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MOU - Distributed Education

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Re: Guidelines for faculty member compensation for the development and delivery of new or modified courses offered as Distributed Education or other forms of Non-Traditional Educational Delivery

1 Travel

1.1 If a Member is required to travel to a remote site (more than 20 miles from the UMD campus) for delivery of a course, or for other course related matters, at a minimum the Member shall be compensated for travel expenses according to existing University policy.

1.2 If travel to a remote site is required on a regular basis (10 or more hours of travel per course), additional compensation of $15/hour of travel shall be provided.

1.3 If total teaching, preparation (on-site), and travel time is greater than 8 hours, or if travel distance is greater than 50 miles and course starting time is before 9 am or course ending time is later than 8 pm, the member will be reimbursed for an overnight stay.

1.4 Additional compensation or incentives for travel to a remote site above the minimum described above may be negotiated by the Member, Department Head, and the Principal Administrator.

 

2 Course Development

 

2.1 Courses vary considerably in amount of development needed. A member proposing to develop a new course or to modify an existing course for distributed education, delivery at a remote site, or taught in accelerated or other non-traditional formats shall provide the administration an estimate, in hours, of the development time required. It is expected that the member will consult with their department head and other department or collegiate members in developing this estimate.

2.2 Compensation must have real value to the developer and be appropriate to the level of activity. It may include extra contact hours, workload reduction, salary augmentation, access to a TA, and/or equipment. The actual compensation shall be related to the amount of time the developer and department propose the task will take. This depends on the type of course offering, number of students in a section, and the salary level of the member developing the course.

2.3 After review of the estimate provided by the member for development/modification of a course for distributed education, delivery at a remote site, or taught in accelerated or other non-traditional formats, the Principal Administrator, the Member and the Member’s Department Head will agree in writing on the compensation amount, time frame, and other assistance that will be provided. Failure to reach an agreement shall not grievable.

 

3 Delivery

3.1 Delivery of a course using distributed education methods varies considerably in amount of additional effort required. Compensation must be based on consideration of these variables. A member proposing to deliver a course using some form of distance education, delivery at a remote site, or taught in accelerated or other non-traditional formats shall provide the administration an estimate, in hours, of the additional time required. It is expected that a member will consult with their department head and other department or collegiate members in developing this estimate.

3.2 Compensation must have real value to the deliverer and be appropriate to the level of activity. It may include extra contact hours, workload reduction, salary augmentation, access to a TA, and/or equipment. The actual compensation shall be related to the amount of time, type of course, and number of students in a section that the deliverer and department propose for the course, and the salary level of the member developing the course.

3.3 After review of the estimate provided by the member for delivery of a distributed education course, delivery at a remote site, or taught in accelerated or other non-traditional formats, the Principal Administrator, the Member and the Member’s Department Head will agree in writing on the compensation amount, time frame, and other assistance that will be provided. Failure to reach such a new agreement shall not grievable.

3.4 Negotiated agreements for a particular course may be reopened if significantly increased numbers of hours are needed due to conditions outside of a member's control.

 

4 Intellectual Property

4.1 Current agreement has two options
Regular academic work product (Member has ownership)
Specially commissioned work (University has ownership)

4.2 Specially commissioned work requires a signed agreement between the member and the administration (University policy and UEA contract section 1400.000). Other arrangements are allowed under the contract by negotiated agreement between member and administration.