Course guidelines

All online courses will be subject to the following guidelines concerning format and content.

  1. A personal introduction is strongly encouraged. The introduction could include information about academic credentials, including degrees and when they were earned, organizations that the instructor is active in, publications, special interests and anything else that could be helpful in personalizing the relationship with a student.
  2. Courses must have a well-developed syllabus. The syllabus should include:
    1. Course overview
    2. Course objectives
    3. Course organization
      • Academic requirements
      • Information about the nature of the assignments and exams
      • Technical requirements of learners
    4. Grading and evaluation criteria
    5. Timeline/schedule (semester-based courses)
    6. Disability accommodation information
  3. Each course should have an appropriate number of written assignments/modules. Each assignment or module should include the following:
    1. Objectives
    2. Reading assignments including chapter/article title and pages and other tasks related to the unit.
    3. Instructor comments that expand upon and clarify the assigned readings/tasks. This section may include tables, graphs, handouts, and exercises that might be used if the course were taught in a traditional classroom setting. Self-study questions and a list of terms may also be included.
    4. Written work to be submitted to demonstrate understanding of the material.
  4. Students may be asked to take exams under the supervision of an approved proctor. Another approach is to provide access to exams using the university’s authentication system. Faculty may wish to consider time constraints, randomization of items, and/or multiple versions of an exam.