University of Southern Indiana

12 weeks in the Online Course Development Program

USI Distance Learning offers a 12-week Online Course Development Program (OCDP) three times a year in response to the recent growing demand in online teaching support and training. Eligible faculty can receive up to a $3,000 stipend after the course is fully developed and fulfills the program requirements.

WEEK 1 - Develop the curriculum blueprint and learning objectives.

WEEK 2 - Course mapping and module level objectives.

WEEK 3 - Virtual learning environment and design Blackboard site structure.

WEEK 4 - First draft of syllabus.

WEEK 5 - Develop the course content plan and record lectures.

WEEK 6 - Develop learning assessment.

WEEK 7 - Develop activities for student engagement.

WEEK 8 - Second draft of the syllabus.

WEEK 9 - Develop course policies and any student support information needed for the course.

WEEK 10 - Third draft of the syllabus. Perform a self-evaluation.

WEEK 11 - Course development is complete. Showcase course to other faculty in program

WEEK 12 - Peer review from Quality Matters certified instructors.

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