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WKU Online

A Unit of DELO, The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
"I have taught more than a half dozen courses through the Office of Distance Learning and the Office of Independent Learning over the last five years. The staff in both of these offices, and the instructional designers with the TS Online Center, have been very supportive in terms of providing resources, expertise, and training to help me in teaching my online courses. Any professor at WKU can develop and offer a high quality online course with their help and guidance."

Jerry Daday, Sociology Professor

Financial Support for Course Development

The Office of Distance Learning, which includes online semester-based courses available through Online Learning and non-semester based courses available through Independent Learning, provides financial support for the development of distance courses.

Independent Learning (IL) refers to non-semester based courses. IL courses are taught above regular faculty load, and are available in a variety of formats including, print, CD-ROM, Email, and online. Financial Support for development of new IL courses includes a one-time payment of $3,500 + $140 per student enrolled in undergraduate courses or $170 per student enrolled in graduate courses. A course contract is required. To learn more email amanda.mcgaughey@wku.edu or call (270) 745-5174.

Online Learning Courses, listed as "web" in the schedule of classes, refer to semester-based courses that are taught as part of regular faculty load. Online Learning provides two types of financial support for online course development: 1) Development of new online courses 2) Revision of online courses on contract for a minimum of three years.

New Course Development: Onlne Learning will provide instructors $3500 in the form of a stipend to assist the instructor in preparation of online course materials for newly developed courses. The first payment of $2,750 will be issued according to the following payment schedule:

    • Fall Semester: Course development payments will be issued in December (contract must be completed by October 31)
    • Winter Term: Course payments will be issued in February (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered)
    • Spring Semester: Course payments will be issued in May (contract must be completed by March 31)
    • Summer Term: Course payments will be issued in August (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered).

Course Revision: Online Learning shall provide $2000 in the form of a stipend to assist the instructor in the revision of course materials. This payment will be issued according to the following payment schedule:

    • Fall Semester: Course development payments will be issued in December (contract must be completed by October 31)
    • Winter Term: Course payments will be issued in February (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered)
    • Spring Semester: Course payments will be issued in May (contract must be completed by March 31)
    • Summer Term: Course payments will be issued in August (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered).

A course contract is required. All contracts for online semester-based courses must be initiated during the term in which the course is being offered. To learn more email anne.honaker@wku.edu or call (270)745-5107.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14