Online Courses FAQ
An online course is a course that students take entirely on
the web. Students who enroll for online courses can be located
anywhere - in any city, state, or country. Students may also enroll in
online courses while living in East Lansing and taking other on-campus
The Learning Design and Technology, IT Services team
provides technical support
to faculty developing online courses. MSU Global
and the colleges manage promotion
and marketing of online course offerings. For information on pedagogy and techniques for online or hybrid (combination of in person and online) courses, visit http://learndat.tech.msu.edu
If the course has been offered online before, departments may simply
schedule a section in the same way they schedule other on-campus or
off-campus sections. Generally, these sections fall in the 73x series.
Existent MSU courses or new MSU courses can be offered online.
The University must approve new online course offerings. Please
telephone Libraries, Computing and Technology (353-0722) to discuss
prospective online courses. Generally, a new online course offering
is preceded by a meeting among the Vice Provost for Libraries,
Computing and Technology; the Director of MSU Global; the faculty member
of record who will teach the course; and the department chair
and/or college dean.
All new courses and all permanent course changes, whether or not
they will be taught online, need University Committee on Curriculum
courses that receive interim approval from a college may
be scheduled for the next semester or summer session by contacting Joy
355-8420) in the Curriculum and Catalog section of the Office of the Registrar.
This interim approval is good for two years although most courses are
approved permanently by the University Committee on Curriculum during
the year they are submitted.
For a course that has been offered previously as an online course,
the deadline is no later than the preceding Middle of Semester date
established by the Registrar's Office. Please visit the
page, select the appropriate
year and click on Important Internal Deadlines for a particular semester
to find the exact date.
If the course has never been offered online before, then it is
important to set up the preliminary meeting as soon as possible with
Libraries, Computing & Technology at 353-0722 for more information.
In general, two semesters ahead of the course offering date is reasonable
to allow time for development, promotion, and college interim approval.
However, that schedule can vary according to course content and unit need.