Online Course and Program Development

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We collaborate with instructors and units who want to:  

    • develop a plan for professional development for online instructors,
    • engage faculty with tools and resources for teaching online,
    • assess feasibility, costs, and marketing approaches during pre-development phase,
    • articulate and develop unit-level approaches for strategic online course offerings, and
    • foster networks across the University of Minnesota to deepen online learning experiences.
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Professional Development for Teaching Online

CEI and its partners offer webinars, multi-week programs, and self-paced resources for instructors and TAs who are interested in adding skills in online course design and instruction.

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Developing Courses

When developing a new online course or converting a face-to-face course online at the University of Minnesota, there are a number of steps to follow and considerations to be made. Resources to help you get started:


Developing Programs

As you consider adding an online program, learn more about conducting a needs assessment, getting academic approval, and associated regulations. Once the program has been developed, there are ways to list and promote the program.

Resources for Students

Support students learning online by referring them to the following resources:

  • Learning Online 101 is a self-paced course that instructors can assign to students to better prepare them for technical and academic success in online and hybrid courses.
  • Learn Online is the companion quick reference website that provides students with information on learning tools, learning tips, supporting student success, and health & wellbeing.
  • Coursera for Minnesota gives University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty on all campuses free access to more than 2,000 Coursera courses and specializations from over 70 universities.

Refer students to research licensure and certification when considering educational programs and help students address complaints with academic programs and institutions.