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Schedule an Online or Hybrid 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.

Course Pre-Approval

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

Online Courses

  1. Asynchronous Online Course - Typically, an asynchronous online course has no, or a very limited number of, scheduled meetings. Often for orientation and exams, the meetings may be virtual or require students to attend a physical location. Any mandatory meetings must be scheduled in Banner.

  2. Synchronous Online Course - Formerly named ITV, for instructional television. A synchronous online course has regularly scheduled online meetings. To attend, students log into UNM Learn at regularly scheduled days and times. A synchronous online, or OSYNC, section is cross-listed with the lecture-source, known as the parent section. The lecture-sourced section is held in a classroom on Main Campus.

  3. Managed Online Programs - Are undergraduate degree completion programs and full master’s degrees that meet specific characteristics: 

    • Online courses are in an  8-week  instructional cycle;
    • Tuition is a flat, cost-per-credit hour, rate, regardless of residential status;
    • The online delivery fee is waived;
    • Only students admitted to a managed online program are eligible to enroll.

Instructional Television Then and Now

Instructional television once consisted of a "traditional" lecture televised from, for example, Dane Smith Hall, and transmitted to locations throughout New Mexico. The Main Campus section was called the "parent" while each receive site was called the "child". Hence the labels ITV, for child, and ITVP, for parent, were used.

Today, instructional television technology has been updated to online delivery. The ITV label is demised. A "child" course is scheduled as online and referred to as synchronous online. The ITVP label, however, persists.

ITVP Courses

A course scheduled as ITVP is the face-to-face component that is paired with a synchronous online "child". An ITVP course is taught on Main Campus from a classroom equipped for virtual broadcast. Lectures are accessed by the students enrolled in the "child" section. Using their device of choice, online students synchronously participate in and engage with the lecture experience. This is a unique arrangement: an ITVP course paired with a synchronous online one. Properly scheduling an ITVP course requires its online counterpart. The pairing is why "parent" and "child" courses are approved together at the UNM Online office.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are a blend instructional methods. Essentially half the course experience is online and combined with regularly scheduled meetings at a physical location.

DESR Timeline and Directions

Each semester, UNM Online Scheduling follows the Department Enrollment Status Report (DESR) timeline and directions, per the UNM Main Campus Scheduling Office.

Forms

Use the Online Hybrid Scheduling Form to schedule or cancel the following types of course sections:

  • Online Course
  • Synchronous Online Course / On-Campus Parent (ITVP)
  • Managed Online Program Course
  • Hybrid
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Online/Hybrid Scheduling Form

Approval to offer a course never before taught online requires two documents and a formal departmental memo with supporting data.

  1. Online Hybrid Scheduling Form
  2. Course Proposal Form with a supporting memo describing the viability of the proposed course. The memo would answer the following questions: 
    1. Is the proposed course a graduation requirement? If yes, describe. It may be that the course is a major, minor or general education requirement.
    2. Is there a specific degree, or degrees, for which the proposed online course is a requirement? If yes, identify each degree's formal name. If necessary, provide an explanation.
    3. For each degree identified in item (b), which of the required courses are offered online? Provide a copy of each degree plan. Indicate on it whether, and when last, each course was offered online, such as in this example. It is acceptable to submit a screen capture of a degree plan from the UNM Catalog; a departmental handout, or something similar.

Submit proposal packets to onlineschedulng@unm.edu by the final DESR deadline.

Use the Cross List Form to schedule a group of equivalent and interchangeable courses. With each cross-listed group, there is a ‘home’ department. A home department is the academic unit responsible for submitting cross-list forms and ensuring identical scheduling of all participating sections. Some online courses are cross-listed per the UNM Catalog, requiring submission of a cross-list form with every scheduling request.

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Cross List Formgroup sections

Changing the instructor designated to an online or hybrid section 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 onlinescheduling@unm.edu include: Term, CRN, Subject, Course Number, Instructor Name, and UNM Banner ID number.

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Instructor Updateprimary instructor change

Requests for section capacity changes are made through the UNM Online Scheduling Office. Departments should not submit their capacity updates to main campus scheduling. To update a section capacity, email onlinescheduling@unm.edu include: Term, CRN, Subject, Course Number, and new section capacity.

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Section Capacity Formsection capacity change

Upon completion and submission of the form, special event classroom requests will be 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.

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Special Event and Classroom Requestn/a

Resources

Contact UNM Online Scheduling

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

Email: onlinescheduling@unm.edu
Web: onlinescheduling.unm.edu
Phone: (505) 277-8585
Location: Woodward Hall #157
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm