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Online Course Policy

Online Course Policy

Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
February 18, 2013 (previously titled "Internet or Web-based Course Policy"
Faculty who wish to deliver online courses must adhere to the most current version of this and any other related policies.

Prior to offering his/her first online course, a faculty member must complete an approved training related to online instruction. Such trainings are offered through the Office of Electronic Learning and the School of Extended Education; other appropriate certificates of training may be accepted upon approval by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

All requests for curriculum or course additions, deletions, and revisions must adhere to the guidelines established in the Evaluation and Review of Curricular Offerings Policy. Curriculum and course requests related to online instruction must be approved by the department head and dean in consultation with the Director of Electronic Learning and/or the Executive Director of Extended Education prior to being submitted to the University Curriculum Committee (undergraduate requests) or the Graduate Council (graduate requests).

The following standard components for online courses (independent of course content) must be included in the course:

  1. Course syllabus (per current guidelines provided by Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Support)
  2. Breadth and scope of the course
  3. A detailed description of how to submit assignments
  4. Technical support resources   Instructors should reference or .
  5. Academic support resources (e.g. Library, Write to Excellence Center, etc.)
  6. Instructor contact information (including campus office hours, telephone number, email address, fax number (if available), and mailing address)
  7. Student participation tools and expectations (e.g. online discussions and engagement requirements)
  8. Calendar of assignments including due dates, times, and submission methods
  9. Instructions on how to complete Student Evaluations of Instruction (SEIs) as provided by the Office of Institutional Research

Scheduling Online Courses
Departments interested in offering online courses should contact the Office of Electronic Learning or the School of Extended Education to discuss scheduling opportunities.

Online Course Exams
Online courses requiring exams must adhere to the current Student Learning Assessment Policy.

Faculty are encouraged to use Web-based monitoring services, such as ProctorU, when exams are administered face to face as a requirement of online courses. Such monitoring services are likely fee-based, and the student is responsible for incurring any costs associated with the monitoring service; however, faculty must stipulate in course syllabi whether monitoring services for exams will be required, what costs (if any) students will incur, and information on how to arrange for monitoring appointments.

Online Course Stipend Policy
Full-time faculty who develop an online course to be offered by McNeese are eligible to receive a one-time $1,000 stipend provided all requirements stated in relevant policies are met and pending availability of funding. Courses designed for independent study such as directed study, internships, field study, etc. do not qualify for the stipend. Contact the Director of Electronic Learning or the Executive Director of Extended Education for more information.