CNA Logo
Course Login  |   Webmail  |  Live Chat  |  Contact Us

Online Course Development

The online course development process is based on a team approach and faculty who have been awarded a development contract will be fully supported throughout the entire process.

A Brief Overview of the Process

New course development and course redevelopment is generally completed in four stages.

Stage I: Preliminary Stage
In consultation with the various Deans, the Chair of Distributed Learning determines what new courses are to be developed. A faculty member is contracted from a pre-determined eligibility list, an advisory committee is selected to provide feedback at key points in the process, and an Instructional Design team is assigned to guide the developer through the rest of the process.

Stage II: Planning Stage
Once the development contract has been returned, the Instructional Designer assigned will meet with the Developer to determine how best to achieve the goals and objectives of the course. A course matrix is used to help align the learning objectives, learning activities, content to be presented, and assessment items. The matrix can also be used to identify strategies and tools best suited to accomplish each objective and to identify any additional media required. A timeline for completion as well as a regular weekly meeting schedule (via telephone or webconference) will be established to help ensure timely completion.

Stage III: Production Stage
Once the planning stage has been completed, the production stage can begin. Using word processing software, the Developer prepares the course content and submits it via email to the assigned Instructional Designer. The material is reviewed and feedback and suggestions are made. The Instructional Designer is responsible for converting the submitted material to an approved online format and for uploading it into the learning management system used by the College - Brightspace (D2L). At various points throughout the process, the course advisory committee is asked to review the content and to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Stage IV: Post-Production
This stage allows time for making adjustments/revisions if necessary. Once satisfied that the course has been developed to an acceptable standard, the Instructional Designer notifies the Instructional Design Specialist who then conducts a final quality review of the course and notifies the Chair that the course has been completed so that payment can be issued.

Course revisions follow a similar process but are often completed by qualified faculty members who have less than a full workload assigned or who are on recall.

View a graphical representation of our Course Development Process (PDF 994KB) to get a better sense of what happens at each stage and where support is provided.

Questions about the Online Course Development Process

Click on the + / - in the title bar below to open / close

I have a full load on campus. Am I eligible to apply for DL Development?

Yes. However, if there are qualified instructors who are at less than full load or on recall, those people will be given first opportunity

Will I be able to teach the DL course I develop?

Yes. Instructors who develop DL courses are given the right of first refusal on the first offering of the course. On subsequent course offerings, qualified instructors who are at less than full load or on recall will be given first opportunity

Is training provided?

Yes. We provide direct, hands-on training to every DL Developer. An Instructional Designer is assigned to each developer and DL provides an ongoing supportive environment throughout the course development process

What is the timeframe? Are there deadlines?

As part of the development discussion, we will agree upon a target development deadline. DL staff will work with you to plan and to achieve your development goals.

For more information about how to become involved in the course development process, please contact your School Dean.