Launch an Online Course

Faculty members interested in putting a course online should work with the Instructional Design and Technology unit of the Delphi Center. A team of instructional designers will work with faculty members at any level to put a course online. Whether it's offering informal consultation regarding how to use a Wiki, or building an entire course for the faculty member, our instructional designers will work with you to ensure that your online course provides an engaging teaching and learning experience.

Check Resources for Preparing Your Course to see the stages of online course development. Contact Aimee Greene, assistant director, Instructional Design and Technology, to get started.

Definition of an online class

An online class is one in which 80% of content is delivered online, synchronously or asynchronously. The interpretation of this definition is at the discretion of the departments. However, in the absence of a departmental policy, consider this guideline:

One "credit hour" is generally defined as 12.5 contact hours in a semester. Therefore, a three credit hour course would include 37.5 contact hours. A three credit hour course would be considered online if it requires 7.5 or fewer contact hours during the term. See UofL's "Credit Hour Policy".

Obtain course approval

Online courses are approved in the same way as any other course, following established university and departmental policies. All courses offered online must meet the same learning outcomes as other sections of the same course offered in different modalities or in different locations. See the Office of Academic Planning and Accountability website for forms and directions.

Add an online class to the schedule of courses

The Office of the Registrar will send your department a proof list of courses offered the same term in the previous year and you will be given the opportunity to mark corrections, additions, etc. The contact within your department who receives the proofs must make sure to do the following when adding the online course(s) to the list:

  1. Assign online courses a section number of 50 or 52-59.
  2. Add a note regarding the online course tuition rate (online courses have a different tuition rate than face-to-face courses).
  3. Add notes for any special online or offline meeting requirements (e.g., "required meeting online once a week," or "students must attend three mandatory meetings held on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Strickler Hall, room 102, on the following dates…" Notes should be as specific as possible so students can make informed decisions about their schedule.
  4. Faculty members requiring a proctored exam must place a note in the Schedule of Classes and in the syllabus, informing students that they may incur a fee either to pay the proctor or to purchase a webcam, depending on the type of proctoring the faculty member chooses. SACS requires students to know up front of any additional fees associated with verification of student identity in online courses.

Establish a speedtype

The academic department/dean that is offering the course receives 50% of tuition revenue generated by the course. Ask the Unit Business Manager in your dean's office to ensure a department speedtype has been properly established for this revenue.

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