Best Practices in Distance Education
Checklist Submission Requirements
Once the instructor of a course submits a completed Checklist, another Checklist for that course is not required from the same instructor for three years, unless the course undergoes substantial revision. Completion and collection of Best Practices Checklists ensure that quality standards in online learning are being met at our university in compliance with SACSCOC and THECB requirements.
Checklist Submission Deadlines
Courses taught in Fall: October 29
Courses taught in Spring: March 1
Courses taught in Summer I and II: July 1
Completing and Signing the Best Practices Checklist Electronically
You may complete and sign the Best Practices Checklist for Online and Hybrid Courses online.
Please note: The university is no longer using the fillable PDF form for the Best Practices Checklist. Instead, please complete the Best Practices Checklist online form, where you will be asked to sign in using your Net ID.
If you have any difficulty completing the Checklist online, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (512.245.2322) for assistance. You may also download the the Checklist in PDF form for reference, but please do not submit this PDF form.
Additional Information on Completing the Checklist
Note that all items on the Best Practices Checklist for Online and Hybrid Courses may not apply to all online and hybrid courses, so you are not required to check all statements. In the comment box that follows the Checklist items, you may provide comments or explanation of why some Checklist items do not apply to your specific online or hybrid course.
Sources for Checklist Items
The sources for items on the Best Practices Checklists include policy from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), rules and principles from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and best practices as articulated by the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) and Quality Matters. The Checklist Sources Table provides complete, itemized source information.