USF Online Course Design Program


The USF Online Course Design Program is a semester-long faculty development program which prepares faculty to design, build, and facilitate successful online courses. The program builds online readiness among faculty through cohort-based, immersive, hands-on experience. Faculty are introduced to online learning best practices, innovative use of technology, and institutional quality standards for course design across all delivery formats. In addition, the program provides opportunities for faculty to interact with peers who share an interest in online learning, and to develop a sustainable network of online-ready instructors.

The Online Course Design Program is intended for faculty who have been approved by their School/College Dean’s office to develop a hybrid or online course which will launch in the following 1-2 semesters.

Time Commitment and Workload

The training portion of the USF Online Course Design Program requires roughly 25 hours to complete. The training is broken into 2 parts, as follows:

  • Faculty will participate in 6 synchronous sessions with Educational Technology Services, including 2 six-hour intensives held in-person prior to the start of the semester, 2 technology trainings, and 4 working sessions delivered over Zoom.
  • Faculty will complete roughly 4 hours of asynchronous, online work.

In addition, faculty should expect to spend 100-200 hours developing their course independently throughout the semester and will:

  • meet bi-weekly with an instructional designer to develop their online or hybrid course
  • have the opportunity to work with a multimedia developer to develop course videos in our professional recording studio
  • participate in a course review in tandem with the Instructional Design team

Courses Developed by Past Participants