College and University Policies
Governing Scheduling and Registration Of On-Line Courses
Tue, 25 Sep 2001
Terry Dugas terry@CROSSCUT.NET
(Reply-To: DEOS-L - The Distance Education
Online Symposium From: Linda Chojnicki firstname.lastname@example.org.)
My thanks to Al, Dennis and Maggie for their
comments/suggestions to my questions re: policies.
Florida Gulf Cost University (part of the
State University system of Florida) has a very simple Distance
There isn't one.
FGCU determined there should be no difference
between a course taught at a distance and one taught in the
classroom. The outcomes are expected to be the same. Faculty course
load is treated the same. Faculty and student evaluations are the
same (although a few delivery specific questions are added to the
student evaluations). Tuition is the same. There is no indication
on a transcript whether a course was taught face-to-face or at a
distance. So there is no DL policy. Policy is policy, regardless of
how the instruction is delivered.
This transparency between DL and F2F classes
especially impressed the SACS accreditation team and, I believe,
played an important part of FGCU receiving full SACS accreditation
in record time.
Initially, my DL class was a little harder
than my F2F equivalent, because of the amount of writing my DL
students had to do through asynchronous discussion (WebBoard). But
I was so pleased with the quality of the DL discussion, I moved my
F2F discussion to WebBoard as well.
Adjunct Professor of Communications
Florida Gulf Cost University