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Course Information Form

Getting Started

Section-specific course information forms are sent to online faculty according to the CIF Distributed dates below. Faculty may instead choose to complete a generic course information form, and submit it to cif@unm.edu.

Fall 2019 course information is currently published to the Schedule of Online Courses. In mid-October, UNM Online will begin the Spring 2020 requests for CIFs.


CIF Deadlines

SemesterCIF DistributedCIF CompletedCIF PublishedRegistrar's DeadlineRegistration Opens
 by email to faculty from UNM Onlineby faculty and submitted to UNM Online to online.unm.edu/ schedule for courses to be publicly viewable 

Spring
2020

10/14/2019

10/21/2019

10/28/2019

10/28/2019

11/11/2019

Summer
2020

02/03/2020

02/17/2020

03/30/2020

03/30/2020

04/13/2020

Fall
2020

03/09/2020

03/23/2020

03/30/2020

03/30/2020

04/12/2020

Course Information

The Schedule of Online Courses features the courses Main Campus offers online, including detailed course information not available in LoboWeb or UNM Catalog. The additional information is critical for UNM students preparing to register, prospective students considering enrollment options, and to meet higher education compliance regulations.


Requirements

To be successful, online students depend on information not available in LoboWeb, (my.unm.edu), and the UNM Catalog, (catalog.unm.edu). Knowing whether a course requires web conferencing, place-based meetings, or proctoring, are just a few options students weigh before registering for an online course.

Course information disclosure is also required to meet UNM’s requirements under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Compliance with SARA allows UNM to offer online education to students located across state lines.

Legal Notice

Students enrolled online must be made aware of material course requirements, including meeting requirements, before registration. As such, faculty must make the following listed disclosures: specific meeting times, required course materials and costs (textbooks, hardware, or applications), or testing requirements. Failure to distribute this information could create a “misrepresentation” as defined by the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 34 CFR 688.71-75.

A finding of misrepresentation could result in the University of New Mexico being fined, audited, or reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education, with the potential for loss of its federal financial responsibility rating. Misrepresentation puts in jeopardy UNM’s participation in awarding federal Title IV financial aid, (grants, work-study, and loans). In the event that UNM Online identifies that proper disclosures were not made, the UNM Registrar’s Office may require an online course to be cancelled and rescheduled with the proper disclosures.

Schedule of Online Courses

The most useful information about online education at the University of New Mexico is on the UNM Online website, online.unm.edu. It includes Getting Started tips, Student Resources and Legal Stuff. The Schedule of Online Courses, online.unm.edu/schedule, is where the detailed course information is displayed. Each semester, faculty update their information while UNM Online manages the coordination and publication.


Course Information Form (CIF)

Course Information Forms (CIF) allow faculty to publish detailed information about their courses. Readers find enticing course descriptions and clear requirements appealing and useful.

Faced with demands like employer commitments, care-taking responsibilities, medical issues, and location constraints, admitted and prospective students use the information to decide whether online courses fit their lifestyles.

Online sections also tend to fill quickly, and with limited online alternatives, it is critical to know before registration whether a course is a good fit.

Once detailed course information is posted, faculty are encouraged to promote their classes by referring others to the Schedule of Online Courses.

For examples, click the sample of a blank and a completed course information form and sample posting to the UNM Online Schedule of Courses. 

Generic CIF Timeline

SemesterCIF DistributedCIF CompletedCIF PublishedRegistrar's DeadlineRegistration Opens
 by email to faculty from UNM Onlineby faculty and submitted to UNM Online to online.unm.edu/ schedule for courses to be publicly viewable 

Spring

Mid-October

Mid-October

Late October

Late October

Early November

Summer

Early February

Mid-February

Late March

Late March

Mid-April

Fall

Early March

Mid-March

Late March

Late March

Mid-April

The CIF Process

With the goal to publish course details well before registration opens, the Course Information Form process begins early, harmonizing with the Office of the Registrar’s Schedule Build Timeline also known as the DCL/ESR Deadline Dates. Generally, Spring classes are publicly viewable by late October, while Summer and Fall classes are publicized by late March.

CIFs are emailed to online faculty. The message includes a section-specific web address (or URL) used to access the course information form. The URL may be clicked or copied into a browser.

Faculty complete the course information form and immediately upon submission, UNM Online receives it for processing. Course details are published to online.unm.edu/schedule soon after receipt.

The turnaround, from receipt to publication, ranges from hours to several days, depending on the volume of forms received. Ideally, course information is posted by the CIF Published deadline: late October for the Spring semester, and late March for the Summer and Fall semesters.

Faculty may opt to submit a CIF without the section-specific URL by clicking on this generic option and emailing completed forms to cif@unm.edu.


FAQs for Faculty

YES. For record keeping, and to assure each section’s information is accurate, complete one CIF per section. It is especially helpful to list within the Course Description all of the associated sections, such as, for example: MSST 475.001 / MSST 575.001 / ARTH 575.001.

NO. UNM Online does not have the capacity to duplicate course information forms from past semesters. It is highly recommended faculty save their own copy of each completed CIF. When submitting multiple forms with similar information, copying and pasting from saved CIFs is very convenient.

YES. If it is not possible to fully complete a CIF by the deadline, (Spring: early October; Summer and Fall: early March; current deadlines are displayed at the top of the CIF web page), faculty are encouraged to submit what they can as soon as possible, and email revisions later to CIF@unm.edu. While revisions are always accepted, course information is most useful before registration opens.

YES. Help is available by emailing cif@unm.edu or by contacting the faculty member’s assigned course designer.

There are multiple resources for finding a faculty member’s assigned course designer. Email cif@unm.edu. Contact UNM Online by calling 505-277-8128 or emailing online@unm.edu. Contact the Center for Digital Learning by calling 505-277-1931 or by reaching out to Instructional Media Project Manager Rob Wolf at rwolf01@unm.edu.

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