Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education works with faculty to develop and implement continuing education programs offered through the Kent Campus. We provide an array of professional services (PDF) that allow faculty members to focus on content, delivery method, and format.

The university, as part of its overall strategic planning, is placing greater emphasis on reaching out to external audiences. To meet the demand for more and diverse lifelong learning opportunities, OCDE is seeking your program development RFP, download the RFP form (PDF) and submit it for consideration. The University Policy Register is an excellent resource for information not covered below.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Office Of Continuing And Distance Education Programs
What distinguishes a workshop from a standard course?

Workshops are characterized by cutting-edge topics, innovative formats, and unconventional scheduling. They can be credit or noncredit.

When are workshops scheduled?

Workshops can be offered any time of the year. They need not fit into the "regular" University schedule and can be run on weekends, evenings and over breaks.

Where are workshops held?

In addition to classrooms and Student Center meeting rooms on the Kent Campus, workshops can be held online, on-site at businesses, schools, hospitals, libraries or other settings. Credit workshops may be offered at Regional Campuses.

Are workshop credits "real" credits?

Yes. Participants who successfully complete credit-bearing workshops will be granted university credits.

Can I assign workshop participants letter grades?

No. Credit workshop participants are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

What's the difference between credit and noncredit programs?

Credit workshops, like credit courses, must meet University and Ohio Board of Regents standards for contact hours and out-of-class time, and must adhere to the cost per credit hour set by the University Board of Trustees. Participants in credit workshops must be evaluated according to criteria clearly detailed in the workshop proposal. Noncredit workshops offer more flexibility. There are no set time constraints and the program fee is not tied to the University fee structure. To offer either a credit or noncredit program, instructors begin by developing a workshop proposal that must be approved by the appropriate academic unit. We help with this paperwork and develop a budget.

How do I decide -- credit or noncredit?

The key is to examine your intended audience and content. Would credits be of value to them? Does the subject matter warrant the number of contact hours and outside assignments required for a credit workshop? What can you reasonably charge for the program and still attract a good number of registrants?

How are workshops promoted?

We help market your program with print pieces, Web pages and/or listings, via list serves and e-mails, media ads, press releases, via KSU's schedules of classes and other vehicles.

What are the benefits of teaching a workshop?

First, unless the workshop is taught on load, you'll receive additional compensation. Your academic unit will also receive income from successful workshops. And you'll have the benefit of teaching participants with diverse backgrounds who are interested in the innovative topics and formats of our programs.

What are KSU's travel policies and procedures?

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