Online Courses FAQ
- What is an online course?
- Who manages online courses?
- How is an online course scheduled?
- What if the course has never been made available as an online offering?
- What is the deadline for establishing online sections?
Learning Design and Technology, IT Services team provides technical support to faculty developing online courses. MSU Global and the colleges manage promotion and marketing of online course offerings. For information on pedagogy and techniques for online or hybrid (combination of in person and online) courses, visit http://learndat.tech.msu.edu.
All new courses and all permanent course changes, whether or not they will be taught online, need University Committee on Curriculum approval. New courses that receive interim approval from a college may be scheduled for the next semester or summer session by contacting Joy Speas (email@example.com, 355-8420) in the Curriculum and Catalog section of the Office of the Registrar. This interim approval is good for two years although most courses are approved permanently by the University Committee on Curriculum during the year they are submitted. Academic Calendar page, select the appropriate year and click on Important Internal Deadlines for a particular semester to find the exact date.
If the course has never been offered online before, then it is important to set up the preliminary meeting as soon as possible with Libraries, Computing & Technology at 353-0722 for more information. In general, two semesters ahead of the course offering date is reasonable to allow time for development, promotion, and college interim approval. However, that schedule can vary according to course content and unit need.