As a faculty member, can I develop an online or hybrid course if I do not receive a grant or course stipend to do so?
Receipt of an electronic course award is not the only opportunity or pathway for UL Lafayette faculty members to propose and develop electronic course offerings. The Office of Distance & Electronic Learning polices discusses the course development decisions in two ways: (a) the authority to develop courses and (b) the process for certifying the courses.
The authority to grant faculty the approval to develop electronic courses is vested with the academic department heads in collaboration with their respective dean. These academic administrators hold the power as to which courses can be offered hybrid or online. Please read the General Guidelines for Development and Delivery of a Locally Produced Electronic Courses.
In terms of the process for certifying course to be offered through the University, there are faculty preparation requirements referenced at the link above with more information found here. Those professional development standards are desired by faculty who are serious about providing high quality electronic courses. Also, electronic courses must be designed to meet the essential standards of the Quality Matters Rubric and will need to be vetted through the approved course review process discussed at this link.