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4. Faculty Development

Orientation Section 4

Faculty Development

Teaching or developing an online course is different from an in-person course. There are professional development opportunities and instructional designers available to assist in the development, design and delivery of online course content. To download a copy of this content see Faculty Development (Google Doc – must be logged in to employee account).

Continuous Course Improvement

The eCampus Center advocates regular and continuous course improvement after the initial online course design and development process. For projects that do not require a complete redesign, faculty can access instructional design services for short term projects.

Short term projects include:

  • Planning, methods, and/or development of assessments or learning activities.
  • Consultations that cover redesigning your course for a condensed session (i.e. 3, 5 or 7 weeks).
    High enrollment methodology.
  • Using multimedia, and accessibility and copyright compliance.

Course Content

As the instructor of your online course, you are responsible for the creation and production of the content. Please keep in mind the following points while you plan and build your course content for an online, asynchronous learning environment:

Engagement and Rigor

Best practices in online instruction include interaction between and among the students and instructor(s) of the course to keep online students engaged in learning.

Online courses should be as rigorous as their on-campus equivalents with equivalent outcomes, credit, and clock hours. Students often think that online learning will be easier and take less time than face-to-face classes. Letting them know up front that your online class will hold them to the same academic standards as classes held in-person allows students to make an educated decision about their learning preferences.

Instructional Design Consultations

An eCampus instructional design consultant can:

  1. Suggest a number of ways to plan and design and online course that includes accessible materials that adhere to current copyright laws.
  2. Guide you to information on the current Boise State Intellectual Property policy.
  3. Help you promote academic integrity in online courses and assessments.
  4. Advise you on ways achieve compliance with the Boise State credit and clock hour policies for academic instruction.
  5. Keep you informed about research-based best practices for online learning. This includes fostering interaction between the students and instructor of the course to keep online students connected with each other and engaged with the course content.

Additional Assistance

For additional assistance with course content, or to request a short term project or instructional design consultation contact

Additional Resources

For more information on Boise State Credit and Clock Hours, see policy #4080 in the Boise State Policy Manual.

For more information on Boise State Intellectual Property policy, see policy #1090 in the Boise State Policy Manual.

eCampus Quality Instruction Program (eQIP)

Program Components

eQIP consists of three separate components:

  • A 12-week course design and development seminar (eCD2S)
  • An 8-week course design seminar (eCD)
  • A 6-week teaching online seminar (eTOS)

Additional Assistance

To learn more about eQIP contact Stephanie Chism, the eQIP Coordinator, at

Continuing Online Opportunities for Professional Development

Online Professional Development Workshops

Online workshops through the Center for Teaching and Learning help to meet the diverse needs of faculty, including distance faculty and adjunct faculty.  For a current list of upcoming workshops, visit: