Course Development

Course Development Process and Timeline

The course developer must follow this process for developing an online or hybrid course for Vol State. Suggested timelines are approximate. Contact Distributed Education for assistance. 

If you are developing an online or hybrid course for Vol State for the very first time, we are here to support and assist you. Some training is required.

PLANNING PHASE (Complete 5 months prior to course start date)

Meet with the Distributed Education (DE) Instructional Designer

Read through the Vol State Standards for Online Course Development and Instruction

Develop course plan, including development timeline

Analyze potential students

Write measurable course objectives (link opens in a new window)

Consider appropriate assessment strategies (link opens in a new window)

Begin brainstorming potential learning activities (link opens in a new window) aligned to objectives and assessments 

Examine different potential course organizational structures (week, unit, module, etc.)

DESIGN PHASE (Complete 4 months prior to course start date)

Establish assessments aligned to objectives and learning activities

Develop a student-to-instructor interaction plan

Develop a student-to-student interaction plan

Develop a student-to-content interaction plan

List course content that needs to be produced

PROPOSAL PHASE (Complete 3 months prior to course start date)

Submit completed proposal form

Online Course Development Proposal (link opens in Google Docs) 

Online Course Redevelopment Proposal (link opens in Google Docs)

Submit completed contract

DEVELOPMENT PHASE (Complete 3 months prior to course start date)

Create learning modules in the master course shell within eLearn

Create rubrics and scoring guides (link opens in a new window) for assessments 

Collect and plan the integration of external sites and resources (YouTube, reference websites, etc.)

Integrate interactive elements into the course design (discussion boards, etc.)

Produce multimedia elements [videos, podcasts, and other Web 2.0 tools (link opens in new window)]

Contact Media Services for assistance planning and producing instructional content videos and for closed captioning assistance.

FINALIZATION PHASE (Complete 2 months prior to course start date)

Post course syllabus with all essential components [see VSCC’s Distributed Education Handbook (link opens in a new window)] 

Write, produce, and post a video message welcoming your students to the course if you are also teaching

Produce “introduction” assignment

Post the technical requirements for the course

Review the Best Practices for Online Teaching checklist

Make any final adjustments in the course shell

REVIEW PHASE (MUST complete at least 1 month prior to course start date)

Complete course reviews

Submit Extra Compensation form