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Course Development

The Center for Extended and Distance Education offers the opportunity for faculty to develop new online courses with chair approval. Online course development  through Extended and Distance Education:

1. Enables Austin Peay State University to make  higher education accessible to all students regardless of logistical and geographic barriers .

2. Ensures quality online courses incorporating Quality Matters and ADA standards for maximum student retention.

3. Provides a base Master Shell that may be used for other online sections of the course based on departmental needs.

Which courses are good candidates for online development? 

Courses that have not been previously developed as a 'W' section and are part of the regular campus offerings or courses that were developed in the online format more than three years ago. 

What will you be responsible for?

All newly developed courses at Austin Peay are required to develop a master shell in the Master Shell Format, score at least a 72 on the Quality Matters Rubric, and be compliant with all Tier 1 items on the Accessibility Checklist.  The faculty member is responsible for initiating and submitting all appropriate paperwork to the Center for Extended and Distance Education at least thirty days prior to the commencement of course creation, to include a course development approval form.

APSU Course Development Intent Form

RODP Course Development Intent Form

How is the developer compensated?

Upon completion of course development and required evaluations, and after the first semester the course is taught, the Center for Extended and Distance Education will process a compensation form. The developer will receive up to $2500 over a three year period for an instructor-originated course.  For a course that uses content developed by another company or individual, payment will be determined by the amount of instructor-originated material.

For questions, payment details and specific information about the development process, please contact the Instructional Technologist, Robert Anderson, Ed.D, at, or call 931-221-7933.

RODP Course Development

Faculty may develop courses for the Regents Online Degree Program.  An RODP Course Development Intent Form must first be submitted to the Distance Educatiaon Department at APSU.  The following link provides further information about the RODP course development process: