Online Course Development

DCL's online course development team serves as both a resource and a production unit for programs being offered online. We can consult on ways to improve your existing online course, adapt your instructional content for online delivery, or work with entire departments to build an online degree program. To learn more, read about our specific tiers of services and then call or email us to schedule an in-person consultation.

We focus on student outcomes first. Once learning objectives have been set, they are used as a guide for the remaining processes.

Step 1: Plan

How does it all begin? Prior to putting a course online, instructors meet with a DCL team of curriculum designers, web designers, programmers, and multimedia specialists to discuss the instructional design of a course. The process is simple: First, define and refine student outcomes. Second, design assessment opportunities that align with student outcomes. Third, determine the content (text, images, video, readings, learning objects) that will help the students complete assessments in order to achieve learning outcomes successfully. Throughout the process, each DCL team member is available to the instructor as a consultant on his/her area of expertise.

Step 2: Develop

Who does what? Based on the pre-development discussions, instructors and DCL begin creating the course. As content experts, instructors write content, assessments and instructions, and rubrics. Curriculum designers then prepare the content for learning objects, multimedia scripts, or simply as online text. Web designers create a vibrant site design, which is reviewed by the instructors. Once the instructor decides on the design, programmers format the course site, add functionality, and prepare the course for Blackboard. As needed, multimedia specialists help bring content to life by re-envisioning content as video or audio, with captions. Once all the parts are complete, it’s time to test the course and prepare it for its first offering.

Step 3: Test

Does it work? Courses are completed ahead of launch in order to test links, activities, and the overall functionality of the course. Why is testing important? Testing not only helps to squash bugs, but also helps instructors familiarize themselves with the completed course. Finally, a brief course tutorial is created for students, and the course is prepared for its first offering.

Step 4: Evaluate

How do courses stay up-to-date? With each offering of the course, instructors review the course’s effectiveness and its activities on their own and/or with the assistance of course-specific student evaluations. Instructors update the course content after their review and can request DCL maintenance support if needed.

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Chris Dunst
Senior Director of Online Learning