Western Kentucky University

Distance Learning

Financial Support for Course Development

The Office of Distance Learning, which includes online semester-based courses available through Online Learning and non-semester based courses available through Independent Learning, provides financial support for the development of distance courses.

Independent Learning (IL) refers to non-semester based courses. IL courses are taught above regular faculty load, and are available in a variety of formats including, print, CD-ROM, Email, and online. Financial Support for development of new IL courses includes a one-time payment of $3,500 + $140 per student enrolled in undergraduate courses or $170 per student enrolled in graduate courses. A course contract is required. To learn more email amanda.mcgaughey@wku.edu or call (270) 745-5174.

Online Learning Courses, listed as "web" in the schedule of classes, refer to semester-based courses that are taught as part of regular faculty load. Online Learning provides two types of financial support for online course development: 1) Development of new online courses 2) Revision of online courses on contract for a minimum of three years.

New Course Development: Onlne Learning will provide instructors $3500 in the form of a stipend to assist the instructor in preparation of online course materials for newly developed courses. The first payment of $2,750 will be issued according to the following payment schedule:

    • Fall Semester: Course development payments will be issued in December (contract must be completed by October 31)
    • Winter Term: Course payments will be issued in February (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered)
    • Spring Semester: Course payments will be issued in May (contract must be completed by March 31)
    • Summer Term: Course payments will be issued in August (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered).

Course Revision: Online Learning shall provide $2000 in the form of a stipend to assist the instructor in the revision of course materials. This payment will be issued according to the following payment schedule:

    • Fall Semester: Course development payments will be issued in December (contract must be completed by October 31)
    • Winter Term: Course payments will be issued in February (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered)
    • Spring Semester: Course payments will be issued in May (contract must be completed by March 31)
    • Summer Term: Course payments will be issued in August (contract must be completed within the session the course is offered).

A course contract is required in order to receive financial support for course development. To learn more email anne.honaker@wku.edu or call (270)745-5107.

 Last Modified 7/22/13