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Online Course Development


Online Course Development Institute (OCDi)

The Online Course Development Institute was established to provide faculty at Eastern Illinois University a professional development opportunity to experience best practices in online teaching and guidance in quality online course development. The OCDi is for EIU faculty developing or redesigning an online course and teaching online for the first time at EIU.


Registration is open to anyone preparing to teach an online course at EIU. To register, go to


The goal of the OCDi is to provide faculty with suggested guidelines and training necessary to develop a quality online course which will enhance the online teaching and learning experiences of both faculty and students and encourage effective engagement and collaboration in the online environment.


“All instructors of online courses must submit proof of having completed the Online Course Development Institute (OCDI), Illinois Online Network’s Master Online Teacher certificate or another documented and equivalent training activity before teaching the courses/sections for the first time.” The EIU Online Course Policy can be found at


  1. The participant will be able to develop a course for online delivery using standards presented for effective online course design.
  2. The participant will be able incorporate strategies for effective online teaching and learning.
  3. The participant will be able to integrate technologies that will engage students in the online environment and align with the course objectives.
  4. The participant will be able to meet the university requirement for teaching an online course.


The course contains eight content modules. The topics of each module are listed below.

  1. Overview, Introduction, and Learner Support
  2. Learning Objectives and Instructional Design
  3. Accessibility and Usability
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Assessment and Measurement
  7. Course Technology
  8. Online Teaching Strategies


The OCDi Training Course is an online, self-directed course. Participants work through the content modules at their own pace. However, the facilitator is always available to answer questions, provide consultation, review assignments, and post grades and feedback. The course includes online activities, online resources, technology tutorials, and an online synchronous discussion scheduled at the participant’s convenience.


I am often asked the time requirement necessary to complete the OCDi training which is a difficult question to answer. The training originated as an 8-week face-to-face course followed by the completion of the online course development. The same course components remain but the course has been developed into a self-directed, online course. Because the course is self-paced, completion time often depends on many factors including the motivation, technology skills, experience, and time demands of the person completing the training.

OCDi Certificate of Completion

To earn the certificate of completion for the OCDI, the participant must:

  • Complete all activities in the eight content modules in the OCDi Training Course in D2L.
  • Develop (or redesign) an online course based on recommendations within the training and submit the course for review.

New Faculty

If your department has a new faculty member needing to complete the OCDi and does not yet have an EIU netID, you can complete the General Person Information Request form.  After the form is submitted and processed, the instructor’s EIU netID and e-number will be generated (or activated if they are a former employee or student) and they will have access to D2L, Panthermail, Office 365 and other EIU resources. After the new instructor receives their EIU netID, the new instructor may register for the OCDi.


Online Course Development Resources (OCDr)

The Online Course Development Resources site was established to provide faculty at Eastern Illinois University with resources for best practices in online teaching and guidance in quality online course development. The resources are for EIU faculty that have already completed the OCDi (Online Course Development Institute) or met the Online Course Policy requirement by some other means.  The Online Course Development Resources site includes all of the resources and worksheets provided in the OCDi to assist faculty in the organization and development of a new online course. 

The Online Course Development Resource site does not replace the OCDi.  There is no certificate of completion and there is no stipend for the OCDr.

To request access to the Online Course Development Resources site, send an email to



Julie Lockett at 
Director of Learning Innovation
Faculty Development and Innovation Center

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Dr. Michael Gillespie, Director, FDIC


Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation


Kim Ervin
Instructional Designer


Faculty Development and Innovation Center

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David Smith
Instructional Support and Training Specialist


Keerthana Saraswathula
Instructional Support and Training Specialist


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