Online/Distance Education at UW-Madison
see also: http://apir.wisc.edu/distanceed.htm
UW-Madison definitions for online/distance-delivered programs - set by the Higher Learning Commission:
- Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.
- Distance-delivered programs are those certificate or degree/major/option programs in which 50% or more of the required courses may be taken as distance-delivered courses.
Definitions of Distance and Correspondence Education
HLC’s definition of “Distance Delivery” encompasses both distance and correspondence education, thus aligning with the federal government’s definitions (2009):
Correspondence education means:
1. Education provided through one or more courses by an institution under which the institution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor.
2. Interaction between the instructor and the student is limited, is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student.
3. Correspondence courses are typically self-paced.
4. Correspondence education is not distance education.
Distance Education means:
Education that uses one or more of the technologies listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. The technologies may include:
1. The internet;
2. One-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices;
3. Audio conferencing; or
4. Video cassettes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if the cassettes, DVDs, or CD-ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with any of the technologies listed in paragraphs (1) through (3).
Communicating through “Class Notes”, “Instructional Mode”
The Course Guide and the Schedule of Classes (a.k.a. Timetable) are the official and systematic ways to communicate with students about courses availability and any special course features.
Currently we have three instructional modes:
• P / Classroom Instruction – this is the default setting; the instructional mode should be changed if the course is taught in another format
• WC / Online/Some Classroom – for sections that are primarily online (>=75%) with at least some in person activity
• WO / Online Only – 100% distance; no classroom presence
Notes added to the Schedule of Classes that provide information to students about specific requirements, meeting patterns and other information that may be important in their course selection.
Standard notes are available and used to communicate frequently referenced information.