Online Course Development Program

2021-22 Cal State LA
Online Course Development Program

Please Note: This page is for informational purposes only.
The Fall 2021 program is now CLOSED for nominations from the deans. Program will open again at the end of Fall term 2021.
If you are a faculty member interested in the program for Spring 2022, please discuss with your department chair and dean's office. 

Introduction

Cal State LA faculty and students are asking for more online and hybrid courses. Academic Affairs has received many questions from faculty and departments about how the campus can expand quality offerings quickly. To meet this demand, the University is prepared to support colleges and faculty in developing and teaching fully online courses.

Fall 2021 Online Course Development Program

Deadline for Deans to submit rankings is Friday, September 3, 2021.
Program begins September 29, 2021.

Nominations Process for Deans

Colleges shall nominate courses to the program. Deans should email their ranked recommendations to the Office of Planning and Budget (Use the provided Deans’ Checklist and College Course Priority List spreadsheet to prioritize courses).

Overview of Program Options

Deans shall also name faculty associated with the courses to be designed. The University is offering three flexible options instructors can choose from. Deans shall ask their faculty to select one of the following:

Option 1 – CETL’s Online Course Development Program

Colleges should choose this option if the instructor requests extensive assistance with their course redesign. This option provides step-by-step CETL guidance, including CETL instructional design feedback on course alignment and module/lesson planning and development.

Please see the Option 1 section below for complete details.

Option 2 - Quality Matters Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop

Colleges should choose this option for instructors who have an existing remote/hybrid/online course and need minimal support to make improvements to a course. Through this workshop, instructors will confirm whether the course meets quality online standards.

Please see the Option 2 section below for complete details.

Option 3 - Quality Matters Preparatory Review

Colleges should choose this option if the instructor wants to bypass any training and support options, has developed and taught fully online courses prior to the pandemic, and is confident that their redesigned course already meets quality online standards.

More information is available on the QM Preparatory Review may be found here.

Program Options Details

Option 1 – CETL’s Online Course Development Program

Option 1 OCDP program cohort runs September 29, 2021 - February 2, 2022, and takes 16 weeks to complete.

This program is for instructors who prefer step-by-step CETL guidance with the design and build of a course, including CETL instructional design feedback on a preliminary course build.

Step 1: Required Prerequisites

  1. The course must be approved by the department for online delivery (either approved in Curriculog or submitted through the expedited Form 1A Hybrid/Online Approval for Certified Courses)
  2. The instructor should have completed the CETL TECH certificate, Alt-Instruction certificate, or Teaching with Technology pathway (Pathway 1 of the TEACH program).

Step 2: Online Course Development Workshops

In this intensive 16-week program, the CETL team will cover the planning, design, and development of a fully online course in five sequential workshops with firm deadlines. Throughout the program instructors will collaborate with the cohort and experience what it is like to take a fully online program. At the conclusion of the Online Development program, the faculty member will have planned, mapped, and built at least 5 weeks (or lessons/modules) of a course. 

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Name Weeks Start Date End Date

Introduction to Teaching Online Workshop

1 9/29/21 10/05/21

Alignment Online Workshop

Plus Objectives Webinar* (attend one, 1-hr. session). Register Here for the Objectives Webinar.

  • Fri. 10/8/21, 1:30 PM
  • Mon. 10/11/21, 11:30 AM
  • Fri. 10/15/21, 1:30 PM
  • Mon. 10/18/21, 11:30 AM
  • Fri. 10/22/21, 1:30 PM
  • Mon. 10/25/21, 11:30 AM

*Tentative webinar dates and times. 

2 10/06/21 10/26/21

Course Mapping Online Workshop

6 week duration does not include Thanksgiving or Winter Breaks

Plus Accessible Instructional Materials Webinar (attend one, 1.5-hr. session).

Register Here for the Accessible Instructional Materials Webinar.

  • Wed. 11/10/21, 11:30 AM
  • Thur. 11/17/21, 2 PM
  • Thur. 11/18/21, 11:30AM

 

6 10/27/21 1/21/21

Course Building Online Workshop

3 1/12/21 2/1/21

Step 3: To earn the stipend: Dean recommends the course following peer review.

After successful completion of the Online Course Development Program, instructors continue developing the remainder of the online course. Once the full course has been built in Canvas, the course is submitted for campus peer review. A team of two Cal State LA faculty who are QM-trained peer reviewers will review your course, apply QM standards, and provide feedback and recommendations to the dean on how well the course meets select QM rubric standards (e.g., informal QM review).

Instructors understand they must submit a completed online course which is given feedback through a campus peer review. The Dean makes the final decisions that the course meets the quality standards and earns the $3000 stipend from the college. 

Option 2 – Attend the Quality Matters Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop

Option 2 Quality Matters IYOC runs October 4 - October 24, 2021, and takes 3 weeks to complete.

Option 2 is for instructors who have already designed a fully online course, have completed previous training at another institution, or feel confident enough to independently design and build a new fully online course.

Step 1: Required prerequisites

  1. The course must be approved by the department for online delivery (either approved in Curriculog or submitted through the expedited Form 1A Hybrid/Online Approval for Certified Courses).
  2. The instructor should have completed the CETL TECH certificate, Alt-Instruction certificate, or Teaching with Technology pathway (Pathway 1 of the TEACH program).
  3. The instructor must have a pre-built fully online course ready before registering in the workshop.

Step 2: Complete QM’s IYOC workshop

Complete the QM workshop, Improving Your Online Course (IYOC).  

Improving Your Online Course (QM Workshop Description)

The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop provides an overview of the QM Rubric and the QM peer review process. Participants in QM’s “Improving Your Online Course” workshop complete a QM self-review of the participant’s existing fully online or hybrid course.  Participants apply all 23 essential (3-point) standards to their course and develop a final course improvement plan.  Participants should plan to spend 5-8 hours a week in this fully online 3-week workshop.

Participants must have a pre-built online course before enrolling in this workshop.

For workshop description, please see QM’s Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) webpage. For informational purposes only. Faculty, please do not register for the workshop via this link. Your department and dean's office must nominate you. Registration will be arranged on your behalf. 

Step 3: To earn the stipend: Dean recommends the course following peer review.

After successful completion of QM’s IYOC using a pre-built fully online course, and making any necessary adjustments to the course, the course is submitted for campus peer review. Submit your course for campus peer review. A team of two Cal State LA faculty who are QM-trained peer reviewers will review your course, apply QM standards, and provide feedback and recommendations to the dean on how well the course meets select QM rubric standards (e.g., informal QM review).

Instructors understand they must submit a completed online course which is given feedback through a campus peer review. The Dean makes the final decisions that the course meets the quality standards and earns the $3000 stipend from the college.

Option 3 – Quality Matters Preparatory Review

The QM Preparatory Review process has no deadline. However, faculty must submit a fully developed online course for review and should be well-versed using the Quality Matters Course Design Rubric Standards.

Faculty selecting Option 3 have already designed a fully online course using Quality Matters standards; this course is ready for immediate preparatory review. Instructors will be well versed in the QM (6th edition) Course Design Rubric Standards—the set of 8 general and 42 specific review criteria which will be used to evaluate the design of the submitted online course. All faculty submitting to Option 3 should have completed DOC, OR one of the following Quality Matters online courses: APPQMR or IYOC (Improving Your Online Course). Therefore, Option 3 faculty require no additional training or CETL support, such as consultations.

When the instructor is ready, the course is submitted for Quality Matters Preparatory Review. The course will be reviewed outside of Cal State LA by a QM-certified Master peer reviewer who is a subject matter expert in the course or course’s discipline. QM Preparatory reviews are managed by Quality Matters, a national non-profit organization. The cost for a preparatory review is $350 (billed to college).  The master reviewer will review the course, apply all QM standards, and provide feedback and recommendations to the dean on how well the course meets all 42 QM rubric standards (e.g., preparatory QM review).

Instructors understand they must submit their completed course which passes Quality Matters Preparatory Review which is recommended to the dean to earn a $3000 stipend from the college.

More information is available on the QM Preparatory Review process may be found here.

To earn the stipend: Dean recommends the course following preparatory review.

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Course Development

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What is the difference between a remote instruction course and a fully online course?

Please see this table for a general comparison of remote instruction vs. fully online courses.

I would like to develop an online course. What should I do first?

Curricular decisions about online courses should be discussed with department faculty, chairs, and associate deans. Communicate with your department to determine whether offering the course online is aligned with student demand and departmental curricular needs. There may be some courses that should not be offered only (100%) online. The department should consider potential impacts on WSCUC accreditation and on groups of students, including veterans and international students, who cannot take online courses due to various financial aid and other restraints.

My department agrees the course should be offered online/hybrid - what is the curricular approval process for online and hybrid courses?

As with all modifications to existing courses, the proposal to offer the course online should be submitted through Curriculog and approved at department and college levels before being sent out for consultation and approved by EPC. 

What criteria should departments and colleges use to review proposed online courses? 

Departments and colleges are encouraged to develop their own guidelines. They can also consult the Guidelines for Technologically Mediated Courses policy to help them evaluate whether a proposal to offer an online/hybrid course should be approved. 

If I have submitted a course for review this term, when will it be available to be put on the course schedule?  

Courses that moved through college committees and were approved by the EPC by October 20, 2021, will be in the catalog and GET for Fall 2022 scheduling (which begins early November 2021).  See:  https://www.calstatela.edu/undergraduatestudies/resources-curriculum

That’s too late! My department wants to offer this course online in Spring 2022.

To meet anticipated student need for online courses in Spring 2022, Undergraduate Studies has created an expedited process for allowing some courses to be offered (on a one-time basis) online or hybrid until they can go through the next available curricular cycle for formal approval. As long as the faculty member teaching the course has completed DOC or QM training, they can submit the request to be approved by the department chair and the associate dean for approval. The deadline for expedited requests for spring 2022 is June 15, 2021. The deadline for expedited requests for fall 2022 is October 10, 2021. The request form (Form 1A Hybrid/Online Approval for Certified Courses) may be found at: https://calstatela.curriculog.com/approval-processes (you must first log into Curriculog to view this form).


What if I have been teaching a course online or hybrid but it is not officially designated as such on GET and in the catalog? Can I keep doing this? 

Every department should review its courses to make sure that the mode of instruction is aligned with what is reflected in the catalog or GET. If it is not, see answers to the previous two questions.  If the faculty has gone through DOC or Quality Matters training, they can follow the same one-time exception process as above.

How will the University support faculty during this period of development and review?  

There are multiple paths available to faculty and departments in their efforts to design and offer online courses that that meet proven quality standards. See Overview of Program Options above.

Note that university policy does not require that faculty complete one of these options in order to develop or teach online courses. These are provided to support faculty in course and pedagogy development. It is up to the individual College and faculty to establish criteria for online course quality.

How can the University assist with this? 

There are several ways Colleges can help ensure that 100% online courses are designed with proven quality standards:

For AY 21-22, faculty members who go through CETL’s Online Development Program, design a fully online course, and submit the course which successfully passes campus peer review will earn a $3000 stipend from their college. Faculty members who develop an online course outside of DOC and in alignment with Quality Matters standards and successfully passes a QM review process will receive $3000 stipend (See Overview of Program Options below) from their college.

Peer Review: Faculty experienced in online teaching who train to become QM-certified peer reviewers will review the course and provide guidance as to whether the course meets QM rubric standards to help ensure student success. Those faculty peer reviewers will receive $350 per course and act in a consultative capacity. 

*Please note due to AB 386, since the Fall of 2015, all courses listed as fully online in GET and the schedule of classes will automatically be part of the CSU system’s Concurrent Enrollment Program. This allows any other CSU student to register for a fully online course at any other CSU campus. 

What will be reviewed in a QM Preparatory Review?

A QM Preparatory Review uses a QM-certified Master peer reviewer who is a subject matter expert in the course or course’s discipline. QM Preparatory reviews are managed by Quality Matters, a national non-profit organization. The submitted course will be reviewed using all 42 QM Specific Review Standards. A final report will list feedback, recommendations, and final rubric score. 

What will be reviewed in a campus peer review?

A campus peer review will use a team of two Cal State LA faculty who are QM-trained peer reviewers.  Campus reviews will be managed by the campus QM coordinator.  The submitted course will be reviewed using a subset of QM Specific Review Standards that will verify course alignment, course organization and structure, proper assessment and learner interaction, and accessibility of instructional materials.  A final report will list feedback, recommendations, and final rubric score. If any rubric standard lacks a consensus (met vs not met) by the two reviewers, the QM coordinator will make a final determination on whether the course meets that particular standard(s).  

More Questions?

Please contact the following people with additional questions.

For questions about curriculum and Curriculog contact Dr. Margaret Garcia in Undergraduate Studies at [email protected]

For questions about nominating courses and faculty contact your college Dean. Deans shall submit their recommendations to Academic Affairs Office of Planning and Budget no later than May 25, 2021.

For questions about Quality Matters or CETL programming contact CETL at [email protected]

For questions about becoming a QM Peer Reviewer contact the campus’ Quality Matters Coordinator, Dr. Beverly Bondad-Brown at [email protected]

For questions about Online Course Development Stipends contact your college’s resource manager:

A&L: Jane Sindayen, [email protected]

CBE: Tom Chavez, [email protected]

CCOE: Rosa Cessna, [email protected]

ECST: Chris Lam, [email protected]

College of Ethnic Studies: Interim Associate Dean Trinh Pham, [email protected]

HHS: Tara Herman, [email protected]  

Library: Associate Dean Marla Peppers, [email protected]

NSS: Tommy Luong, [email protected]

PaGE: Donny Hua, [email protected]