What is Course Development?

eLearning offers course development consulting, workshops, and other services. Course Development is a campus-wide initiative for developing and/or enhancing online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses and may also be applied to refreshing current courses. The emphasis is on quality course design, effective use of teaching and learning strategies and technologies, faculty support and enrichment, and student support and learning engagement. In addition, eLearning services and course developers consult faculty and answer faculty and student course-specific questions when these questions are escalated from the Help Desk.

Course Development Services:

  • One-on-one consultations and workshops (for all modalities):
    • Quality instructional design
    • Efficient and effective use of teaching strategies and technology tools
    • Integration of new media and digital resources
  • Blended and Online Learning:
    • Design and development of online and blended programs and courses
    • Coordination with the Academic Achievement Center, the Library, Advising, the Help Desk, and other departments to enhance blended and online student support services
  • Faculty Support and Enrichment:
    • Workshops and webinars about best practices in teaching methodologies
    • Teaching and Learning with Technology Award
    • Scholarship of teaching and learning assistance
    • Grant searching and collaboration assistance

Course Development Community:

eLearning Course Developers are liaisons between the four colleges and the university academic programs. eLearning Course Developers work in collaboration with The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), The University Assessment Committee, Research Support Services (RSSC), and other university departments. Examples of coordinated efforts with the CTL include workshops on common strategies such as active and collaborative learning or problem-based learning and technologies such as Blackboard tools, Google Hangouts, Collaborate, and Tablet PC tools. For example, alignment with the University Assessment Committee can be seen in the design of courses according to program assessment objectives and outcomes. Additional examples of alignment with the RSSC include: encouraging the dissemination of TLT Award narratives, assisting faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and assisting in grant searching and collaboration. All of this works together to create a community of Lawrence Technological University practitioners who are focused on quality teaching and learning.