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Advanced 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: 16 weeks

Summer sessions: Not offered
Time required

Long semesters:

  • 1- to 3-hours/week in class and consultation sessions
  • 5- to 6-hours/week completing assignments

Summer:

  • 20 hours/week for meetings and assignments

Long semesters:

  • 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 paid to faculty upon successful completion $300 $500
Course release required? No Yes – funded by the AVPAA
Chair’s approval required? No

Yes

Advanced Course Description

Target Audience

Advanced Online Course Design and Development 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.

NOTE: Participation requires the approval of the participant’s department chair, including support for a course release funded by the AVPAA. Read more under How to Apply below.

Course Details

Instructors are assigned an instructional design consultant who guides their efforts over a semester as they design and develop a complete online or hybrid course.

In addition to completing assigned readings, viewing presentations, participating in online discussions, and submitting assignments, instructors attend webinars and meet weekly in one-on-one or small group sessions.

  • The course requires 6-9 hours per week (1- to 3-hours per week in face-to-face instructional and consultation sessions and 5- to 6-hours per week completing 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 $500 is provided for faculty who attend the course sessions and successfully complete all the assignments.
  • Course capacity is 7-9 instructors per session.
  • Topics include teaching and learning online, instructional design planning, building community, facilitating discussion forums, assessment strategies, copyright, evaluation, and TRACS tools required for building an online course.

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.

Prerequisites

Instructors accepted into the Advanced Online Course Design and Development course must:

  • Successfully complete the online Basic TRACS training or equivalent.
  • Sign and obtain the signature of their department/program head on the participation agreement below.
  • Obtain departmental provision of a course release funded by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA).
  • Have previously taught the course targeted for online delivery (in any format).

Schedule

The Advanced course is offered during long semesters on the following dates. The first 5 weeks of the course is stacked with the Foundations course.

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.

  • Fall 2017: August 16 to December 15
    • Meet on campus: Wed, 8/16, 1- 4:30 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Wed, 8/23, 1 - 3 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Thur, 8/31, 1- 4:30 p.m
    • Meet online: Fri, 9/8, 1 - 2:30 p.m Required webinar
    • Meet on campus: Fri, 9/15, noon – 4 p.m.(lunch provided)
    • Starting on 9/22, meet on campus with instructional design consultant most Fridays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. throughout the remainder of the semester
    • Meet online: Fri, 10/20, 1 - 2 p.m. Required webinar
  • Spring 2018: January 10 to May 9
    • Meet on campus: Wed, 1/10, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Fri, 1/19, 1 - 3 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Fri, 1/26, 1 - 4:30 p.m
    • Meet online: Fri, 2/2, 1 - 2:30 p.m Required webinar
    • Meet on campus: Fri, 2/9, noon – 4 p.m.(lunch provided)
    • Starting on 2/16, meet on campus with instructional design consultant most Fridays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. throughout the remainder of the semester
    • Meet online: Fri., 3/23, 1 - 2 p.m. Required webinar

How to Apply

Spring 2018

  • Application Timeframe: 9/5/17 - 9/29/17
  • Application Due Date: 9/29/17
  • Notification Date: 10/20/17

Application Form

  • The application form below requires your indication that you have received verbal confirmation from your department/program head to support your course release (to be funded by the AVPAA) if you are accepted into the course.
  • Given the high demand for this course, please thoroughly and thoughtfully address the questions on the application form at the following link.

Application to Advanced Online Course Design and Development

  • Applicants who are accepted into the course will be asked to obtain your department/program head’s signature on the participant agreement at the following link:

Participation Agreement for Advanced Online Course Design and Development Course

Questions?

Email any questions you may have about the Advanced course to Ann Jensen at aj14@txstate.edu or call (512) 245-2632.