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Welcome to the Development Cycle page. This page describes the development cycle that the Instructional Design group in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Design (CTLD) offers to MSU Denver instructors.
While the above is a general list, we partner with faculty members on each course design project to collaboratively design a development strategy that uniquely fits their needs. Additional details are available below.
Participation in the course development cycle is intended for either existing courses that will undergo review and revision or brand new courses that are being developed for the first time. Course development cycles occur twice a year (fall or spring semester). The purpose of the course development cycle is to increase the quality of online courses in aspects of instructor presence, alignment of materials with course goals, accessible course content, and more. The “quality” of a course is determined during final audits at the end of the cycle (PROCES, Quality Matters, accessibility, and quality control). PROCES is a set of course design standards developed by a committee of MSU Denver faculty. A copy of the standards can be provided to instructors at the beginning of the development cycle.
Within a development cycle you can expect on-going support from an assigned Instructional Design team including experts in both instructional design and instructional media throughout the process. The development cycle begins with you attending an initial kickoff meeting with your ID and IDM to discuss goals, responsibilities, and a schedule for the project. Throughout the cycle, you as the subject matter expert are responsible for sourcing, creating, and selecting content for the course. The ID and IDM provide support for you throughout this process. Generally, you can expect to attend a one-hour weekly meeting with your ID and spend at least 5 hours a week on developing your course. Some tasks include the following:
Please refer to the Instructional Design and Instructional Media sections lower on this page for details about the responsibilities of the ID and IDM.
The ID and IDM for each project will work closely with you to set a development schedule for tasks and materials to encourage the project to be completed by the end of the cycle. Unfortunately, due to demand, the development of a course cannot be extended past the development deadline.
At the end of the cycle, each course will go through several audits including accessibility, Quality Matters, PROCES standards (MSU Denver specific), and quality control. You will also have the opportunity to view the course in its entirety and provide feedback. The ID for each project will shepherd the course through reviews and serve as a main line of communication to you during remediation of content. While IDs will provide recommendations based on review feedback, the final decisions about content remain with you.
When the cycle concludes, the ID will copy the newly created course into a Canvas shell of your choosing. In addition, you will also receive a detailed final report summarizing the course development.
Please Note: Course Development Agreement Completion
Instructors participating in a course development will sign a course development agreement with the Office of Online Learning for the duration of the development cycle. Final courses will be reviewed by the PROCES committee to determine if the developed course meets the required criteria (QM standards, PROCES standards, Accessibility criteria, etc.).
The CTLD offers a wide variety of collaborative course design services as part of the development cycle. The Instructional Designer (ID) assigned to the course will serve as project manager and design expert, supporting you with your project. You will have a set amount of the ID’s time to “spend” on instructional design services (covered more in the paragraph below).
While some of the tasks are built into the cycle (development schedule, accessibility, end-of-cycle reviews), each project will have a budget of tokens (one token = one hour of time) for services. This empowers you to be in charge of how to spend project time, and prioritize efforts to fit your needs.
The use of the project tokens will be determined in conference with you. There is a broad range of tasks that you may choose to take advantage of. This includes support with reviewing course learning objectives to ensure they are clear, specific, measurable, and aligned to the course. Other course development services include supporting you in developing content, instructor presence, activities, learner interaction, and assessments. IDs are also available to provide Canvas training or resources (tutorials, how-to contact support) so that you will feel confident maintaining the course for years to come.
Each course is also assigned an Instructional Media Developer with an additional media token budget. You can work with the IDM to develop a variety of multimedia items for your course.
A 2-3 minute video introducing yourself to your students, covering such topics as your background, education, hobbies, what you like about the course, and more.
A 3-5 minute video that introduces students to the course. This video typically covers the course topic at an introductory level, an overview of the course structure, course expectations, and more.
Several 2-3 minute videos where you welcome students to each module and introduce them to the main topic of that module, as well as expectations and objectives.
A video (usually 7-10 minutes or longer, broken into multiple parts) covering content from the course. Lectures typically consist of a visual aid with a voiceover or the instructor presenting and explaining material in front of a camera.
A video that gives a step-by-step walkthrough of an assignment or task. Videos may include graphics and accessible language to further highlight content.
Some examples of graphics may include instructional infographics and decorative module banners within the course.
The IDM may also offer Do-It-Yourself training, where the IDM provides one-on-one training services (such as lighting, home recording, accessible PPTs) with you. There are also a limited number of travel kits (stand, mini microphone) that you may borrow for at-home recordings.
If you have multimedia from a previous course that you’d like to include in your new course, the IDM can work with you to review and remediate issues such as: accessibility concerns, outdated sections, audio/video issues, etc.