This site provides resources on the online course development process at Penn State Harrisburg including the submission process to propose the redesign of a face-to-face course for online delivery, and information on intellectual property rights. Also available are additional resources to become familiar with the online course development process, Penn State’s Quality Assurance Standards, the peer review of online teaching, and professional development to prepare to teach online.
Submission Process for face-to-face courses being redesigned for online delivery
- Prospective faculty applicants should formally consult with their Program Coordinator and School Director prior to submitting a Request for Proposal for Online Course Development form (see below).
- Generally, at least two semesters of design and development time are needed to create a new online course.
- Refer to Policy Guideline A-10 for full details on online course development, including the Request for Proposal (RFP) form.
- The completed RFP should be submitted to the Senior Associate Dean, who will communicate the RFP to the Faculty Center’s Online Course Development Team.
NOTE: If the course being proposed for online development is a brand new course, after receiving program and school approval, it must be submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval before design and development can begin with the Faculty Center.
Intellectual Property Rights
Read and understand the University’s policy regarding intellectual property rights by referring to the University’s Policy IP03 Courseware (formerly RA17).
- The Online Course Development Process
- Planning Documents and Templates
- Faculty Self-Assessment Tool
- Penn State Quality Assurance Standards
- Web Learning @ Penn State
- Link to Courseware Copyright Agreement
- Peer Review of Online Teaching
- Earn the Certificate for Online Teaching: Designed for faculty preparing to teach their first World Campus course online. Learn essential skill sets necessary for teaching online while giving you a student perspective of an online course at the same time. It is estimated the course will require approximately 3-5 hours/week during the three-week period. You will be participating as a student in an instructor-led “cohort” and will follow a prescribed schedule of readings and activities. You will also be interacting with the course “instructor” as well as the other participants in your cohort.