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Academic Program Development and Innovation

Faculty Resources for Online Teaching & Learning

At Butler, the goal of online learning is to incorporate technology into new and existing courses to support the many ways in which students learn. Often, course materials can be delivered and accessed online, giving students and faculty more flexibility and opportunities for class interaction.  

Online learning can include several types of learning:

  • Asynchronous learning means instructional time and interactions with peers are not delivered "live." Students can choose when and where to access materials and respond to their instructor and peers based on course requirements.
  • Synchronous learning implies some or all instructional time and/or peer interaction is delivered "live," and students are expected to attend classes online at designated times.
  • Hybrid learning is when a course combines aspects of online learning with classroom-based instruction to give students the flexibility of online learning and the benefits of face-to-face time with instructors and peers. The amount of time required to complete coursework online and attend campus-based classroom sessions varies from course to course-instructors determine how much time is spent in each learning environment. 
  • Flipped classrooms first expose students to new material outside of class, typically through readings or video lectures, which allows class time to be used to help students understand the material through problem solving, discussion, and/or debates. 

University Guidelines

As of Summer 2018-

Overview of Policy for Faculty teaching Online at Butler University

Any faculty (full-time and adjuncts) teaching online at Butler must complete the Butler training for designing, building, and teaching online courses.

Waivers: Faculty who have taught online at other institutions can seek an exception and, if approved, forgo the training provided they:

  •  Include an end-of-course student survey to ensure the quality, and
  • Develop the course ahead of time and receive peer and APDI/CAT review.
  • Pilot online self-paced training  will be developed as a possible option for faculty

Covered Parties

This policy covers any faculty (full-time and adjuncts) teaching an online course or program. Training is recommended and encouraged for hybrid/flipped courses but not required as decided upon by faculty focus group.