About IU Online Class Connect
IU Online Class Connect is a process that allows a student enrolled at one IU campus to register for an online class offered at another IU campus without having to go through intercampus transfer. IUOCC provides a mechanism for sharing faculty resources and unique classes among participating campuses, supports the offering of classes required for collaborative academic programs among participating campuses, and increases the availability of online classes to students, thus helping them attain their educational goals.
Classes included in IUOCC are “replicated” or copied into the Schedule of Classes of the participating campuses where they are approved course catalog offerings. By default, IUOCC classes copy among the regional campuses only (East, Kokomo, Northwest, South Bend, and Southeast). When a collaborative degree involves the Bloomington and/or IUPUI campuses, specific courses supporting that degree are copied there as well. Bloomington and IUPUI also can replicate courses to all other campuses in support of specific collaborative degrees.
The campus that an IUOCC class originates from is referred to as the “Campus of Instruction.” Students at a different “Campus of Enrollment” can view and register for a replicated IUOCC class in their Schedule of Classes just as they would any other class. The class notes will tell a student if the class has originated from a campus other than their home Campus of Enrollment.
Most of the classes in IUOCC are shared among the five IU-managed regional campuses: East, Kokomo, Northwest, South Bend, and Southeast. Bloomington and IUPUI currently share classes in IUOCC in a limited way to support specific collaborative academic programs.
The Collaborative ECL contains the list of courses that must be shared in IUOCC to support collaborative degrees. The courses on this list are negotiated by the collaborative degree faculty committees and approved by their respective Deans. You can find the list of negotiated offerings, and the campuses designated to provide these offerings, in the OCAP Master Course List tableau dashboard. This list is provided to the registrars well in advance of registration so that all necessary courses are properly scheduled and replicated for students and advisors to see when the schedule of classes opens.
The General ECL consists of primarily lower-division online courses shared among the regional campuses only to improve the availability of general education and elective courses for regional campus students. Courses on this list may be placed into IUOCC by each campus as space permits.
No. To be included on the General ECL, a class must meet certain criteria, some of which are academic in nature, while others are a result of technical or business practice challenges faced when offering classes across campus boundaries.
Currently, to be eligible,
- The class must be 100% online (instruction mode = “OA”). In some cases, live synchronous video modalities (instruction modes = “DO” or “HD”) can be shared in IUOCC but these are exceptions (foreign language is a good example).
- The class must be offered by IU (Purdue SWT classes are excluded).
- The class cannot be labor studies, nursing, or in another subject area where classes are manually copied into each campus schedule of classes under different agreements.
- The class must not be in a subject area that is negotiated/managed by a collaborative degree committee. For example, all BUS and ECON IUOCC offerings are negotiated by the collaborative BSBA faculty committee, and therefore not included on the general ECL.
- The class must be in a standard regular session, 1st 8-week session, or 2nd 8-week session (in fall and spring terms) to avoid problems associated with varying session dates across campuses.
- The course requisites and/or Enrollment Requirement Groups (ERGs) must match across all regional campuses approved to offer that course, unless the course is part of an approved collaborative academic program and the requisites are placed on the class at the schedule level. Classes will not be included on the General Eligible Class List if they have an ERG enforced at the schedule level.
- The class cannot require department or instructor consent, due to security/access restrictions which prevent advisors and others from granting consent for classes offered by another campus.
- The class cannot have other specific academic structure issues that can cause problems for students at other campuses, such as variable credit hours.
- The class cannot be unique to a single campus (it will have no place to “copy” to if it is not in the catalog at any other campus).
The final eligible list of classes is reviewed and approved by the EVCAAs on the five regional campuses, who may also choose to create additional exclusion criteria. Currently the EVCAAs have also agreed to limit general IUOCC offerings to 100- and 200-level courses, and to not include classes on the general list if all regional campuses are already offering online options to their students.
The Collaborative degree committees must “freeze” their planned offerings for the upcoming fall semester by February 1st, and for the upcoming Spring and Summer semesters by June 1st. The Fall Collaborative ECL is provided to the registrars in early February, and the Spring/Summer Collaborative ECL is provided to the registrars in early September.
The General ECL review process begins in mid-February (for Fall) and mid-September (for Spring/Summer). All regional campus OA classes in the Schedule of Classes at that time will be reviewed for eligibility. The General ECL Draft is provided to the EVCAAs in late February (for Fall) and late September (for Spring/Summer). The General ECL Final Draft is provided to the registrars by early March (for Fall) and early October (for Spring/Summer).
Yes, but in a limited way. Summer offerings are part of the negotiated courses agreed to by the collaborative degree faculty committees. Additional “general” courses are selected for each campus to ensure that each regional campus has a similar number of IUOCC offerings each summer term. These additional summer offerings focus on general education requirements and widely applicable electives. The number of courses each campus may place into IUOCC and the actual course selections for these “general” offerings are recommended by OOE based on historical enrollment data and agreed to by the regional campus EVCAAs. These agreements follow the timelines outlined in FAQ #5.
Not necessarily. The course must be in the receiving campus’s list of approved course catalog offerings, unless it is part of an approved collaborative academic program, such as the Bachelor of Applied Science, or it has been specifically requested by the receiving campus.
Yes. In March 2018, regional campus leaders agreed that beginning with the summer 2018 term, each IUOCC class section could have a maximum enrollment capacity of up to 40 students. IUOCC class sections for the online BS in Applied Health Science may have a maximum enrollment capacity of up to 45 students.
Each campus of instruction may initially replicate only one section of a given course per session. A campus of instruction may replicate an additional section only after its existing IUOCC sections are full.
Campus registrars and academic leaders work with the Office of Online Education and the Office of Collaborative Academic Programs to establish the list of eligible IUOCC classes each spring, summer, and fall. Your campus registrar can help you determine why a specific class was excluded from IUOCC. For the current list of criteria used to determine IUOCC eligibility, see FAQ #4: Are all regional campus online classes included on the General ECL?
Yes. Faculty, in consultation with their deans, may request to have their own classes excluded from IUOCC by contacting their campus EVCAA when the General Eligible Class list is sent out for review. Note that IUOCC classes listed on the Collaborative Eligible Class List are negotiated by the faculty committees and therefore required to be placed into IUOCC to support these degrees.
Yes. Only classes that are approved offerings in a campus course catalog will copy to that campus through IUOCC. If there is a course in a campus catalog that is no longer being offered or needed on a given campus, denying that offering in the catalog will ensure that no sections copy to their schedule through IUOCC processes.
Note that courses needed for collaborative degrees cannot be denied, as the campus course catalog offering must be “approved” or “IUOCC only approved” in order for the appropriate class sections to be made available through IUOCC to students on each participating campus.
For all online courses replicated through IUOCC, a standard class note will identify which campus is the Campus of Instruction (the campus from which the course originates). The current wording of the standard class note is as follows: This is a 100% online class taught by IU [campus name – East, Kokomo, Northwest, South Bend, Southeast]. No on-campus class meetings are required. A distance education fee will apply; check your campus bursar website for more information. Textbook purchases may be made through your home campus bookstore.
All IUOCC classes that are part of a collaborative academic program will also contain the following standard class note: This class is offered as part of a collaborative academic program. Please consult with your advisor to ensure this class will count toward your degree requirements.
Each campus registrar has a list of eligible IUOCC classes. All classes on the Collaborative ECL are expected to be placed into IUOCC prior to the start of registration. Classes on the General ECL may be placed into IUOCC at the discretion of each campus as space permits.
Yes. If two or more campuses want to share additional online classes for students that did not make the eligible class lists for any reason, the course can be requested through a special Course Share Agreement. This form can be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing.
In addition, as has always been the case, students from one IU campus may take an undergraduate online course at another IU campus by completing an intercampus transfer. Students should consult with their advisor and contact the campus offering the course for more information.
Yes. This IUOCC Dashboard lists IUOCC courses by term, showing enrollments by campus of instruction and campus of enrollment.