Center for eLearning

eLearning Policies

eLearning Fee  |  Online and Blended Course Definitions  |  The Virtual Classroom and FERPACopyrightable Materials | Course Copy / Blackboard Course Shell Sharing  |  Continuing Education Courses  |  Required Procedures & Recommended Practices to Address Security and Quality of eLearning Courses

eLearning Fee

The University's eLearning fee for online courses (section 5##) is $25.00 per credit hour. The fee supports the technology infrastructure for online learning, 24/7 technical support for students and faculty development and support.

Online and Blended Course Definitions

As defined by the eLearning Faculty Senate Committee:

Fully online courses meet online for 100% of the class meetings required per student credit hour, including class meetings for which exams, tests and quizzes are administered.  NOTE: Fully online courses include an eLearning fee per credit hour for students as determined by the university administration. [Rationale: Students and society in general, consider an online course to occur totally online with no need to travel to a physical space to meet for class.  For our truly distance learners who enroll at CSU and reside out of state, a completely online design would be the only way they could fulfill the course requirements as cross country travel would be cost and time prohibitive for these out of state students]
Blended courses contain a mixture of face-to-face classes and course content conducted online, with no more than 40% of class meetings held in assigned on-campus classroom locations 60% of class content delivered online. In other words, a blended class is held 60% or more online. The online component of online courses may contain asynchronous or synchronous content. Check with your instructor and course syllabus for details.  NOTE: Blended courses include an eLearning fee per credit hour for students as determined by university administration. Courses offered in a blended format will be noted in the University catalog.
These definitions are the internal definitions for fully online and blended courses at Cleveland State University.

The Virtual Classroom and FERPA

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Copyrightable Materials

Cleveland State University expects all members of the university community to respect the U.S. Copyright Law of 1976, Title 17 of the United States Code. The principles of copyright law that apply to electronic course content are the same as those that apply to printed course material, regardless of whether the electronic content is textual or audio-visual, or where it is stored (e-reserves, Blackboard, for example). If permission would be required for a print use, it shall be required for an analogous electronic use.

See CSU's full policy on copyrightable materials.

Course Copy / Blackboard Course Shell Sharing

Faculty who teach online may wish to copy their course into another instructor's Blackboard course shell. The Center for eLearning will accommodate these requests only with permission from the faculty member who created the original content or the department chair. Requests must be submitted by the Instructor of Record in CampusNet or the Department Chair.

Fill out the Transferring/Copying From One Blackboard Course to Another form located on our website.

Continuing Education Courses

Continuing education Blackboard course shells must be requested through the Center for eLearning at least one month prior to the beginning of the course. Enrollment requests for continuing education course are submitted two weeks prior to delivery. There is a $25 per student eLearning fee for continuing education courses offered on Blackboard Learn. This fee helps to maintain the technology infrastructure, provide 24/7 technical support to participants and development and technical support for instructors.

See the Center for eLearning Continuing Education Policy for more details.

Required Procedures & Recommended Practices to Address Security and Quality of eLearning Courses

The goal of this document is to establish campus-wide guidelines on academic integrity and quality of eLearning courses as well as to articulate the responsibilities of all parties involved (faculty, staff, students, and administration) at Cleveland State University. This document also affirms the University’s commitment to enforce such procedures and practices to support faculty and staff in handling academic integrity matters pertaining to eLearning courses. There are no perfect ways to prevent student cheating in either traditional, face-to-face (f2f) or eLearning classes. Under these circumstances, the following are required procedures and recommended practices for faculty to consider when designing and implementing eLearning courses, assignments, and assessments. These procedures and practices have been developed based on recommendations from the University Electronic Learning Committee following a review of the literature on best practices, and experiences of faculty members with teaching experience in online courses, in consultation with the Director of the Center for eLearning. The procedures and practices outlined in this document could also be applied to exams administered on the Blackboard Learning Management System..

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