L&S Synchronous Teaching Policy for Online Undergraduate Degrees (OUD) Courses

This page gives information about the asynchronous teaching policy for courses taught for the Online Undergraduate Degree program.


Courses taught for the OUD must be taught asynchronously. For example, lectures, exams, and quizzes must be offered in an asynchronous format.  There should be no regular synchronous meeting patterns scheduled (for example, discussion section meeting times).

Synchronous activities may be used occasionally. These would typically be activities involving a small group of students that are flexibly scheduled. However, instructors should be mindful of issues of equity and fairness for all students who cannot attend. 


This policy presumes that instructors will facilitate rich and engaging interaction that is the core of the L&S experience. The UW-Madison Online Undergraduate Degree Programs students are often attending part-time, and are balancing learning, career, and family commitments. Asynchronous courses will allow students to balance these personal, professional, and academic obligations.

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The Instructional Design Collaborative team is available to help instructors develop strategies to meet this expectation.

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Created:2021-12-08 14:41 CSTUpdated:2022-03-07 14:00 CST
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