Center for Online Teaching and Learning

The Center for Online Teaching and Learning's mission is to provide guidance and resources for designing and building an online or blended course, teaching online, lecture capture, web-conferencing, and more. Please review the resources to help you in your online teaching and learning journey at Jacksonville State University.

Option 1: Web-Enhanced

At JSU, a web-enhanced Canvas course is a companion piece to the face-to-face course. In a web-enhanced course, you might provide your students with online access to the course syllabus, handouts, a class calendar, posted grades, or other resources and activities intended to enhance the classroom experience and support student learning. 

According to JSU President, Dr. Don Killingsworth, beginning in Fall 2020, all face-to-face courses must be web-enhanced. The following components are required:

  1. Course Syllabus
  2. Assignment Instructions & Assignment Submissions (assignment dropboxes)
  3. Complete Gradebook (with grades posted throughout the course)

Option 2: Blended or Hybrid

Before we discuss online courses at JSU, we must first discuss hybrid courses. Traditionally, at JSU, hybrid courses are classified as Blended 1 or Blended 2. In a Blended 1 course, students meet online between 1% and 50% of the time. Blended 1 can also be considered a "blended face-to-face class". In a Bended 2 course, students meet online between 51% and 99% of the time. Blended 2 can also be considered a "blended online class."

Option 3: 100% Online

At Jacksonville State University, an online course is a course in which all communication and course-work are conducted completely online. It is truly a 100% online course experience for both instructor(s) and students. As such, an online course must include several elements, including a functional homepage, a syllabus and course calendar, all course/departmental/institutional policies, course content and resources, and assignments, discussions, and exams as specified by the design of the course. The course must also be well-designed and easy for students to navigate. Finally, instructors in a 100% online course must be fully engaged by communicating with students consistently, providing timely feedback on assignments, and actively providing instruction.