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Online/Hybrid Course Development Process

Typical course development takes six months to one year. The time frame varies depending on whether the course is a revision of an existing course or a brand new course, and on how intensively the instructor can work on course development.

Stage 1: Initial Sketch of Course

Format: Meet with an instructional designer for 1 hour

Goal: Think broadly about the course and begin an initial sketch of the course, including:

  • What will students learn by the end of this course?
  • How will students demonstrate what they’ve learned?
  • What course materials will help students meet these goals?
  • How will students engage with the course, their peers, and the instructor?

Stage 2: Course Design

Format: One to two meetings with an instructional designer, plus additional course design work between meetings

Goal: Continue to design the course based on the initial sketch, including:

  • Course level and module level learning goals
  • Assessments, activities, and materials
  • Strategies for engagement
  • Appropriate technologies that help achieve the course goals

Stage 3: Course Development

Format: Meet monthly or bi-weekly with an instructional designer, plus additional course development work between meetings

Goal: Prepare and finalize detailed materials for the course and build the course in Canvas.

Stage 4: Evaluation

Format: Gather course feedback and meet with an instructional designer.

Goal: Evaluate the course and prepare revisions for the next iteration of the course.

  • Collect early feedback midway through your course and make any necessary adjustments
  • Collect assessment and student engagement data during the course
  • Review student evaluations and feedback and student performance results
  • Revise the course for the next iteration


Please direct questions or inquiries regarding the Online/Hybrid Course Development Process to:

Chris Scherer
Director/New Program Initiatives & Digital Learning
1 Spring Street, Suite 313
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences