With the ever-increasing demand to add online course sections, institutions can find it challenging to launch new courses and programs while maintaining instructional integrity and accessibility compliance. This presentation will describe the development of a program utilizing master courses which helped the institution exponentially increase online course offerings. The presenters in the panel will share their experiences in the various roles they had in the process – subject matter expert/course developer, instructional designer, administrator, coordinator, and the impact that participation in the master course program has had on their own teaching practice and the community of practice it fostered.
Questions and concerns about academic freedom as it relates to master courses will be addressed, as will the challenges of sustaining such a program in terms of content currency and upkeep.
• Identify the aspects of an online course that could be part of a master shell.
• Evaluate the pros and cons of master course development.
• Assess institutional needs to determine if master course creation can help bring online programs to scale.