Online/Hybrid Course Development Process

First Time Online Course Development

  1. Completion of Application for Online/Hybrid Course Development Form: Faculty and Department Chair complete the Application for Online Course Development Form [pdf] prior to the start of any course development or training activities. Department Chair must seek Dean and Provost final approval of the form.
    1. Copyright Agreement & Training and Course Development Agreement: All faculty must agree to abide by these standards in the development of online and hybrid courses.
    2. Intellectual Property Agreement: This statement must be agreed to for the development of courses offered within fully online or hybrid program, but may be optional on individual online or hybrid offerings. A stipend for course development will not be paid without an intellectual property agreement.
    3. Any payment for training and course development is at the discretion of the Department Chair, Dean and Provost.
  2. Online/Hybrid Faculty Training: Once fully approved, the Application for Online/Hybrid Course Development form will be shared with the Educational Technologist, who will contact individual faculty to arrange for training and discuss the course development plan. Training Requirements:
    1. Faculty participates and completes the Online Education Workshop & Fundamentals of Online Teaching training activities (offered once per semester).
    2. A development shell is created in Blackboard by Educational Technologist and faculty begins developing course materials and organizing content.
    3. Faculty attends training sessions on technologies as needed (including Blackboard, Echo360, Collaborate, VoiceThread, etc.).
  3. Online/Hybrid Course Development Review: The course review and sign-off process proceeds as follows:
    1. When the course is fully developed (must be at least 80% complete for review to begin), but prior to the course start date, the faculty member completes a self-review of the course using the Online Course Development Rubric [pdf]. Once the self-review is completed they will notify the Educational Technologist.
    2. Educational Technologist reviews course according to the same Online/Hybrid Course Development Rubric and arranges a time to meet with the faculty to review the course and the rubric feedback. Educational Technologist completes the sign off portion of the Application for Online/Hybrid Course Development form including the date training and course development were completed and forwards to the Provost’s Office. The Educational Technologist will also notify the Department Chair/Program Director that the course development stage is completed.  *NOTE: The review by the Educational Technologist is intended to ensure consistency in the quality and success of online course delivery, it is not curriculum or content focused.
    3. Department Chair/Program Director or designee of their choosing may also review the course according to the Online/Hybrid Course Development Rubric to ensure the learning outcomes, content and assessments are consistent with the campus-based version of the same course and meets all other department/school requirements.
    4. After course sign-off is complete, the course may be copied from the development shell into the actual course shell where students are enrolled and the course may begin. If a stipend is to be paid, School Dean will proceed with arranging payment at the start of the semester of the first offering. Payments for course development will not be awarded prior to the first offering of the course.

Subsequent Online/Hybrid Course Development

Faculty that have developed at least one online or hybrid course at Fisher may develop additional online courses without participating in training activities again. However, faculty must complete the Application for Online/Hybrid Course Development for each course that is proposed, including all necessary copyright and intellectual property agreements where applicable, and complete the Online/Hybrid Course Development Review process listed above. Payment for additional course development is at the discretion of the School Dean and Provost.

Training of Faculty to Teach Online/Hybrid Without Course Development

In the situation where a course has already been developed for the online or hybrid environment, but additional faculty need to be trained to deliver the course online, such faculty must still participate in the Online Education Workshop and Fundamentals of Online Teaching course. Payment for completion of training is at the discretion of the School Dean and Provost.

NOTE: Any faculty may choose to participate in the training activities; however, any stipends for participation will not be awarded until course development or assignment to teach an online course is complete.