Online Course Development - Taking the mystery out of the process

Online Course Development Process 

Take the mystery out of developing online courses by working with the Instructional Technology Consultants in the Center for Academic Excellence

Typical course development time:  3-6 months.  


The following steps will outline a general course development process. Given the wide variety in format of course and teaching style, these steps are most commonly addressed in an iterative manner.  New courses reasonably take 3-6 months development time, while existing courses might be “aligned” with online/hybrid quality standards with much less time.   

Outline of steps:

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  • Initial review of Quality Matters standards is discussed between consultant and faculty.

  • Faculty and consultant will review the syllabus together and discuss overall learning strategies and areas in need of development by the instructor:

    • Identify and write course level learning objectives consistent with QM standards.

    • Identify unit/module level learning objectives.

  • Faculty submits Syllabus for QM pre-review.

  • Meet with faculty to review objectives and identify needs for professional development including: Course Management System (AsULearn), Media Development, Conferencing, or other instructional technology tools.

    • Professional development workshop opportunities may include AsULearn, Camtasia, Google Docs for Ed, TurnItIn, etc...

  • Next, the faculty will address the following:

    • Develop or align learning content with stated learning objectives.

    • Develop or align assessments in parallels with objectives and instruction.

  • Meet again with faculty to review and develop or review/revise links to policies, procedures, and support technologies.

  • Consultant can review and provide feedback to faculty at multiple points.

  • After faculty have taught the course, we welcome a feedback session with the instructional technology consultants.

QM Review Process:

  • Department Chair/ Faculty identifies Subject Matter Expert

  • Faculty contacts Tom Van Gilder, Director of Learning Technology Services of the CAE, that the course is ready for review and provides a URL (or dev course shell ID).

  • The course is reviewed internally by an anonymous CAE consultant. This part takes up to a month at specific identified times in the semester.