Planning

Kent State has large and diversified offerings of fully online programs and of individual online courses. Making our online offerings into truly great learning experiences is a priority at Kent State. We are here to help!

We have many resources available from tutorials to facilitated workshops. As you begin planning for putting a program or individual course online, please reach out to us for a consultation at onlinesupport@kent.edu. Or, go to our resource request site

Online Courses

Approval Process
Classification types of online courses

There are three classifications of “online” courses: V1, V2, and V3:

  • V1 – 100% online requiring no face-to-face or online live sessions
  • V2 – 100% online with one or more synchronous online live sessions
  • V3 – A blend of a minimum of 50% online sessions (asynchronous or synchronous) and requirement of one or more face-to-face meetings

Note: The online course must be delivered exactly as advertised and listed in the BANNER registration system and KSU course catalog.

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Timeline

Timeline Developing an online course requires a significant amount of time to design for the online environment. Whether you are an experienced online course developer converting an existing course, or new to distance education and creating your first course from scratch, you should begin preparation a minimum of one semester prior to scheduled release date.

View suggested One Semester Ahead timeline.

Expectations for Online Teaching

As an online instructor, according to Federal standards (link), you are required to engage in regular and substantive interactions with your students. An online course is not a correspondence or self-paced course.

Link to Teaching expectations guide.

If you have been asked to develop an online course, you may want to check to see if there is a Foundational Course available for you to use (email).

Quality Matters

Kent State has developed suggested course development guidelines based on the Quality MattersTM rubric. These guidelines will help us proactively meet accessibility standards and incorporate universal design principles that will help ensure the success of our diverse student body.

Technology

There is a comprehensive information technology infrastructure to help you teach online.

 

Flashline

FlashLine is the main portal to systems and tools you’ll need to access while teaching. You access the Flashline portal by going to www.kent.edu and clicking on the FLASHLINE LOGIN button found in the top left corner. Note that your FlashLine username/password are used for many software services across Kent State University.

View support information for FlashLine

  • If you have not received your Kent State FlashLine ID, contact Academic Personnel, or call 330-672-8040.
  • Final grades submission is completed in FlashLine. Login and click on the Faculty and Advisor Tools tab. Deadlines for final grade submission by faculty are posted each semester on the Registrar’s Grades and Transcript Processing Dates page.
  • Questions about grading? Look for clarification and reminder emails from your department and contact your department chair with any concerns or questions. Support for using Faculty and Advisor Tools.
Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn or Learn) is the course management system supported at Kent State and is the expected delivery platform for online courses. You can access Blackboard Learn from the FlashLine portal or directly at learn.kent.edu. When you log in to Blackboard Learn, you should see your current course listings. If you do not, you should contact your department scheduler and let them know you are unable to see your sections in Blackboard.

Learn more about support for Blackboard Learn.

Kaltura

Kaltura allows you to record audio, video, and screen captures and store and view them from a central repository video.kent.edu

Other Educational Technology Tools

Visit the IT page for additional Educational Technology Tools.

Distance Education Policies

Federal/State
  • State Authorization (needs to be added to TD)
  • US DoE section § 600.2 of the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
  • Higher Learning Commission – Distance and Correspondence Education
  • Ohio Board of Regents – Academic Program Review
  • US DoE: Accrediting Agencies for Distance Education
  • US DoE: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
University
  • Academic presence verification policy
  • Course syllabus accessibility statement
  • Course syllabus add/drop statement
  • EIT accessibility policy
  • Kent State credit hour policy
  • Midterms evaluations policy
  • Office Hours
  • Standard-term institution
  • Student grade and attendance disputes
  • Textbook policy
Office of Continuing and Distance Education
  • Request a course/program be certified as meeting QM standards
  • Supported work contract
  • OCDE online course accessibility assistance

Research

We have created a library of relevant research to help you in your planning. We will continue to link to important research and welcome your suggestions for articles/books we should include. Visit the Research Library.