Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Memorandum of Understanding for online courses is an agreement between the Office of eLearning and the faculty member and department developing the online course. The MOU encompasses two pieces, the online course review and possible compensation for the faculty member developing the course. New online faculty are encouraged to contact the Office of eLearning before they begin developing an online course. We can provide basic advice and instructional design assistance that will aid in the development process.

Online Course Review

As required by SACS, all ETSU online courses are required to undergo reviews to ensure best practices and sound instructional design. These reviews focus on delivery methods, communication tools and online-specific information, not course content or objectives. Course reviews are completed using the MOU Scoring Rubric.

All courses are evaluated using the MOU Scoring Rubric on a three-year basis regardless of whether the faculty member seeks compensation. The review can be conducted by the Office of eLearning or the eLearning liaison faculty member from the developing college.

Online Course Development Compensation

Faculty developing ETSU Online courses may request development money from the Office of eLearning. The MOU lists the guidelines that should be followed for those who wish to be compensated, which will be evaluated using the MOU Scoring Rubric. Faculty should complete the MOU, obtain the necessary signatures, and return to the Office of eLearning before beginning development.

Some courses may not be approved for development funding. Courses that are part of an online program will receive priority when making funding decisions. For more information about the development of online courses contact Anthony Kiech (, 439.8565) or Myra Jones (, 439.8614.)

MOU Forms

Guidelines and possible compensation for ETSU online courses is determined by the delivery format. Courses delivered through Bridge, Wimba or other synchronous systems with set meeting times should use the Synchronous MOU form. Courses delivered asynchronously or courses with a few required synchronous sessions should use the Asynchronous MOU form. Click here for more information about eligibility and possible compensations.

RODP Course Development

Faculty interested in developing courses for the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) should contact the Office of eLearning. RODP requires the completion of course proposal forms, which are presented to the RODP Curriculum Committee, before the course can be approved.