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MTSU Online and Hybrid Course Development
Distance Education Faculty Services
This section provides instructions to begin the course development process. Before
completing the Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Form, please confirm and/or keep the following in mind.
- The course you wish to develop has not been previously developed for distance delivery.
Contact Distance Education Faculty Services, at 904-8276, for a list of courses developed
by faculty in your department. Development fees are paid only for courses which have
not been previously designed for online or hybrid delivery.
- The course you wish to develop is an existing MTSU on-ground offering and has been
approved by the University Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Council. Special
Topics courses are the exception.
- Determine your readiness for online instruction by asking yourself these questions:
- Will I be able to:
- Project my presence in an online or ITV environment?
- Cope with delayed feedback?
- Do I know:
- What I'm trying to achieve with my instruction?
- What knowledge, skills and attitudes need to be taught?
- How much content I need in my instruction?
- What resources and strategies I can/will use?
- How I'll structure the content?
- How to assess whether students have met the objectives of the course?
- Do I have good writing skills?
- Can I communicate clearly and effectively through email?
- I have reviewed:
- Course completion deadlines:
- Spring Semester – October 1;
- Summer and Fall – March 1.
- New online and hybrid courses are added to a semester schedule only after the peer
review/approval process has been completed and no later than four weeks prior to the
start of the semester.
Please follow the instructions below to begin the online or hybrid course development
- Proposal Form
- Complete an Online/Hybrid Course Development Proposal Form. Submit the completed form to Distance Education Faculty Services. The information
is posted to course development database, and an email is also automatically sent
to the course designer’s chair or school director for development approval.
- Online Course Development Agreement
- Sign the Online (or Hybrid) Course Development Agreement which is emailed to the course
designer after the Course Proposal Form is received by Distance Education Faculty Services. The agreement should be signed and sent to the department chair/school director as
soon as possible upon receipt. It outlines course development and instruction expectations as well as the terms
for compensation. Payment for course development cannot be made until this agreement
is on file in the Distance Education Faculty Services Office. Also, development fees
cannot be paid if course development is completed prior to the approval of the agreement.
- Online Faculty Mentor (OFM)
- An Online Faculty Mentor is assigned to each course designer upon receipt of the Course Proposal Form. The OFM should contact the course designer to introduce herself/himself and to
schedule a meeting to discuss course design. First-time course designers are required to meet (before course development) with their assigned OFMs to discuss course design. The
OFM serves as a course development resource and conducts a peer review of the course
when it is complete. The course designer may use the expertise of the assigned OFM as little or as much
as needed during course development, the review/approval process, and initial course
delivery. The name of the assigned OFM is sent in the email with the course development
- Online/Hybrid Course Guidelines
- Peer Review Form
- Required Training
- Desire2Learn (D2L)
- Desire2Learn (D2L) is the learning management system supported by MTSU and in which
online and hybrid course content is housed. To become familiar with development and
instructional tools, first-time faculty course designers are required to complete
the following training sessions:
- Introduction to D2L;
- Grading and Assessment;
- Communication Tools I (dropbox, discussion forum; group);
- Communication Tools II (rubrics, with a demonstration of the competencies tool);
- Communication Tools III (email, calendar, chat, blog, LiveRoom, checklist, classlist,
- A D2L shell in which to complete training and/or to begin course development is automatically
established after registration for a D2L workshop or scheduling a one-on-one consultation.
Faculty may, however, complete training and/or begin course design using an existing
development shell. If a new D2L development shell is needed, faculty may request
it by completing and submitting the Course Development Request Form http://www.mtsu.edu/d2lsupport/faculty/devcourserequest_d2l.php
- D2L shells are created for every course every semester. Semester shells must not be used for course development. If a semester shell is deleted or cancelled, course content will be lost.
- When training is complete, the FITC trainer will sign the FITC Training Confirmation Form, and the course designer will forward it to Distance Education Faculty Services (Box
- Even though training is not required of experienced course designers, they are encouraged
to discuss the design or redesign of their courses with FITC staff due to constant
innovations in software/hardware and multimedia used in online course development/instruction.
- Instructional Design Specialist
- Optional Training Provided by FITC Staff
- Introduction to Turnitin Education Suite (an educational suite providing faculty assistance
with evaluating student written works and is now accessed through the Desire2Learn
(D2L) dropbox tool)
Instructions for course approval are included in the email with the online/hybrid
course development agreement and OFM assignment. Detailed information may be found
in the Course Approval http://www.mtsu.edu/universitycollege/distance/faculty_course_approval.php section of this website.
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