UCDC Policies

UCDC Electronic Voting Procedures

In order to conduct business between meetings of the University Curriculum and Degree Committee (UCDC) the following procedures for electronic voting shall be used.

A. The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Integrative Learning (hereafter Associate Provost) or designee can submit a proposal to the official UM-Dearborn email addresses of all UCDC members for electronic voting. In addition, any Committee member may submit a proposal for electronic voting to the Associate Provost.

B.  The Associate Provost or designee poses the proposal to the UCDC membership and gives a time limit for initial comment and/or amendments (not less than three business days).

C.  At the close of the time limit, the Associate Provost or designee shall either recast or call for votes on the proposed amendments with new time limits for responses (not less than two business days). The electronic voting options are Yes/No/Abstention/Veto. A proposal is accepted if an absolute majority of the UCDC members vote “Yes.” The veto option is to be selected by a Committee member if they determine that the issue has not been vetted to their satisfaction and therefore wishes to delay decision of said issue until the next UCDC meeting. In addition, a UCDC advisor may use the veto option if they believe an issue has not been raised or vetted to their satisfaction.

D.  Once all amendments have been voted on the Associate Provost or designee shall call for a final vote on the proposal and give a time limit for voting (not less than three business days).

E.  Upon resolution of an electronic proposal, the Associate Provost or designee will announce the result of the vote to the Committee members. The proposal and vote will be recorded at the next UCDC meeting as an announcement of business conducted in the interim.

UCDC Program Development Policy

The University Curriculum and Degree Committee shall not approve any new or modified programs until all courses included in a proposal have been developed and have received an endorsement from the college(s).

Course Duplication Management Policy

When a duplication charge is made against a new course proposal that is before the UCDC or graduate subcommittee, the charging unit shall provide a catalog description(s), syllabi for both courses, and a brief explanation for why they believe there is a duplication concern. If UCDC/graduate subcommittee decides that there is the possibility of duplication, then the discipline submitting the course is given an opportunity to respond in writing. With the needed documents from both sides, UCDC/graduate subcommittee shall decide if there is duplication.

UCDC Consent Calendar

Move to authorize the University Curriculum and Degree Committee chair to approve course change forms that make one of the following changes: teaching method(s), prerequisite(s), title, course description (minor changes), topic courses that have been offered at least one time, and/or course deactivations which are not cross-listed at all.

Online Learning Policies and Definitions

Online Copyright Policy

1.  In accordance with http://spg.umich.edu/policy/601.28 (“Who Holds the Copyright at or in Affiliation with the University of Michigan”), in particular Sections A and B.1, the default assumption regarding Distance Education content is that the copyright of all such scholarly content (inclusive of recorded lectures, notes, assignments) belongs to the faculty who created it.

2.  No incentive or compensation for creating Distance Education content shall, by default, be construed as an assertion of the “Exceptions” (SPG 601.28 Section B.2.) unless there is a contract between the academic unit and faculty member specifying that the content is a “commissioned work” and subject to terms specified in the contract.

3.  Typically, only faculty that have contributed to the creation of Distance Education content may be assigned as instructors to Distance Education courses utilizing that content.

  • Circumstances (e.g. sickness, retirement) may arise that require the University to invoke the exception in SPG 601.28 Section B.1.a.
  • Such use of faculty-created Distance Education content shall be limited to two consecutive academic terms, unless there is a contract between the academic unit and faculty specifying a different arrangement.
  • Faculty who collaborate on the creation of Distance Education content for a course are typically understood to share the use of all such content created as part of that collaboration in courses taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

4.  Faculty use of the Distance Education content they create as employees of the University of Michigan-Dearborn is governed both by SPG 601.28 and SPG 201.65-1 (“Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment,” http://spg.umich.edu/policy/201.65-1).

5.  This default campus-wide policy does not preclude the possibility of academic units invoking exceptions and conditions of SPG 601.28 in a more restrictive manner, but any such differences must be specified as a matter of academic unit policy or in contract language agreed to by the academic unit and faculty member.

Course Delivery Methods

The following definitions of course delivery methods serve as a foundation for the development of online education processes and policies. They are broadly written so they can be applied more specifically to meet the needs of administration, faculty, staff, and students. All definitions assume there is consistent interaction between students and instructors, either synchronously or asynchronously1.

Online courses are those in which at least 75percent of instruction(including interaction) is delivered utilizing technologythat enables students to be separated from the instructor.

Hybrid courses are those in which between 30 and 74percent of instruction (including interaction) is delivered utilizing technology that enables students to be separated from the instructor.

Face-to-face courses are those in which between zero and 29 percent of instruction (including interaction) is delivered utilizing technology that enables students to be separated from the instructor.

 

Interaction between students and instructors differentiates “correspondence education” from “distance education,”according to HLC. See: Commission Definitions for Distance-Delivered Courses and Programs

Percentage for Online is based on HLC standards for defining “Distance Delivered Programs”

Technology is defined by HLC in the document referenced above in footnote 1

Percentages for Hybrid and Face-to-Face method are adopted from Sloan Consortium recommendations. See: Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011

Types of Online and Hybrid Courses

UCDC approved three campus-wide definitions for Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face courses. These definitions are essential to our ability to report to HLC the number of course we offer that qualify as “Distance Education.” The aim here is to operationalize those definitions for the purposes of scheduling and catalog entries so that students will have a clearer idea of what is expected with different modes of course delivery. These operational descriptions will be coded in Banner using the “Instructional Mode” field. The instructional modes will be visible in class schedules, effective Summer 2015.

On schedule drafts and on UM-Dearborn Connect, ALL classes will be designated with one of the following five (5) instructional modes: Classroom, Hybrid, Mostly Online, Online and Online Synchronous (Regular Meetings). Only Online, Online Regular Meeting, and Mostly Online meet the HLC definition of Distance Learning. Each term, schedulers will need to check that courses have the correct Instructional Mode (as they check for days/times/rooms and to other informational that is specific to each new schedule of classes).

HLC/Campus-Wide Definition Instructional Mode (30 character limit) What It Means
Online (Only category reported as Distance Learning to HLC) - 75% of more of the content is online

Online

All course activity (tests, assignments, student-faculty interaction) is online. While there are deadlines, online course activity is not per specific weekly schedule.
Online (Only category reported as Distance Learning to HLC) - 75% of more of the content is online Online Regular Meeting All course activity (tests, assignments, student-faculty interaction) online. Online course activity is scheduled during specific times.
Online (Only category reported as Distance Learning to HLC) - 75% of more of the content is online Mostly Online 75% or more of course activity is online. Regular meetings (for tests and other course work) may be scheduled online or on campus.
Hyrbid Hybrid (Partially Online) 30-74% of course activity is online.
Face-to-Face  Classroom 0-29% of course activity is online.

 

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