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Progams (major, minors & certificates)

Courses (database & scheduling)

Instructional Modes:

  • Completely online (no face-to-face meetings)
  • Primarily online (3 or less face-to-face meetings)
  • Partly/Partially/Hybrid/Blended-Learning online (3 or more face-to-face meetings)
  • Face-to-face (no online)
  • UMD Library support for online instruction

Course Fees:

In 2015, the Board of Regents approved the change from a full access lab fee (assessed to courses that use ITSS full access labs) to a full access technology fee ($74 as of Sept 2016) that includes:

  • fully online courses (no visits required to campus) - This means the student never has to come to campus for a f2f class. The entire course is handled online.
  • primarily online courses (3 or fewer required visits to campus) - This means a course that only requires the students to come to campus for a f2f meeting 3 times or fewer during the term. An example of this is a course that has students come to campus at the beginning and the end of the term for f2f meetings. The rest of the course is handled online (again, real-time or not).
    • The VCAA Online Addendum form is required for fully and primarily online courses.
  • partially online courses (more than 3 required visits to campus) - This is defined as a course that meets more than 3 times a semester face-to-face (f2f) yet has an online component. For example, if a course used to meet f2f Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but now only meets f2f Monday and Friday with the Wednesday class being held online (real-time or not), it would be listed as "partially online." This is because students would be required to come to campus for a f2f meeting at least 30 times (2 times a week for 15 weeks). We usually call these hybrid or blended-learning classes.
  • use of full access labs (scheduled class in an ITSS lab)
  • use of full access lab software on BYOD (accessing the full access lab software outside of a lab on a laptop, tablet, etc.)

What does this fee support?

  • Physical and virtual student support: the linked page lists contact options.
  • Course support costs: this varies by the course depending upon what is needed by the instructor, and we support each course accordingly.
  • Physical infrastructure: costs including network, servers, and software.

A student should only be assessed the fee once per semester if they have one or more classes that are impacted by the fee. Moodle, or any LMS, does not impact whether a course is assessed the fee or not. Moodle is a technology that uses a lot of infrastructure and support to enable the number of courses that use it. This is not a deficiency of Moodle; rather, any of technology used at UMN scale require similar infrastructure and support. Because of this, the fee is not waived or reduced.

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