What We Offer
Our Course Development Process
We focus on student outcomes first. Once learning objectives have been set, they are used as a guide for the remaining processes.
Step 1: Plan—Where do we start?
Prior to putting a course online, instructors meet with a UNCG Online team of curriculum designers, web designers, programmers, and multimedia specialists to discuss the instructional design of a course. The planning process is simple:
- First, define and refine student outcomes.
- Second, design assessment opportunities that align with student outcomes.
- Third, determine the content (text, images, video, readings, learning objects) that will help students complete assessments in order to achieve learning outcomes successfully.
Throughout the process, each UNCG Online team member is available to the instructor as a consultant on his or her area of expertise.
Step 2: Develop—Who does what?
Based on the pre-development discussions, instructors and UNCG Online staff begin creating the course:
- As content experts, instructors write content, assessments and instructions, and rubrics.
- Curriculum designers then prepare the content for learning objects, multimedia scripts, or simply as online text.
- Web designers create a vibrant site design, which is reviewed by the instructors.
- Once the instructor decides on the design, programmers format the course site, add functionality, and prepare the online course.
- As needed, multimedia specialists help bring content to life by re-envisioning content as video or audio, with captions.
Step 3: Test—Does it work?
Courses are completed ahead of launch to allow time for the important work of testing course functionality, reviewing ADA compliance, and ensuring the course meets Quality Matters standards. Instructional designers will also help instructors familiarize themselves with the completed course and prepare the course for its first offering.
Step 4: Evaluate—Is it effective and up-to-date?
With each offering of the course, instructors review the course’s effectiveness and its activities on their own and/or with the assistance of course-specific student evaluations. Instructors update the course content after their review and can request UNCG Online maintenance support if needed.