Subcommittee on Academic Affairs
TO: Peter Jones
Chair, Committee on Faculty
FROM: Joe Collins
DATE: 8 December 1999
SUBJECT: Distance Learning Statement
The Subcommittee on Academic Affairs is forwarding a revised Distance
Learning Statement to the Committee on Faculty for its approval.
This statement contains both a Mission association and guidelines for implementation
within the diverse Marquette community. Special note to Web readers:
This statement is not to be considered as Marquette policy; rather, it
is a recommendation for possible adoption by the COF as their recommendation
with subsequent submission to the Office of the Vice President for Academic
Affairs for their consideration. This Distance Learning Statement
was approved unanimously by the SAA.
DISTANCE LEARNING AND THE MARQUETTE MISSION
Distance learning is defined as instruction where
for at least 80% of class time teacher and students do not meet face to
face but are connected through one or more of the following technologies:
e-mail, real time chat rooms, computer conferencing or message boards,
online websites and/or courseware packages, two-way video conferencing,
audio conferencing, one-way video broadcasting. While campus classes may
utilize any one of these technologies to some extent this statement addresses
classes which are conducted primarily or entirely at a distance.
We believe that distance learning courses can be an important way to
carry out Marquette's mission by:
Expanding learning opportunities to a more diverse population than what
currently has access to our campuses, particularly nontraditional students
and, working adults. (Service)
Offering alternative learning environments that optimize academically rigorous
learning opportunities and active class participation for all students.
Reconceptualizing the way we produce and deliver information to students
without compromising support for traditional learning environments and
Providing a climate which encourages "cura personalis" and an open
discussion of moral and ethical issues by giving everyone an equal voice
untarnished by individual differences. (Faith)
To remain consistent with Marquette's mission,
we believe that any course or program utilizing distance learning needs
to follow these guidelines:
Class size should be limited to no more than 15 - 20 students.
Adequate technical and academic support services, including library access,
need to be available to both students and faculty involved in such courses.
Faculty should be offered professional development opportunities in effective
design and delivery of distance learning classes.
Faculty preparing and teaching distance learning classes should be given
Admission guidelines for distance learning courses and programs should
be consistent with on-campus courses and programs.
Course design and assessments should reflect Marquette's high academic
standards and rigor.
Courses should promote heavy student-teacher and student-to-student interaction.
Courses offered in both distance and face to face formats need to be consistent
in content and level of expectation.
Use of distance learning technologies and the teaching of distance learning
courses should be voluntary.
Systematic evaluation of course and teaching effectiveness should be ongoing.