Preparing Your Course Site

There's a lot of things to think about when it comes time to get your Course Site ready for an upcoming academic term inside of Course Plus. Whether it's a brand new course that you are working on with the help of an Instructional Designer, making a variation of an on-campus course to a blended or fully online format, or simply time to polish up a course that you've taught one, two, or even five times before, it's important to pay attention to certain details.
We've provided mock-up timelines for new and recurring courses that would open the first term of an academic year. In addition, we have a snapshot of the key time-frames for the current academic year.

New Online Courses

A big part of the Course Development Process - especially for online courses - is designing and developing the course site. We've prepared an interactive timeline of the better part of a year it will take to develop a course from its conception to its Term 1 delivery. (This same time frame would apply for any term; the first was selected for demonstration purposes only.) In addition, we have a text version of this timeline available in a PDF document

Coinciding with the faculty procedures throughout the design and development of a new course, CTL assistance is part of an entire production process. Learn about the collaboration between CTL and faculty in the New Course Design/Development Production Process flowchart.

Recurring Online Courses

While your Instructional Designer will reach out to you with timely reminders, it's good to have an idea about what you will be doing when in order to prepare your course site. Below is an interactive timeline of typical Faculty and TA procedures in getting a course site ready for a First Term.  A text-based version of the process is available in the attached PDF. Also attached is a "Responsibilities Decision Chart" to help Faculty decide who (faculty vs. TA) does what in the course prep and, additionally, the actual teaching and related administrative tasks.

Here is a snapshot of the key time-frames for the 18-19 AY:

 Time-frame

Summer 

Term 1 

Term 2 

Term 3 

Term 4 

16 weeks  Mar. 12 May 15  July 9 Oct. 2 Dec. 3
12 weeks   Apr. 9  June 12  Aug. 6  Oct. 30  Dec. 31
Recording Deadline  Apr. 30  June 30  Aug. 31  Nov. 30  Jan. 31
8 weeks  May 7  July 10  Sept. 3  Nov. 27  Jan. 28
6 weeks   May 21  July 24  Sept. 17  Dec. 11  Feb. 11
4 weeks   June 4  Aug. 7  Oct. 1  Dec. 25  Feb. 25
2 weeks   June 18  Aug. 21  Oct. 15  Jan. 8  Mar. 11
1 week   June 25  Aug. 28  Oct. 22  Jan. 15  Mar. 18 
Opening date   July 2, 2018  Sept. 4, 2018  Oct. 29, 2018  Jan. 22, 2019  March 25, 2019


Key time-frames for the 19-20 AY:

 Time-frame

Summer

Term 1 

Term 2 

Term 3 

Term 4 

16 weeks  Mar. 11 May 14 July 8 Oct. 1 Dec. 2
12 weeks  Apr. 8 June 11 Aug. 5 Oct. 29 Dec. 30
Recording Deadline  Apr. 30  June 30  Aug. 31  Nov. 30  Jan. 31
8 weeks  May 6  July 9 Sept. 2  Nov. 26 Jan. 27
6 weeks  May 20 July 23 Sept. 16  Dec. 10 Feb. 10
4 weeks  June 3 Aug. 6 Sept. 30 Dec. 24 Feb. 24
2 weeks  June 17 Aug. 20 Oct. 14  Jan. 7 Mar. 9
1 week   June 24 Aug. 27 Oct. 21 Jan. 14  Mar. 16
Opening date  July 1, 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 Oct. 28, 2019 Jan. 21, 2020 Mar. 23, 2020


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