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Foundations of Online Course Design and Development

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

  1. Foundations of Online Course Design and Development
  2. Advanced Online Course Design and Development (covers Foundations content and assignments)

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

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.

Prerequisite

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

Schedule

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 2017:
    • Meet on campus: Wed 8/16, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Wed 8/23, 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Thu 8/31, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Meet online: Fri 9/8, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
    • Meet on campus: Fri 9/15, noon – 4 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Spring 2018:
    • 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.
    • Meet on campus: Fri 2/9, noon– 4 p.m. (lunch provided)

2-Week Summer Format

  • May 21 - June 1, 2018
    • Meet on campus: Mon 5/21, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
    • Meet on campus: Thu 5/24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)
    • Meet online: Tue 5/29, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Meet on campus: Fri 6/1, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • July 9 - 20, 2018
    • Meet on campus: Mon 7/9, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
    • Meet on campus: Thu 7/12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)
    • Meet online: Tue 7/17, 10 – 11:30 a.m
    • Meet on campus: Fri 7/20, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

How to Apply

Spring 2018

  • Application Timeframe: 9/5/17 to 9/29/17
  • Application Due Date: 9/29/17
  • Notification Date: 10/13/17

May or July 2018

  • Application Timeframe: 1/16/18 to 2/9/18
  • Application Due Date: 2/9/18
  • Notification Date: 3/2/18

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 to Foundations of Online Course Design and Development

Questions?

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