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Online Teaching and Learning



The review of existing face-to-face courses being taught in online modality has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review AS-895-20 "Resolution on Suspending eLearning Addendums" for more information.

The following policy applies to new course proposals.


The Academic Senate passed the "Resolution on Online Teaching & Learning" on May 19, 2020 (AS-896-20). This resolution rescinds and replaces the "Resolution on eLearning Policy" (AS-750-12), while approving the attached "Online Teaching & Learning Policy at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo" (pdf).

Within the policy are the following sections:

  • Preamble
  • Modality Designations
    • Face-to-Face Course, Traditional (FT)
    • Face-to-Face Course, Online (FO)
    • Local Course, Online (LO)
    • Remote Course, Online (RO)
    • Hybrid Course (HY)
    • Flexible Course (FL)
  • Credit Hours
  • Faculty Responsibility for Curricular and Quality Control
  • Removal of eLearning Addendum
  • Accessibility
  • University Resource Requirements
    • Student Training
    • Faculty Training
    • Technical Support
    • Testing Services
    • Information and Facility Services
    • Student Services
    • Student Evaluations
  • Assessment of Online Education Courses and Programs
  • Contracting and the Use of Outside Resources
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Admissions
  • Course Descriptions and Advertising Guidelines
  • Online Education Course and Program Funding
  • Use of Online Education Technologies is Optional
  • Applicability of Resolution
  • Summary of Policies and Policy Recommendations Established in Resolution


Source: AS-896-20 "Resolution on Online Teaching & Learning" (pdf). 19 May 2020.

Procedures: The Office of the Registrar has outlined the steps required to propose a new or modified course for online teaching here.

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