Developing and enhancing a quality online course requires a significant commitment of time and resources. North Carolina A&T State University provides the tools and resources you need to develop, enhance, and deliver your distance education courses. Here you will have access to a broad range of faculty services offered by Instructional Technology Services and Distance Education (ITSDE), in cooperation with other University support service areas. Experienced experts actively support online instruction and technologies for new and experienced online faculty. Through workshops, learning communities, consultations with groups and individuals, this dedicated team works with full and part time faculty to enhance skills, introduce online teaching strategies, and leverage the best instructional technologies to enhance online education. Below are the steps needed to develop a new online course or enhance an existing one.

Developing a New Online Course

  • Discuss the course idea with your department chairperson.
  • Submit an Online Course Development Application to the Office of Distance Education.
    • Applications will be evaluated by Instructional Technology Services & Distance Education (ITSDE), in consultation with chairs and deans. Faculty will be notified of decisions within two weeks of application deadline. The faculty member will be required to sign a letter of agreement affirming that he/she will:
        • abide by copyright laws and the university intellectual property policy
        • participate in training and certification as specified by ITSDE
        • meet the deadlines established for that program
        • participate in periodic reviews of the course as specified by ITSDE
  • Partner with ITSDE to design and develop your course.
  • Participate in the N.C. A&T Online Teaching and Course Development Certification Program (Unit 1: Online Teaching; Unit 2: Online Course Development)
  • The course will receive an official certification for online delivery after the course passes a Quality Matters peer review and all developmental activities have been completed.
  • Deliver the course.
  • Revise the course as necessary.

Enhancing an Existing Online Course

  • Online courses which have been previously developed may be submitted for enhancement. (Note: Enhanced courses must be at least 3 years old.)
  • Discuss the course idea with your department chairperson.
  • Submit an Online Course Development Application to the Office of Distance Education.
    • Applications will be evaluated by Instructional Technology Services & Distance Education (ITSDE), in consultation with chairs and deans. Faculty will be notified of decisions within two weeks of application deadline. The faculty member will be required to sign a letter of agreement affirming that he/she will:
        • abide by copyright laws and the university intellectual property policy
        • participate in training and certification as specified by ITSDE
        • meet the deadlines established for that program
        • participate in periodic reviews of the course as specified by ITSDE
  • Partner with ITSDE to design and develop your course.
  • Participate in the N.C. A&T Online Teaching and Course Development Certification Program (Unit 1: Online Teaching; Unit 2: Online Course Development).
  • The course will receive an official certification for online delivery after the course passes a Quality Matters peer review and all enhancement activities have been completed.
  • Deliver the course.
  • Revise the course as necessary.

To inquire about online course development or enhancement, contact Gwen Godard (godardg@ncat.edu or (336) 285-3810).