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Planning an online course program

You have been assigned to teach an online course, how do you get started? 

UTSA is a Quality Matters member, and our goal as an institution is to deliver quality and accessible online courses that meet national standards that ensure an effective learning experience. As a UTSA Faculty, you can create your Quality Matters account and access numerous resources for designing your course.  

The Office of Digital Learning will also support you through different processes to deliver the best online teaching and learning experience for you and your students. 

Your course is part of a special initiative 

Every semester UTSA leadership identifies courses that need to be offered in the online format to satisfy student needs. In the past, our Instructional Design and Development team has helped cohorts of instructors create online core curriculum courses, or wait listed courses that have never been offered online.

Your department chair will notify you if your course belongs to this category. The design and development process for your course is structured into 5 major milestones: 

Kick-off Meeting

  • Course Interview: your assigned Instructional Designer will review with you the course characteristics, your teaching style and student needs. (FORM)
  • Cohort meeting: you will meet with other faculty involved in the same initiative to create a Community of Practice and share resources, best practices and lessons learned.
  • Teaching Online Academy
  • MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)

Course Blueprint

  • Syllabus
  • Schedule
  • Technology Assessment

Module Prototype

  • Module Planning (FORM)
  • Instructor Presence Strategy (Videos)

Module Development

  • Intermediate Checkpoint 25%
  • Intermediate Checkpoint 50%
  • Intermediate Checkpoint 75%
  • Final Checkpoint 100%

Course Sign-Off

  • Course Management Strategies
  • Certificate of completion for Teaching Online Academy
  • Personalized Plan for Faculty Professional Development