Schedule an Online Course

Course Approval

The UNM Scheduling Office is the curriculum scheduling authority for main campus. It is the role of the Scheduling Office to review requests and enter approved courses into Banner. While academic units work to ensure accurate form preparation, only the Scheduling Office has authority to finalize scheduling requests.

Given the differences with scheduling an online course, the Scheduling Office authorized UNM Online to manage requests. As a result, UNM Online pre-approval is required to schedule an online course. It is the role of UNM Online to pre-approve online course scheduling requests and forward them to the Scheduling Office for final processing.

Online Course Types

The following instructional types require pre-approval from UNM Online:

Online courses can either have no scheduled meetings, scheduled online meetings, or a very limited number of in-person scheduled meetings, or a combination of the above. Online courses are limited to three in-person meetings per 16-week term, and these meetings are often used for orientation and exams. All mandatory meetings, either virtual or in-person, must be scheduled in Banner.

Meetings that occur in an online course must comply with distance education regulations. Instructors use the Online with Meetings form to ensure compliance.

Online courses undergo a quality review process when they are initially developed.

Accelerated Online Programs are undergraduate degree completion programs and full master’s degrees that meet specific characteristics: 

  • Students must be admitted to an Accelerated Online Program to be eligible to enroll.
  • Courses are in an 8-week format.
  • Courses have no scheduled meetings.
  • Tuition is a flat, cost-per-credit-hour rate, regardless of residential status.
  • Additional costs may include a college differential, upper-division course premiums, and the student technology fee.

Online DESRs

Online Department Enrollment Status Report (DESR) instructions are available here.

Each semester, UNM Online Scheduling follows the online Department Enrollment Status Report (DESR) timeline.

Summer 2023Deadlines                                  
First online DESRs due to UNM Online SchedulingMonday, November 7, 2022
Final online DESRs due to UNM Online SchedulingMonday, December 5, 2022
Online Course Proposal Forms: best consideration dateMonday, October 24, 2022
Spring 2023Deadlines                                  
No first Online DESR submissionNone
Final online DESRs due to UNM Online SchedulingMonday, September 12, 2022
Online Course Proposal Forms: best consideration dateFriday, August 19, 2022
Fall 2022Deadlines                                  
First online DESRs due to UNM Online SchedulingTuesday, February 8, 2022
Final online DESRs due to UNM Online SchedulingFriday, March 4, 2022
Online Course Proposal Forms due to UNM Online Course Proposals and RedesignsFriday, March 4, 2022


Approval is necessary to schedule a course that is new to the online delivery mode. For a course to be considered, submit the following two documents.

  1. Online Scheduling Form
  2. Online Course Proposal (OCP) Form - The OCP form includes all information UNM Online needs to review a request for a new online course.

Submit Online Course Proposal Forms to

Submit Online Scheduling Forms to by the final DESR deadline.

Use the Crosslist Form to schedule a group of equivalent and interchangeable courses. With each crosslisted group, there is a "home department." A home department is the academic unit responsible for submitting crosslist forms and ensuring identical scheduling of all participating sections. Some online courses are crosslisted per the UNM Catalog, requiring submission of a crosslist form with every scheduling request.

Crosslist FormCrosslist sections

For an online section, changing the instructor of record is done through the UNM Online Scheduling Office. Departments must not make such instructor updates themselves. With online courses, an instructor change impacts course development, resource allocation, and budget decisions. To change an instructor, email and include: term, CRN, subject, course number, instructor name, and UNM Banner ID number.

Instructor UpdatePrimary instructor change

Academic departments submit their own section capacity updates.

Each Special Event and Classroom Request is reviewed by the UNM Scheduling Office. The office accepts requests at least 4 days prior to the event from UNM colleges, departments and chartered student organizations. Allow more processing time for events occurring on the weekend. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

Special Event and Classroom Requestn/a

RASI Training Requirement

Before teaching an online or hybrid course in Summer 2021 or later, instructors must have completed one of the following trainings:

  • Evidence Based Practices for Teaching Online (EBPTO)
    • EBPTO is a six-week course for instructors (open to any instructor) offered multiple times per year. The training is fully revamped. Those who completed a similar training before Fall 2019 are strongly encouraged to take EBPTO.
  • Regular and Substantive Interaction(RASI) training in Learning Central
    • RASI training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This course provides instructors with training on regulations related to regular and substantive interaction in online courses, student privacy and security in the online environment, and guidance on providing effective student support in an online format. Instructors teaching classes that are not fully online but still contain online components will also benefit from completing this training. Tips for finding RASI in Learning Central are available here.

Direct general questions regarding RASI training to


Contact UNM Online Scheduling

UNM Online supports scheduling coordinators. Expert staff are available to clarify the nuances of scheduling an online course.

Phone: (505) 277-8585
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact UNM Online About Course Proposals

UNM Online's Curriculum Development Coordinator is the contact for questions about the course proposal process.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.