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Foundations of Online Course Design and Development

Texas State offers 2 courses that meet SACS criteria for online instructors (see table below):

  1. Foundations of Online Course Design and Development
  2. Advanced Online Course Design and Development

Click a link in the table below to learn more about and apply to a course.

  Foundations Course Advanced Course
Course duration

Spring/Fall sessions: 5 weeks

Summer sessions: 2 weeks

Spring/Fall sessions: 15 weeks

Summer sessions: Not offered
Time required

1- to 3-hours/week in class and consultation sessions

5- to 6-hours/week completing assignments

1- to 3-hours/week in class and consultation sessions

5- to 6-hours/week completing assignments
What faculty accomplish Build a single online lesson in TRACS Build a complete online course in TRACS
Stipend upon paid to faculty successful completion $300 $500
Course release required? No Yes – funded by the AVPAA
Chair’s approval required? No Yes

Foundations Course Description

Target Audience

Foundations of Online Course Design and Development (formerly Creating and Teaching an Online Course) is for faculty who want to teach either a hybrid course (selected in-class sessions are replaced with online instruction and assignments) or a fully online course.

All faculty, including adjunct faculty, are encouraged to apply, but we have a limited number of slots. Prior to notification of acceptance we may contact you to clarify your needs.

Course Details

Instructors are assigned an instructional design consultant who guides their efforts as they design and develop one online lesson and the course components required for that lesson.

Faculty complete assigned readings, view recorded presentations, participate in online discussions, and submit assignments using TRACS. Instructors build a lesson in TRACS and provide and receive feedback from peers.

  • The course requires approximately 40 hours of in- and out-of-class coursework.
  • Participants meet face-to-face either on campus or online as indicated below under Schedule.
  • Participants evaluate their course design using the Texas State Best Practices Checklist.
  • A stipend of $300 is provided for faculty who attend the course sessions and successfully complete all the assignments.
  • Course capacity is 12-16 instructors per session.
  • Topics include teaching and learning online, instructional planning, building community, facilitating discussion forums, assessment strategies, copyright, evaluation, and TRACS tools required for building an online lesson.

NOTE: This is NOT a TRACS workshop. While the course will cover selected TRACS tools, the emphasis is on instructional design strategies and processes that will help you develop an effective course site that results in observable learning outcomes for your students.


The course prerequisite is successful completion of the online Basic TRACS training or equivalent.


The Foundations course is offered in both 2-and 5-week hybrid formats.

Attendance on the dates and times below is mandatory. Please check your calendar before applying to ensure that you do not have conflicts that you cannot reschedule.

5-Week Long-Semester Format

  • Fall 2015:
    • Meet on campus: Wed 8/12, 1:00 - 4:30
    • Meet on campus: Wed 8/19, 1:00 – 3:00
    • Meet on campus: Fri 8/28, 1:00 – 4:00
    • Meet online: Thu 9/3, 1:00 – 2:30
    • Meet on campus: Fri 9/11, 12:00 – 4:00 (lunch provided)
  • Spring 2016: Dates to be determined

2-Week Summer Format

  • May 18 - 29, 2015
    • Meet on campus: Mon 5/18, 9:00 – 1:30 (lunch provided)
    • Meet on campus: Thu 5/21, 9:00 – 3:00 (lunch provided)
    • Meet online: Wed 5/27, 10:00 – 11:30
    • Meet on campus: Fri 5/29, 9:00 – 1:30 (lunch provided)
  • July 6 - 17, 2015
    • Meet on campus: Mon 7/6, 9:00 – 1:30 (lunch provided)
    • Meet on campus: Fri 7/10, 9:00 – 3:00 (lunch provided)
    • Meet online: Tue 7/14, 10:00 – 11:30
    • Meet on campus: Fri 7/17, 9:00 – 1:30 (lunch provided)

How to Apply

May or July 2015

Applications are now closed for the May 2015 session. Those who apply for the May 2015 session after 3/27/15 will be placed on a wait list.

Applicants who applied by 3/27 will be notified of their acceptance by 4/10/15.

We will still consider applications for the July 2015 session.

Fall 2015

  • Application Timeframe: 5/18 to 6/8/15
  • Application Due Date: 6/8/15 at 5PM
  • Notification Date: 6/29/15

Application Form

Given the high demand for this course, please thoroughly and thoughtfully address the questions on the application form at the following link:

Application for Foundations of Online Course Design and Development


If you have questions, please contact Ann Jensen at aj14@txstate.edu or 512 245-2632.