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First Steps

As discussed in the introduction, you will need approval from your school before proceeding to develop an online course. It is important that there is a coherent plan for curriculum development in your school, in whatever delivery mode (online or face-to-face), and this is normally addressed by your program head, associate dean or dean.

Initially, your project lead will work with you to estimate what work will be required to complete your project and what resources this will require. This phase is informally referred to as “scoping the project”, and leads directly to the writing of a project plan. Together, you will write the project plan, which includes an estimate of the resources required and the timelines, as well as any risks or constraints that may affect project completion. When the plan has been accepted and signed off by your school, work can begin.

Once you have approval to go ahead with the development of your course, the project lead will contact the educational technology support group, where the administration, delivery and support of online courses take place. They will contact your program area with the timing required to set up links to Banner and Registration, so that once the course is ready to go, students can access the course and all the administrative details will be taken care of before term start.

This group also takes care of the training of new instructors in the learning management system (currently D2L). We recommend that you don’t schedule training too early (ideally several weeks before term start), so you don’t forget what you learned before you start teaching. However, before you start development, it is a good idea to ask for access to other courses, especially those created in your program if possible. This will help you visualize what your finished course might look like.

The actual process of online course development involves four major steps:

* Design
* Course materials development
* Implementation
* Review

You can navigate through the details of each of the steps by using the tabs at the top of the page.

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