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Policy for the Support of Program Development and Growth in an Online Delivery Format


Policy

Old Dominion University delivers courses in a variety of modalities, and it is the expectation that faculty are able to deliver instruction in all of these different modalities. In support of further advancing online program offerings available to Old Dominion University students, academic units and faculty should be appropriately resourced. This policy explains how departments and other units may receive resources to support the development, instruction and growth of programs in an online format.


Course Development

           For the development of an asynchronous course to be offered online, full-time and part-time faculty will be provided one course release [in some instances, if release time is not possible, a stipend will be paid directly to the faculty developer]. The course may be developed following the Center for Learning and Teaching's (CLT's) course development process and hosted by the designated content management system. A faculty member who, with the support of his/her department, develops an online course independent of CLT will be provided with release time or stipend after the program/course has been approved by Distance Learning.

           The Office of Distance Learning will work with University administrators and departments to identify and agree upon programs to be developed in an online asynchronous format. Distance Learning will work with the academic unit and Academic Affairs to fund each online asynchronous program development initiative.


Course Revision

           For the major revision of an asynchronous course offered online, full-time and part-time faculty will be provided a course release of 0.5 of the total credit hours for the course (in some instances, if release time is not possible, a stipend will be paid directly to the faculty developer). The course may be revised following the Center for Learning and Teaching's course development process and hosted by the designated content management system. Departments/faculty that revise courses independent of CLT will be provided with course release time and/or stipends to support course revision once the revisions have been approved by Distance Learning.

           Course revisions that are managed by the Office of Distance Learning will be handled on a program-by-program, or a course-by-course, basis and integrated into the production/revision cycles available through the Center for Learning and Teaching. Distance Learning will work with the academic unit and Academic Affairs to fund each revision initiative.


Online Delivery Resource Allocation

           Students are assessed a $30 per credit hour fee for technology delivered courses. Revenue generated from this source will be used to enhance the instructional and technological capacity of the institution. The Office of Academic Affairs will allocate 67% of the base technology fee revenue as follows: 10% to the Office of the Dean, 50% to departments, and 40% to the Office of Distance Learning. The remaining 33% of the technology fee revenue will be retained by the Office of the Provost for instructional expenses. Colleges, departments, and other units offering courses in an online format, per the terms of this policy, have the discretion to use the resources to support instructional and other program needs and incentivize the growth of online programs and excellence in online teaching. Academic deans will be responsible for the oversight of the use of funds.

           This policy will be reviewed every three years to make necessary adjustments.

- Approved by the president
May 8, 2015
Revised May 2021

          


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