Online and Blended Course Development Services

Looking for Help with Online or Blended Course Development?

Starting Spring 2023, the Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) will be offering additional support for the design and development of online (OL) and blended (B) courses. Our new team-based approach offers an opportunity to collaborate with and access support from CEE instructional designers, educational developers, technical, multi-media and IT specialists throughout the course development process.  

Unsure how online learning differs from blended? Visit our Online & Blended Learning page for details.

Choose Either of the Following Options:

Full Course Design and Development (Full Build)

Best suited for instructors who would like:

  • full support for online or blended course development (including Canvas navigation and custom page design, graphics, multi-media and instructional design)
  • access to educational training and support resources to enhance preparation for subsequent course offerings
  • tips and training to help plan for and avert technical issues during the course delivery phase

Full build support is available as part of a scheduled biannual intake with submission deadlines (see below). 

Successful applicants must commit to a collaborative two-term production cycle. Click here to view the timeline for deliverables.

Partial Course Design/Special Projects (Partial Build)

Best suited for instructors who:

  • are redeveloping components of an existing online or blended course or require only limited development support
  • need support incorporating a specific tool
  • require support in advance of the course launch
  • are relatively tech savvy and generally comfortable working on their own

Partial course design and development support is available throughout the year as capacity permits (no specific submission deadlines)

Application Process:

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1. Full Course Design and Development (Full Build)

This is a scheduled biannual intake which includes the following steps:

1. Annual Planning for OL and B Course Offerings

  • Communication will go out to academic leadership (Associate Deans, Directors & Chairs) in advance of the call for submissions, allowing departments to prioritize their flexible learning initiatives while planning for the upcoming year. Submissions will require chair/department support. 

 

2. Submissions of Expressions of Interest (EOI)

  • The call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) will take place twice a year.  EOIs can be submitted online via the CEE website.  The CEE selection committee will review the submissions giving priority to large enrolment, multi-section courses.  Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Please note the desired launch term when making a submission (see deadlines below)

 

3. Course Design and Development

  • During this phase course instructors will work collaboratively with CEE specialists on the design and development of their course.  The type of design and development support will be determined in collaboration with the successful applicants. Typically, course development is carried out over two terms (click here to see the collaboration timeline for courses launching Fall 2023).

 

Upcoming Submission Deadlines (Full Build)

  • January 31, 2023 – pilot intake for courses to launch in Fall 2023*
  • April 3, 2023 for courses to launch in Spring 2024 or Summer 2024
  • October 2, 2023 for courses to launch in Fall 2024

*Note – we will be offering a pilot intake in January 2023 for courses to launch in the Fall 2023 term.  This will be a soft launch of the new full build intake model.  Normally, the intake will take place twice a year in April and October.

2. Partial Course Design and Development/Special Projects (Partial Build)

Partial course development support is available in the following three areas:

1.     Course Design

  • creating/reviewing learning outcomes
  • redesigning assessments
  • designing instructional strategies aligned with outcomes and assessments, etc.

 

2.     Developing the Course in Canvas

  • determining module sequencing
  • building Canvas components (quizzes, discussion groups, gradebook), etc.

 

3.     Multimedia and Graphics

  • developing instructional media (video and audio)
  • increasing interaction using H5P
  • integration/exploration of existing technology-enabled applications/software
  • creation of headers, icons, charts, animation, etc.

 

Why Work With Us?

In addition to guiding you through the process, our collaborative course development models make it easier for you to realize your vision for your course.  

We can help you:

  • integrate the latest blended and online teaching strategies and learning tools
  • enhance student engagement within your online or blended course
  • create a streamlined and easily accessible navigational structure
  • find simple ways to increase your online presence
  • create a vibrant and interactive learning experience for students
  • and more!

Still Not Sure Which Option to Choose?

Request a one-on-one consultation to discuss which option will best meet your needsYou can reach us at online_blended@sfu.ca.

Participate in a workshop, program or event

View the upcoming B/OL workshops below. To see a listing of upcoming offerings and events related to B/OL teaching, click here.

Access on-demand resources

CEE has a wide range of resources available on-demand to support instructors. For some of the wide range of tip sheets, videos, and other self-serve resources, please see below.