Online Teaching

Distance Course Definition

In order for distance courses to be eligible for student financial aid & full-time status, they must meet the following University criteria, which are based upon federal regulation:

Distance education courses are delivered online via the internet, are instructor lead & instructor paced, & are designed to require regular & substantive interaction between students & the instructor & students & students, either asynchronously or synchronously, or through a combination of both asynchronous & synchronous interactions.

Distance education courses at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are designated as follows:

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Our goal is to support a teaching and learning community of faculty and staff who develop and deliver distance education programs and online courses for high school, undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.

In our planning and best practices sections, you can find information about:

  • How to get started planning a program or a course
  • The first steps you should take to transform a face-to-face class into an online class
  • Who you should go to for help with program planning, instructional design consulting and technical assistance
  • New technology tools
  • Course assessments
  • Managing your time and your course
  • Professional development events targeted to distance education faculty