The purpose of Jackson State University (JSU) Distance Learning (DL) Policy is to assure quality in its delivery of online/hybrid instruction. The policy assures that the planning, development, and implementation of distance learning activities are in accordance with the mission of the University. Jackson State’s main goal is to utilize distance learning to provide quality instruction to traditional and nontraditional students through the use of technological media such as computers, video, and the Internet. The University is committed to providing quality instruction, access to library resources, and all other learning resources provided to traditional face-to-face students. Jackson State’s Distance Learning policy reflects the Institution of Higher Learning’s (IHL) policies and procedures on distance learning.
1. JSU Definition Of Distance Learning
Distance learning occurs when learners receive instruction through various media, i.e., video, voice, data or print, while being physically separated from a teacher.
1.2 Distance Learning Delivery Method
The Distance Learning program will use existing University infrastructure which include, but are not limited to:
- ONLINE. Students use a computer and the Internet to access course materials, including the use of email, threaded discussions, simulations, multimedia, chat rooms, and more.
- TELECOURSES. Students watch a pre-recorded video lesson, pre-produced program broadcasted through cable TV or visit local viewing center to review lessons and lectures.
- INTERACTIVE VIDEO. Utilize technology that allows two-way video and audio exchanges between students and instructors located at two or more sites.
- SATELLITE. Similar to interactive video, but the video is one-way. The students can see the instructor but the instructor cannot see the students.
- HYBRID. Combines one of the above methods with traditional instruction being the primary mode of delivery.
1.3 Program Management
All DL activities shall be supported and managed by the Division of Academic Affairs (DAA) with direct oversight by the Executive Director of Distance Learning and the Distance Learning Advisory Committee (formerly the Distance Learning Decision-Making Unit (DMU). Support, such as course marketing, planning, scheduling, training, and implementation will be the responsibility of the executive director and the Distance Learning Advisory Committee. The DAA must approve the utilization of interactive video classrooms by internal and/or external agencies. JSU will offer the use of interactive video classrooms to state agencies, businesses and other education entities for a fee determined by DAA. The fee will cover costs for equipment/room usage, technical staff, and long distance connectivity fee.
1.4 Role of Distance Learning Advisory Committee
- To develop the University’s Distance Learning strategic plan and continue the update of plans for implementation and evaluation.
- To serve in a direct advisory capacity related to DAA.
- To provide advisement and decision making on the implementation of the Distance Learning policies and procedures.
- To approve courses to be delivered via distance
- To plan Blackboard seminars and workshops
1.5 Jackson State University Distance Learning Advisory Committee Members
|Dr. Jean-Claude Assad||979-2411|
|Dr. Janice Brockley||979-2191|
|Dr. Jean Brooks||979-2631|
|Dr. Linda Channell||979-2341|
|Dr. James Ejiwale||979-2466|
|Dr. Patricia Freeman||979-2531|
|Dr. Loria Brown-Gordon||979-4275|
|Dr. Vershun McClain||979-2541|
|Mrs. Emily Miller-Bishop||979-3975|
|Dr. Etta Morgan||979-1756|
|Ms. Tamika Moorehead||979-1369|
|Dr. Tabitha Otieno||979-2351|
|Dr. Della R. Posey||979-0779|
|Mrs. Latonya Robinson-Kanonu||979-2127|
|Dr. Julie Schroeder||432-6819|
|Dr. Gina Scutelnicu||432-6745|
|Dr. Mohammad Shahbazi||979-1143|
|Dr. David Ware||979-2141|
|Dr. Rodney Washington||979-3414|
|Mrs. Mable Williams||979-0781|
|Dr. Carlos Wilson||432-6121|
|Dr. Glenda Windfield||979-2370|
|Dr. Jeffrey Zubkowski||979-2455|
2.0 COURSE APPROVAL
The web-based course development program that is endorsed by JSU is Blackboard. Courses taught through the University’s distance education program must use this program, be approved and recommended through plans of the departments, colleges and the Center for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (Center for DLIT), the University’s final approval body.
2.1 Existing Courses
Traditional courses modified for distance learning must be submitted to the Center for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology for approval. Syllabi for online courses, a copy of the approved traditional format syllabi, and appropriately signed distance learning forms, must be submitted. These forms and documents will be reviewed and approved by the executive director/assistant director of the Center for DLIT. Forms require the signature of the department chair and dean; this indicates that the course has met the requirements as set forth by the University’s traditional course approval procedures (University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Graduate Council). Once the course receives approval, faculty status on having completed the required training will be verified. Where necessary, the director/assistant director will convene the advisory committee to review policy issues and matters pertaining to online courses.
2.2 New Courses
New course approval is initiated within the department and requires submission of a syllabi along with signed approval forms to the appropriate traditional course approval bodies (department/college/school curriculum committees, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and/or Graduate Council). Distance learning course action forms must also be included at this time. Once the course has been approved through traditional processes, the course must be submitted to the CDLIT for final approval. These forms and documents will be reviewed and approved by the director/assistant director. Where necessary, the director/assistant director will convene the advisory committee to review policy issues and matters pertaining to online courses.
2.3 Hybrid Courses
JSU encourages faculty members to explore using Blackboard for course delivery. In that regard, Blackboard may be used to disseminate assignments and course materials via the internet. However, if students must take examinations or receive credit in lieu of attendance via Blackboard, this constitutes a hybrid course and therefore must be approved by the Center for DLIT. Approval is gained by submitting a syllabus for the course including activities that will occur online with the appropriate signed DL course approval forms. Additionally, if any three of the following course elements are distributed via Blackboard, the course must gain approval from the Center for DLIT:
- Chat sessions
- Email communications
The appropriate forms for DL course approval may be found in the appendix section of this document or on the Internet at: http://www.jsums.edu/~dl.
2.4 Web Access Only
A Blackboard/Blackboard course shell is attached to each course offered at the university. Faculty who wish limited use of the shell (i.e., upload syllabi) must complete a Web Access form.
3.1 Faculty Load and Office Hours
The teaching load for undergraduate faculty is 12 semester hours. Graduate faculty have a teaching load of 9 semester hours. Online courses are considered to be a part of the teaching load. Faculty teaching online courses are subject to policies and procedures of the faculty handbook and IHL policy related to office/conference hours, vacations, and the like.
3.2 Faculty Qualifications
CDLIT must certify faculty members involved in distance learning before the faculty is assigned to teach courses. Certification requires the successful completion of three design, development, and pedagogy courses. Additional courses are offered through advanced levels.
Level I – Beginners – Required
- DL 501 – Introduction to Blackboard
- DL 502 – Designing and Creating Courses in Blackboard
- DL 503 – Teaching with Blackboard
Level II – Experienced
- DL 601 – Improving Your Blackboard Design
- DL 602 – Creating Quizzes, Surveys & Assessments in Blackboard
- DL 604 – Using PowerPoint in Blackboard
Level III – Advanced
- DL 701 – Using Multimedia in Blackboard
- DL 702 – Mastering Blackboard’s Grade Center
- DL 703 – Using Blogs, Wikis, and Journals in Blackboard
- DL 704 – Using Audio/Video in Blackboard
3.3 Ownership of Educational Materials and Copyright Laws
Materials developed using university funds shall belong to the University. Course development paid for by the university shall also belong to the University’s Unit. Faculty will ensure compliance with all copyright laws concerning the use and reproduction of printed materials and transmission of films, recording, videotapes or other protected works.
3.4 Accreditation Requirements
Jackson State University will comply with the national accreditation requirements or standards of the colleges, schools, and departments.
3.5 Course Capacity
Minimum course capacity in online courses is dictated by university policy. Best practices in online course maximum enrollment recommend a course size between 12-35. Department administration, faculty resources, and student demand may require a larger course capacity.
4.0 COURSES AND DEGREES
4.1 Course Evaluation and Assessment
DL courses are subject to the same regulations as stated in the university catalog. See the university catalog for details.
4.2 Academic Integrity of Distance Learning Courses
DL courses are subject to the same regulations as stated in the university catalog. Requirements such as a grading system, examinations, research projects, course evaluation, faculty evaluation, attendance policy, and clock hours required are considered part of academic integrity. See the university catalog for details.
4.3 Student Authentication
Faculty members must verify that students participating in DL courses are indeed the same as student who officially enrolled in the course. This may be accomplished by requiring students to be physically present when course assessments are done. Faculty members may also require students to go to a pre approved site for course assessments where they are proctored by an official site representative. In this instance, the student may be required to produce a student ID.
The enrollment process for student in DL courses is equivalent to the procedures used for traditional classroom courses. All established policies and procedures pertaining to registration, drop/add, withdrawal, etc. are applicable to DL courses. See the university catalog for details.
4.5 Dropping and Withdrawing From a Course
DL courses are subject to the same regulations as stated in the university catalog. See the university catalog for details.
4.6 Course Cancellations
DL courses are subject to the same regulations as stated in the university catalog. Courses will be canceled only in emergency situations and with ample notice as possible. If University closures occur due to bad weather and/or holidays, all distance education classes will be canceled.
4.7 Course Credits and Degrees Offered
DL courses are subject to the same regulations as stated in the university catalog. See the University catalog for details.
4.8 Library Resources
DL students will be provided adequate access to campus library resources via on-line services. Library resources such as on-line catalog and on-line databases, materials placed on reserve at the main campus, e-mail services, and toll-free telephone.
4.9\ Interactive Video Network (IVN) Classrooms
Accessibility of IVN classrooms should be administered by the Distance Learning DMU. This includes scheduling, room access, and technical support. Scheduling of IVN classrooms should be available to all disciplines. Finally, DL courses should take precedent over traditional classes that may normally be scheduled in these rooms.
5.1 Course Offerings
Courses currently offered by the University via Blackboard are listed on JSU’s Distance Learning web site at: www.jsums.edu/~dl. Additional information is also available to assist students in making an informed decision about the online learning environment. All students signing up for a course must first be admitted to Jackson State University. Once admitted, the student must contact the department and advisor to receive a PIN to access “JSU PAWS” (Jackson State University’s Personal Access to Web Services). Students should pre-register each semester at the designated time.
5.2 WEB for Students-
Students may register online by logging into the Jackson State University Homepage at: www.jsums.edu. Click on “JSU P.A.W.S”. at the top of page. Students will need their J-Number and PIN to proceed.