Sally Jamerson, Andi Rehak, Jeani Young
May 15th through June 20th
Are you responsible for creating a new asynchronous online course or revising an existing one?
Will you be teaching that course in the next two semesters?
If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, the Online Course Design and Development Bootcamp may be for you. The Bootcamp is an 8-week intensive, interactive online course offered by the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. It provides
- a structured introduction to online course design theory, research, and practice, including visual design, accessibility, usability, and media use and development.
- weekly assignments where you will create parts of your asynchronous online course and share them with facilitators and peers for feedback and discussion.
- the experience of being an online student in an interactive, asynchronous, online course.
Participants are expected to make active progress on their course development every week, spending 4-5 hours each week on Bootcamp work. By the end of the 8 weeks you should have your course structure, student orientation, syllabus, and 1-2 weeks of your course assignments, instruction, and content completed in a Canvas course site plus a clear plan for completing your course development.
Participants who successfully complete the Bootcamp will earn a Designing an Online Course badge from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.
Frequently Asked Questions:
About me and my course
- Do I need to be full-time faculty? Adjunct faculty are welcome to participate but you need to have the approval of your department to develop or revise an online course. The Bootcamp isn't appropriate for TAs or AIs.
- Do I need to have a real course or can I just make a hypothetical course? You do need to be working on a real course that you will teach within the next two semesters. The Bootcamp fills and has a waitlist of faculty who need to develop or revise a course within the next few months. A participant creating a hypothetical course takes a seat from someone with a hard deadline. If you're interested in a general overview of online course design and development, you may find the Teaching Online Series helpful.
- Does it have to be an asynchronous online course or can it be a flipped course? Your course does need to be an asynchronous online course with no more than one required real-time meeting (in-person or video) per month. Flipped classes and hybrid classes meeting weekly/bi-weekly build community in the physical classroom while much of the Bootcamp is focused on online interaction between students and between students and the instructor. If your course is meeting in real time more than once a month, please feel free to contact the Center for Teaching and Learning and schedule a consultation and we'll be happy to help you individually. We are in the process of putting together something for flipped classes and blended classes meeting weekly/bi-weekly so keep an eye on the Happenings newsletter this fall.
- What if my course is a non-facilitated or self-paced course? Much of the Bootcamp is focused on designing for interaction between students and between students and the instructor. If you have a non-facilitated or self-paced course, please feel free to contact the Center for Teaching and Learning and schedule a consultation and we'll be happy to help you individually.
About the Bootcamp
- Are there any in-person meetings required? There are no in-person meetings. There will be 3 optional video conference meetings which will be recorded for those that cannot attend.
- Do I need any special equipment? Yes, you will need access to a webcam and a microphone (preferably a headset style mic) and a newer computer. Participants will be recording video for two Bootcamp assignments.
- Are there any prerequisites? The “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshop (offered separately in an in-person format) is recommended but not required. The Bootcamp incorporates the Quality Matters rubric and is a good starting point for those interested in developing a course they may want to eventually put forth for Quality Matters review.