Departments must request approval before offering an undergraduate course an online format for the first time during the academic year. This policy goes in effect Fall 2020.
Departments must request permission to teach a course in an online format when it meets all these conditions:
- It is designed as online-only or mostly online (75% of more of the instructional contact is happening online); AND
- It is designed for undergraduates (departments do not need permission to teach graduate courses in an online format); AND
- It will be offered in a fall or spring term (departments do not need permission to teach summer term courses in an online format); AND
- It will be offered in a fall/spring semester for the first time. (Courses already offered online in the fall/spring semester have provisional approval to continue to be offered until Fall 2023).
Request permission to offer undergraduate online course
- a completed proposal to teach the course online
- a syllabus that reflects the online instructional mode and meets campus syllabus guidelines
- a link to the online CANVAS course if it has already been taught online; otherwise departments may provide documentation of the course design, digital materials, and student experience by providing a completed course map and rhythm document.
- submit a Lumen Course proposal to add course learning outcomes to our systems (if this has not yet been done).
- the department's curriculum committee
- the department's chair/director
Special Note-2: 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.
Review of proposals
- Whether the student enrollments are likely to include first and second year student
- If students are required to take the online version to complete a requirement
- Review of the instructional design of the course, to ensure it is aligned with current practices in online education
Departments must request permission to teach a course online in Fall 2020 by February 1, 2020. We recommend earlier submission in case the proposal needs revisions before it can be approved. If the deadline is not met, or the course is not approved to be offered online, the department must teach the course in another format.