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Request Instructional Design Support


Overview

Faculty members or Academic Units (AUs) can submit a request for support in online course/(non-scaled) online program development or refresh at any time. The request submission should include the following items (see Appendices for more information):

  1. A self-assessment by the requester outlining the specific request and the support needs, and
  2. A timeline for development/deployment/completion.
  3. For full programs wishing to be brought online, the request submission should also include a curricular map via CourseTune and evidence of approval of modality change by the accrediting body of the degree program (if applicable for the latter).

 

Timeline for Support

When requests have been reviewed, a decision will be communicated regarding when the team can start development. Although staffing and other resources may not be immediately available at the time of request, the Office of eLearning will provide support as quickly as possible, typically within 1 – 4 weeks.

Course Priorities

Decisions on when to start development will be made using a decision matrix that includes available funding, available staffing and eLearning priorities. If multiple development requests come from the same College/School, eLearning will contact the College/School leadership to determine the priority order for those requests. An example priority list follows:

  1. Courses supporting existing scaled programs
  2. Courses supporting programs slated to be scaled
  3. Courses fulfilling Core42 or General Education requirements at each institution
  4. Courses supporting areas of strategic priority for their college/school
  5. Courses supporting areas of strategic priority for their academic unit
  6. All other courses

 

At the end of each course development, eLearning will provide the faculty member developing the course with a certificate showing that the course has passed the Quality Review Process (once the class has done so).


Online Course Development

For faculty interested in bringing singular courses online, eLearning follows a simple process. First, faculty prepare and submit brief request documentation, which is submitted to the Office of eLearning staff for review. eLearning will make a recommendation regarding when support staff for the requested development will be available.

Figure 1. The process for requesting support for online course development begins with submission of a specific request through an online portal, followed by an appropriate review and implementation, if the request is approved.


Online Program Development

For faculty interested in bringing online groups of courses, including certificates, minors and full degree programs, we recommend faculty prepare and submit brief proposal documents to the Office of eLearning. The eLearning team will review the proposal, determine staffing needs and notify the submitter whether the office has the capacity to support the development.

Figure 2. The process for requesting support for online program development (non-scaled) begins with submission of a specific request through an online portal, followed by an appropriate review and implementation, if the request is approved.


APPENDIX I: SELF-ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTS

Online Courses

The self-assessment document should include answers to the following questions:

  • Is this an existing course?
  • Is the faculty member developing the course certified to design online courses/teach online courses?
  • How many online courses has the faculty member developed/taught before?  
  • Course names, year(s) developed/taught, year(s) certified through Quality Review process
  • How often is the course offered?  
  • What is the typical enrollment of the course?
  • What courses/programs does this course support?
  • Is this course part of an ongoing or planned larger online strategy for your degree program, academic unit, college, etc.?
  • Describe the advantages to the students, program, and campus for taking this course online.
  • Provide evidence of modality change approval from accrediting body (if applicable)?
  • Describe your anticipated needs for support from the instructional design team?
  • Are there additional technologies or publisher materials needed that are not currently available to you? 

Online Programs

The self-assessment document should include answers to the following questions:

  • Is this an existing approved program (certificate, minor, or degree)?
  • Provide a table that includes the following information: 
    • The courses to be brought online.

      • Are these existing courses? 
    • The faculty members who will be building each course online.
      • Are the faculty members developing the courses certified to design online courses/teach online courses?
      • How many online courses has the faculty member developed/taught before?  
      • Course names, year(s) developed/taught, year(s) certified through Quality Review process
        • How often will the courses be offered?  
    • What is the typical enrollment of the programs and individual courses?
  • What courses/programs does this program support?
  • What other courses outside this program are required for students that need to be online?  
    • Are those courses already online?
  • Describe the advantages to the students, program, and campus for taking this program online?
  • What are your anticipated needs for support from the instructional design team?
  • Is this course part of an ongoing or planned larger online strategy for your degree program, academic unit, college, etc.?
  • Are there additional technologies or publisher materials needed that are not currently available to you? 

APPENDIX II: TIMELINE

Online Courses

The proposed timeline document should include answers to the following questions: 

  • When do you plan to complete faculty training (if not already complete)?
  • When do you wish to begin building the course online? 
  • When do you wish to have the course ready for quality review/certification? (No longer than 1 year from beginning online course development.)
  • When do you plan to first offer the online course?

Online Programs

The proposed timeline document should include answers to the following questions: 

  • When do you plan to begin building each course online?
  • When do you plan to first offer courses?
  • When do you planto have the courses ready for Quality Course Review?
  • When is the first time each online course will be taught?

Reviewed 2020-05-13