Each academic department has a designated person who is responsible for course scheduling. Each semester, the department schedulers submit cycle sheets to the Office of Registration & Records for inclusion in the schedule of courses.
Interactive Video Sessions
If you expect to use a form of interactive video session in your course, there are many options. Some systems require that students go to a specific building and room to participate in courses delivered to an off-campus site. Information Services (472-2015) can assist you in scheduling the appropriate technology system, determining the sites available for delivery, making reservations and arrangements for site support, providing information on reserving a distance classroom on campus, and arranging for audio bridges. Costs incurred at delivery sites, technology costs, and audio bridges are the responsibility of the academic unit.
For more information about cycle sheets, please contact your department scheduler or the Office of Online & Distance Education at 472-5515.
Snow Days, Holidays
Distance courses observe the same snow day and holiday policies as traditional, face-to-face courses.
X courses follow the same grading policies as traditional, face-to-face courses as published each semester in the Schedule of Classes.
Your Instructional Design Technology Specialist is available to discuss various assessment formats with you to help you determine the best option(s) for your course. The best option may not be a proctored examination. If you choose to incorporate proctored exams into your distance courses, please refer to the proctoring services available for your distance course format as outlined below.
Proctored exams for these courses are administered by high school personnel. High schools must have the proctor(s) associated with Advanced Scholars courses sign the proctor agreement form, which is to be returned to the Advanced Scholars Program Coordinator prior to the beginning of each semester. Your Instructional Design Technology Specialist will set up a proctor code for your Advanced Scholars course for all high school proctors to use.
A class roster, proctor list and codes associated with those students will be emailed to you from the Advanced Scholars program. We ask you to please send the proctor(s) information about your examination requirements and projected exam schedule at the beginning of each semester. You should also plan to contact the proctors at least one week before each exam is scheduled with more details.
College Independent Study/Open Enrollment Courses
The Office of Online & Distance Education has processes in place to manage the proctor approval process for distance students in open enrollment courses. The Maple TA testing system is used for examinations in online open enrollment courses. The Office of Online & Distance Education sends proctors password information to allow students to access the exam once an approved proctor has been identified.
Students living with a 35-mile radius of Lincoln must take their proctored exams at the Office of Online & Distance Education Testing Center, located at 2100 Vine Street. Students living outside of a 35-mile radius from Lincoln are encouraged to use a testing center in their community.
Semester-based “X” Courses
Because enrollment in "X" courses is limited to on-campus UNL students, they are expected to take their exams at one of the on-campus testing centers. Your Instructional Design Technologist Specialist will provide information about forwarding your desired exam schedule to the appropriate testing center. The Office of Online & Distance Education then works with the on-campus testing centers on scheduling your course’s examinations:
- College of Arts & Sciences Online Testing Center
- College of Business Administration Testing Center East Campus Testing Center Distance “S” Courses
- College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Testing Center
Semester-based “S” Courses
When proctored exams for "S" courses are administered by professionals outside of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, faculty can request assistance with the proctor approval process by submitting the Request for Proctor Services form. This form should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of class.
Students must identify a proctor and have their proctor complete the proctor agreement form. The form is then returned to the Office of Online & Distance Education Student Services Coordinator at the beginning of the semester (no later than two weeks prior to the first exam). Your Instructional Design Technology Specialist will set up a proctor code and submit it to the Office of Online & Distance Education Student Services Coordinator for the outside proctors to use.
Complete the Request for Proctor Services for "S" Courses form online >
Complete the Proctor Agreement for "S" Courses form online >