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Flexible Teaching for Student Success

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us we must be ready to pivot to different learning modalities that meet our students’ needs when we cannot teach on campus. The Flexible Teaching for Student Success Initiative will prepare Boise State University to deliver classes online, in person, and in various combinations thereof during fall 2020. We want to ensure every faculty member has the tools and skills they need to be successful. These efforts will serve us well, both individually and institutionally, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is in the rear-view mirror.

In Flexible Teaching for Student Success, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and eCampus Center are partnering to offer development opportunities during summer 2020 to help faculty create highly flexible courses for the fall. Faculty can engage with this work at levels they choose, supported by CTL and eCampus Center staff as they prepare high-quality courses for our students, regardless of format.

Program Description

The Flexible Teaching for Student Success Initiative has three tiers, offering faculty flexibility in time and dates to engage in this work.  Content is similar across the tiers, so select the option that best aligns with your needs and availability.

Tier 1: Institute

  • A single, 3-week facilitated institute
  • 36 asynchronous hours with robust deliverables
  • $1,000 stipend*

Tier 2: Workshop

  • Menu of six, 1-week facilitated workshops
  • 3-hour asynchronous workshops with targeted deliverables
  • $250 stipend* for completing 3 workshops and a fall implementation plan

Tier 3: Resources

  • Independent access to resources and help sessions
  • No deliverables
  • No stipend

Tier Details And Application Process

* This summer, Boise State faculty and staff are collaborating in an exceptional effort to ensure instructors are ready to engage our students this fall. Because most faculty are off-contract during the summer months, the University will provide stipends to instructors who complete select faculty development opportunities. At the same time, the university is responding to the budgetary fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and professional staff are taking furlough days this summer. We recognize the summer stipend will provide essential support to many instructors, while other instructors may wish to forgo stipends. Instructors who enroll in Tier 1 or Tier 2 experiences will later have an opportunity to opt out of the stipend for this summer work.

Contact Us

If you have questions about faculty development opportunities in the Flexible Teaching for Student Success Initiative contact

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can Graduate Students participate in this initiative?
    Graduate students play an important role in supporting our Boise State students.  We envision that the “Tier 2: Workshops” option will meet the needs of most graduate students. If you are a graduate student (or your program has a graduate student) who is teaching a course for which you think “Tier 1: Institutes” would better meet your needs, please send us an email to discuss it at  [Graduate TA orientation scheduled for August, is also being planned with fall needs in mind].
  2. My course has been taught online by someone else.  Can I use their course design/course shell as a starting point?
    For faculty applying for “Tier 1: Institute”, there is a question related to this in the  application process.  For other instructors, contact for assistance.
  3. If I apply to Tier 1: Institutes but either don’t get in (because of space or because I am accepted into a session that I can’t do because of calendar conflicts), will I be automatically enrolled in Tier 2: Workshops?
    If you are not accepted into Tier 1 or decline to participate in the available dates, then you will be invited to enroll in Tier 2.
  4. Can I participate in both Tier 1: Institute and Tier 2: Workshops?
    Faculty are welcome to participate in both Tier 1 and Tier 2 (as space allows), but they may only receive a stipend for one of the experiences.
  5. After discussing with my chair, I want to transition my fall in-person course to online or remote or hybrid, but I have not participated in faculty development in any of these areas. Will FTSS offerings help me? Would it be advisable to enroll in Tier 1 or Tier 2?
    Both Tier 1 and 2 FTSS offerings are focused on expanding a faculty member’s knowledge of asynchronous online strategies that are useful in any course offering. We encourage anyone transitioning from in-person teaching to invest in professional development. Whether you choose a Tier 1 or 2 depends on space available in the sessions and on your time available. These offerings will cover the basics that you need. We look forward to your participation in future eCampus Center and CTL offerings to build on the knowledge, skills and experience you gain this summer and fall.
  6. Can I receive payment for participation in Tier 1 or Tier 2 as a budget transfer rather than a stipend?
    Payment for Tier 1 and Tier 2 can only be given as a stipend.