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Policy for Teaching Online Courses @ EIU

According to the Online Course Policy (revised 3/7/2017),

All instructors of online courses must submit proof of having completed the Online Course Development Institute (OCDI), Illinois Online Network’s “Master Online Teacher" certificate, or another documented and equivalent training activity before teaching the courses/sections for the first time.


Q:  What is the definition of an online course at EIU?
A:  "
In online courses, all course activity is done online; there are no required face-to-face sessions within the course and no requirements for on-campus activity."  (March, 2017)

Q:  When will instructors be required to meet this requirement?
A:  Instructors must complete the training and earn the certificate prior to the first day of the online course.

Q:  The policy states "all instructors" must submit proof of having completed the requirement before teaching the courses/sections for the first time.  Does this pertain to the course or the instructor?
A:  “All instructors” teaching an online course must complete the training requirements outlined in the policy, regardless of whether or not the course has previously been taught online. Once an instructor has met the training requirements, the instructor is not required to repeat training to teach additional online courses.

Q:  If an instructor is already teaching online, does he/she still have to meet the requirement?
A:  Any instructor that taught an online course at EIU prior to Summer term 2013 would have met the previous policy requirement and will be grandfathered under the new requirement. This designation will be noted in Banner and those instructors are not required to complete additional training at this time. Instructors teaching their first online course at EIU during Summer 2013 or after, must meet the current policy requirements.

Q:  Who is responsible for verifying that this requirement has been met?
A:  Department Chairs are responsible for verifying that instructors teaching any course meet the requirements to teach that course.  This includes the specific requirements for teaching online courses. Verification is now available in Banner.

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Fall and Spring Semester
M-F : 8:00am - 4:30pm
Summer Semester
M-Th: 8:00am - 4:30pm; F: 8:00am-12:00p

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1210 McAfee Gymnasium

COL Training Lab

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