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Course Development

All members of our team are experienced designers and project managers that can guide course development projects from planning to delivery. We have all taught face-to-face, blended, or fully online classes, so we recognize the value of the student-teacher relationship. Our primary goal is to build high-quality courses that are personalized to fit your teaching style and exhibit best practices in design and pedagogy. In general, our course development efforts are organized into two areas of focus: faculty-driven and program-based.


To meet the challenges associated with the rapidly expanding online community at UNF, the ID Team provides comprehensive faculty development and support to educate faculty on the most effective practices in designing, developing, and distributing online course materials. In addition to providing year-round training and support, the ID Team is available to provide consultations on an individual faculty-member basis or by attending departmental meetings. The major benefit to faculty that participate in our trainings, aside from receiving a stipend, is the structured assistance they will receive in working closely with an instructional designer. Among other things, the instructional designer will help them identify aspects of course development that require assistance from other teams at CIRT and initiate that communication for the faculty member to ensure the course is developed on schedule and everyone’s time is utilized effectively.

Canvas Course Kickstarter Kit

Are you creating an online course and are unsure of how to begin? Do you need a quick refresher on the course development process? Are you short on time and need to kickstart your online course development? Follow the quick and easy three-step process in this kit to fully develop your Canvas course.


In addition to working with individual faculty members to meet their instructional goals as described above, we also work with departments/programs to transition entire degree programs to fully online. One benefit of transitioning program courses into an online environment is that the process encourages groups of faculty within departments to collaborate throughout the process by way of regular meetings and discussions about course content and program goals. Larger than just one course, a program transition requires that faculty become more attuned to the needs of colleagues and students beyond their own individual course because their course is inextricably linked to other online courses. Degree programs selected for transition are assigned an instructional designer to serve as the main contact person to coordinate the design and development of all program courses in consultation with identified faculty Course Developers.

In addition to developing program courses, the instructional designer will also organize and facilitate whatever meetings are necessary to ensure implementation of program transition is successful. Typical meetings that would occur before the first course in the program is delivered, include:

  • Intake - Initial discussion with Department Chairs/Program Coordinator and CIRT personnel
  • Orientation – Meeting with all faculty members in the program to make decisions on program-based design elements that will be incorporated into all of program courses.
  • Progress – Presentation to faculty members in the program to show course development progress and discuss issues or concerns they may have.
  • Implementation – Another presentation on the status of program development coupled with discussions on best-practices for delivering and maintaining the integrity of program-based course design elements.

Each academic year, up to two certificate or degree programs will be provided significant support and resources to either (a) convert the entire program to fully online or (b) develop a new certificate or degree program as one delivered fully online.