Online Faculty Mentor (OFM) Program

Definition
Eligibility
Program Sponsorship
OFM Training
Course Review/Approval Process

Definition

The Online Faculty Mentor (OFM) Program was created in 2005 to serve as a continuous online course development quality improvement process for the university. The program combines mentoring and peer review processes for initial online course development and subsequent course redesign. Department chairs are responsible for final review and delivery approval of the courses developed by the faculty within their departments.

Eligibility

Only MTSU faculty online course developers who have earned the LERN Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation are eligible to serve as OFMs. 

Program Sponsorship

Distance Education Faculty Services (DEFS) funds MTSU faculty participation in the Certified Online Instructor (COI) Program as budgets permit. Interested full-time professors may contact the office via email or phone (cindy.adams@mtsu.edu or 615-904-8276) for information.

In support of the OFM program (budgets permitting) DEFS provides funding for:

  • COI certification
  • OFM attendance at faculty development workshops/seminars/conferences related to e-teaching/learning
  • Online course development peer review fees ($150 per course assignment) paid annually

OFM Training

All new OFMs are mentored by an experienced OFM who serves as a trainer prior to the first peer reviews and as a resource during the first peer reviews conducted by the new OFM. The mentor/trainer reviews with the new OFM the following:

  • Peer Review/Evaluation Form;
  • How and when course assignments are made;
  • The role of the OFM Program;
  • Mentoring process;
  • Course designer self-evaluation;
  • Department Chair approval;
  • OFM compensation.

Course Review/Approval Process

Please refer to the Course Approval section for MTSU Online and Hybrid Courses for additional information.

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