University of Southern Indiana

The Course Development Process

Once the course is approved to be developed as a Distance Learning course, faculty will schedule an initial meeting with the Distance Learning Consultant (Step 1).  After the first meeting, faculty should feel free to start the course development process (step 2-4) either on their own or with a cohort. Faculty who complete the required tasks/steps below within the agreed time period will be automatically approved to deliver this class as a Distance Learning course without additional approval process.


Summer 2014

Fall 2014

  • 30-min initial meeting (Proposal form, existing syllabus, a spare Blackboard site, and the check list)

Mar. 7, 2014

Apr. 20, 2014

  • 30-min final meeting

May 7, 2014

Aug. 18, 2014

  • Semester begins

May  14, 2014

Aug. 25, 2014

Step 1: Preparation/Initial Request

1.1      Submit a signed Distance Learning Course Development Proposal Form and a copy of the existing course syllabus (Can be for the traditional on campus class)

1.2      Identify or request a spare Blackboard course site for the purpose of development. Send your request to or call 812/465-1080.

1.3      Schedule an initial meeting with the Distance Learning consultant

1.4      At the initial meeting, check list items and timeline will be determined and confirmed by the instructor

Step 2: Curriculum Conversion
** Faculty work individually or with a cohort **

2.1      The 1st edit of the course syllabus for online students

2.2      Develop the course event calendar

2.3      Configure the Blackboard navigation (skeleton) aligned with the curriculum/syllabus design

2.4      If available, transfer existing course content to the identified Blackboard development site

2.5      Mid-checking point – schedule another meeting with Distance Learning Consultant if needed

Step 3: Virtual Classroom Development
** Faculty work individually or with a cohort **

3.1      Updated learning activities, assignments, exams, and assessments items on Blackboard

3.2      Blackboard Gradebook

3.3      The 2nd edit of the course syllabus for online students

3.4      Updated course event calendar

3.5      The Welcome message recording (Course overview) and the “start here” page

Step 4: Peer Review Process

4.1      Identify a faculty colleague for feedback (Subject Matter Expert preferred)

4.2      Final meeting with the identified faculty colleague (4.1)  and the Distance Learning Consultant

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