Distance Education: Extended Campus / Center for Professional Studies

Online Course Development Process:

At a minimum of 12 weeks prior to the start of the course:

1. Agency/Developer makes initial contact with the Center for Professional Studies (CPS) and Extended Campus (EXG). CPS or EXG will contact the requestor, provide access to the required forms, and request payment with receipt of the forms

2. The developer will also submit a copy of the syllabus for the proposed online course. This syllabus will be subject to the standard syllabus review process to include review by the Director of Extended Campus, approval by the Program Chair (EXG only), approval by the Department Chair (EXG only) and approval by the Dean.

3. Developer completes and gets departmental and/or program chair signatures before submitting the Distance Learning Course Development Proposal form. The form is then reviewed and approved or denied by either the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education or the Dean of Education.

  • This form is required at least 12 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which it will be offered. (EXG/CPS will assist in this step) Form can be accessed at: Development Form

4. Form is forwarded to the Director of Distance Education. At this time the developer makes initial contact with the Director of Distance Education to discuss plans for developing the course.

5. Developer requests a development shell through the Technology online help desk. All EXG and CPS requests must be developed in a development shell.

During the Development (12 weeks prior – 4 weeks prior)

6. Developer works with the Director of Distance Education in the development of his or her online course.

At a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester:

7. Course must be fully developed and ready for review at a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • At this point in time, the developer must submit, with appropriate chair(s) signatures, paperwork for review of the completed course. (Distance Learning Course Initiation form). The form is submitted to the Director of Distance Education.
  • Form can be accessed at: Final Approval Form
  • The Director of Distance Education offers to review course and make suggestions.
  • The developer will grant access to the appropriate parties for final review. Course must ultimately be approved by the following: Department Chair and/or Program Chair and the appropriate Dean.

8. Any required changes and/or edits must be completed one week prior to the course start date. (If the course is not approved by at least two weeks prior to start date it may be cancelled.)

9. Upon faculty request, the Director of Distance Education will conduct a post offering review of a new course being offered for the first time.