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Distributed Learning


Approval Process

Members of the Faculty Senate guide and approve any online courses through an established review. Throughout the step-by-step process, you may need to modify your academic proposal based on insight from committee reviewers. 

Our team works closely with the Office of Academic Programs and can help guide you through the Distance Education Delivery Approval process. The Office of Academic Programs coordinates the development and revision of degree programs and courses for the USC system. Working with the Academic Program Liaison Committee, the office manages curriculum approval flow through faculty governance, the Provost's and President's offices, the Board of Trustees, the SC Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Visit the Office of Academic Program’s website for additional information.

If you are interested in creating a new online course or converting an existing face-to-face course to online format, please refer to the Academic Proposals Program System (APPS), a secure, web-based submission and approval system that facilitates the review process for adding or changing any University of South Carolina academic course. The step-by-step process may take several months to complete and the course proposal may need to be revised based on feedback from committee reviewers. 

You should also refer to the Faculty Senate’s Instructional Development Committee (INDEV) Syllabus Checklist for distance education delivery before submitting a new course or course change request. It is also recommended that you work with an instructional designer to ensure the course meets quality assurance standards and best practices and that all course materials are accessible for students with disabilities.