Southeast Missouri State University

Bill 13-A-24 - Adding "Online Course and Program Approval Procedures" to Course and Curricular Approval (Approved)

FACULTY SENATE
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE BILL 13-A-24
Approved by the Faculty Senate
April 24, 2013

BRIEF SUMMARY: Chapter 5, Section B of the Faculty Handbook provides course and curricular approval procedures. With the growth of online courses and programs, this bill provides language to define the approval procedures unique to online courses and programs.

ADDING "ONLINE COURSE AND PROGRAM APPROVAL PROCEDURES" TO COURSE AND CURRICULAR APPROVAL

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Chapter 5, Section B2 of the Faculty Handbook be amended by adding the following "procedures" section after the existing Course Approval Process section and before the section defining College Council: College of Education.

Online Course and Program Approval Procedures
  1. All online courses must be offered through the Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) using the current learning management system.
  2. The Coordinator of Southeast Online is assigned responsibility for the coordination of online instruction, programming, and reservation of seats for online students as needed.
  3. Procedure for proposing a new online program:
    1. A new online program that has not been offered face-to-face:
      1. Must go through the program approval process as detailed on the Provost's website.
      2. Additionally, a proposed new online program must be discussed with the Office of Online Learning before submission to College Council.
    2. A program that has previously been approved face-to-face, which is to be offered online:
      1. Must be approved for online presentation by the home department.
      2. It must then be discussed with the Office of Online Learning. Issues such as marketing, support needs, scheduling, state authorizations, and instructional design will be addressed.
    3. In either case, when a new program is to be offered online, an informational notice should go to Academic Council and the Provost's office. Institutional Research will notify the Higher Learning Commission of the addition.
  4. Procedure for developing a new online course:
    1. A new online course that has not been offered face-to-face:
      1. Must go through the normal approval process for any new course.
      2. After approval, the faculty member developing the new online course must have certified online faculty status or meet at least once with the Instructional Designer to discuss best practices in online pedagogy, and to plan additional meetings if needed for assistance in course development.
    2. A course that has previously been approved face-to-face, which is to be offered online:
      1. Must be approved by the department and department chairperson prior to being sent to the Associate Dean for Online Learning.
      2. After approval, the faculty member developing the new online course must have certified online faculty status or meet at least once with the Instructional Designer to discuss best practices in online pedagogy, and to plan additional meetings if needed for assistance in course development.
  5. Procedure for becoming an online instructor:
    1. Any faculty member who plans to teach an online course and who has not done so previously at Southeast must meet at least once with the Instructional Designer to discuss best practices in online pedagogy, and to plan additional meetings if needed.
  6. Procedure for becoming certified online faculty:
    1. The CSTL and OIT will offer training opportunities for faculty to become "certified online faculty". This optional certification may contribute to a faculty member's evidence of teaching effectiveness for tenure, promotion, and merit, if appropriate to department criteria.
  7. When course schedules are drafted, college deans should submit a list of proposed online courses, including the name of the instructor, to the Associate Dean for Online Learning. This list should identify any new online courses and any new online instructors. The Associate Dean for Online Learning will review the list of proposed courses to ensure that the above procedures have been followed.
  8. The Associate Dean for Online Learning will share information on proposed online course offerings each semester with the Director of Kent Library, Dean of University Studies, Textbook Services, and any other affected support offices.

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Action Date
Introduced to Senate 3/27/13
Second Senate Meeting 4/10/13
Faculty Senate Vote 4/24/13
President's Review 5/1/13
15 Day Review 6/19/13
Posted to Faculty Handbook

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