Whether part of a full program or a single offering, each course needs to be approved. Two documents have been created to help you through this process. To download the application form click here. The second is a Memorandum of Understanding which explains the rights and protections for faculty who are teaching in Distance learning.
In general, most courses are ones that are currently offered at APU. In some instances, these may be new courses that have not been offered before. These will need to go through the same Educational Council or Graduate Council as would any new course.
Depending on the course, fill out the application and send one copy to your dean for approval and one to the office of DL & CE. The signed forms will be forwarded to the Provost for final approval.
Development of Distributed Learning
For the effective delivery of distributed learning, there needs to be a solid foundation and consensus on how the course is developed and delivery is implemented. The following model is used as a communication devise for learning about or developing a course that uses distributed learning.
Distributed learning has been defined as using a wide range of computing and communications technology to provide learning opportunities beyond the time and place constraints of the traditional classroom. The use of such technology should be driven by good pedagogy, not by the availability of technology. The design should be based on three premises, the Mission of APU, good learning theory, and quality indicators of online learning. These become the foundation for the design of the course.