online course guidelines
The intent of this
document is to provide guidance on the procedures for offering online courses in
the College of Education (COE) at the University of Montevallo. The COE strictly
abides by the policies on distance education as mandated by the following:
Alabama Commission on
Higher Education (ACHE)
of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/Commission on Colleges (COC)
These procedures have been
established to enforce compliance with the above and to ensure the highest
quality online courses. The goals are to provide online students with learning
experiences that meet or exceed the quality of traditional onsite classes and to
assist faculty in providing such learning experiences.
As a general rule,
courses that rely on an online learning environment as opposed to physical class
presence more than 50% of the time are considered online courses and must follow
The courseware used by the
COE is Blackboard. All online courses offered by COE faculty must use this
platform. Additionally, all instructors must use the standard Online Course
Template. This is intended to assist instructors in the course-development
process and to provide a consistent format to aid in decreasing the learning
curve for the student. With this in mind, instructors may modify the template as
necessary to meet unique course needs or to accommodate personal instructional
Instructors who offer
online courses are bound by the same academic policies and procedures as those
instructors offering traditional courses.
The number of students
enrolled in an online course will be calculated in the same way as a traditional
course and, for purposes of determining faculty remuneration, workload,
preparation time, and other similar factors, the online course will be
considered the same as if it were offered in the traditional manner.
The start and end dates
that define the period during which an online course must be completed will be
the same as those defined by the academic calendar unless college or
departmental approval for schedule deviation has been granted.
Students will be charged a
$75 course fee for taking online courses. The revenue generated from this fee
will be used exclusively to support the advancement of online education in the
IV. Approval Mechanism
departmental, and program approval policies must be followed for all new
courses whether online or traditional.
Once a course has received official approval, application for online status must
be made with the appropriate academic department/program using the
Online Course Approval Form.
V. General Guidelines for
Online Course Design
All online courses must be designed based on the
Online Course Design Checksheet
and the Online Course Template for Blackboard.
Courses must be
implemented so that students with disabilities registered in the course can
complete all course requirements.
All documents submitted in the online course must be archived for at least a
period of time as identified for equivalent components of traditional courses
(normally 2 years).
Online courses are subject to the same evaluation criteria as courses offered in
the traditional manner. However, the instrument of evaluation may be modified to
reflect the method of delivery.
VI. Ownership of Online
These guidelines are in
accordance with and superseded by Copyright section of UM Policy
01:013, Patents and Copyright.
audio-taped, or otherwise electronically captured performances of a faculty
member’s instruction shall remain under the sole ownership of the faculty
member. Faculty will also retain, as intellectual property, exclusive ownership
of any instructional materials created explicitly for use on the course site,
including video, audio, PowerPoint, or textual materials.
While employed by the COE,
the faculty content developer will have exclusive right to utilize the online
course materials developed. Utilization of these materials by others will be
allowed only with the express written consent of the content developer. The
faculty member who develops an online course is free to take the course to
another institution if the faculty member’s employment in the COE ends. Faculty
members will not be allowed to utilize these materials in teaching at another
institution of higher education, while employed as a faculty member in the COE
without the express written permission of the COE Dean. In the case of adjuncts
or other temporary faculty hired to teach an online course specifically created
by them and taught at another institution prior to teaching it at UM, this
permission can be presumed.
When the faculty member
who has been teaching an online course is no longer assigned to teach that
course or, for whatever reason, ceases to be employed by the COE, the COE
reserves the right to purchase a five-year license to use the course and all
associated materials developed for the course for an amount not to exceed $1,000
In the event that the COE
chooses not to purchase the right to use a course, the faculty content developer
can remove or direct to be removed from the online course site the instructional
materials defined above as being owned exclusively by the faculty member.
The COE does not claim any
right to retain or utilize these materials without the express written approval
of the faculty developer. The COE retains ownership and full rights to utilize
the course title, syllabus, and catalog description.