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Developing an Online Course


  • The college and WSU Online agree to develop an online course and establish a time frame.
  • The department assigns the instructor and schedules the course.
  • The instructor is contacted by an Instructional Designer.
  • The Instructional Designer and Instructor/Developer agree to a time line and begin work. Generally development begins one semester before the course is scheduled to be delivered, but earlier starts are welcomed.
  • With the Instructional Designer you will create a course design matrix that plans your online course and identifies required resources. We begin by outlining the overview and learning goals for your course, then identifying the necessary resources, defining and creating activities and determining the most appropriate assessments based on the expected learning outcomes. While you may have taught this course on-campus, it helps to start fresh and think of how best to deliver the content online, rather than simply moving an on-ground course into an online environment.
  • As you provide content, the Instructional Designer will facilitate the building of your course space, working with a team of WSU Online specialists.
  • The course space must be complete and ready for the students prior to the first day of class.
  • Meet with the Instructional Designer to review the course at the end of the first delivery.

Learn More about Collaborating!

Did you know you can attend Blackboard Collaborate training? If you want to know what it is and how best you can use it to enhance your course, then sign up for Web Conferencing 101. Go here for the schedule and information.

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