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Course Approval

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Course Approval Instructions


This section describes the process to be followed when development of the new online or hybrid course is complete.  New online and hybrid courses are not listed in the distance section of the semester schedule until this process is complete, and new courses may not be added to a semester schedule less than four weeks prior to the beginning of a semester.

Course Approval Instructions

When the development of an online or hybrid course is complete, please follow these instructions for delivery approval.    

  • Course Designer:
  • OFM:
  • Course Designer:
    • Has the opportunity to make revisions based on OFM recommendations.
  • OFM:
    • Reviews course changes for possible re-rating of sections affected.  
  • Course Designer and OFM:
    • Note all actions taken on the OFM’s Peer Review Form.  
  • OFM:
    • Submits the final Peer Review Form to Distance Education Faculty Services at distanceed@mtsu.edu.
  • Faculty Services:
    • Emails the completed Peer Review Form to the appropriate department chair/school director and requests course content review and delivery approval.
  • Department:
    • Chairs/school directors review the course, including content, which is not addressed in the peer review.
    • Emails approval (or non-approval with modification instructions) to Distance Education Faculty Services at distanceed@mtsu.edu.
  • Faculty Services:
    • Adds the course to the Approved Distance Courses inventory.
    • Emails the Scheduling Center that the course designer’s department/school may add the course to the target semester schedule.
    • Completes a pay document to compensate the course designer per the fee noted in the development agreement.
    • Emails the course designer that the pay document has been completed.
  • Department:
    • Adds course to the semester schedule.
    • Schedules meeting rooms as required for hybrid courses.
    • Schedules meeting rooms for optional meetings for online students if requested by instructor.
  • Course Designer:
    • Receives development fee usually within eight (8) weeks of course approval (if Online/Hybrid Course Development Agreement is approved and on file in Distance Education Faculty Services).
    • Teaches the course in the target semester.
    • Serves as the lead designer of the course for the term of the three-year contract, the duties of which include:
      • updating the master shell each semester as necessary;
      • familiarizing other professors with instruction of the course and assisting in updating welcome page, contact information, and calendar;
      • sharing and uploading course for sectional instructors;
      • working with department to obtain textbooks and other course materials;
      • working with the department to schedule the course.


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