College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 30 August 2012
Online education, regardless of the intended student audience, is part of the instructional mis- sion of Iowa State University. Departments and faculty should view online teaching as part of what we do, not as an add-on with extra compensation. Although not all faculty will teach on- line courses, the college expects all departments to offer some undergraduate courses in an online format as part of its regular course offerings.
The college is committed to providing course development grants to support the initial conver- sion of face-to-face courses to an online format. The college will provide smaller update grants to ensure that online course offerings are updated on a regular basis, whether for course content or technology used for delivery. See http://dev.elo.iastate.edu/services for information on current grant programs and the application process.
In order to provide departments with additional incentives for the development and delivery of high-quality online courses during the transition of online education into the Resource Man- agement Model, the College will continue for FY13 to return to departments some of the revenue generated from distance/online courses. During fall semester 2013 and spring semester 2013, de- partments will receive $120 per credit hour of enrollment in their distance education sections (XW, XV, etc.) for all “off-campus” students and $60 per credit hour of enrollment for “on-campus” students. The differential is to encourage the enrollment of off-campus students. For example, an on-campus student enrolled in Statistics 401 (4 crs) will generate $240 for the department while an off-campus student will generate $480. An off-campus student enrolled in Astro 103 (1 cr) will generate $120, etc.
Distance and online courses offered during the summer semester each year will be treated like all other regular summer course offerings and tuition distributed to teaching units accordingly.
Delivery fees are charged for all distance education course sections. Delivery fees are collected by the college and used to partially fund the costs of staff and materials used to develop, deliver, and support online and distance courses.
College of Engineering, 2010
It is the policy of the College of Engineering to incent both instructors and departments to deliver online sections of courses. Engineering Online Learning (ELO, formerly Engineering Distance Education) is responsible for oversight, support and delivery of College of Engineering (COE) online courses and sections.
ELO will provide monetary incentives to the department, to be shared with instructors, proportional to student enrollment in online sections. The amount of incentives will be:
- Graduate courses. Departments will receive 100% of the graduate student credit hour (SCH) reimbursement the College receives for enrollment in online sections. In the 2009-2010 academic year, this was approximately $195/SCH.
- Undergraduate courses. Departments will receive 70% of the undergraduate SCH reimbursement the College receives for enrollment in online sections. In the 2009-2010 academic year, this was approximately $119/SCH.
The instructor and department chair should discuss the online teaching load relative to their overall teaching responsibilities to determine the relative split of incentives between department and instructor. Instructors should be incented accordingly.
Under the new Resource Management Model (RMM), instructor incentives should be placed in a “701” or “704” incentive account because the source of funds is the General Fund. These accounts will not be “swept” at the end of the fiscal year. The instructor’s incentive money can be used for things such as graders, teaching assistants, summer salary (up to a maximum of 2 summer months) and other university business as determined by the instructor in accordance with university policy. It can no longer be used for an increase in salary, such as FISIP.
Enrollments in Online Sections
On-campus students may enroll in online sections, i.e., no distinction will be made between on- and off-campus students. All students must pay any delivery fee associated with enrollment in online sections. ELO will work with departments to manage online section enrollments as needed.
The minimum enrollment for an online section is five (5) students. When fewer than five students are enrolled in an online section, there are three options:
- The online section will be canceled.
- The online section will be offered, paid for by the department, minus any delivery fees accrued from enrollment in the online section.
- The online section will be offered, utilizing pre-recorded lectures not older than two years, if possible.The instructor must assess student work and is responsible for responding to student inquiries.
In cases where a new course or program is being initiated, the “below five” student enrollment policy may be waived, after discussion with ELO.