Appendix A: UCA Principles for Electronically Offered Instruction

The term electronically offered instruction refers to courses delivered online or by compressed video.

  • That distance education is best experienced within a community of learning where faculty are actively and cooperatively involved in creating, providing, and improving instruction.
  • That all courses and programs are consistent with the sponsoring academic college’s and department’s role and mission.
  • That electronically offered courses and programs meet institution-wide standards for quality and rigor, including university and program admission requirements.
  • That approval of courses and programs is secured through the same curriculum review process used for on-campus courses and programs.
  • That courses are taught by regular departmental faculty or faculty approved by the departmental faculty and chair, and that the institution provides appropriate instructional and technical support for participating faculty.
  • That courses and programs provide content and seek outcomes appropriate for the selected technology and for the intended student population.
  • That all courses provide significant opportunities for interaction with the instructor and with fellow students.
  • That students are assured access to adequate and appropriate library resources or related instructional materials to support intended course outcomes.
  • That courses are subject to the same institutional requirements as on-campus courses for evaluation of instruction and for assessment of student achievement.
  • That the integrity of student work is safeguarded.
  • That course materials and their use conform to copyright and intellectual property policies. [Note (added 4/12/2006, updated 3/26/2012): The university requires that every curriculum change proposal developed under these guidelines must be accompanied throughout the proposal process by the appropriate license agreement as provided under Board of Trustees Policy 409. Contact Dustin Summey in the Instructional Development Center with questions. For license agreement forms, follow this link to Forms for Download.]

August 2004

These principles are informed by Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education (2009), a document developed by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions, of which the Higher Learning Commission is a member. Download the document (PDF) from the Higher Learning Commission’s document server.