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Course Development FAQ
What types of programs and courses are offered through the Virtual College?
The Virtual College offers the Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees. They also offer certificates and certifications for both credit and non-credit. To support these activities the Virtual College contracts with academic departments, faculty, and course developers to offer a wide range of credit, non-credit, and lab courses. Courses range from one credit to five credits and can be delivered by a wide variety of technologies, including online through Blackboard, IPTV, DVD, or face-to-face off campus. During the course development process the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies (CTELT) works with the course developer to select the correct delivery mode and create the most effective learning experience.
What course development options are available?
There are three "pathways" designated for contracted (Work for Hire) course development.
Pathway I is used for the design and development of a course that has not been previously developed for online/blended delivery.
Pathway II is used for redevelopment of an existing course (e.g., delivery method changed, modifying current course content and/or adding new lectures). A course must be 3 years or older or 50% of the content has changed to be eligible for redevelopment.
Pathway III is used for any course not developed at FHSU or a previously developed FHSU course that needs validation. The course must be submitted for quality assurance and any exceptions must be approved by the Office of the Provost.
Why do we need instructional design?
Some people view instructional design as the "science" of instruction because it follows a set of theories and methods. Some people view instructional design as an "art" because it is directly related to the creativity and talent of the designers. To put it in a simple way, instructional design is a process by which instruction is improved through analysis of learning needs and development of learning materials. Instructional designers often use technology and multimedia as tools to enhance instruction. The goal of instructional design is to facilitate the learning process to ensure student success.
How can the instructional designer assist with course development?
The instructional designer is responsible for coordinating and carrying out different aspects of the instructional design process. The instructional designer can help you: 1) create clear, relevant objectives that can be understood and mastered by the target learners; 2) create learning objects based on the target learners, the instructional or training topics, and the available resources; 3) design activities that facilitate learning, 4) design assessments that align with the learning objectives, 5) find resources to facilitate and enhance your instruction; 6) integrate technology into your teaching; and 7) take advantage of current research findings on instructional technology and instructional design.
What can CTELT staff provide in course development?
In addition to instructional design consultations, CTELT staff can also create a variety of media for you, including digital images, graphics, animations, audios, videos, DVDs, CDs, and more.
Does my course development have to go through the Quality Assurance reviews?
All courses in the Virtual College class schedule must go through the Department and CTELT quality checks before being placed in the course schedule no matter which Pathway is used. This process has been developed by the Provost's Council and implemented by FHSU. CTELT personnel will determine whether the design and technology utilized in developing the course satisfies the established evaluation criteria. No course content will be mandated by the Instructional Designer, but he or she may make recommendations to enhance the quality and use of course technology or content.
No course will be offered for distance education by FHSU unless it has been subjected to and complies with recommendations made as a result of the Quality Assurance Process. This stipulation is a part of the University's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in partnership with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
How do I get started?
The Course Developer meets with his or her Department Chair to explore the possibility of developing a new course
(Pathway I), redeveloping an existing course (Pathway II), or acquiring a quality assurance approval for a non-FHSU produced course or previously developed FHSU course that needs validation (Pathway III).Once approval is granted from the Chair/College Dean, the Course Developer submits a Distance Education Course Development Agreement and Understanding form to Department Chair. This form is used for all three Pathways.
Where do I find the process for developing a course and the required forms?
You may find the process for developing a course by going to the CTELT website at http://www.fhsu.edu/ctelt/Course-Development/getting-Started/.
Where do I find the forms to request course development (Document 1 and 2)?
1. From the Lotus Notes toolbar, Click on File, Application, and Open
2. In the "Look in" field, pull down the menu and select LNapps/FHSU
3. Scroll to file folder titled "apps" and double-click
4. Scroll to CTELT Course Development and double-click
5. Select the Document needed, complete form.
1. Once the form is completed click on Edit Approver List at the to select the appropriate administrators for approvals
2. Double-click Entered when submitted, then click the down-arrow by the Approver name field to select your Department Chair, then click OK. Verify the correct name shows in the field and click OK once more.
3. Follow this procedure again to enter your Dean's name as the second approver.
4. Finally, click Submit for Approval. A message will appear stating that "Notification has been sent to [Department Chair's name].
After the Agreement and Understanding form has been approved by all parties, you will be contacted by e-mail to move to the next step. Contact CTELT at 785-628-4194 for any difficulties in submitting the forms.
Can I develop or redevelop a course without using the services of CTELT?
No. All distance education course developments or redevelopments (Pathways I and II) are required to be coordinated with CTELT.
Can I offer a distance education course that I developed from another institution (Pathway III)?
Yes. However, all non-FHSU produced courses must go through a Department/CTELT Quality Assurance review before being placed in the course schedule. There will be a small compensation for this process.
If it is determined after the reviews by the Department and CTELT to require major revisions, the compensation for Pathway III will be replaced with the compensation for redeveloping the course. The amount of payment to redevelop depends on the work/time that is necessary to bring the course up to established FHSU standards.
When can I begin my course development?
Course development cannot start until a Work-for-Hire contract has been signed. While Course Developers may choose to begin organizing course content and researching possible instructional strategies for implementation, no online development is to be undertaken prior to the issuance and signing of a development contract. This is to ensure that best practices for instructional design are followed from the beginning of the project and that the allotted time available for development is used efficiently.
When should a course be redeveloped?
As with any course offering, materials and instructional strategies should be reviewed for quality and effectiveness with minor revisions made accordingly. Generally, a course is offered for three years before a full redevelopment occurs.
What are the timelines for developing a distance education course?
The Course Developer has a maximum of 16 weeks to complete the process of course development. The
Department and CTELT will have an additional 8 weeks for Quality Assurance reviews, therefore the maximum development time period is 24 weeks. Time is a critical variable in designing and developing high quality courses. Less time may be used, but the outcomes do not change: INNOVATION and QUALITY!
Course Developers have an obligation to meet the Timelines established in their contracts or request an exception five business days prior to any deadline.
What if I miss the course development deadline date?
The Course Developer has an obligation to meet the timeline or request an exception five business days prior to any deadline or the contract will become null and void. Any delay in completing the course development on time may delay the scheduling of the desired first offering of the course.
Do I receive payment for developing or redeveloping a course?
Yes, if the course is developed on an overload basis and not part of base contract expectations. The amount of compensation depends on the work/time that is associated with course development requirements.
When will I receive payment for completing a developed or redeveloped course?
Course Developer will receive 1/2 payment when his/her initial part of course development is completed.
Final payment will be made upon completion of the Department/CTELT Quality Assurance Review.
Would I get paid if I have one of my current classes go through a Department and CTELT review (Pathway III)?
Yes, there will be a small compensation for this process. If it is determined after the reviews by the Department and CTELT that major revisions are needed, the compensation for Pathway III will be replaced with compensation for redeveloping the course. The amount of payment depends on the work/time that is necessary to bring the course up to established FHSU standards.
Can I get a Blackboard shell to build content before the course development process begins?
No, a Blackboard shell will be created for you after your Work-for-Hire Contract is signed. This is intended to avoid technical issues related to populating course rosters and copying content materials into new Blackboard sites, as well as ensuring that any development is consistent with current best practices, possibly saving the course developer time and effort, while maintaining course quality.
What's the importance of using the Master Template shell to develop a course?
The Master Template is used as a model for best practices in developing online courses or for using Blackboard to support classroom and blended instruction. The purpose is to provide a clear starting point for your course development and consistent course structure for student navigation.
How can I get help with Blackboard?
You can find help with Blackboard by contacting CTELT, located in the lower level of the Forsyth Library, by calling (785) 628-4194, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgAdjunct Faculty can meet with CTELT staff in real time using Adobe Connect, Skype, or WebEx.
Support materials and information can also be accessed on the Blackboard Faculty Tutorials website at www.fhsu.edu/ctelt/BlackboardFacultyTutorialGettingStarted/.