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Online Courses

Curricular Affairs Committee Policy on Online Courses


A. Online Course: 75-100% delivered online; typically has no face-to-face meetings (except proctored exams).  Online courses must be approved through the usual process (see below).

B. Blended Course: 25-74% delivered online; there is a reduction in seat time; requires some face-to-face meetings.  Existing face-to-face courses do not require any additional approval to be delivered as blended (notify Enrollment Services when scheduling the course).

C. Web-Enhanced (aka Supplemental): Less than 25% delivered online with minor reduction or no reduction in seat time. Existing face-to-face courses do not require any additional approval to be delivered as web-enhanced.

On October 24, 2011, the CAC agreed to the following guidelines for Online and Blended Course Development. These were approved by vote of the Faculty Senate on November 17, 2011: Policies and Procedures for Online & Blended Course Development

Approval Procedures

Approval is required to:

  • Propose an online version of an existing course: complete Course Change Proposal form and Online Course Proposal Supplement
  • Propose an altogether new course employing online instruction: complete New Course Proposal form and Online Course Proposal Supplement

Submit electronic proposals to the your college curriculum committee.

1. The faculty member who is proposing to teach an existing course entirely online will demonstrate that the online version of the course meets all appropriate content and outcomes requirements.

2. The faculty member will explain how assignments and examinations will be accommodated in the online course; this includes grading criteria.

3. The faculty member will demonstrate that the student workload for the online class is equivalent to the in-class and out-of-class work in its face-to-face equivalent (University Manual, 8.31.10 “Basis for Credit.”)

4. The faculty member will present a plan for delivering the course online i.e. clearly explain how the course and related materials will be prepared, modified and made available for online offering. This is particularly important for courses being offered online for the first time.

5. The academic department will review the syllabus and relevant materials for the online course, as well as the implementation plan, and the chair will certify that the course to be offered meets all content and outcomes requirements as determined by the department faculty. If a course has been approved for online teaching by one instructor, the department will certify that online proposals for the same course by different instructors are equivalent.

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