Online Learning Policies

Students

Distance Education Attendance

Initial attendance in online must be substantiated through appropriate documentation. Appropriate documentation can include submission of an academic assignment, taking an exam or quiz, participating in an interactive tutorial, learning via computer-assisted instruction, participating in an online discussion about the academic content of the course in which the learner is enrolled, or initiated contact with an instructor to inquire about the academic subject being studied in a course.

Verification of initial attendance cannot be substantiated through a discussion board post providing a brief personal introduction or explanation of why a learner is excited to take a course, completing a course checklist, using activity logs to show that a student accessed the learning management system, or an email to the instructor inquiring about the syllabus, mechanics of an assignment submission or other “housekeeping” matters.

Last Date of Attendance for Distance Education Classes

Last date of attendance in online courses must be substantiated through appropriate documentation. Appropriate documentation can include submission of an academic assignment, taking an exam or quiz, participating in an interactive tutorial, learning via computer-assisted instruction, participating in an online discussion about the academic content of the course in which the learner is enrolled and initiated contact with an instructor to inquire about the academic subject being studied in a course.

Verification of last date of attendance cannot be substantiated using activity logs to show that a student accessed the learning management system or an email to the instructor inquiring about the syllabus, mechanics of an assignment submission, or other “housekeeping” matters. Last date of attendance cannot be substantiated through an unfinished quiz or exam, an auto-generated activity log from the learning management system, a forum used only to take attendance, or email correspondence that does not create a record in the learning management system.

Instructors

Regular & Substantive Interaction in Distance Education

To be considered a distance education program, courses must regular and substantive interaction between the instructor and students. Interaction should take place at regular intervals and not be trivial--meaning that interaction should be predictable and built into program design. Substantive interaction refers to interaction (or the opportunity of interaction) with a student that is relevant to the academic subject matter in which the student is engaged. Substantive interaction includes, but is not limited to, direct instruction, substantive feedback to assessments, or contacts with students that create the opportunity for relevant discussion of academic subject matter.

Using technology to deliver instruction is a core aspect of supporting distance education. Technologies may include the internet, audio conferencing, multimedia (if the multimedia is used in conjunction with any of the aforementioned technologies). All interactions should be retained in the learning management system to ensure that the Distance Education and Financial Aid teams have the appropriate Regular and Substantive Interaction documentation.

Online Master Course Policy for Adjuncts

The master course shell must be fully adhered to, aside from due dates, deadlines, and features that have been left for instructors to customize. Questions regarding the content of master course shells should be referred to full-time faculty or Dean in the associated discipline. Supplemental resources and assignments can be added throughout the semester. All supplemental resources must be ADA compliant. Any deviation from the content must be approved by the Dean.

 
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