Custodian of Policy: Provost
Effective Date: May 2016
Last Review: Fall 2015
Next Review: 2022
All courses with student enrollments shall have an online presence in the campus LMS. Students shall have, at a minimum, access to the latest version of the syllabus, the instructor’s contact information (available via the online classlist), and office hours with location (physical or virtual).
LMS: Learning Management System (i.e., D2L Brightspace).
Students use the LMS as their primary resource for course content and activities. It is used as a consistent resource point for students. Students want and expect to see all of their courses listed in the LMS. They become confused when they do not see all of their courses listed.
Instructors can choose to use the online classlist in the LMS to send messages and an early copy of syllabi to their students before class begins. The online classlist provides a means for students to contact their instructors and other students enrolled in their courses. Student enrollments are processed multiple times per day. Instructors would still have the choice to set up a listserv for each course or use the online classlist in the LMS to e-mail students.
Making all syllabi available from the LMS allows students to have access from any location with Internet/Wi-Fi access once classes begin. It also allows a student access to the syllabus if they enroll late in the class and did not receive the initial email with syllabus. This frees instructors to focus on student engagement and learning (no need to e-mail copies to individual students during the semester). Syllabi can either be uploaded to the LMS or linked to an outside source such as the instructor’s web site.
Instructors still have the choice to use outside sources for course materials and assignments such as syllabi, faculty web site, textbook publisher or lab site (such as MyMathLab), and so on. Though not a requirement, instructors using outside sources can choose to add links in their course on the LMS to guide students to the appropriate information.
Having all courses available on the LMS aids in the continuance of instruction in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The course would be available for posting information and assignments in the event students and faculty were unable to make it to campus for an extended period of time.
Instructional Technology would expedite auto-creation of courses, removing the requirement for instructors to request courses each semester (unless when merging sections).
Auto-creation would aid newly hired faculty as courses would be created for them automatically, saving them from a delay during onboarding and semester start-up.
A large portion of courses already have a D2L presence: