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Foundations of Online Course Design and Development

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.

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Course Description

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 once per week either on campus or online.
  • 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.

5-Week Long-Semester Format

  • Spring 2015: January 7 to February 6 with meetings scheduled on (dates subject to change):
    • Wed 1/7: On campus from 1:00-4:30 p.m.
    • Wed 1/14: On campus from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    • Fri 1/23: On campus from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Fri 1/30: Online in Connect from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
    • Fri 2/6: On campus from 12:00-4:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Fall 2015: Dates to be determined

2-Week Summer Format

  • May 18 to 29, 2015
    • Meeting dates and times to be determined
  • July 6 to 17, 2015
    • Meeting dates and times to be determined

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for Spring 2015 (see dates above).

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by 11/7/14. If you have questions about the Foundations course, please contact Liz Strand at es22@txstate.edu or (512) 245-1647.