University of Southern Indiana
The Online Course Development Program

The Department of Distance Learning offers an online course development program in response to the recent growing demand in online teaching support and training. This program contains 6 face-to-face group sessions, faculty peer support activities, online resources, teaching

toolkits, and 2 one-on-one online teaching consultation sessions. 

A specific course development deliverable/task is planned to be accomplished each week. Faculty participants receive an overview introduction in the group session, and meet with the Distance Learning consultant individually to complete the task.   The online course is expected to be fully developed and ready to be offered at the end of the program period.apply


  • Faculty is scheduled to teach a core course online or a course for an online degree program (e.g. MBA, BSN, MSN, Rad Tech, and DNP), and that course has never been offered online at USI.
  • Faculty who has never taught an online course, and is scheduled to teach an online core course or a course for an online degree program.
  • Faculty who has taught a core course online or a course for an online degree program and would like to redesign the course structure and improve delivery methods.
  • If seats are available (Capacity: 16 faculty per cohort), this program is also open to any USI faculty who is scheduled to teach a course online or would like to develop an online course.


Faculty Cohort Program Period Deadline Group Meeting
Fall 2014 9/22/14 - 12/12/14 9/17/2014 Thu. @ 3pm
Spring 2015 2/9/2015 - 5/1/15 2/2/2014 TBD

Program Highlights

  • Pedagogical strategy and technology implementation will be introduced in the 6 bi-weekly group sessions.  These sessions will also be recorded and made available online. By the end of the program, the course syllabus, learning material/content, and the Blackboard course site will be completed and ready to be delivered online for the following semester.
  • 2 one-on-one consutlation sessions with the Distance Learning Consultant will be available for every faculty participant during the program period.
  • The online course approval process will be waived if a faculty participates in the entire process and successfully accomplishes the course development requirements.
  • Faculty peer support collaboration is highly encouraged. Each participant will be working closely with three other faculty members during the online course development period.
  • The Quality Matters peer review process is embedded in the program design.

Program Outline

Module 1: Overview, Design, and Preparation

  • Introduction of Quality Online Teaching and Best practice
  • Workshop 1: Initial Course Development Planning
  • Course Design Structure and Required Components
  • Workshop 2: Getting started in Lecture Recording

Module 2: Course Development

  • Workshop 3: Blackboard Navigation and Configuration
  • Learning Activities and Student Engagement
  • Gradebook Management (Grading Rubrics)
  • Workshop 4: Online Assessment and plagiarism checker
  • Teaching Innovations and Learning Collaboration/Discussion

Module 3: Implementation and Evaluation

  • Workshop 5: Requirements, Policy, and Guidelines (Instructions)
  • Peer Review
  • Workshop 6: : Online Course Showcase


Application Deadlineapply

  • Fall 2014 Cohort: September 17, 2014
  • Spring 2015 Cohort: February 2, 2015

Application is now open online at



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