eCreator's hiring process. The list is not in order of importance and may not be exhaustive:
  • completion of Applying the Quality Matters Rubric certification course (APPQMR)
  • Degree of success on previous projects
  • Feedback received from direct supervisor
  • feedback received from UMT-Connected staff
  • recommendations from curriculum committee
  • number of years teaching at the university
  • candidate commitment or leadership work
  • professional development, particularly in technology and LMS
  • Student Feedback 

4. Who is responsible for hiring (contract-wise) eCreators?

  • According to UMTs hiring procedure the supervisor of the respective department or school/institute is responsible.

5.Is the online/blended course development paid?

  • Yes
  • Major projects pay 1.5x their visiting faculty salary
  • If more than one developer is hired for a single project, the stipend is divided equitably among all developers.
  • Special projects do exist and are discussed on a case by case basis.

6. When is the payment handed over to the eCreators?

  • The eCreators are paid when the entire course development process and evaluation has been completed.

7. How is the payment made to the eCreators?

  • Payment is made via direct deposit similar to standard pay cheques.

8. What are the starting dates for the project?

Many factors have an impact on a projects starting dates. The following are general start dates.

  • Spring projects typically start in February
  • Summer projects usually start in late June
  • Fall projects usually start in September

9. What is the duration of development projects?

This also varies for a number of reasons, but the following are typical.
  • Spring projects usually conclude by mid-May.
  • Summer projects usually conclude by early August
  • Fall projects usually end by mid-December

10. How many hours is the eCreator required to work on a weekly basis?

  • As per estimate, an eCreator is expected to give at least 5 -10 hours per week for a particular project. However, it also depends on factors like QM experience, LMS skills and previous development experience.
  • The eCreators must be sure of meeting with the online coach at least once a week, (remote meetings might be possible on a less frequent basis).

11. Will any sort of traveling be required by the eCreator?

  • No, not necessarily
  • development work is typically completed remotely using phone and webinar technologies.

12. What an eCreator is expected to do in the development projects?

  • An eCreator is basically a subject specialist/expert. They are responsible to design a course and grading scheme that will be later on forwarded by the online coaches to the curriculum committee for reviewing and approval. Once the plans have been approved by the curriculum committee and instructional designer the the developer who is also the course builder will produce content in LMS.

13. What role do instructional designers play in development projects?

  • Instructional designers are a part of the UMT-Connected team who are partnered with the eCreators and work together on the assigned project. Instructional designers also have an association with other participants in the project, like the curriculum committee, publisher reps, etc. they are basically a communication linkage for the project. The online coaches work along with the eCreators in order to be sure that they are not facing any trouble and have all the required tools for the completion of their work. They also give their ideas on instructional designs and are considered as project managers.

14. Who is incharge of selecting the textbook and digital resources required for the project?  

  • The curriculum committee is responsible for selecting the textbook and digital resources required for the project.

15. In addition to textbook selection what do the statutory bodies add to a development project?

  • Approval of development plans on a large, broad-scale – the most important task of an eCreator is to plan out the course and we should be sure that the plan fits the authorization and transferability requirements and that it is a perfect fit for the program in terms of adversity and/or/course sequence. The plans of the eCreator are forwarded to the committee for further discussion and approval.
  • Broad/higher-level feedback – we look to statutory bodies to provide guidance in areas of rigor, address of course objectives, coverage of content.
  • eCreators typically determine more detailed-level items such as how many quizzes, time limits, etc. These decisions emerge as developer and Online Coaches move through a Quality Matters-based development process and through consideration of feedback from committee members and faculty (anyone can review the course and provide feedback)

16. What are the stages of course development?

There are five (5) milestones during the development process. These are predefined sets of tasks and associated deadlines for the project. Milestones are universal - the same on all projects.

    • Milestone 1: (pre-production) completion of course map called Session Alignment Matrix (SAM), revision of the syllabus (particularly grading section), and production of Session 1 in LMS.
    • Milestone 2: completion of Sessions 2-6 in LMS
    • Milestone 3: completion of Sessions 7-11 in LMS
    • Milestone 4: completion of Sessions 12-16 in LMS

Milestone 5: finalize course, conduct course walkthrough (webinar) with curriculum committee, complete project

17. What deadlines are set for milestones?

  • The deadlines are decided between the online coaches and eCreators at the beginning of the project.
  • Typically, the Online Coaches will start with the deadline of the project, setting that as the milestone 5 deadlines, and then divide the time allotted for the project evenly across the remaining milestones.

18. Who is responsible for the appraisal of the course?

  • The programmatic ‘board of studies’ will be responsible for reviewing and approving the course.

19. Who will become the instructor?

  • Respective school/institute will be responsible for assigning an instructor when the course will be offered for the first time. eCreator has the first right of refusal for a three course offerings.

20. After the successful development of the course what benefits will the eCreator/respective school receive?

  • eCreators will master the online course development process.
  • eCreators will serve as mentors to train others to teach the developed course either as technology-enhanced, blended or online.
  • eCreators would receive global recognition by having their courses, QM or EOCCS approved, with instituitional permission.

These are frequently asked questions contact us for further quires.

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