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:

  1. Register and complete Basic Workshop Certifications for Online Course Development and Blackboard Learn.
  2. 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:

  1. Complete Course Design Review process with the OSCQR rubric. The review team is composed of the faculty member, peer faculty, and instructional designers (ID).
  2. Implement recommended changes from Course Design Review.
  3. 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.

 

Recommended Timeline

 

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.

 

 

Option 2: Course Design Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact Brooke Winckelmann

Months Before
Course Delivery
Phase Action Items
12 Months Analysis of Online Opportunities
and Course
 Departmental approval of format (if required)
 Contact IDT for training schedule
11 Months Design  Attend basic Blackboard workshops
 Attend basic Online Course Development workshops
 Meet with instructional designer to design course
 Plan course activities, assessments, and resources
6 Months Development  Meet with instructional designer to develop course
 Develop course in Blackboard
 Complete course review process
 Implement changes identified through Course Design Review
0 Months Implementation  Teach the course
 Administer course evaluations for student feedback
1 Month after
course ends
Evaluation  Complete self-assessment
 Revise course based on student feedback and self-assessment
Months Before
Course Delivery
Phase Action Items
12 Months Analysis of Online Opportunities
and Course
 Departmental approval of format (if required)
 Submit course for Course Design Review
 Complete Course Design Review (self and ID)
 Identify course revisions
 Identify workshops needed
10 Months Design  Attend needed Blackboard workshops
 Attend needed Online Course Development workshops
 Meet with instructional designer to redesign course based on course review
 Revise course activities, assessments, and resources if needed
6 Months Development  Redevelop course components in Blackboard
 Resubmit course for Course Design Review
 Meet with instructional designer for final review
0 Months Implementation  Teach the course
 Administer course evaluations for student feedback
1 Month after
course ends
Evaluation  Complete self-assessment
 Revise course based on student feedback and self-assessment

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