Shared Course Procedures
To adopt (or offer) a shared course through your college:
- Locate the course you’d like to offer from the WAOL Course List
- Assign its name and item number for your college
- Build the course in the SMS system -be sure to add the 4-digit WAOL ID number in the WAOL ID field in the SMS screen.
- Be sure to announce the course is running on WAOL start/stop dates specific to shared courses, which may vary from the college start/stop dates.
Once the college administrator has a local Canvas account for the faculty member they can move through the process below.
- COLLEGE ADMIN: sends SBCTC eLearning the faculty name and account information (name, email, EID)
- SBCTC eLearning: adds account to the “WAOL Shared Course Instructors” classroom in Canvas
- INSTRUCTOR: logs into their college Canvas account, accesses the “WAOL Shared Course Instructors” course and clicks on the MyWAOL link to activate the account.
- INSTRUCTOR: Submits an Intent to Teach (ITT) form through MyWAOL each quarter for the course(s) they are hired to teach.
- COLLEGE ADMIN: Notified of the instructor's ITT request through the Administrator’s MyWAOL account for that college.
- COLLEGE ADMIN: Approves the class and determines the class capacity using the Administrator’s MyWAOL account for that college (capacity can not exceed 30 per section for a shared course).
- ALL: Make note that the course runs on specific WAOL start/stop dates.
- SBCTC eLearning: Creates classrooms and grants instructors access to course shell 3 weeks prior to the classroom open date (which is also 4 weeks prior to the instruction start date).
- INSTRUCTOR: Posts welcome message and course syllabus to classroom one week before instruction start date.
- COLLEGE ADMIN: Determines one week before the start of instruction whether enrollments in the class are sufficient to run the class that quarter or whether the course will be canceled.
- SBCTC eLearning: Grants students access to course shell 1 week prior to instruction start date
- INSTRUCTOR: Sees students on their Canvas course roster and in MyWAOL course roster (which they access through the Canvas course titled, “WAOL Shared Course Instructors”). Instructors only see their own college’s students in campus Instructor Briefcase.
- INSTRUCTOR: Submits students’ grades through their MyWAOL account’s course roster by grades’ due date (grades must be entered by this due date or they do not get sent to the colleges’ P310 SMS system.)
- SBCTC eLearning: Sends grades to enrolled students’ colleges.
Shared Course Policies
- Students enrolled through an individual college in a class managed by SBCTC eLearning will be subject to and protected by the policies and procedures of the enrolling college.
- Complaints will be handled through our WAOL Student Complaint Resolution Process
- Instructors must arrange for a teaching contract through a college in the consortium
Colleges that hire instructors to teach shared courses must meet all accreditation standards.
Instructors who teach shared courses must meet the standard qualifications for their field according to the policies of the colleges that hire them.
- Instructors must demonstrate competency in online pedagogy and in use of the courseware to be used for that class
- Instructors must post syllabus, outcomes, books, materials, contact information and a welcome message into classroom at least ten days before the start of instruction each quarter
- The classroom title must match that assigned to the WAOL Course ID
- Course must run on schedule for days of instruction and grade reporting as determined by SBCTC eLearning.
- Instructors must be online five out of every seven days during the specified instruction period.
- Instructors must give students specific information on policies for responding to student questions, problems, and assignments.
- Instructors do not have permission to overload a section or transfer students from another section
- Instructors use the SBCTC eLearning Shared Course Grading Policy
- Instructors keep a copy of classroom materials offline
- Instructors submit grades to SBCTC eLearning on the assigned due date.
- Colleges that hire instructors to teach classes that have shared enrollment with other colleges must make information on those instructors available to SBCTC eLearning upon request.
- Instructors are governed by the policies and procedures of the colleges that write their contracts to teach shared courses.
- Each shared course will be approved by each college that offers it using the established institutional program approval mechanisms for that college.
- By enrolling students in the course, the college takes responsibility for the curriculum.
- Each shared course will be developed so that students will be involved in a variety
of activities that involve interactive exchanges among other students and between
the student and the teacher. This interactivity will be accomplished in one or more
of the following ways:
- Online discussion, recorded lecture, and/or distributed orientation session
- Either synchronous or asynchronous chat room
- Threaded discussion
- Email communications among students and between students and faculty.
- LISTSERVs in which questions or notices will be posted by any participant and automatically sent to all participant mailboxes.
- Outcomes and assessment methods in shared courses will be detailed in observable, measurable and achievable terms. The learning design, delivery structure and course design will be consistent with the intended learning outcomes.
- In making admission decisions, enrolling colleges will require whatever assessment of shared course students that are required for any other student.
- Shared courses will be listed and transcripted in the same way any other credit course is listed and transcripted at each enrolling institution.
- All shared courses will use the SBCTC eLearning shared course Grading Policy and meet the deadlines for grade submission as listed in our course calendar.
- Grade disputes will be governed by the policies of the college where the student is enrolled.
- Colleges using SBCTC eLearning to share a course with other colleges will be billed $55 per student for enrollments and provided a report with information on enrollments from other colleges. The hiring college is responsible for billing those colleges for instruction costs.
- For colleges that have hired an instructor for a system-owned shared course SBCTC eLearning will invoice enrolling colleges $55 per credit, per student. The hiring college is responsible for the instructor’s contract
- Billing for system-owned shared courses is a pass-through process; there is no need to invoice SBCTC eLearning. The college will either receive a check for the amount owed or an invoice for that quarter’s instruction fees. For example, if the instruction fees due to the college are higher than the invoiced 10th day fees then the college would receive a check for the difference. If the amount due from the college is higher than the college’s instruction fees (or if the college did not hire any instructors) then the college will receive an invoice for that amount.
Last Modified: 2/15/18 5:47 PM