Request to offer an online or hybrid undergraduate course during the academic year; list of approved courses

Departments must request approval to schedule undergraduate course section in an online or hybrid format, the procedure is below.

Deadlines & Resources

Modality change requests must be submitted by the Registrar's Initial Call Deadline. These dates are provided in the Curricular Planning Schedules published by the Registrar's Office here.

While these dates change from year to year, departments should plan to submit requests by the following dates:
  • Fall Term Deadline: early January
  • Spring Term Deadline: late August
 Please note: no review is required to offer summer courses online, or to offer graduate courses online.

List of Undergraduate Courses Approved to Be Offered Online or Hybrid, during a Fall or Spring semester
L&S Policy on Offering Undergraduate Class Sections with Online or Hybrid Modality

How to Submit a Request

To request permission to offer an undergraduate class section as online or hybrid during the fall/spring semester, departments must:
(1) Gather proposal materials:
(2) The chair/director must submit the materials and request, with their department's recommendation for the course to be taught online or hybrid, to L&S Teaching & Learning Administration, c/o Zach McLeod (zachary.mcleod@wisc.edu)
 
Special Notes:
  • Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) online courses shared with BTAA institutions will receive expedited review; contact Zach McLeod for additional information.
  • Given the variable nature of topics courses, they cannot be permanently approved to be offered online. However, departments may request permission to teach any individual topic title online through this process. Approval will be specific to the term and topic title.
  • Summer online courses and graduate online courses don't need approval, per the L&S Policy on Offering Undergraduate Class Sections with Online or Hybrid Modality.

Review of proposals

Requests are administratively reviewed and approved by L&S Teaching & Learning. The focus of review is:
  • Intended audience (in-person modality is a priority for first- and second-year students)
  • Pedagogical benefits specific to the course goals
  • Course’s place in program requirements (in-person is a priority for courses required for all students in a program)
Generally speaking, an approval to offer a course online rolls forward automatically each semester. However, if a course’s content, design, enrollment or audience changes substantially, or if an issue is identified through regular L&S Admin monitoring, a request for review may be required.
For additional questions, please contact Kimbrin Cornelius, Assistant Dean of L&S Teaching and Learning at kimbrin.cornelius@wisc.edu