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ONLINE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Provide an outstanding online higher education experience anytime, anywhere, with eCampus Center as your partner.

If it’s ONLINE, think of the eCampus Center. The eCampus Center in the Division of Extended Studies, a leader in creativity and innovation, is enthusiastic about helping the university and academic departments provide intentionally selected and carefully designed online degree and certificate programs for adult learners.

To create the personalized educational experience you desire for your online students, we emphasize access and success to ensure our full-support program development model results in the high-quality online programs and services that you are looking for.

ONLINE ACADEMIC PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

To facilitate skillfully designed online degree and certificate programs that are successful for students, faculty, and the department, and competitive in the online market, the eCampus Center guides and supports the 12-month, 3-semester program planning and initial development process.

Throughout the process, faculty, the academic department and the College make key decisions that sculpt the academic program.

This process is designed to ensure that your Boise State program, faculty, courses, and marketing and student recruitment are all well prepared and ready to launch. Student retention and graduation is the focus of all activities.

This full-support model provides . . .

PROGRAM CONCEPT (at least 3-4 months from launch)

  • Exploration: initial exploratory meetings with the academic department and eCampus Center’s teams to gain in-depth program knowledge and to discuss the development process

FEASIBILITY STUDIES AND ANALYSIS

  • Program Definition: Prepare clear program definition and goals, intended audience, degree offered and alignment with institutional goals
  • Market Research: Determine needs and interest of potential student audience, market size and possible pricing
  • Preliminary Budget: Define expenses and funding model, prepare a budget
  • Institutional Readiness: Meet with appropriate campus departments to ensure University readiness for the program. Meet with academic department to determine faculty and staff support and resources for the program.
  • Analysis: Analyze information gathered

Decision to proceed

APPROVALS, MARKETING/RECRUITMENT, PROGRAM DESIGN

  • Approvals Acquired: College Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council, Idaho State Board of Education, State Authorization
  • Marketing, Recruitment, Enrollment, Retention: Develop program Communication and Marketing plan, Recruitment and Retention Plan
  • Program Design and Course Guides: The Online Program Design Process is a series of meetings with key faculty and eCampus Center Assistant Director to prepare for online course development

COURSE DEVELOPMENT

  • Online Course Development/Production: Online courses are developed in the semester or two before being offered online. Multi-expert team provides maximum support to the faculty each semester. This continues until all of the courses in the program are developed into an online format and each has been taught at least one time.
  • Faculty Seminars: Every faculty member new to teaching online participates in the 6-week eCampus Teaching Online Seminar the semester before their online course is launched
  • Student Online Orientation: The student orientation is customized for the program placed on the program website

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT PREPARATION

  • Establish Program Team: To support the online program, staff and faculty are oriented to online education. Potentially new staff and faculty are recruited, including administrative/support staff, instructors, and program coordinator if needed.

ONLINE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

  • Marketing Launch: Marketing Plan implemented; student recruitment, enrollment and retention services begin
  • Students Evaluated: Academic departments evaluate qualified students for acceptance into program; students are enrolled and welcomed individually to provide personalized, directed support

PROGRAM LAUNCH

  • First Semester: Student orientation to online learning and program; Faculty orientation to the program; continued course/faculty development

ONGOING SUPPORT EACH SEMESTER AND ANNUALLY

  • Semester and annual evaluation of all aspects of the online program: Goals met; student satisfaction; budget review; faculty satisfaction; continuous improvement plan

To learn more, contact Kelley Brandt, kbrandt2@boisestate.ed, (208) 426-5962, or Jori Ford, joriford@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-3736.

Having the opportunity to collaborate with [my Instructional Design Consultant] reminded me about the importance and benefits of collaboration. Even though she may not have been familiar with the topic, her questions and suggestions helped me to ask myself critical questions about the course components. I enjoyed her guidance through the process.Boise State faculty member

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The Boise State eCampus Center offers extensive services to faculty and academic departments who are ready to increase student access to educational opportunities.
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