Online Program Policies
Online Course Revisions Policy
The expectation for faculty members developing an online course is that they will put their best effort forward in creating a course that adheres to the high academic standards and sound pedagogical practices of the BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, as well as to the applicable tenets of asynchronous learning and online course delivery. No major substantial revisions should be expected to an online course immediately after it was developed and launched and within three years of its original launch.
Before an online course is offered each year, the faculty member teaching the course is required to review the course content and the syllabus and make changes to the readings, assignment dates, introductory videos, or any other changes that may be necessary.
The table below describes the lead time and necessary approvals for course revisions based on the scope of proposed changes to an online course:
|Percent||Lead Time||Department / ODE Approval?||Compensation*||Description/Examples*|
|5-15%||7 Weeks||No / No||N/A||Changes to article readings or linked resources; minimal text edits or images; minor assignment updates.
|15-30%||9-10 Weeks||No / Yes||N/A||Sections of text edits; some media updates; task revisions
|30-50%||3 Months||Yes / Yes||$3,000-5,000||Many text edits throughout or some new modules; media updates
||Yes / Yes||$5,000-$8,000||Most of the course will have substantial revisions, but there will be some content kept.
|100%||6-8 Months||Yes / Yes||$9,000-$10,000||The course lecture text, video, media, and assigned tasks will all change.|
If an online course requires revisions, calling for changes of 30% to 100% of the course content, the following rules will apply:
- For changes 15% and under, please notify your Instructional Designer in the Office of Distance Education (ODE) when they contact you seven weeks before the run of your course.
- For changes 15-30%, please contact your Instructional Designer nine to ten weeks before the launch of your course to propose the edits you would like to make so they can determine a timeline.
- For changes 30-100%, please submit a written proposal of the changes to your Department Chair via your Program Director three to eight months before the launch of your course (according to where you approximate the changes fall on the chart above). This proposal must be one page or less. The proposal will be shared with the relevant Instructional Designer at ODE. The Instructional Designer will review the proposal and suggest a percentage amount that these changes represent, and place the revision work in their timeline.*** Once the Department Chair is notified about the assigned percentage amount of the changes, he or she will review the scope of proposed changes in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Executive Director of Operations, and the Assistant Dean of Executive Affairs. The Department Chair will determine whether the proposed compensation amount fits in the budget for the year and let you know if you are approved to move forward. If so, a contract will be issued by ODE for the agreed-on amount.
*Compensation may vary from these numbers based on recommended percentage.
**These descriptions are purely hypothetical.
*** Deadlines for submitting revision information to your Instructional Designer will depend on the scope of revisions and more substantial revisions will require earlier deadlines.