Development of Online Courses RFP

Request for Proposals: Development of Online Courses

Proposal Due Date – November 8, 2013

Introduction  The Office of Teaching and Learning supports DU faculty members in the development of online courses (defined as those in which all or nearly all of the organized instruction is conducted online).  So that these courses are high quality and  reflect best practices in online education, faculty members are required to participate in the Teaching Online Workshop offered through the Office of Teaching and Learning.

Proposal Requirements  Your proposal must include the Creating an Online Course Cover Page plus no more than two additional pages explaining why you are interested in teaching this particular course online. Courses must be taught before Winter 2015. The proposals will be evaluated by the OTL Faculty Advisory Board, and the best proposals will be selected for funding.  Email completed proposals to Cheryl Jackson ( by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Program Description   Faculty members who have not received prior funding through DU’s Creating Online Course Initiative and have identified a course they are planning to teach online are eligible to apply for funding .  Faculty members selected for this funding will participate in the Teaching Online Workshop which will be offered three times over the next year (see the schedule below). These Funds are available to all full-time DU faculty for the development of online courses.

Teaching Online Workshop (TOW)   The workshop consists of three components as listed in the table below. Workshop participants should plan to spend 5-10 hours/week completing the activities and participating in the online discussions. Upon completion of the online portion of the workshop, participants will join their colleagues for face-to-face presentations of their online courses and complete Quality Matters self and peer reviews.  Faculty members will be developing their online course as part of the workshop activities.

Table: Teaching Online/Hybrid Workshop Components, Faculty Time Commitment, & Schedule

Required Workshop Components

Faculty Time Commitment

Winter Break 2013

Spring 2014

Summer 2014


Getting Started

(1-2 hours)




3-Weeks Online: (mainly asynchronous)

(5-10 hours/week)





Face-to-face Course Presentations & Peer and Self Reviews

(2–5 hours)





The Teaching Online Workshop is NOT self-paced.  The workshop is delivered using Canvas and faculty members experience online education delivery firsthand as students.  To be eligible for the workshop,  participants must be familiar with Canvas and have completed the DU Canvas Instructor Tutorial course.

Guidelines  Full time faculty members will receive first priority for this funding.  Each faculty member selected for funding will receive a $3000 stipend in recognition of the time and effort required to create an effective online course. The stipend will be distributed as follows:

  • $1500 of the stipend will be paid upon the completion of the Teaching Online Workshop
  • $1000 will be paid after teaching your online or hybrid course
  • $500 will be paid after your course meets Quality Matters standards (eligibility begins after teaching the online course approved for funding)

The proposed courses must have gone through the course approval process as required by the academic unit. They must also be pre-approved for online delivery by the department chair and by the unit dean or director.  Please be aware that student enrollment in online courses is limited to 20 students and that the minimum duration for an online course is 4 weeks.

Contact Julanna Gilbert if you have questions about funding for the development of online courses.


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