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New to Teaching Online

This site contains information to assist faculty who are new to online teaching, developing a new online course or taking over one that exists. 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.

Overall Process

The overall process is pretty simple. Here is an overview, with more details below.

Course Process

Can I teach it online?

What qualifies as an online course

What courses can be taught online is determined by your college and department. While the delivery method does not need special approval, all online courses must be reviewed.

Building an online course in banner

Online courses must be designated in Banner to appear correctly to students and be built properly in the system.

For more information about building an online course in banner, click here.

What qualifies for an MOU

While any course can be online, only courses that have been approved through the curriculum process system are eligible for an MOU. Stipends will not be paid for experimental courses, special topics or independent study courses.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) fulfills two purposes. It offers extra compensation to the developing faculty member (if eligible) and provides the structure for the online course review, a requirement of SACS.

When do you fill out an MOU

An MOU should be filled out as soon as you know you are developing the course. The form can be submitted while the course is still being developed.

For more information about the MOU, click here.

For more information about online course requirements, click here.

Developing an Online Course

One-on-one Assistance

We have several ways to assist the development of your online course. First and foremost, we are available to meet with you for one-on-one assistance. Every course is different and online courses are no exception. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Anthony Kiech ( , 439.8565) or Myra Jones ( , 439.8614.)


Academic Technology also offers a wide variety of workshops which can be helpful when developing an online course. These workshops range from technology to online best practices.

For more information on our workshops, click here.

Example Online Course

Sometimes it's easier to see an example before developing a course from scratch. We can enroll you in an example online D2L course to give you a look from a student stand point. This is only an example, not a template you must use. To be enrolled in the example D2L course, please contact Anthony Kiech ( , 439.8565)

Syllabus statements and examples

This page lists helpful syllabus statements and guidance for use as you develop your online course. These examples are for your consideration and may be edited to suit your needs.

Online Tools

Here you will find information on a variety of tools and services for your online courses.

  • Respondus Exam Software
  • Respondus LockDown Browser
  • Scanning Services
  • Streaming Media
  • Online Copyright Information


Can I change it after it's been developed?

Courses are always evolving so it is proper to add, edit and reevaluate material in your online course from semester to semester. After three years from the original course review, a new MOU can be submitted and redevelopment compensation can be requested. A redevelopment of an online course constitutes major upgrades and significant changes. For example, updating information from one text book to a new text would not constitute a redevelopment MOU.


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