OIT collaborates with the Office of Online Learning and Academic Programs (OLAP) to ensure that you launch a successful program/course that serves the needs of the citizens of Tennessee and beyond. Online programs that will use services provided by OIT or UT’s online program management company, Noodle Partners, must be approved by the Online Program Advisory Committee (OPAC), which is composed of membership from across campus and chaired by the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. Individual online courses are approved by the appropriate Department Head.
Once your program/course is approved for development, you can work with OIT for support during the course development process! Just contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 or complete a web form at help.utk.edu and indicate that you are looking for support to develop an online course. You will need to share written approval to develop your online course from your Department Head. Please note that courses that are part of an online degree program will receive priority for OIT assistance.
YOU are at the center of the process. OIT provides the staff and resources to support you, thereby creating an environment where you can concentrate on the course content. OIT concentrates on how learning, teaching, and technology come together to create a successful online learning experience.
You will be assigned an OIT instructional designer to work with. Instructional designers typically have graduate degrees and excel at the process of creating efficient instructional experiences that support learning outcomes, are engaging, and aid student learning. However, please remember that instructional designers do NOT replace your subject area content and instructional expertise!
You do not need to be an expert in how to design and develop an online course – OIT has a team of professionals to help with that! In addition to instructional design support, your course will benefit from graphic design, videography, multimedia elements, and teaching tools support!
Finally, when an instructional designer and faculty member join forces to create online courses, the courses are typically more effective and the students have better outcome, as reported by a comprehensive survey implemented by Quality Matters and Eduventures Research.
Cohorts begin in February (for fall launch), June (for spring launch), and October (for summer launch). Faculty start off in the Cohort by participating in asynchronous online training that is facilitated by an instructional designer.
Typically faculty receive a one semester course release (or other compensation as determined by their department) to develop their online course. Online training will start a few months before your semester course release.
February – March : Online Training
April – July : Course Development
August : Quality Assurance Check
August – December : Course Implementation
June – July : Online Training
August – November : Course Development
December : Quality Assurance Check
January – May : Course Implementation
October – November : Online Training
January – April : Course Development
May : Quality Assurance Check
June – August : Course Implementation
Please contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 or complete a web form at help.utk.edu and indicate that you are looking for support to develop an online course.