Creating an Online Course

Faculty members interested in putting a course online should work with the Instructional Design 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 is an engaging teaching and learning experience. Contact Aimee Greene, program manager for Instructional Design and Teaching with 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.

Course approval

Online courses are approved in the same way as any other course, following established university and departmental policies. See the Office of Academic Planning and Accountability website for forms and directions.

Adding 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.

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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