College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2015
Online education, regardless of the intended student audience, is part of the instructional mission 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 online courses, the college expects all departments to offer some undergraduate courses in an online format as part of its regular course offerings.
In order to provide departments with additional incentives for the development and delivery of high-quality online courses, for FY14 the College will return to departments some of the revenue generated from distance/online courses:
- $125 per SCH for each off-campus student enrolled in an online course.
- $25 per SCH for each on-campus student enrolled in an online course.
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, 2014
The College of Engineering does not currently provide specific incentives to departments for online courses. Funds previously given to departments for online courses are now included in the department’s block funding.
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.