Administrative Procedures

How to Create a New Distance Education Program

To create a new Distance Education degree program, fill out the appropriate form, linked below. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology at 940.898.3409.

How to Determine if a Course is Distance Education

As courses are added to WebAdvisor and the TWU Schedule of Classes, academic units are responsible for indicating to University Scheduling whether the course is distance education and, if so, the classification of the DE course. The simplest method to determine the classification is to look at the amount of time students and the instructor(s) will be required to meet in the same physical location. Please note that optional class meetings/orientations or synchronous, electronically-delivered class meetings by televideo, Blackboard Collaborate, etc. should not be included in this calculation. Upon determining the amount of time spent in face-to-face (F2F) instruction, please consult the table below.

Table 1 How to Determine if a Course is Distance Education
Course Semester Credit HoursTWU Minimum Class TimeDistance Education Course Designation (Time in F2F Classroom)Hybrid DE Course (Time in F2F Classroom)Fully DE Course (Time in F2F Classroom)
1 SCH 14 hrs Less than 7 hrs More than 2 hrs but less than 7 hrs 2 hrs or less
2 SCH 28 hrs Less than 14 hrs More than 4 hrs but less than 14 hrs 4 hrs or less
3 SCH 42 hrs Less than 21 hrs More than 6 hrs but less than 21 hrs 6 hrs or less

Definitions

Distance Education Course - A course in which over 50% of the instruction is delivered via electronic means (i.e., interactive video conferencing, Internet, etc.) to the home or to any other remote location where students and the instructor(s) are not in the same physical location. All DE courses must meet these minimum criteria.

There are two types of DE courses—fully distance education and hybrid.

  • Fully Distance Education Course - A course in which 85 percent or more of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.
  • Hybrid Distance Education Course - A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.