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Staff: Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies Staff

Faculty Development Liaisons


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Virtual College Course Development

Course Development Application Process

Step One (Planning): The online course development process is designed to develop courses that are offered through the Virtual College. The process typically begins at the department level with the goal of creating a new program or of adding or updating courses in an existing program.If this course is part of a department-wide initiative TILT most likely will have it on their 'roadmap'. If this is an individual initiative it must go through the standard approval process.  For instance, a faculty member who wishes to develop a course, should begin the process by discussing the proposed course with your Department Chair to ensure that putting the course online is aligned with departmental priorities.

diagram of course development workflow


Step Two A (Approval): Prior to submitting an application please determine whether this will be a new course development (Pathway 1) or a course revision (Pathway 2) The LotusNotes application will ask this question and the linked document.  Understanding the Pathways will provide some clarity. In either case, each proposed course must go through an approval process. This required, 1) approval of the department chair, 2) approval of the college dean, 3) approval of the provost, and 4) approval of the Assistant Provost for Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies.

Step Two B (Capacity and Demand): Starting Spring 2019 Academic Council will review courses and programs to determine priorities and create continuity.  A submission review schedule has been created to allow long term planning and assure that resources are allocated in a timely and efficient manner. Academic Council has set three annual review deadlines; February 15th, May 15th and September 15th.  When you are submitting an application you will want to make sure you allow enough time for development prior to the first semester a course will be offered.  For instance, if the course in question will be taught for the first time in Spring 2020, you will want to have your application completed and ready for review by the Feb. 15, 2019 deadline. Rule of thumb is that applications should be submitted approximately 11 months prior to the beginning of the first semester the course is projected to be taught.

Step Two C (Submission Process): Developing a course is a collaborative process that requires a collective effort among faculty and the instructional designer to produce quality and engaging online course. Review the Online Course Development Process document for an overview of how we'll work with you to develop (or re-develop) the course to best meet your goals and objectives.  Once you're ready to submit a course development proposal, follow these instructions to find the necessary forms:

1. Go to the Learning Technologies Course Development application in the Lotus Notes workspace. Not sure where this is?
Follow these instructions:

  • In Lotus Notes, pull down the File menu and choose Application, then click Open
  • In the Look In: field, pull down the menu and select LNapps/FHSU
  • Scroll down and double-click on the apps folder
  • Scroll down and double-click on Learning Technologies Course Development

2. To begin a new proposal click the Agreement and Understanding button at the upper left of the page.

3. Please fill in all the appropriate fields including the Course Developer name, Course Number and Title, Proposed Semester for the Initial Offering, and Pathway.

4. Read the form and choose "Yes" or "No" in the digital syllabus section.(Choosing "No" does not disqualify you from this process.)

5. Next, click Edit Approver List at the top to select the appropriate administrators for approvals.

6. Double-click Entered when submitted, 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.

7. Follow this procedure once again to enter your Dean's name as the second approver.

8. Finally, click Submit for Approval. A message will appear saying that "Notification has been sent to [Department Chair's name]."

9. 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.

10. Before your first meeting with an instructional designer you will be asked to complete the Preliminary Planning Document and submit it to the instructional designer that they can properly prepare for the meeting. We are also providing a generic Course Syllabus Template.

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