Overview of the online course development process

New online courses at the University of Nevada, Reno will follow a standard development process with the help of the Office of Digital Learning (ODL). This process will guide faculty from initial planning to building their course in WebCampus, with a course development team available to assist with training, answer faculty course developer questions, and keep the process on track. All new online courses will be required to meet the University Standards for Digital Instruction (forthcoming).

It is important to note that this development information is specifically for asynchronous online courses. Development information for other modalities (including synchronous online, hybrid, etc.) will be forthcoming.

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Online course proposal

To begin the course development process, an online course proposal will need to be submitted. The deadlines for submitting online course proposals are below:

Upcoming academic semesters are listed with corresponding proposal submittal dates.
Courses to be offered for the first time: Proposal must be submitted no later than...
Spring 2023 semester June 15, 2022
Summer 2023 semester October 15, 2022
Fall 2023 semester January 15, 2023

Interested in developing a course sooner? Contact the Office of Digital Learning for more information and to discuss timelines.

Online course approval form

The faculty member must complete the Online Course Approval Form through Curriculog. The form will represent the initial application to develop a course with the insight and support of the Office of Digital Learning, and attest that the faculty member has sought the approval their department chair. Please see our Online Course Proposal page for a link and instructions on preparing the Online Course Approval Form in Curriculog.

Online course development team

Once the course proposal has been approved by the Office of Digital Learning, a course development team will be assigned to the faculty member (referred to as the “Faculty Course Developer” or FCD) to begin the development process. Each course development team consists of the following members:

  • Faculty Course Developer (FCD)
  • Instructional Designer (ID)
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Liaison Librarian

See the course development team page for more information on the roles and responsibilities of each member of the team.

Course development timeline and agreement

The course development process begins with a team-wide meeting to discuss the class and establish a course development timeline. Then, the FCD completes ODL’s online course development training, if they have not already done so within the past academic year.

After completing the training course, the FCD will sign the course development agreement, which serves as the contract for course development, covering responsibilities, timelines and conditions for the development of an online course.

Online course development process

The online course development process includes four main steps:

  1. Course planning
  2. Course development
  3. Course building
  4. Course review and revisions

The FCD will complete these steps with the help of their course development team, who will answer questions, provide tips and best practices, and assist with training.

Once the FCD completes the development and building of their course in WebCampus, it will be informally reviewed by the development team’s Instructional Designer before the University Digital Learning Quality Assurance Officer conducts a final review to ensure it meets University Standards for Digital Instruction. Once the course passes the quality assurance review, it can be offered.

Please take a look at the online course development process page for more information on what each step of the process entails.


If you’d like to know more about the new online course development process, or have questions or comments, please contact the Office of Digital Learning.