Online Course Development Process | Digital Learning Office

The new online course development process will consist of three main stages:

  1. Course planning and design
  2. Course development and construction
  3. Examinations and course reviews

Each step is explained in detail below.

Course planning and design

To begin with, the course development team will meet to initiate the development process. At this meeting, members will develop and agree on a communication plan, define roles and responsibilities and determine the project timeline. This meeting will include a review of the online course development process and a discussion of the class to be developed.

Then the Faculty Course Developer (FCD) will complete the online course development training and start working on their course planning and design. Note that FCDs must complete training within the academic year of the start of their course development. At this point, the DCF will finalize the learning outcomes of the courses and modules; create and use a course map to design and align course content with course objectives; and determine the main duties, assessments and overall strategies for content delivery, instructional activities and assessment.

Course development and construction

Once the DCF has completed the initial planning and training with the help of its course development team, the DCF will begin to develop the course material. This will include the following:

  • Develop the course curriculum using the university curriculum template
  • Write material for a weekly overview (weekly welcome, learning outcomes, task list)
  • Determine external reading / visualization assignments / weekly roadmaps
  • Plan assignments / evaluations
  • Write course materials / scenarios
  • Record course videos

Note that these elements can be developed externally (for example, in MS Word or Google Docs) and then transferred to WebCampus, or the FCD can choose to create materials directly in WebCampus. Your course development team can explain the differences between these approaches and help you find the one that’s right for you.

Once the course materials have been planned and designed, the DCF will start building the course in WebCampus. This will include:

  • Creation of the course home page
  • Creation of the orientation section Getting started / Start here / Course information
  • Loading the accessible course program
  • Creation of content pages such as module presentation, reading and viewing assignments, lectures and conclusions
  • Upload course videos to the course website and deploy them to the appropriate places
  • Configuration of all assessments and assessments with the WebCampus assignment tools
  • Organization of WebCampus files and upload or link to externally produced resources (PDF, multimedia, documents)
  • Liaise between course and editing / homework material managers (as needed)
  • Provide a list of electronic reserves to librarians to upload to the course site
  • Check the entire finished product to make sure it meets all academic standards for digital education before asking their instructional designer to do so

Don’t worry: the Office of Digital Learning will provide a customizable template for the course structure, content pages, and the various activities and assignments you can use to guide your development.

Examinations and course reviews

Once the DCF has built its course in WebCampus, the Instructional Designer will undertake an informal review of the course to ensure that academic standards for digital learning have been met. If there are any areas where the course does not meet established standards, the Instructional Designer will work with the DCF to revise the course. Once the Instructional Designer determines that the course passes the informal review, the Digital Learning Quality Assurance Manager will conduct the formal review of the course. Once the course has passed the official exam, it will be given the green light to be offered.

To note: If a course does not pass the official exam, it can still be offered in the target semester, but will need to undergo revisions to meet all academic standards for digital education before it can be scheduled in the future.


If you would like to learn more about the new online course development process or have any questions, please contact the Office of Digital Learning.

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