Welcome to NIU eLearning Services support of online course development. NIU eLearning support services include instructional design, multimedia development,
audio and video encoding, audio transcription, illustration and graphic design, video production, and quality review. eLearning Services supports the course as
long as it is offered online.
Faculty and instructors interested in developing an online course that is not part of an already approved online program may apply for support from the
Office of Online Program Development and Support (OPDS). Decisions for financial support of online course development are based on projected course demand,
eLearning Services capacity, and the budget allocation to the OPDS. To qualify for consideration of support, the online course must meet certain criteria:
Quality online course development is a time-intensive process and requires 4-6 months. For this reason an applications must be submitted
to the Office of Online Program Development and Support by December 1 for consideration for a course to be offered in the following summer/fall
sessions; and May 1 for a course to be offered in the following spring semester. If the application is accepted, the development team, including
the faculty or instructor, will adhere to an agreed-upon development schedule.
The University has adopted quality standards for online courses and programs. In 2014 NIU became a Quality MattersTM member,
joining 17 other higher educations institutions in Illinois and more than
700 worldwide. NIU eLearning along with OPDS and the Office of the Provost provides support to
faculty and instructors in the development and/or redevelopment of online
courses and programs to reflect the best practices reflected in current research.
Faculty working with eLearning will be provided a toolset that includes:
a license of Adobe Presenter, a headset for teaching through webinar technology such as Adobe Connect or Blackboard Collaborate,
and the ability to order high quality royalty free graphics and photos for use in online courses.
We use the ADDIE instructional design model to develop online courses and products at NIU. ADDIE stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.
For more information on developing an online course, please contact Aline Click at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIU Departments interested in developing an online program (e.g. a major, a baccalaureate completion program, a certificate and/or a graduate degree or certificate)
may apply for support from the Office of Online Program Development and Support.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of developing your online program with the Office of Online Program Development and Support.
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