Program and Course Intake
Design and development
Ecampus always seeks to develop new programs for distance delivery and has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with each OSU college, outlining future programs of interest. These programs must be in alignment with OSU’s Strategic Plan and be a good match with the institution’s areas of expertise.
It is essential that the appropriate deans and department chairs be fully involved in the curriculum, design, development and future plans for these programs. Ecampus provides essential services for the development, marketing, and delivery of all new programs.
Ecampus offers services to assist in the conversion of traditional courses to distance delivery. Course curriculum and instruction are always the purview of OSU departments, and all credit courses delivered by Ecampus are regular OSU courses, having passed the required curricular reviews. OSU courses may be converted to distance delivery without going through a Category 2 Curriculum Approval process, provided that the department verifies that the learning outcomes are equivalent to those achieved when the course is delivered on-campus. All courses are subject to review by departments and by students who complete the OSU "student evaluation of teaching" at the end of each term.
After review by the appropriate department, proposals for new distance courses should be presented to the Ecampus intake team. The intake team will review the proposal, consider how the course fits into existing or new programs, determine relative cost to produce the course, ascertain the potential market for the course and make a determination – in discussion with the department and program leaders – as to whether the course should be accepted and which terms it will be offered. Sometimes an agreement with the department is necessary to cover extra costs associated with faculty time to convert the course to distance delivery.
Design and production of new courses
Once a course is accepted, the next step is to meet with the Ecampus Course Development and Training (CDT) team to delineate learning outcomes, discuss teaching methods for achieving these outcomes and determine the appropriate online course design. CDT will do a focused research for online resources, including specialized websites, publisher Blackboard cartridges and online modules. After determination of the start term, cap, method of delivery, instructor, and associated details a CRN number will be requested, which puts the course into the Banner course scheduling system and creates a corresponding Blackboard site where the course will be built.
A prototype of the first module is constructed and reviewed with the instructor/course designer for adjustments. When course design has been agreed upon, the course development team will post the content for the instructor, or the instructor may elect to upload his/her own material. A coordinator is assigned to each course to monitor this production phase. After course production, the team meets with the instructor to suggest efficient methods of course management.
Ongoing support for course delivery and design
Ecampus instructors may contact course developers for assistance with Blackboard during future offering of the course. Support of instructors and logistics of course offerings are handled by the Ecampus Department and Learner Services unit. This unit helps arrange for proctors, assists with ordering of texts and other materials for the bookstore, facilitates accommodation for students with disabilities, and serves students and faculty to make sure their course(s) run smoothly.