Distance Education


How do I contact Auburn Online??

Please go to http://www.auburn.edu/online/ , send email to outreach@auburn.edu or call 334-844-5100

What is distance education?

SACS definition: “distance education is a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. A distance education course may use the internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or video cassettes, DVD’s, and CD-ROMs if used as part of the distance learning course or program.”  Details on this document.  

All Distance Courses are indicated as such in the AU Bulletin, with the course number ending in 3 (i.e. COMM1003 instead of COMM1000 for the “face to face” course)

Why should I offer/consider a distance course?

Flexibility for both you/your Department and students in scheduling of classes Source of income (if taught as overload) and revenue for your Department (see your chair about details) 

How much time will it take for development and teaching a DE course?

As for any course, converting and developing will take some time as will teaching the first time; consult with DE experts of CLA to share their experiences (time invested for online instruction, meetings, office hours, feedback in general)

If I want to convert a course to online what are steps to consider?
  • Discuss with your chair relevance/demand of the course you want to convert (for potential financial development assistance, contact Associate Dean Giovanna Summerfield)
  • Consider model for delivery of content online: synchronous (live stream) and/or asynchronous (taped video, powerpoint etc.) and your familiarity with Canvas, the current Learning Management System
  • Explore modes for delivery of assignments and feedback/testing in online Environment (LMS, skype, chatroom, email, google.docx; proctored exam)
  • Check out forms of student interaction – class discussions, office hours (Discussion Boards, blogs etc.)
How do I develop the actual syllabus?
  • Please consider including into your syllabus the following language for final exam procedures:
    1) Students may take the final exam on the AU campus during the instructor's scheduled final exam hours. Contact the instructor for an appointment.

    (2) Students may take the final exam using the Testing Center associated with the Biggio Center.  For more information, visit http://wp.auburn.edu/biggio/testing/.  Contact the instructor to coordinate these arrangements.

    (3) Students may use the services of an off-campus proctor. Contact the Biggio Center Testing Services at (334) 844-5103 for a copy of the Examination Proctor Form. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete this form in a timely manner.
  • develop individual modules based on your face to face learning units
  • follow the CLA approved Quality Matters rubrics (see pdf on this site) (i.e. your syllabus should be guided by and cover information about the  following 1. COURSE OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION, 2. LEARNING OBJECTIVES  (COMPETENCIES), 3. ASSESSMENT AND MEASUREMENT, 4. RESOURCES AND MATERIALS, 5.  LEARNER INTERACTION, 6.COURSE TECHNOLOGY, 7. LEARNER SUPPORT,  8. ACCESSIBILITY) –see pdf for explanations and more details
  • consult with CLA IT Dr. Wiebke Kuhn and Stacey Powell and/or Distance Learning Specialist Betsy Gilbertson, bmg0015@auburn.edu, Biggio Center, when designing your course.  CLA offers workshops throughout the academic year and one intensive workshop in the summer (with potential financial support for new core course designing)
How do I submit for review and approval?

Submit both Course Proposal form  and DE Supplemental Information form  (forms at http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/undergrad_studies/univcc/coursedevelopment.html#forms) to your chair for signature; the signed forms will then be submitted B) to the CLA Curriculum under the leadership of Associate Dean Charles Israel (for potential feedback), before C) final submission to the University Curriculum Committee. After D) final approval, you may teach the course as early as the term requested/indicated on the Course Proposal form. You may consult with the CLA DE Committee for feedback before submitting or if you have any questions about the process outlined above. 

Follow same procedure for course proposal form ( http://ous.auburn.edu/faculty/university-curriculum-committee/course-development-revision-and-deletion/#forms) for a grad course; contact Dr. Paula Bobrowski and CLA Grad Council Committee; when you submit the course it will be routed for review to the Graduate Council Curriculum Committee.

How will I get compensated?
  • You can either teach the course as inload (i.e. as part of your regular teaching load) or as overload 
  • if you develop/covert a core course, contact Dr. Summerfield about potential financial support.
If I am not proficient with technology and software, is there a contact, a page for OIT and software tutorials?