The Application for Course Development Program requires that applicants give a brief description of the course to be developed, explain how it advances unit, college and university goals and obtain the signed authorization of their unit chair and dean.
A typical timeline in the eight-month course development process
Online Course Development Program
DEE’s online course development process requires an eight-month commitment on the part of faculty and a willingness to re-imagine courses from the ground up. Cohorts begin with members and DEE staff meeting in small groups to discuss teaching and learning objectives in their online classes and develop effective and innovative strategies to achieve those goals. They also explore a variety of BbLearn and web-based tools for teaching and learning. After a few months of re-imagining the course for online delivery, cohort members produce a preliminary design and an outline of their course in BbLearn. In the remaining time, faculty continue to work on the course with their cohort and DEE staff, meeting regularly to present their work, share ideas, and give feedback.
Each year, DEE guides three cohorts of 10-12 participants through the course development program, with new cohorts beginning in January, May, and September. Classes for development will be chosen from applications submitted to DEE and, upon successful completion of the course, DEE will pay the faculty member $3000. Every DEE Quality Course must go through a Quality Matters Standards review before it goes live. Departments that propose courses for DEE’s Online Course Development Program must agree that courses with an enrollments greater than 30 students will provide a TA or additional instructor for every additional 30 students.
Community of Practice
DEE’s Course Design Website has information about best practices for online courses, along with a course design toolkit, resources, readings, and assessment strategies. There is also a blog where you can follow (and comment on) the work of faculty currently engaged in the course design process.
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