Course Development Agreement

Faculty who receive stipends to design and teach blended courses as part of the President's Technology Initiative or the Blended Learning Initiative must agree to adhere to the following course development policies and practices.

Team effort

Blended learning course development at NAU is a team effort involving one or more faculty course developers and these other university resources:

The course developers agree to use these resources while developing a blended course.

Learning management system (LMS) and training

Course developers agree to use NAU's learning management system (currently Blackboard Learn) to deliver course materials and to facilitate course activities as appropriate. Course developers agree to complete training in how to use the LMS effectively and are responsible for putting course materials into the LMS.

Course development and maintenance responsibilities

The primary role of course developers is to be content experts, which includes providing course content and can also include coordinating the efforts of other content providers who are contributing to the courses.

Course developers are also responsible for employing practices that foster academic integrity and help discourage students from cheating. Course developers can get assistance in these efforts from the e-Learning Center and the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment.

Course developers agree to complete course development prior to the start of the term in which the courses are taught.

Course developers are responsible for updating and maintaining courses as needed in subsequent terms. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • updating due dates for each term in which courses are taught
  • monitoring the continued accuracy and relevance of web links and online resources used in courses
  • adding or revising information to keep courses current with developments in the associated academic disciplines


Course developers agree to include the following elements in courses:

  • specific learning objectives in each course module
  • activities and assignments based on sound instructional design to help students meet the learning objectives
  • assessments that help the course developers determine whether students achieved the desired learning outcomes

Course developers agree to work with the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment to develop the assessments.


Course developers agree to adhere to all quality standards set by NAU or regulating authorities such as the state or federal government. Examples include, but are not limited to, copyright law and Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Institutional review board

Course developers agree to include an Institutional Review Board (IRB) consent form in courses and will secure IRB approval for research activities, including comparative and longitudinal assessment activities, conducted in the courses.

Quality reviews

Course developers agree to submit the courses to the e-Learning Center for a course quality review. Examples of some of the review criteria can be found in the Quality Matters Rubric and in the e-Learning Center's course quality checklists. Upon request by course developers or their department chairs, the e-Learning Center will review the completed courses and will generate reports of recommended changes or enhancements. Course developers agree to address any issues raised during the quality reviews.