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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Online Course Development

ATS is excited to introduce a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) process for online course reviews, developed in cooperation with the Online Liaison Group.

The new review process is now required.
Original MOUs will no long be accepted.
 


What is the MOU?

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for online courses is an agreement between Information Technology Services 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 Information Technology Services before they begin developing an online course. We can provide basic advice and instructional design assistance that will aid in the development process.
 

What is New?

This rollout includes new MOU forms for asynchronous and synchronous online developments, as well as a separate form for redeveloped courses. A new MOU rubric allows for more detailed and flexible reviews; and now includes criteria for accessibility in online courses. Extra compensation will be granted in tiers, based on the review score, in order to encourage and reward high-quality online course development.
 

Online Course Reviews

As required by SACS, all ETSU online courses must undergo reviews to ensure best practices and sound instructional design. These reviews focus on structure, organization, accessibility, interaction and instructional design. All courses should be evaluated using the MOU Scoring Rubric on a three-year basis regardless of whether the faculty member seeks extra compensation. The review can be conducted by Information Technology Services or the Online Liaison faculty member from the developing college.

Online courses are reviewed using the MOU Scoring Rubric, developed by the Online Liaison Group. For more information on the process, expectations and scoring, see our MOU Requirements page.
 

Online Course Development Compensation

The purpose of extra compensation is to remunerate course developers. Extra compensation for developing an online course is separate from any additional responsibilities required of the instructor of record while teaching the course. The extra compensation for development is limited to a maximum of $3500 per course for newly developed, fully-online courses and a maximum of $3000 for new online courses that require students to meet synchronously (either online or in-person) for any reason. Extra compensation for the development of fully synchronous online courses is limited to a maximum of $1500 per course for newly developed online courses delivered with web conferencing technology, and a maximum of $600 for newly developed online courses delivered with ITV Bridge technology.

New online courses must be approved through the University’s Curriculum Process System. Extra compensation will not be paid for experimental courses, special topics or independent study courses. Courses that do not require traditional development may be assessed for eligibility by the ETSU Online Liaisons on a case by case basis. These courses include but are not limited to clinicals, practicums, test preparation, field placements, and courses where the majority of instructional material has been developed by a third party (e.g. course packs from publishers). These courses may not be eligible for compensation, or may only be eligible for partial compensation, as determined by the ETSU Online Liaisons.

Compensation for approved courses will be awarded on a tiered system based on the evaluated score. (See MOU Requirements for detailed requirements and best practices.)


 

Fully Asynchronous
Required Synchronous Sessions
•  Excellent - $3500
•  Excellent - $3000
•  Good - $2500
•  Good - $2000
•  Average - $1500
•  Average - $1000
•  Acceptable - $0
•  Acceptable - $0

 

Fully Synchronous (WebEx)
Fully Synchronous (ITV)
•  Excellent - $1500
•  Excellent - $600
•  Good - $1000
•  Good - $500
•  Average - $500
•  Average - $400
•  Acceptable - $0
•  Acceptable - $0

 

Tier
Required Score
•  Excellent:
90% - 100%
•  Good:
80% - 89%
•  Average:
70% - 79%
•  Acceptable:
60% - 69%
•  Revisions Required
0% - 59%

 


 

Redevelopment of Online Courses

Courses are always evolving so it is proper to add, edit and reevaluate material in your online course from semester to semester. Online courses which have been previously approved can be submitted for redevelopment every three years. The purpose of extra compensation for redevelopment is to remunerate course developers for major updates or significant changes to the online learning environment and delivery. Extra compensation is not awarded for added, edited or reevaluated course material which should constantly evolve from one semester to the next. For example, updating information from one text book to a new text would not constitute a redevelopment MOU. Extra compensation for redeveloping an online course is separate from any additional responsibilities required of the instructor of record while teaching the course. The extra compensation for redevelopment is $1000 per approved course.
 

MOU Forms

Guidelines and possible compensation for ETSU online courses is determined by the delivery format. Courses fully delivered through Bridge, WebEx 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. Courses which have been approved previously can apply for a redevelopment review using the Redevelopment MOU once every three years.

ETSU Memorandum of Understanding Asynchronous Online Course
Form will open in a PDF document with editable form fields.

ETSU Memorandum of Understanding Synchronous Online Course
Form will open in a PDF document with editable form fields.

ETSU Memorandum of Understanding Online Course Redevelopment
Form will open in a PDF document with editable form fields.

 

Help and Training

ATS has several services to support online course developers at any stage in the process. For more information, select our Online Faculty Support page or reach out to ATS.

Academic Technology Services
118 Sherrod Library
(423) 439 - 8611
ats@etsu.edu

 

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