Center for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of programs for online course development. More about these programs can be seen on Online Course Development page


Upcoming Programs

- Spring 2020 programs: February 10 through April 24
- Summer 2020 programs: May 18 through July 31
- Fall 2020 programs: September 15 through November 20
- Spring 2021 programs: February 15 through April 23


Eligibility to Enroll in Course Development Program

To enroll in a course development program, a faculty member must be developing a course that contributes to an online program or degree path (or a previously existing online course), the eLearning initiative, or another reason as specified by department.

Apply for Enrollment


Stipend Information

Courses which meet specific criteria are eligible to receive a stipend of $2,000 for developing a course with an instruction mode of Online (OL), Partially Online (PO), or Blended (BL). Stipends are paid at the beginning of the first semester the course is offered and after the completed course review.


Course Review & 5 Pillars of Effective Course Design

During the series, you will completely design and develop one online/blended course for delivery at UMSL at a future date and receive feedback from instructional designers and colleagues in your cohort group. At the end of the series, a faculty peer reviewer and an instructional designer will review your course to give you extensive feedback and ensure that the course is ready to go for your students. Your course will be reviewed according to these five pillars of effective course design. When your course meets these quality assurances and is ready for course delivery, your stipend will be released.

Please view full course review form for your convenience:  Course Review Form 2020

When your course is ready, please fill out the following google form to indicate this:

Submit when your course is ready to be reviewed

The course design includes a complete syllabus, an opportunity for students to meet others in the course early on, and a welcome folder containing materials needed for online student success.
The course design includes frequent, meaningful, and relevant opportunities for students to interact with the instructor, the content and one another. The syllabus specifies a realistic timeline for instructor response to messages and feedback on assignments.  
The syllabus includes the course goal(s) with specific and measurable learning objectives for each content module. The course design includes varied, systematic and regular assessments of learning appropriate for the level of the course that correspond to those objectives.
The course materials, activities, and assessments are varied and relevant to the course, clearly explained, and accessible to all students. The course includes current links to necessary student supports and policies.
The course design is organized in time-based or thematic modules with clear instructions about how to navigate the course. Each module includes a timespan for completion and a checklist of deadlines and point values. The Grade Center is organized and reflects the grading criteria and structure specified in the syllabus.