Course development assistance information

Definitions

New Course Development: Development of an online course that is either new to the university course catalog or currently exists in the university catalog, but only as a traditional face-to-face course.

Extensive Course Revision: Revision of an existing online course that includes either 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.

Individual Initiative: Individual online courses that are not part of 100% fully online degree programs.


Course Development Assistance Request Submission

  • Faculty or administrators of academic units or regional campuses may submit a project request for new course development or extensive course revision assistance via the university's online course support service catalog.
New Online Course request form
Extensive Online Course Revision request form


Funding for Course Assistance

  • Academic units are primarily responsible for providing course workload release, monetary compensation, or other understanding with faculty. Specific policies regarding compensation for development of online courses are outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article XXI (effective, November 2019).
     
  • OCDE has a limited course development budget. Priority consideration is given to fully online degree program courses and strategic individual initiative courses (high enrollment, high D/F/W, Kent Core, Transfer Module).
     
    • Requests for OCDE funding must be submitted in writing by an administrator of an academic unit or regional campus to Val Kelly, Assoc VP Continuing and Distance Education
       
    • OCDE funded course development must be completed in the financial year in which it is scheduled. OCDE funding applied to course development compensation will be processed upon completion of the course.


Course Development Scheduling

  • Course development projects are scheduled by development terms. Start and end dates of development terms coincide with the university's fall, spring, and summer academic terms.
     
  • Courses are developed a minimum of one academic term prior to scheduled delivery. Requests for course development assistance should be submitted a minimum of one academic term prior to the development term.
     
Scheduled Delivery Development Term Submit Request
Fall term Preceding summer term Preceding spring term
  • Priority is given to fully online degree program courses and strategic individual initiative courses (high enrollment, high D/F/W, Kent Core, Transfer Module). All other requests for assistance are prioritized according to availability in the course development schedule.


Course Assistance Request Approval Process

  • OCDE course development assistance requires a signed Agreement Letter establishing terms and conditions of course development, including use of Kent State Online course design standards and the Kent State Online template, and a signed Distance/Distributed Learning Agreement.
     
  • Requests for assistance are visible to administrators of academic units via a link to a desktop in OCDE's TeamDynamix project portfolio management application. Desktops are visible via a web browser on computer and mobile devices, do not require sign in, and do not expire.
     
  • Prior to the beginning of course development, OCDE will confirm course development assistance requests with administrators of academic units. Course development projects will not be initiated without receiving a signed Agreement Letter and Distance Distributed Learning Agreement


Distance Distributed Learning Agreement

  • Kent State University policy requires requires a signed Distributed Distance Learning Agreement (DDLA) for new online course development or extensive course revision. The DDLA is administered by Faculty Affairs and establishes faculty intellectual property rights to course learning materials and university rights to the final product, i.e. the course in the university LMS.
     
  • For scheduled course development assistance, OCDE will assume responsibility for generating the DDLA, collecting signatures, and distributing copies.
     
  • A DDLA will not be send until the course has been approved by an administrator of an academic unit and/or regional campus and scheduled by OCDE. The DDLA should be signed by the faculty and the department chair/director and dean of the academic unit and/or regional campus before the project begins.
     
  • OCDE funded assistance requires a signed DDLA of Type II or Type IV prior to the start of course development.


Course Development

  • OCDE course development assistance is limited to course development in the university's official learning management system, Blackboard Learn. Use of the Kent State Online course shell template is required.
     
  • Start and stop dates for course development coincide with the university's fall, spring, and summer academic terms. Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by an administrator of an academic unit and OCDE, course development is expected to be completed by the end of the development term in which it is scheduled.
     
  • Course development will begin with an initial "kick-off" meeting between the OCDE development team, which may include an Instructional Designer, Educational Technology Designer, Program Manager, and faculty course developer for the purpose of reviewing required documents (Agreement Letter, DDLA), course development processes, and expectations for faculty participation.
     
  • Status of current projects is visible to administrators of academic units or regional campuses via a link to a desktop in OCDE's TeamDynamix project portfolio management application.
     
  • Desktops are visible via a web browser in both computer and mobile devices. The link to the desktop(s) is public (does not require sign in) and does not expire. Desktops may be reviewed at any time.


Course Support and Maintenance

  • Requests for course support assistance that do not include new course development or extensive course revision may be submitted via the university's online course support service catalog.
 

Details

Service ID: 34903
Created
Fri 4/5/19 3:28 PM
Modified
Wed 3/31/21 5:48 PM