Please note before you get started:

  • An online course must be developed from an existing course that appears in the Registrar’s master course catalog.
  • No course can be accepted until the proposed course is in the catalog or has been fully approved by the University Curriculum Committee (UCC); however, this process can be taking place simultaneously
    • FDCOMI development can take place while UCC new course approvals are being considered
    • Please include a copy of your UCC forms when you submit your development forms to MUOnLine.
  • Existing Special Topics courses are permissable; however, note that just like their F2F counterparts, they can only be offered for a finite number of times under the SpTp designation.

FINAL SUBMISSION for course review to be offered during the Spring term: October 1st
FINAL SUBMISSION for course review to be offered during the Summer term: March 1st
FINAL SUBMISSION for course review to be offered during the Fall term: March 1st

Faculty Development Committee for Online and Multimedia Instruction (FDCOMI), handles all online course development proposals from faculty. This committee reviews new course proposals, conducts the review process for new courses, generally serves as the academic/administrative unit for online instruction, and works closely with the technical support staff to ensure that you get the help you need.

The content of your course is entirely up to you. Faculty create and organize content according to their own needs, as in any course. However, since all online courses are offered in MUOnLine, and since many students take multiple courses, we encourage each instructor to work with us to achieve a consistent look and feel, and to streamline online navigation.

The experienced staff of our MUOnLine Design Center and our student instructional designers will be happy to arrange with you a one-on-one consultation for any topic related to online course development. From help with specific MUOnLine tools to course management strategies to software tips, let us know how we can help!

Contact the MUOnLine Designer Centers

  • Huntington: Communications Building 211, (304) 696-7117, Hours: M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
  • South Charleston, Room 321, (304) 746-1948, Hours: M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

You must use these documents to guide you through the course development process.

How Online Courses are Evaluated

Completed courses are evaluated by your academic unit. This step can occur by whatever means the academic unit establishes and should focus on thecourse content. Content Approval must be obtained from your chair and dean BEFORE the FDCOMI reviews your course.

Second, your course will be evaluated by a peer review team from the Faculty Development Committee for Online and Multimedia Instruction (FDCOMI). The team will evaluate your proposed course using the Quality Matters rubric.

The purpose of the evaluation, in part, is to assure a consistent level of quality in Marshall University online courses. This evaluation process was established because of the unusual level of institutional support associated with course development and because of the public presentation of these Marshall University courses worldwide via the Internet.

Members of the review panel are granted temporary access to your course under the student role for the sole purpose of viewing it using the QM rubric that concentrates on course design and alignment. Evaluation of course content is the responsibility of the academic unit.

The review process takes approximately two weeks. Members of the review panel send the results of their course review to the coordinator of FDCOMI who compiles the review reports. You will then receive a summary recommendation from the coordinator based on these reports.

Ready to submit an application to develop a new online course? Access the Application for the Development of a New Online Course and begin!

Please direct questions or comments to Dr. Monica Brooks, Assistant Vice President for IT: Online Learning at (304) 696-6474 or


Ecourse Development Process [infographic]