Extensive course revision

Faculty members interested in offering a course in an online format should first discuss and seek approval from their department chair/school director and/or college dean, as applicable, through the academic unit’s established curricular processes.

An extensive course revision to an existing online course is defined as changes equal to or greater than 50% of the course learning materials, or substantial changes to course structure, course goals, and/or learning outcomes such that the essential nature of the course is changed.

An extensive course revision may include any or a combination of the following:

  • a new textbook
  • significant restructuring of the course
  • moving the existing course to the Kent State Online template
  • replacing or revising significant numbers of assignments, discussions or narrated presentations
  • replacing or revising a significant amount of audio or video

Requests for assistance with an extensive revision to an existing online course should be submitted a minimum of one term prior to the desired course revision period. When requesting assistance, please follow the example time table below.

Scheduled delivery to students Latest possible development term Submit request for assistance
Fall term preceding Summer term preceding Spring term

Funding for Online Course Development Assistance

Faculty requesting compensation for online course development should discuss and seek approval from their department chair/school director and/or college dean. Limited funding for online course development during the summer term when faculty are not on contract may be available from OCDE.

Requests for OCDE funding should be submitted by the department chair/school director and/or college dean. Priority consideration for OCDE funding requests will be given to degree program courses and high enrollment, high D/F/W, Kent Core, and Ohio Transfer Module courses.

Available to

Kent State University faculty, adjuncts, and graduate teaching assistants.

Note: Courses in which GA's or TA's are assigned as course developers require a department designated faculty coordinator to oversee course development.


  • Approval from department chair/school director and/or college dean.
  • Attach course syllabus to the request.
  • Attach completed Online Course Revision Work Plan.docx to the request.

What happens next

Requests for online course development assistance will be confirmed with the department chair/school director and/or college dean. Per university policy, a signed Distance Distributed Learning Agreement (DDLA) is required for all extensive revisions to existing online courses prior to the start of course development.

The DDLA, and any other required documents, will be sent via DocuSign for electronic signature by faculty, department chair/school director, and dean. At the beginning of the development term, distance learning support staff will contact the designated faculty course developer to schedule an initial course development meeting.

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