The purpose of the Institute is to assist faculty participants in the design or redesign of a course for online delivery. Where possible, courses designed during the Institute are associated with online programs at Utah Tech University. The services of Utah Tech Online are free to faculty members and there is no charge to participate in the Course Design Institute.
Who Can Participate?
The Course Design Institute is intended for faculty who’ve been approved by their Chair to participate.
What Will I Do During the Institute?
In the Institute, faculty will engage with materials and activities provided to assist you in developing an effective online course.
The Institute includes two parts: a fully online, 6-week Course Design portion (asynchronous online course) and a fully online, 6-week Independent Development portion. Both parts are facilitated within Canvas by Utah Tech Online Learning Designers with no required in-person activities.
A synchronous orientation will be held via Zoom on the first day of the Institute.
“The CDI has been great. Lots of work, but I’ve loved the experience overall. Thanks for making it so enjoyable!”
“I came to DSU knowing nothing about Canvas and now I feel like the world is my oyster when it comes to designing online courses … Thanks to all of you for everything you do!”
“I think this is a great course. I really enjoy the ideas that you have given for engaging the students and creating a social presence, as well as ideas on discussion board posts. Thanks for all of your efforts!”
“I am so appreciative for being able to take this course. The facilitation team is impressive, and I am proud to serve on the Trailblazer team with such talent.”
“I greatly appreciate all of the help and thoughtful feedback, the videos included in the modules, and the resources for teaching tools.”
“Thank you for all the help. I appreciate that you all are available and willing to meet when I have questions or need help.”
Course Design (6 Weeks)
The Course Design portion is cohort-based and will include faculty colleagues from across the University. It is organized into weeks, with each week following a consistent schedule and structure to guide participants through the principles, activities, and best practices involved in designing and developing an effective online course. Interactions between Institute participants (including facilitators) will be facilitated via Canvas and other asynchronous tools, with email, zoom meetings or phone used as necessary.
Independent Course Development Workshop (6 weeks)
At the beginning of the second portion of the institute, participants will share a plan for completing the online course they are designing. They will then complete course development on their own with support from Utah Tech Online Learning Designers. At the conclusion of the independent course development portion, participating faculty will submit the completed course within Canvas.
When is the Institute being offered?
The Course Design Institute is generally offered during the Summer semester. Faculty are encouraged to discuss course design needs with their departments chairs, and—if approved by the Chair/Dean—faculty may participate in the session.
How Does the Compensation Work?
Faculty will receive compensation upon completion of a prototype module and course design outline as part of the Course Design portion. The remaining compensation will be paid when the course development is completed.
Faculty compensation will include the following deliverables and activities as outlined below.
|Deliverable / Activity||Compensation|
|Course Design||Completed Module Prototype and Course Design Outline||40% of total|
|Independent Development Workshop||Completed Course Development & Submitted for Review||40% of total|
|Review / Revision||Meets Utah Tech Best Practices for Online Teaching||20% of total|
|Total Design & Development Compensation||100%|
Who can answer my questions about the Institute?
Questions regarding the Institute, including course development compensation, should be directed to: