As with planning a traditional course, there are numerous areas of focus for a department and faculty to consider when planning for online delivery, including:
- Goals and Motivation
- How broadly are you considering: content, courses, or entire online programs?
- What are some of your motivations for producing online content/courses/programs?
- Have you identified the audience, market segment, or enrollment potential?
- Is the potential market reinforced by local industry or other commercial support (i.e., will employers pay for employees to take the course or program)?
- Identifying Course or Program Alignment
- Lower division
- Lower division GE course
- Upper division
- Course Approval Issues
- Is this a new or an existing course?
- Does it require Senate or EPC approval?
- Are there implications for WASC or other accreditation agencies?
- Non-credit bearing
- Delivery Term
- Regular academic year
- Student Population
- Non-matriculated students
- Course Models and Formats
- Primary method of instruction (e.g., full-length video lectures)
- Communication strategies (synchronous vs. asynchronous)
- Assessment and testing modes
- Academic integrity
- Help desk (technical and instructional)
- Course materials (media, textbooks, readers, intellectual property, and copyright)
- Student support
- Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Ownership
- Course features (video, gaming simulations, etc.)
- Platform needs (video conferencing tool, etc.)
- Availability (geographically disperse audience; remote student bandwidth capabilities)
- Production costs
- Development resources
- Dean or organizational leader
- Department chair
- Instructor of record
- TA availability
- Student support
- Levels of support
- Setting expectations
- Market surveys and research