Introduction, Definitions, and Goals
Texas A&M International University's Office of Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services is committed to providing the best quality education for students at a distance. The university offers a graduate-level degree and certificate programs in formats accessible beyond the traditional campus. Courses offered via online, video conference, or remote classrooms are specifically delineated in the schedule of courses.
This website serves as a guide to the distance education (eLearning) program at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). As with any successful program, this website is reviewed and evaluated constantly to reflect changes and improve current practices.
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The main focus of our eLearning program is the coordination of human and financial resources devoted to the support of distance education for TAMIU's faculty and students. The Director of Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services is responsible for the overall coordination of services in the eLearning program under the Associate Vice President of Information Technology who, in turn, reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. A list of the eLearning team members and an organizational chart of the office can be found on the Contact Us page of this site. Our instructional technology area has adequate technical support staff for both faculty and students.
In 2011, the Distance Education Advisory Committee (DEAC) at TAMIU was created to review and recommend procedures for online course development, quality standards, and evaluation mechanisms. This committee continues to serve as an advisory body for the eLearning program and other technology initiatives.
A course's instructional delivery mode is selected at the department level and forwarded for approval through curriculum committees at the department, college, and university level. The instructional delivery modes include online, through our eLearning management system (LMS), and via interactive videoconferencing, through the Texas A&M System's Trans-Texas Videoconference Network (TTVN).
Three categories of distance education are defined as:
- Fully Distance Education Course – A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time. This model provides off-campus students the equivalent learning opportunities and outcomes as on-campus students.
- Hybrid/Blended Course – A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor are not in the same place. A percentage of class time is delivered in a traditional face-to-face format and the remaining percentage is delivered in the online environment. Course materials and assignments (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, handouts, research journals, articles, notes, etc.) are available online, as well as communication tools that allow faculty to interact with students synchronously and asynchronously. The faculty determines the percentage of time in each format, based on the requirements of the course.
- Web-Centric/Web-Enhanced Course – A course that uses the University’s primary learning management system to support and supplement their teaching. Course materials and assignments (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, handouts, research journals, articles, notes, etc.) are available online, as well as communication tools that allow faculty to interact with students asynchronously.
Distance Education Goals 2014-2016
Goal 1. Create, support, and enhance the Instructional Technology Activities of the TAMIU Community through a variety of delivery formats.
Goal 2. Continue to implement and expand the Quality Matters standards in all newly-developed online courses.
Goal 3. Migrate to a new Learning Management System.
Goal 4. Promote, recognize, and reward excellence among faculty integrating technology.
Goal 5. Maintain and expand collaborative service efforts with regional school districts and institutions of higher education.
Program Integrity Regulation
Distance Learning Compliant Process for Out-of-State Students
Distance education is an important component of Texas A&M International University’s program offerings. In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (USDEO) requires institutions offering distance education to provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student’s state.
Students residing outside of the State of Texas while attending TAMIU should try to resolve the matter with the University first by emailing the Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services office at email@example.com or by phone at (956) 326-2792.
Below is a list of available complaint process information for all states.Alabama
General Link:http://akadvantage.alaska.gov/ Arizona
General Link:http://azppse.state.az.us/ Arkansas
General Link:http://www.adhe.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/AcademicAffairsDivision/ICAC%20Rules%20and%20Regulations/APPENDIXJ.pdf California
General Link:http://www.bppe.ca.gov/forms_pubs/complaint.pdf Colorado
General Link:http://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Policies/Current/i-partj.pdf Connecticut
General Link:http://www.ctdhe.org/ Delaware
General Link:http://www.doe.k12.de.us/ District of Columbia
General Link:http://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/State%20Complaints%20Policy%20and%20Procedure.pdf Florida
General Link:http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/392/5/06.pdf Hawaii
No Authorization Agencies in HawaiiIdaho
General Link:http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title33/T33CH24.htm Illinois
General Link:http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/consumerinfo/complaint.htm Indiana
General Link:http://www.in.gov/che/ Iowa
General Link:http://www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/524-ComplaintProcedureandForm.pdf Kentucky
General Link:http://cpe.ky.gov/institutions/ Louisiana
General Link:http://regents.louisiana.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/StudentComplaintProcedure.pdf Maine
General Link:http://www.maine.gov/education/ Maryland
General Link:http://www.mhec.state.md.us/ Massachusetts
General Link:http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/ Missouri
General Link:http://www.nh.gov/postsecondary/complaints New Jersey
General Link:http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/ New Mexico
General Link:http://www.hed.state.nm.us/ New York
General Link:http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=academic-planning/licensing-institutions North Dakota
Currently complaints are filed with the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical
Education (CTE) and are then handed to the Attorney General. That policy is currently under
review and revision. Please call CTE at 701‐328‐2678 for more information.
General Link:http://www.okhighered.org/ Oregon
General Link:http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/ Pennsylvania
General Link:http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/higher_education/8711/complain Puerto Rico
None Listed.Rhode Island
General Link:http://www.ribghe.org/students.htm South Carolina
General Link:http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ Utah
General Link:http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/index.html Vermont
General Link:http://www.wtb.wa.gov/PCS_Complaints.asp West Virginia
General Link:http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp Wyoming
If the complaint involves an issue relative to authorization, the Wyoming Department of
Education contacts the institution to ensure that the institution is compliant with Wyoming
State law. For complaints not related to authorization, the complainant is encouraged to try
to resolve the issue through their institution's formal grievance procedures. Depending on the
nature of the complaint, the complainant may also be referred to the Consumer Protection
Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. Please contact the Wyoming Department
of Education at 307‐777‐6210.