Online Course Development

As part of our commitment to provide opportunities for faculty to engage in innovative and forward-thinking pedagogy, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides support for faculty interested in developing online or blended courses. Our collaborative team-based approach brings together a faculty member, an instructional designer (ID), and a media expert to design courses that promote an interactive, engaging, learner-centered experience for our students.

Marquette University Instructional Design Model

Instructional Design Model

In alignment with Marquette’s mission to provide inclusive and equitable learning experiences for our students, our IDs work with faculty to ensure that courses meet federal regulations for accessible technology. Furthermore, universal design principles are an integral part of the design process. Our ID team follows Marquette University’s faculty-driven and learner-centered instructional design model, which emphasizes revision and reflection during all stages of the design process to ensure high-quality courses.

Educational Development Opportunities

Designing and teaching an online course requires a variety of skills that are different from teaching a course face-to-face; this can include new forms of technology and access to specialized media production resources. We encourage faculty interested in online or blended learning, or in incorporating technology to their pedagogical practices, to participate in our educational development sessions. Please visit our calendar for upcoming offerings.

Course Proposals

Priority is given to courses that are part of the Marquette University’s CORE curriculum, meet larger programmatic goals, and support and compliment other distance learning courses. It is important for you to discuss any opportunity to develop an online or blended course with your department chair.

As part of our support, faculty may receive course development stipends of up to $3,000, plus one-on-one instructional development assistance.

Overview of the course development process:

  1. Course proposals. Every year the CTL sends out a call for proposals for faculty interested in developing an online or blended course. Course proposals must have approval from the department chair prior to application.
  2. Confirmation Email. Dr. María Parés-Toral contacts the applicants to discuss the proposal.
  3. Kickoff meeting. Faculty member is paired with an Instructional Designer (ID) and a media specialist. During the initial meeting, the design team listens carefully to the faculty member to determine what she/he thinks about the teaching and learning process.  The team also assesses faculty’s experience with teaching online, and listens to ideas about content, activities, and preferred strategies for assessment.
  4. Design Process. Faculty, ID, and media specialist meet during a period of 3-4 months to develop the course. Between each meeting, faculty are expected to develop instructional materials and content for their course. The process requires a commitment of 40-60 hours. This estimate of hours varies based on the complexity of the course and the amount of new materials and media that is being created. 
  5. Quality Assurance Checklist. The ID, media specialist, and faculty review Marquette’s Quality Assurance Checklist to ensure compliance with electronic accessibility federal regulations, universal design principles, and Marquette’s quality standards for online and blended courses.
  6. Follow-up after first offering. As part of our review and quality assurance process, faculty will be contacted by the ID to schedule a follow-up meeting after the course’s first offering. The objective of this meeting is to discuss their experience teaching the course for the first time and plan to make improvements or changes, when necessary.

Intellectual Property Agreement and Statement of Work

Faculty are required to sign an Intellectual Property Agreement and a Statement of Work before beginning the design process.

If you’re interested in developing an online or blended course, please contact Dr. María Parés-Toral