Online Course Design Institute (OCDI)

Level: Novice

Length: Five days of face-to-face instruction consisting of group instruction plus guided course development time

Dates: June 3 - 7, 2019

Instructor: Led by Timothy Wheat, Instructional Designer in Bradley’s Learning Design and Technology (LDT) office

Eligibility: Intended for faculty who wish to design and deliver their first online course and who have not previously completed the Online Course Design Institute (OCDI) or the Online Course Improvement Workshop (OCIW). While all applications will be considered, preference will be given to courses that have a potential enrollment greater than five which are BCC or STEM courses. Please note: courses offered as part of an online graduate degree in nursing and counseling are not eligible for OCDI grants.

Content: Faculty will learn best practices for designing online courses, gain a working knowledge of national standards, and then apply these concepts as they design an online course. Participants will deliver their newly-designed course, delivered entirely online, during the 2019 Summer Session II or 2020 January Interim.

Stipend: $3,000 per person

Awards: Up to 8 grants will be awarded.

Award Guidelines

Recipients of the Online Course Design Institute (OCDI) grant agree to the following:

  • To fully participate in and complete the Online Course Design Institute (OCDI).
  • To apply new skills to a course which will be entirely delivered asynchronously online during Summer Session II, 2019 or January Interim, 2020. While all applications will be considered, preference will be given to courses that have a potential enrollment greater than five which are BCC or STEM courses. Please note: courses offered as part of an online graduate degree in nursing and counseling are not eligible for OCDI grants./li>
  • To work with staff from Learning Design and Technology (LDT) to design their online course for hosting on the Sakai learning management system, and to verify with LDT staff, ten days prior to the course start date, that the course has been tested and is ready for online delivery.
  • To assist in identifying markets and developing publicity for their online course.
  • To include information about the online course and its technical requirements in media customarily used to announce courses to students (e.g. Webster, departmental newsletters, email, social media, et al.).
  • To disseminate and share the results of course assessments, provided by LDT staff, that will solicit feedback from students about their online experiences.
  • To acknowledge that the compensation for teaching the online course follows university policies for summer and interim contracts as prescribed in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 40 – 41).
  • To abide by Bradley University's “Policy on On-Line Education” as outlined in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 69 - 72). Participants agree to also follow Bradley University’s “Policy on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer,” which includes online courses, as noted in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 191 - 196).
  • To acknowledge Bradley University in any print or electronic publications resulting wholly or in part from this award.
  • To agree that the grant stipend will be awarded during the term in which the online course is delivered.
  • To maintain employment with the University through the completion of the grant period. Resignation from the University voids this agreement.
  • To submit exceptions to this agreement, for approval by the Director of Summer and Interim sessions, at least ten days prior to the course start date.

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