Online Course Development

The Center for Academic Excellence supports faculty in the design, development, and delivery of online courses at Appalachian. Whether through professional development, consultations, or ongoing communication, we’re here to support faculty, both new and experienced instructors.

Here are a few of the options for online course development and review options:

  • Request an internal course review
  • Pursue Quality Matters course certification
  • Participate in the OTEI

For questions about online course development, contact Emory Maiden at

The Quality Matters Course Development program is a professional development opportunity for faculty members who have experience teaching online, and are seeking to build upon their existing knowledge and skills to improve one of their online courses. During this process, faculty receive support designing/developing their courses using this nationally recognized program. Faculty interested in this process will begin by taking a Quality Matters course to become familiar with QM standards and expectations.

Learn more about the steps toward getting a course QM-certified (PDF) or view QM certified courses.

The OTEI is a ten-week, structured professional development experience addressing course design and development as well as focus on strategies for inclusive and engaging approaches to facilitate online learning. In this comprehensive course development institute, participants will engage with course materials, meet in small teams, and ultimately complete the development of a complete online course.

Learn more about the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to develop engaging and interactive online courses (PDF).