Co-Teaching & Community Engagement

Frequently Asked Questions

For faculty interested in collaborative teaching

Course Design Questions

What models exist for co-teaching?

While we can imagine almost any number of possible descriptions and configurations for co-teaching, here are four models to consider that might help inspire collaboration with colleagues:

  1. Linked Courses
  2. Informally Blended Courses
  3. Formally Blended Courses
  4. Merged Courses

To explore the four models listed above, read Co-Teaching Models: Possible Course Configurations (PDF).

We can also imagine faculty creating a series of activities that can be used in a variety of classes in synchronous or asynchronous environments. Here are a variety of example courses from across the country - Exploring Open Web Courses(opens in new window).

How do I get a course approved?

You can find forms, information about processes, and a flow chart to guide your approval process on the Academic Department Manual.

How do I find a classroom space that fits our course design and goals?

You can find classroom information, including information about available technologies and room capacity, in this searchable classroom list from Classroom Technology Services

Do you have examples of team taught courses?

Yes, please see our Example Collaborations.

Faculty Workload Questions

How have departments solved issues related to course workload across disciplines (AWTU)?

The Provost has made it clear that Colleges have significant flexibility in terms of how they manage paying faculty to co-teach.  Inquire with your department Chair and college Dean.

By way of example, one department has three faculty teaching one, three unit course. Each instructor teaches for 1/3 of the semester and is compensated one unit. Another department has two faculty teaching one course in which one person receives credit for the course and the other instructor receives 3 units in AWTUs.

Inquire with your department Chair and college Dean.

Is there a question you need answered?

Contact Susan Roll in the Civic Engagement office to submit a question.

Susan Roll