Online Course Development


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USC Aiken Online Course Development Overview

In an effort to meet USC Aiken's distance learning course development needs, the Office of Distance Learning has compiled resources, templates, quality assurance, and best practice strategies to help you start your online course planning. 

The Office of Distance Learning will help you:

  • determine an appropriate mix of technologies for course development and facilitation,
  • develop high-quality online course content based on best practices,
  • employ assessment tools for educational outcomes,
  • provide pedagogical advice on teaching methods,
  • provide consultations on how and when to include technologies to improve instructional strategies,
  • develop skills in using various technologies (Blackboard, Lecture capture, Video chat, multimedia, etc.),
  • design instructional activities, and
  • ensure compliance with copyright and accessibility.

Introduction to Online Course Development at USC Aiken

Are you curious about the process for online course development? Please review the following resources to get an overview, then follow the links on the left panel to review the various resources provided to you for online course development.

Another valuable resource to use in developing online courses can be referenced on the USC Columbia's Distributed Learning Toolbox web page. Other information you can reference include accessibility, course design models, learning objectives, open educational resources, quality assurance, assessments, best practices, active learning, student engagement, tools and technology, journals, newsletters, etc.

Preparing for Online Course Development

As you prepare for the development of your online course, ponder the following:

  1. Contact an instructional designer and start having conversations about how to get started building content for online learning.
  2. Discover your online teaching philosophy and teaching model.
  3. Think about ways to translate your classroom instructional strategies to online instructional strategies.
  4. Understand the Quality Matters rubric for online/hybrid course development and delivery in an effort to adhere to quality control.
  5. Developing an online course is a very work intensive learning experience and you will must be willing to learn and improve your skills in Blackboard and Online Pedagogy.
  6. Be able to clearly articulate your instructions, expectations, and how you will assess your online students.
  7. Evaluate and revise to improve your course each semester.
  8. Continue professional development in online/hybrid pedagogy.
  9. Collaborate with seasoned professionals to remain abreast of the latest trends and issues.
  10. Peer mentor each other.