University of Southern Indiana

Process Overview

... for Quality Distance Learning Course Development and Delivery at USI

The previous USI Distance Learning approval process (1998 – 2012) reveals a design flaw by only focusing on curriculum design and not addressing the course development and delivery process. The Department of Distance Learning, along with its advisory committee, has proposed a modified version of the course approval process that is faculty friendly, easy-to-follow, and most importantly, it allows faculty to access needed training and support throughout the course development process.  


This revised process was co-developed by a group of campus leaders after consulting with members of the provost council (11/20/2012), faculty senate (11/16/2012), department chairs and directors (11/28/2012):

  • Bonnie Beach – Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
  • Shelly Blunt - Academic Affairs
  • Tom Bordelon – College of Liberal Arts
  • Ernie Hall – College of Business
  • Megan Linos – Distance Learning
  • Mayola Rowser – College of Nursing and Health Professions

A pilot experiment of this revised process was conducted in year 2013, and the campus implementation starts in January 2014 for summer/fall 2014 courses.

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Modification Summary

  1. The process is renamed from “course approval process” to “course development process”.  
  2. The application form is renamed from “course approval form” to “course development proposal form”.
  3. Faculty who complete all required tasks within the agreed time period will be automatically approved to offer this Distance Learning course without additional process.
  4. The process is designed to be adaptable to individual instructor’s online teaching experience and training needs.  Customized consultation support based on experience is an integral part of the process.
  5. Training workshops will be offered during the course development process upon request. Novices can also choose to join the “course development program,” hosted by the faculty training staff at Distance Learning.  Comprehensive support of technical training, pedagogical consultation, and peer review are embedded in the process.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if my course is approved?

I have never taught online in the past. What kind of faculty training support is available?

I am an experienced online teaching faculty member. Can I waive the process?

How do I submit the course development proposal and the exsiting syllabus?

Can my course be listed on banner/myUSI before it is fully developed?

I have taught an online course that has never been approved. What should I do now?

What should I do if I (my course) am on probation?

What happen to my course proposal?

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

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