Online and Hybrid Course Approval Process

The Distance Education Committee needs to approve any course that will be taught either online or hybrid. In order to be approved, the instructor must have successfully completed the CTRE, or comparable, training course AND obtain DEC approval.

Committee members will review and vote on approving the course based on two example online modules that are uploaded to Moodle.

Click here to request a Moodle shell to create the two online modules

The Moodle shell must include a copy of the syllabus and should include a range of supportive materials and resources that are needed to teach effectively in an online environment. An excellent example of a fully online course Moodle shell is shown belowThe rubric the DEC will use to evaluate proposed course modules is in development, but generally follows the best practices for online teaching as explained in the Illinois Online Network (see under docsforms link).

Our committee needs to have access to the modules at least one week prior to the next scheduled meeting so that we have enough time for review. Instructors must be present at the meeting to present their proposed modules. These are the dates for the 2017/2018 academic year:

Meeting DateOnline Modules Submitted by
August 21, 2018August 14, 2018
September 18, 2018September 11, 2018
October 16,  2018October 9, 2018
November 20, 2018November 13, 2018
December 18, 2018December 11, 2018
January, 2019January, 2019

If the proposed change in only in format (that is, the course already exists but is being changed to a hybrid or online format) an abbreviated Course Request Change Form may be used (see below). Obtain signatures from the department chair and College Dean prior to presenting the course for approval at the Distance Education Committee meeting. *Please indicate on the form if the course is being changed to a hybrid, online or both format.

Course Request Change Form

Example online course modules from an approved, fully online course.

Online Courses