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The eLearning@Penn State Cooperative provides students opportunities to enroll in online courses offered at their home campus but taught by faculty members at another campus.   In effect, the campus providing the students is an importer of instruction; and the unit supplying the instruction is an exporter.

The eLearning@Penn State Cooperative is designed for courses that bring students into a common class or cohort. Additional interactions with course content and testing, as well as communications among instructors, between instructors and students, and among students, can occur via other modes, including e-mail or websites.

Operating Principles and Guidelines:

  1. Penn State departments and campuses determine which courses are available for export to other campuses and establish the total course enrollment limits; similarly, departments or campuses decide which course offerings are to be imported from other campuses and determine the number of spaces required by the importing department or campus.
  2. The exporting campus or department agrees to meet the technical standards and pedagogical guidelines established by the Penn State Online steering committee and the RA-17 Policy on Courseware Standards regarding copyright issues.
  3. The importing campus or department schedules the course and receives all student credit hours and any special course fees. Student registration remains at the campus of location. It provides all local support services, facilities, communication linkages, and non-instructional staff necessary to offer the course.   It also provides funds to compensate the originating department or campus (see below: Payment Guidelines.)   Tuition is as normal and is credited to the importing campus.
  4. The exporting department or campus provides the instruction, instructional materials and systems, and originating communications facilities as appropriate to the course and in accord with agreements.
  5. eLearning@Penn State Cooperative courses are offered as regular courses at the location of enrolled students.   This means that a single course could be offered simultaneously at multiple campuses, with the course scheduled as a local course at each participating campus.   The importing location would list the course in its Schedule of Courses as a normal course offering and list any special requirements as agreed upon by both the exporting and the importing location.   No special characteristics are entered on the students' transcripts.   The World Campus is a potential location for exporting or importing instruction when particular course exchanges are negotiated.
  6. Courses offered by the World Campus may, with the concurrence of the originating academic unit, be available to other locations through the eLearning@Penn State Cooperative.   Where the World Campus supports the cost of delivery, it will receive compensation from the scheduling location, in turn compensating the originating department as appropriate.

eLearning@Penn State Cooperative Payment Guidelines:

The eLearning@Penn State Cooperative payment is on a per student credit hour (SCH) basis. The importing campus or department provides funds to compensate the originating department or campus at a rate that has been recommended by the Penn State Online Steering Committee and approved by the Provost.

Revenues obtained by the exporting unit can be applied to direct costs of providing instruction, the recovery of course development costs, including course development investments made by the World Campus, or other instructional costs. Each exporting unit will determine how best to allocate these revenues. Course exchange payments are to be made by interdepartmental budget transfer before the end of the semester of instructional delivery.

Approved: Provost Erickson (10-18-99) 
Revised: ACUE (4-3-08)