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Steps to Offering a Blended/Online Course

Timeline

Step 1: Plan for the Course

  • The course must be an existing TCNJ course that has already been vetted for learning outcomes and content.  The instructor should review the course’s learning outcomes to ensure that these can be achieved via a blended or online format.
  • The instructor must consult with his/her host department prior to requesting the blended or online course.
  • The instructor must participate in training through the Office of Instructional Design before developing the course. Training can be expedited for faculty with previous experience.
  • If you are a faculty member who has already gone through The Office of Instructional Design’s BL/OL Course Development program, you do not need to be trained again but you do need to go through an approval process and submit a timeline for the subsequent courses. Please email Judi Cook to obtain the form, which requires the signature of your dean and department chair.

Step 2: Complete the Course Request Form

  • Complete the BL-OL Request Form (available on request by emailing Judi Cook). The form requires three signatures:  instructor, department chair, and dean.
  • You will be contacted within 48 hours (M-F) by the Office of Instructional Design to confirm your request.

Step 3: Meet with the Office of Instructional Design

  • All instructors will meet with a representative from the Office of Instructional Design at the start of the development process to map out a plan and timeline for course development.
  • After the initial meeting and when a timeline is agreed upon, the course will be “open” in PAWS at the request of the Office of Instructional Design and in consultation with the academic department.

Step 4: Develop the Course

  • All blended and online courses should be developed to meet the standards outlined in the Quality Matters Rubric 5th edition. Visit our help pages for details on how to access the QM website for self-review.
  • The Office of Instructional Design and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are available to assist you with the creation of course content. For assistance, contact the Office of Instructional Design.

Step 5: Submit the Course for Review

  • All instructors will complete a self-review using the Quality Matters rubric that will be sent to the Office of Instructional Design to initiate the final review stage. This Quality Matters video explains how to conduct a self review.
  • Final review will include a meeting with a representative from the Office of Instructional Design.

 

Deadlines for Course Review Submission

  • ONLINE COURSES MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR REVIEW (STEP 5) 3 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE.
  • BLENDED COURSES MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR REVIEW (STEP 5) 1 MONTH PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE.