A "new" online course is defined as not currently being listed in the KSU course catalog, or an existing course that has been taught face-to-face but never offered online.
There are three classifications of â€œonlineâ€ courses: V1, V2, and V3.
The course must be delivered exactly as advertised and listed in the banner registration system and KSU course catalog.
Yes, whether you intend to develop an online course without or with university help you must first seek approval if you intend to offer a V1, V2, or V3 online course:
Plan on initiating the approval process two semesters in advance of scheduled release date.
NOTE: Use of the Blackboard Learning management system to offer supplemental materials (syllabus, course schedule, readings, web links, videos) in a 100% face-to-face course does not constitute an â€œonlineâ€ course and does not require department, school or OCDE approval. However, your department scheduler will need to â€œturn onâ€ the Bb Learn component of your course.
You will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Continuing and Distance Education (OCDE) assigning a Program Manager to your course. You should also receive an email from the Program Manager to set up a course development meeting.
Please allow 3 business days for a response, then contact the OCDE at 330-672-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developing an online course requires a significant amount of time to plan the curriculum, organize course structure and create content. Whether you are an experienced online course developer converting an existing course, or new to distance education and creating your first course from scratch, you should begin preparation a minimum of one semester prior to scheduled release date.
IMPORTANT: Before any course development can occur, faculty MUST contact their department scheduler and inform them the course will be delivered in Bb Learn. The scheduler will "set the code" to Bb Learn which will create a blank course shell.
The type and amount of help you may receive for developing an online course depends on three factors:
NOTE: Individual courses not associated with a certificate or degree program are most likely not strategic initiative courses, with the exception of TAG (transfer credit) courses. In a case where it is not clear whether a course is part of the strategic initiative, please contact the department chair or dean of your school or college.
If you are developing an online course without any university support, then technically no. However, the OCDE is in the process of implementing university-wide guidelines for creating high-quality online courses based on the Quality MattersTM rubric.
Additional resources for course design can be found in the Course Developer Toolkit on the Online Learning website. Strategic initiative courses will be developed according to the processes detailed by the OCDE in the Online Course Development Guidebook in order to maintain consistency and quality across an entire online degree program.
No. All online courses at Kent State University must be delivered using the Blackboard (Bb) Learn Learning Management system. You have a choice of tools to use within the Bb Learn environment and the ability to use additional Web 2.0 tools outside of it. However, Bb Learn MUST remain the point of entry for the course. Bb Learn contains tools that can be used for fully online, asynchronous and synchronous courses (V1 and V2), as well as Blended (V3) courses and supplemental use in face-to-face courses.
Yes. Submit a ticket to support.kent.edu to request a â€œPractice Bb Learn courseâ€. Visit the Resources for Faculty page on the Blackboard Learn section of the KSU website for video and PDF tutorials.
Though the course goals, learning objectives and content materials may remain the same, the lack of immediacy that exists in an online learning vs. a face-to-face environment requires online instructors to deliver course instruction in a different manner than in a brick and mortar classroom.
Help with the course development process can be found in the Course Developer Toolkit page.
Recommended software applications for creating and delivering course content online are listed on the Online Course Development and Delivery Software page.