Skip Navigation

Darton State College

Darton State College

Home  » Faculty & Staff  » Policies & Procedures  » Policies

Darton State College Policies and Procedures

Online Student Engagement Requirements

Purpose:

This policy sets forth the definition of an online credit hour as required by SACS standard 3.4.6.

Procedure:

Instructors who teach one or more classes online will design their online courses to meet the following online credit hour requirements.

Student engagement in the online course may be defined by instruction and assignments which address a variety of learning styles and utilize a variety of resources. These resources may include lecture, discussion, research, blogs, at-home labs, group work, and other tools available for instructional delivery. Instruction and assignments in the online course should engage the student in active learning through synchronous and/or asynchronous methods. Minimum engagement times are listed in the table below.

Course Credit
Hours
Full Term
Minutes of
Engagement
per week
Full Term
Hours of
Engagement
per week
A or B Term
Minutes of
Engagement
per week
A or B Term
Hours of
Engagement
per week
1 Credit Hours 150 2.5 300 5
2 Credit Hours 300 5 600 10
3 Credit Hours 450 7.5 900 15
4 Credit Hours 600 10 1200 20
5 Credit Hours 750 12.5 1500 25

Courses that have greater contact hours than the number of hours awarded for credit should follow the number of engagement minutes listed in SACS documentation for 4.9.

For more information, contact: Online Learning

Return to the previous page.