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.
Please follow the instructions below to begin the online or hybrid course development process.
1. Submit a Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Form. Submission of this form posts course information into the Distance Education Faculty Services database, and it is also automatically submitted to the course designer's chair or school director for development approval.
2. Submit a course syllabus (may be a draft), using the required Syllabus Template, to your department chair or school director; and to the Distance Education Faculty Services Office.
3. 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. 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.
4. Meet with assigned Online Faculty Mentor. Each course designer is assigned an Online Faculty Mentor (OFM) (a Certified Online Instructor) to provide course development advice and to conduct a peer review of the course when it is complete. First-time course designers are required to meet (before course development) with their assigned OFMs to discuss course design. 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 agreement.
6. Complete Desire2Learn (D2L) training. Desire2Learn (D2L) is the learning management system supported by MTSU and in which online and hybrid course content is housed. First-time faculty course designers are required to complete D2L training, provided by the Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) staff, to become familiar with development and instructional tools. Two training options are provided:
Required Desire2Learn (D2L) training includes:
Required additional training:
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 54).
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.
If the required D2L training has not yet been completed, the course designer may contact the Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) located in the Telecommunications Building at 615/904-8189 to schedule one-on-one consultations. Workshops are also available and may be scheduled online.
D2L Course Shells
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.
D2L shells are created for every semester course. Semester shells must not be used for course development. If a semester shell is deleted, course content will be lost.
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 section of this website.