Course Development

This page contains the Course Development Agreement which describes the process for designing a new online course as well as the process for redesigning an existing online course to pursue Quality Matters recognition.

What do I need to do to be eligible?

The faculty developer must complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop prior to beginning either the New Online Course Development (NOCD) or QM Redesign processes. 

Which courses are eligible?


Courses may only go through the NOCD process once.  This includes courses previously taught online by an instructor.  Course must be primarily faculty developed content.

QM Course Redesign

The QM Redesign process is currently suspended.   A new redesign process will be announced in late 2019.

How do I participate in the NOCD or QM Course Redesign Processes?

To initiate the process, complete Course Development Agreement with faculty, department chair, and dean’ signatures and send to the ETS Director, UNA Box 5005.    

How long does it take?

Both processes are 12 weeks with the first 10 weeks used for course development with the final two weeks reserved for the internal QM review and revision.   

When should I begin the process?

ETS recommends starting at the beginning of the semester prior to when you expect to teach the course.  You can apply at any time up to twelve weeks prior to the date the course is offered so long as the development occurs during a semester.  However, acceptance into the process is first-come-first-served.

When will I receive the stipend(s)?

Stipends are paid via EPAF.  EPAFS must be processed prior to the 15th of a month in order to be available for the subsequent pay period.   Stipends that need to be processed after the 15th of the month will be processed prior for the next month.

New Online Course Development

The initial stipend is processed after the faculty developer completes an initial meeting with their assigned instructional designer.  The final stipend is processed after the instructional designer, faculty developer, department chair, and dean have signed the Final Approval section of the Course Development Agreement. 


The QM Redesign process is currently suspended.   A new redesign process will be announced October 2019.

What would a typical development process involve?

  1. Initial meeting between faculty developer and instructional designer
    1. Set meeting schedule, 10-week deadline, and 12-week completion date
    2. Develop/evaluate course and module objectives
    3. Begin developing course map
    4. Begin QM Internal Review Process
  2. Additional meetings with Instructional Designer as scheduled/needed to create the course
  3. At 10 weeks, the course should be fully developed, and the instructional designer will conduct an Internal Review of the course
  4. Faculty member revises course as needed to meet QM Standards.
  5. At 12 weeks, the course should be complete
    1. Faculty Completes Outcome Response form in QM Course Review Management System (CRMS)
    2. Instructional Designer notifies department chair, dean, and ETS director that development is complete
  6. Return Course Development agreement with final signatures to ETS Director, UNA Box 5005.