To ensure Creighton University online courses incorporate commonly accepted best practices, the following processes have been established. BlueLine, the University's learning management system, is used for all online courses and the online portion of hybrid courses. Additional information about the tools available in BlueLine as well as other instructional technologies available may be found under the Faculty Resources menu to the left.
Process for New Online Course Development
1. Once you have received approval from your department or Dean to develop an online course, contact COOL. The New Online Course Proposal Form is used to document permission to offer a new online course which is not part of a distance program or Summer Sessions.
2. COOL will coordinate with the instructional design team. An instructional designer will contact you to begin developing your online course.
3. The initial meeting with the instructor and the designer will include a discussion of:
- Learning objectives for the course
- A copy of the course syllabus
- How student learning is currently assessed, or a vision for how it could be assessed
- Learning experiences in which the students currently engage or ideas for learning experiences
- Information about the audience for the course (how many students, entry-level or post-professional students, general location of students, etc.)
- To observe a face-to-face class session if the course is currently taught on-ground.
- Instructor's ideas and concerns about creating the course for the online environment
- Instructional materials already created by the instructor.
4. The designer collaborates with the instructor to develop a prototype of a partial course using the Online Course Design Rubric as a guide.
5. The designer and instructor review the prototype and identify changes needed.
6. The designer makes necessary changes in the course structure.
7. The designer and instructor engage the graphic artist/multimedia specialists and copyright librarian as needed.
8. The instructor and designer review and edit the prototype course and finalize the course design structure.
9. Work is completed on the course using the agreed upon design structure and learning materials provided by the instructor.
10. The instructor works with the designer to become proficient in using the technologies employed within the course.
11. The instructor and designer review the course and make changes as needed.
12. The instructor or designer contact COOL to arrange for the course to be reviewed.
13. The course is reviewed.
14. The course is either approved or changes are provided to the instructor.
15. After changes are made the instructor or designer will submit the changes to COOL.