If you are interested in teaching an online course, creating a new online course, or creating a new online program, the resources on this page will help you get started. Note that all new online courses are subject to departmental review, Koehler Center review, and university committee review.

We encourage you to reach out to the Koehler Center early in the development process so that we can assist you.

The bulk of TCU’s online courses are graduate courses. Existing undergraduate online course offerings are those that have been developed through the Summer Undergraduate Online Pilot Program; comprehensive data from this program will be reviewed during the 2019-2020 academic year and future plans will be announced in the spring of 2020.

Please review the following university policies:



Requirements for Online Instructors:

  1. Training must be completed before the official start of the online course:
    • Required: TCU Online Boot Camp (or the 3 equivalent workshops: Building Your Course, Managing Your Course, and Advance Tools from the Koehler Center)
    • Required: Preparing to Teach Online or demonstration of equivalent training from another institution
    • Recommended: Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning Training or another Koehler Center learning outcomes workshop
    • Optional: TCU ePortfolio training, Panopto training, Virtual Classroom training, or training for other course-specific tools
  2. Create online course in TCU Online; course to be fully built by the date specified in the OSAT review schedule published by the Koehler Center on the Distance Learning website in order to allow Koehler Center staff to insure the course meets all applicable standards.
  3. For federal compliance purposes, online courses include regular and substantive interaction between the instructor and the students, which are initiated by the instructor. Each week during the full duration of the stated session, including during the designated university finals period, features some sort of documented academic activity on the part of the students. Activity or engagement that is not related to course content, wholly optional, or initiated primarily by the students does not meet this requirement.
  4. Course learning goals and learning outcomes must be identified and mapped to coursework.
  5. To go live, a course must:
    • Earn an Online Structure Assessment Tool (OSAT) score of 70% or greater (Required)
    • Implement all improvements identified as short-term / critical fixes before the official start date of the course These requirements apply to both the initial offering of the online course and for any subsequent offerings of the course.

Requirements for Online Courses

  1. Online Structure Assessment Tool (OSAT) score 70% or greater (Required) in post-instruction review of the course delivered to students. Based on OSAT findings,   the instructor and the Koehler Center will create a plan for the ongoing improvement of the course and the instructor will implement identified items on an annual basis.
  2. All online credit courses will follow the start and end dates listed on class search, unless otherwise approved by the Registrar.
  3. Faculty engagement in course must total a minimum of 30 hours (based on the benchmark of a three credit course).
  4. Student activity / engagement in a 3 hour course should equal or exceed 45 hours (based on the benchmark of a three credit course).
  5. Class completion rate (based on student census date as compared with student enrollment at the end of term) should be 88% or greater, barring any exceptional events. (Required)
  6. Recommended: data within the course reflect that the instructor has measured student learning outcomes in the course separate from course grades. Based on the data, the instructor will create a plan for the ongoing improvement of the learning outcomes in the course and implement identified items on an annual basis

Reporting is pulled by Koehler Center staff from TCU Online and shared with department chairs / program directors according to the Fully Online Course Data Reporting Protocol.

Fees for Graduate Online Courses

  1. All graduate online courses will have a distance learning fee assessed for each student taking a graduate online course. Students in graduate online courses will be billed for this distance learning fee according to the Distance Learning Fee Schedule. Fee information is posted on the Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees page.
  2. Graduate courses are those defined as having course numbers of 50000 or greater. Online courses are those that have a 400-level section number. Online courses are also flagged with the attribute TCUO
  3. All graduate online graduate courses must have all distance learning fees verified by the appropriate program director and/or dean before the official state date of the course.

Courses in the Summer Undergraduate Online Pilot Program do not carry online course fees at this time.

Other Important Information