|Items due from Faculty Course Developer (FCD)||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|Course proposals must be submitted no later than||November 15||July 15||October 15|
|Initial course development team kickoff meeting||Late November||Beginning of July||Beginning of November|
|Course Map/Plan draft||Mid-December||Mid-July||Mid-November|
|Syllabus and week 1||Beginning of January||Beginning of July||End of November|
|Meet with course development team to review initial work||Mid-January||Beginning of August||Mid-December|
|Weekly modules 2 and 3||End of January||Mid-August||Beginning of January|
|Weekly modules 4 and 5||Beginning of February||Beginning of September||Mid-January|
|Weekly modules 6 and 7; Mid-Project Review with course development team.||Mid-February||Mid-September||End of January|
|Weekly modules 8 and 9||End of February||Beginning of October||Mid-February|
|Weekly modules 10 and 11||Beginning of March||Mid-October||End of February|
|Weekly modules 12 and 13||End of March||End of October||Beginning of March|
|Weekly modules 14 and 15||Beginning of April||Mid-November||N/A|
|Finalization and FCD Self-Assessment||Mid-April||End of November||End of March|
|Instructional Design Review||End of April||Mid-December||Beginning of April|
|Quality Assurance Review||Beginning of May||End of December||Mid-April|
|Curriculog Approvals||Late May||End of December||Mid- to end of April|
|Implementation Evaluation and Revision||January following first offering||May following first offering||September following first offering|
Course development timeline
New online courses will follow a timeline that is intended to break up the process into manageable steps. The Faculty Course Developer (FCD) will complete the following steps according to the timeline detailed below.
The course development agreement will include specific deadlines for each of the steps listed below, according to the target semester that the course will first be offered. Progress reports will be conducted by the Instructional Designer throughout course development and any missed deadlines will be communicated to the Faculty Course Developer and department heads.
It takes a considerable amount of time to design, develop, and build an online course according to best practices and University Standards for Digital Learning. The FCD’s familiarity with course material and technology, accessibility and University standards and policies, time management skills, and current workload all impact the overall timetable for development. Most online courses take an average of 6–9 months to develop. On average, each course development team member should expect to spend the following amount of time developing the online course:
|Faculty Course Developer||350+|
The times indicated above also assume that the FCD is not developing a brand-new course – meaning they have already developed and taught the material in a face-to-face or hybrid capacity. If any FCD is proposing to develop a class that is brand new/not previously taught, they should expect to spend double the amount of time indicated above.
If you’d like to know more about the new online course development process, or have questions, please contact the Office of Digital Learning.