Instructional Design & Training: Online Course Development
Online Course Development
Are you interested in teaching online or redesigning a current course that you teach? Perhaps you’re already teaching online, but you’re interested in developing new strategies to help your students succeed. Maybe you would like to incorporate online activities into your face-to-face course to incorporate a blended/hybrid learning approach.
Participating in these profession development opportunities can enhance your teaching of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.
Recommended Online Course Development Process
Course development follows a sequential process, and with appropriate time and preparation faculty can successfully move a course from design to implementation. Online or blended course development is a time intensive process, for both faculty and the instructional designer. Preparation should begin one year prior to teaching the course in its new format.
Instructional Design and Training recommends that all instructors interested in teaching an online or blended course complete the following process:
Step 1: Verify Departmental Requirements
Verify with your Chair for any specific departmental requirements for online and blended/hybrid course offerings.
Step 2: Identify the option that meets your needs
Faculty should participate in one of two options based on experience:
Option 1: Basic Workshop Certificates
Ideal for faculty who have not had prior training in online teaching and Blackboard Learn. The “Basic Workshop Certificates” option includes two steps:
Consult with an Instructional Designer to design and develop the course to meet quality standards of the OSCQR rubric. Development must be completed by the beginning of the semester prior to the semester in which the course will be implemented (i.e. end of spring 2018 for a fall 2018 offering).
Option 2: Course Design Review
Ideal for faculty who have previously taught online or have completed training to teach online at another institution/organization. The "Course Design Review" option includes three steps:
Complete Course Design Review process with the OSCQR rubric. The review team is composed of the faculty member, peer faculty, and instructional designers (ID).
Implement recommended changes from Course Design Review.
Meet with instructional designers to review changes to meet the OSCQR rubric standards.
Every online course, new or revised, should be reviewed with the OSCQR rubric before it is implemented by the faculty member who is teaching the course.
Option 1: Basic Workshop Certificate
For continuous improvement of your course and continued professional development, advanced certificates in Online Course Development and Blackboard are available.