Office of Online and Blended Learning

Online Course Development & Review Process

STEP 1: Course Development Agreement
Complete the Online Course Development Agreement, making sure to read it carefully before signing. Enter the date of completion in item nine on page three. After it is endorsed by the faculty member, department head, and college dean, the form then goes to the Director of Online and Blended Learning (OBL). After the Director of OBL endorses the agreement, it will be taken to Academic Affairs for the Provost’s decision.

STEP 2: Complete the online form to start the process of course development and review.

STEP 3: Design and Develop the Class
An Instructional Designer will contact you within one week to schedule an initial consultation. S/he will help you to design your course to meet the Quality Matters Standards for course design and prepare you for the Quality Matters (QM) peer review that will come at the end of course development. Please also review the course development resources on our Resources page.

STEP 4: Get Your Course Reviewed
Near the close of the design and development phase, you will conduct a QM self review (we have instructions for doing this). This review is only concerned with the design of your course, not your methods of delivery. After you are satisfied your course would pass a QM peer review, you will submit a request for your course to be reviewed (we have directions for this, too). Once finished, the Director of OBL will obtain and assign peer reviewers and shepherd your course through the process. Your course may pass on the first review, or it may need some tweaking. If it needs tweaking, do so quickly and resubmit so that peer review team finishes her/his job.

STEP 5: Shout from the Rooftops
After your course passes peer review, you are able to display a QM badge on your syllabus saying it passed peer review. Please do so. You may also display the badge on your department’s website indicating that course has passed. Having your courses pass peer review is also good to use when going up for tenure/promotion or for annual review.