Teaching Online Information

What is MUOnLine?

MUOnLine describes the learning management system and software used at marshall to delivery online and hybrid course content. For our purposes, we refer to the e-course program as MUOnLine to avoid software-specific confusion. Briefly, MUOnLine provides a password-protected course site which is accessed with a web browser. Once you log in to your MUOnLine e-course site, you can work on course activities anywhere, anytime – at your convenience!

MUOnLine Program Highlights: access a collection of reports about the MUOnLine program (statistics, student enrollment, program finances, projections, trends. etc.).

What Can I Do with an MUOnLine Course

You can use MUOnLine as a supplement to a traditional class or you can use it to teach a class completely online.  MUOnLine is really just a way to make course content available to your students. If you hand out class materials in your traditional class, such as your course syllabus, assignments, schedule, lecture notes, and copies of articles, you can upload the same materials to your MUOnLine course for students to view or print.

The material you post is available throughout the semester (or until you remove it). MUOnLine also makes it possible to provide hyperlinks in your course website to materials you want your students to use. Consider the savings in labor and expenses.

You can also use your MUOnLine course as a place where students can submit assignments, take tests online, participate in class discussions via an electronic bulletin board, and in real-time chats. Just about any activity students do in a traditional class can be adapted to the online environment.

Information About Teaching Online

  • Marshall University MUBOG IT-5 Policy governs every aspect of online instruction including intellectual property rights. As the online course developer, you hold the intellectual property rights to your course, which allows you to take your course content you developed with you and teach it if you go to another institution. Another faculty member cannot teach your online course you developed here at Marshall University without your permission. It would be up to you to grant permission for someone else to teach your course here at Marshall.
  • If you accept financial or technical support from Marshall as you develop your course, and you choose to market your course at some future time, then the University has an interest in any profits. (see MUBOG IT-5 Policy for details)
  • As a full-time faculty member at Marshall University, subject to department approval, you can teach an online course as part of your regular teaching load or as an overload. Adjuncts may also teach online courses, subject to department approval.
  • The compensation for full-time faculty who teach as an overload is currently $70 per student enrolled at the end of schedule adjustment, and $70 per student who receives a grade for the course. If a full-time faculty member teaches in-load, the same compensation will be paid to the faculty member’s department. Those funds are to be used in ways that encourage online course development.

A Few Tips for Teaching Online

Your students will expect quick response times. You should plan to log on to the course at least five days out of seven and to respond QUICKLY to questions and to student work.
We encourage all online faculty to build required inter-action into their courses by whatever means they determine is most effective. Courses that lack interaction among students and instructors typically are not successful.

All courses must begin with the start of a regular semester. Most online instructors build due dates into their courses just as they would for a traditional class.

Student Evaluation of your course. Towards the end of each term you will receive instructions for your students on how to access the online evaluation survey for your course. This is the same evaluation instrument that is used in traditional classes.