The number of blended and fully online courses is increasing every year here at Shawnee State University. Currently more than 80 courses are offered in a blended or fully online format.

These courses are found in every department throughout the university. The majority of courses are offered through Blackboard, the primary learning management system for SSU.

Departmental Guide for Distance Learning Courses

This Departmental Guide for Distance Learning Courses (PDF) provides information on blended and online course development as well as a containing a copy of the adapted QM Rubric as well as a Syllabus Template.

Course Approval Process

Information on the course approval process for existing courses being taught for the first time as hybrid/blended or online courses or newly developed courses (f2f and hybrid/blended or online) may be found in these documents. There is a narrative policy description as well as flow chart formats.

Courses using a blended/online format will need to be reviewed by the DL Committee prior to review by EPCC.

Designing blended/hybrid or online courses?

Be sure to direct your students to these databases for the most efficient and free resources through our library system.

Please note the scheduling procedures (PDF) for listing blended/hybrid or 100% online courses. It is important to accurately list the percentages as this has implications for our international students as well as for reports that are submitted to OBR.

Distance Learning Committee

The Distance Learning Committee meets the third Monday of each month from 4-5 pm in Provost’s Conference Room as well as online using Adobe Connect.

The Distance Learning Committee is comprised of representatives from departments in the university. Membership on the committee is for two years. The committee meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

Tasks include but are not limited to reviewing the Departmental Guide for Distance Learning Courses to insure its contents support current research and trends in the area of Distance Learning, relaying communications directly to their respective departments about Distance Learning and assisting in maintaining up-to-date information on blended and online courses at SSU.

Distance Learning Committee Members

  • Chris Meade, Director (Natural Sciences)
  • Sheena Shifko, Secretary (Allied Health)
  • Amr Al-Azm (Social Sciences)
  • April Barnette (Rehabilitation and Sports Profs)
  • Chuck Davis (Fine, Digital, & Performing Arts)
  • David DeSario (Mathematics)
  • Jim Hudson (Engineering and Technologies)
  • Dovel Myers (Business)
  • Barbra Conn (Nursing)
  • Cynthia Hermanson (University College)
  • Jennifer Scott (English and Humanities)

Distance Learning Resources

Student Online Readiness Survey

Students may take an online readiness survey to determine their likelihood of success when taking an online course here at SSU. The link to the survey is found on the MySSU page. After logging in, look at the link choices across the top of the page under Shawnee State's name. Click on Student. The survey will appear in the right-hand column of the page. It takes about ten minutes to complete and will provide you and us with valuable information planning online courses in the future.

Quality Matters Rubric Training

This two-week online workshop uses the QM Rubric as an evaluation tool for quality design of online courses. However, it is also highly applicable to traditional courses.

As a member of an Ohio consortium, we can offer this training at a reduced cost paid for by Distance Learning. Many start dates are available for this two-week online workshop. There are also dates and locations for one-day workshops that cover the same material in a face-to-face format.

Here is the site to get you started: Ohio QM Consortium

The left side of the screen displays a calendar where you can check for start dates and format of offerings.

Planning to Offer a "First Time" blended/hybrid or online course at SSU?

If you are currently in the planning stages for offering a course in a blended/hybrid or fully online format, please feel free to contact the Director of Distance Learning, Chris Meade, with any questions you may have.

We have resources available in addition to Blackboard, which you may wish to explore, such as Adobe Connect.

Also, it is suggested that you consult the Departmental Guide to Distance Learning Courses (PDF). The guidelines, course template, and information for inclusion in your syllabus will prove helpful as you embark on this process.

Please note the scheduling procedures (PDF) for listing blended/hybrid or 100% online courses. It is important to accurately list the percentages as this has implications for our international students as well as for reports that are submitted to OBR.

Faculty Focus

This website provides timely and terse information several times a week on improving instruction, connecting with students, and other topics related to optimal delivery of course content in higher education. Many of the one page articles discuss information relevant to a distance learning format. However, others are targeted at improving instruction in all disciplines in traditional face-to-face classes.

For example, if you are thinking of moving your lectures to an online format, check out this article: Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices

For more information about how to receive via email a link to their latest articles go to:

More will be coming! Check the Teaching and Learning Center web page as well as the Distance Learning page for additions and updates.