Online Proven Course Redesign Program

Frequently Asked Questions

A number of questions have come in regarding this call, so this FAQ is intended to provide answers to some of the more common concerns. If you have specific questions not addressed below, please email Justin Lipp (Faculty Center Director).

Question 1: Is this a required program for departments to participate in, and if so, is funding guaranteed?
Answer: No, this program is purely optional. We recognize that there is a need to support the development of new online courses at SSU with appropriate resources and support. This program is intended to provide departments that are ready to consider putting courses online the capacity to do so in the next academic year. As such, this is a competitive program, and only a limited number of proposals can be funded with this spring's call.

Question 2: My department has several faculty who want to participate, can we submit multiple proposals?
Answer: Only 1 proposal per department can be considered in order to ensure the greatest number of departments possible can receive funding. Faculty are encouraged to work with colleagues in situations where interest is high to submit a single combined proposal with chair and dean approval.

Question 3: Can I work remotely as part of this project?
Answer: Yes and no. Faculty are expected to work in departmental teams to share ideas, pool resources, and work with Faculty Center personnel to complete finished online course shells. Of course, some of this can take place remotely, but for those who have not yet completed the required Online and Blended Teaching Excellence course, which we will run for awardees of this call in early June, will need on-campus time. Many technology demonstrations are easier to facilitate in-person, so we expect that you can be reasonably available to be eligible for this program. Further, all faculty on approved sabbatical leaves are not eligible for additional employment (such as this program) without prior approval from the campus president. 

Question 4: This sounds interesting, but given faculty workloads, how can we expect to complete this on our own?
Answer: This is intended as a highly-scaffolded, high-touch program with lots of support provided. You can expect to receive a high level of service and advice from the Faculty Center staff. The program's timeline and expectations were designed to accommodate what we feel can be reasonably accomplished given a typical full-time faculty workload based on previous experience with online course redesign. Our goal is to ensure your project's success, and we are here to support your efforts.

Program Rationale

The Graduation Initiative 2025 is the CSU’s initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. The Online Proven Course Redesign Program helps specifically to meet GI’s Enrollment Management category by increasing students' ability to enroll in the courses they need when [and where] they need them. Graduate programs may also benefit from the OPCRP by using online courses to increase enrollment and grow capacity to serve students in the more remote regions of our service area.

Program Requirements

Faculty nominated as departmental representatives for this program must have completed the 16-week version of the course or will complete the condensed Summer session iteration of the Online & Blended Teaching Excellence Program available through the Faculty Center.

General Considerations:

  • Each department should nominate a minimum of 2 faculty to participate in the program. Funds may be dispersed as stipend as in the following manner: 
    • $16,000 total - ($4,000 per instructor per course)
    • $3,000 allocated for QLT External Review ($750 x 4 reviews)
    • $1,000 - allocated for supplies/travel, etc.
    • 400 hours of course quality assurance support (100 hours per course)
    • Departments may nominate tenure-track or lecturer faculty for this program.
  • Faculty payment is contingent completion of program milestones.
  • An online course is defined as any offering where 100% of course content is made available online.
  • Eligible courses may include lower-division, upper-division, GE, or elective courses or graduate courses. 
    • Courses considered must be online only unless including a lab-component (in which case blended, where a minimum of 20% of course material is online, will be considered)
    • Each course must be a minimum of 3 units in order to be eligible for consideration.

Departmental Considerations:

  • Courses included in the program must be offered in an online instructional format at least once per year, during the regular Fall or Spring terms, and offered for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Course cap sizes should, at a minimum, mirror those of face-to-face offerings of the same course.
  • Some examples of the type of courses departments may wish to convert to online instructional formats may include gateway courses (e.g., adding additional online sections to alleviate capacity issues) or offering online sections for remote or non-traditional students who reside away from the local area. Bottleneck and gateway courses will be given priority for consideration. At the graduate level, courses that are bottlenecks or that would promote enrollment growth will be given priority.
  • Funded projects will only receive a 1-year commitment for the explicit purpose of course re-development for online delivery. Thereafter, continued online course development and assessment activities will become the responsibility of the department to oversee.

Examples of What Can Be Funded

Examples of What Cannot Be Funded

  1. Course Development: Funds can be used to prepare instructional materials, course assessments, and instructional media, or to procure educational technology tools and equipment (e.g., interactive web-based learning activities; software not currently funded by the University, and devices like tablets and laptops) directly related to course proposed, especially for courses approved by the Educational Policies Committee for online offerings. 

    1. Property ownership and use shall reside with the department and not individual faculty.

    2. Priority will also be given to courses affected by recent Executive Orders impacting GE curriculum (e.g., EO 1100) and furthering student success through the Graduation Initiative 2025 or to courses in graduate programs as part of the strategic enrollment plan. 

  2. Developing Assessment Plans: develop assessment materials (i.e., rubric, rating sheets, materials to provide immediate feedback to students; used for program level to course level application, examining student achievement of program-level goals within and across courses in a program)

  3. Travel: partially support conference travel related to teaching, learning and classroom assessment (up to $500 per faculty participant). Preference will be given to CSU-sponsored events (e.g., CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology, CSU Teaching & Learning Symposium) and for presentations versus only attendance.

  4. Guest Speakers: provide a modest honorarium for an off-campus speaker (no more than $200 per speaker). Please note: this program will only fund a total of $400 per department per academic year for guest speakers. All requests for honoraria must include the speaker's name and special expertise; honoraria are not available to SSU employees; per diem, publicity and travel costs are not supported).

  1. Summer & Winter Intersession Courses: project work can occur over the summer to support a fall/spring course, but Summer and Winter courses cannot be funded

  2. Development activities for courses not yet approved by the Educational Policies Committee.

  3. Funds may not be used to provide faculty with educational technology equipment for personal use.

  4. Pay for small portable items such as flash drives or blank CDs and DVDs.

  5. Purchase or update standard software or software packages provided by the campus.

  6. Develop materials that are likely to result in the publication of a book or other material that could yield income or royalties.

  7. Duplication and distribution of materials to students; purchase books or the equivalent for students. Affordable Learning Program grants are available for such purposes.

  8. Purchase books/videos/DVDs/audio material for individual use by the grantee. 

  9. Fund creation or updating of course materials for courses not explicitly included in this program.

  10. Reimbursement for expenditures made prior to the grant being awarded.

  11. Fund for field trips and other activities not physically taking place in the classroom due to liability concerns.


Award & Funding

Project Oversight

Faculty nominated by departments to participate in this program must meet the following criteria to ensure progress toward program completion.

  • Faculty are expected to meet monthly (at minimum) with Faculty Center staff overseeing the program to provide guidance and support in meeting program objectives and milestones.

    • Grant funds will be released to participating departments and programs with Faculty Center oversight. All program funds will be dispersed as needed, with the Faculty Center maintaining stewardship of funds and with regular reporting on available program balances. Department representatives will need to request any purchasing or funding for project-related expenses directly from Faculty Center staff.




March 23, 2020

Online RFP and Application Form Available to Departments

April 17, 2020

Proposals Due

May 1, 2020

Proposals Selected for Funding by Selection Committee

May 8, 2020

Notification to Selection Committee by Department of Intent to Participate and Accept Funds

June 1 - 12, 2020 (tentative)

Accelerated Online & Blended Teaching Excellence Program for Participants

August 10, 2020

  • Submit to Faculty Center completed Content Map for course #1 to be offered in online format Spring 2021

    • All courses to be offered in Spring 2021 must be approved for online facilitation by the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) before being offered

September 2020

First Faculty Course Development Stipend Paid ($2,000/instructor)

November 2, 2020 Submit course content to be remediated (files, captioning) 

January 11, 2021

Must present to Faculty Center fully vetted and reviewed LMS course shells developed to support online instruction for course #1 to be offered in Spring 2021

Second Faculty Course Development Stipend Paid ($2,000/instructor)

April 2, 2021

  • Submit to Faculty Center completed Content Map for course #2 to be offered in online format Fall 2021

    • All courses to be offered in Fall 2021 must be approved for online facilitation by the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) before being offered

May 2021

Third Faculty Course Development Stipend Paid ($2,000/instructor)

July 6, 2021 Submit course content to be remediated (files, captioning) 

August 6, 2021

Must present to Faculty Center fully vetted and reviewed LMS course shells developed to support online instruction for course #2 to be offered in Fall 2021

September 2021

Final Faculty Course Development Stipend Paid ($2,000/instructor)


Application Template

Proposal Requirements

  1. Basic Contact Information of Applicant: Name, Department, Campus Address, Phone, Email

  2. Course(s) Affected (Department, Course Name/Number, Approximate Course Enrollment, and Online instructional format, but blended will be considered for courses with a lab component).

  3. Brief, descriptive title of the project

  4. Project Overview: Please include a statement of goals for the project, course to be developed in chronological order, the scope of work (including who will be involved with the work)

  5. Project Need/Justification: How will these funds help support faculty development and promote student success?

  6. Project Budget Allocation: Include a breakdown of labor, material, travel and/or other relevant areas, as well as a total project cost. Budget items may be subject to change with Faculty Center approval once the project is funded.

  7. Assessment & Sustainability Plan: How will you demonstrate success in this project? What does a positive outcome look like? How do you intend to share the results of this project with colleagues? How will you ensure that any content created with the support of this grant will be made available in the future?

  8. Applications must include a letter of support from the faculty chair of the department. Additionally, the two faculty departmental representatives nominated to participate in the program must also provide a letter of intent to participate in the program. Approval by the school dean is required. 

  9. Please upload your completed Application Form.

Review Criteria

The Selection Committee will include the Director of the Faculty Center or designee, Faculty Center Online & Blended Instructional Designer, AVP for Academic Programs or designee, the Chair of the Educational Policies Committee, and 1 additional at-large faculty member selected by the AVP for Academic Programs chosen for expertise in online course development. 

Assessment Template

Sample Post-Hoc Assessment of Program Success

Year Term

Course Code

Course Title

Total Enrollment

FTF Enrollment

Online Enrollment

Total DFW%


DFW% Online

Impact Total

Impact FTF

Impact Online


MATH 165

Elementary Applied Statistics











MATH 101

Remedial Math











MATH 165

Elementary Applied Statistics











Date Information
April 17, 2020