Support for Online Course Development

Developing an online course or blended course can be a challenging undertaking. The FCTL realizes that it’s difficult for faculty to attend workshop training with an already overloaded schedule and that viewing a static “self-serve” video is only so helpful (Vaill & Testori, 2012).

Instructional designers are available to work with you throughout the course development process. They can assist you in using technology and creating online and blended courses that are of the same high standards as your traditional lecture-based courses. You may choose to work 1-on-1 with instructional designers or attend an immersive one-week Online Course Development Bootcamp.

During your first meeting with an instructional designer you will work on outlining your course and reviewing the overall course goals and objectives. It is at this meeting that you will identify a timeline for the development of your online or blended course.

You will work closely with the instructional designer, but all meetings and the assistance received will be based on your needs and what you want to accomplish with your course. This is a customized approach to best support you and your course development.

Support will be focused around the following topical areas:

  • Course structure and organization
  • Creating content and copyright management
  • Ensuring that course materials are accessible
  • Creating formative and summative evaluations
  • Providing feedback and assessment rubrics
  • Engaging students in online activities
  • Building online communities

Once you have completed your online course development it will be reviewed by an instructional designer using the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Course Design rubric. Once the course meets the quality course standards, you will receive a Certificate of Course Review.

Your online course may be eligible for a Course Development stipend. Information for the online course development stipend can found on the Online Course Development and Stipend Payment Process website.

Vaill, A. L. & Testori, P. A. (2012). Orientation, mentoring and ongoing support: A three-tiered approach to online faculty development. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 16(2), 111-119.

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