University of Southern Indiana

Course Approval

USI faculty are expected to follow the approval process before teaching a course that has not been delivered online. To view the updated approval status, please visit

To have your course approved, please follow one of these two options: 

Option 1:

Apply for the Online Course Development Program (OCDP). The approval process is waived for courses that developed through OCDP. Eligible faculty may receive up to $3,000 stipend to develop the course online. 

Option 2: 

  1. Review the Course Approval Checklist to learn more about the approval requirements.
  2. Email a copy of the course syllabus and the completed OL Course Development Proposal Form to Please make sure all required signatures are included
  3. Once both documents are received, an instructional designer will be assigned to you. A teaching consultation session can be scheduled with the instructional designer if needed. During this meeting, we will go over the online course design principles, identify suitable technologies, and answer questions that faculty may have.
    • An unapproved online course can be offered ONCE before the approval process is completed. However, the faculty is responsible for submitting the proposal form and a copy of the course syllabus to the Online Learning office at
  4. The faculty is responsible for informing the instructional designer when the course is fully developed. We will review the syllabus and the course site on Blackboard to confirm the minimum requirements listed on the Course Approval Checklist have been met.
  5. The instructional designer will inform you if additional modifications are needed to complete the approval process.

To verify that the course you will be teaching has been approved, please refer to the list below:

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