Utah Valley University invites submission of innovative and well-conceived courses for development through Distance Education (DE) that extend access to education for new and diverse student populations.


To qualify for consideration, courses must have been previously approved by the Curriculum Committee and their development endorsed by the department chair.


Faculty are eligible for a new course development remuneration if they are designated "Wolverine Green" or "Wolverine Gold." The Wolverine Gold designation is reserved for large enrollment courses or bottleneck courses as designated by the office of Academic Affairs. These courses are generally taught by a large adjunct pool and thus require thoughtful design regarding content stability while at the same time using interactive media and technologies to engage and assess students in large course sections. There is no qualitative difference between a Green or Gold course.

Note: Courses that consist primarily of "e-Packs," online textbooks, or third-party-produced online content are not eligible for the DE development incentive.

Intellectual Property

DE echoes the University's commitment to academic freedom and the protection of the intellectual property interests of all concerned in the development of course materials to be delivered through DE technologies. As such, materials developed for DE delivery are bound by the University's policy on intellectual property (#136).


Faculty as Subject Matter Expert(s)

A faculty member who works with Distance Education (DE) on a new DE course is termed "Subject Matter Expert" (SME). An SME collaborates with Instructional Design Services to create a web-based course consisting of course orientation materials, lessons, interactions, activities, assessments, and evaluations. The Instructional Design Services unit provides instructional design consultation, editing, media development services, course construction, and technology enhancement during the course development phase.

New Course Development Incentive Amounts and Payment

During course development meetings, the Instructional Designer will outline the development standards necessary to achieve a Wolverine Green or Gold endorsement (an icon displayed at the bottom of the course pages to indicate its status). These courses are considered exemplary and will be showcased as model DE courses.

Faculty compensation for online course development is determined by development standards implemented by Instructional Design Services, department chair approval, and student course evaluations. The table below illustrates a conceptual breakdown of faculty remuneration. The course must meet the first three criteria to achieve a Wolverine Green or Gold course designation (and accompanying incentive). The incentive for course development will be paid at the completion of the pilot semester, after department approval and completion of student evaluations.

Green Gold
Development Standards = $2,500 Development Standards = $3,500
Department Approval = $1,500* Department Approval = $1,750*
Student Metrics = $500** Student Metrics = $750**
On Time Delivery = $500 On Time Delivery = $500
Total Possible = $5,000 Total Possible = $6,500

*Department heads must sign both the course proposal forms at the beginning of the design process as well as check the course after development for quality subject matter coverage.

**Compensation is tied to response rates of student course evaluations rather than results of student course evaluations. Evaluation questions that assess course design are considered at the end of pilot for course improvement purposes only.


UVU Distance Education Course Development Timeline
Submit Course Proposal
Submit online Course Proposal at:
Bring a signed copy to the orientation.
The online Course Proposal prompts this meeting, which will cover:
  • Instructional Design Considerations
  • Content Delivery Timelines
  • Green/Gold Development Standards
  • Development Incentive Plan
  • Intellectual Property Policy
  • Fair Use Policy
  • Course Stabilization and Improvement
Instructional Design
In collaboration with your Instructional Designer:
  • Discuss course objectives.
  • Plan and map course structure.
  • Discuss course materials, interactions, activities, and assessments.
Full Content Due
  • Oct 1 - Spring
  • Feb 1 - Summer
  • Jun 1 - Fall
E-mail(as attachments) course content to your Instructional Designer
  • Include course ID in e-mail subject line
  • Name file with course info with specific content (course orientation materials, lessons, etc.)
IDS Launch Sequence
After course design and development is complete:
  • DE reviews course.
  • DE tests course for usability.
  • SME reviews course components, finalizes revisions.
Faculty Launch Sequence
After course content is delivered, and before pilot:
  • Faculty receives Web Tools Training at Innovation Center (LI 114).
  • Department approves course.
  • Faculty meets course specialist(s) and learns about DE support services.
Teach Pilot w/ 16 Students
During the pilot, contact course specialists with any concerns.
  • Spring pilot: Apr
  • Summer pilot: Aug
  • Fall pilot: Dec
  • Meet with DE to discuss outcomes and ideas to improve the course.
  • DE measures course via Green/Gold rubric to determine incentive payment.



General Information

Instructor Name:
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Proposal For:
Course Type:
Initial Delivery:
Annual Delivery: Fall
Department Chair: 

Course Information

Course ID: e.g. ENGL 1010
Course Title:
Credits/CEUs: e.g. 3
Fulfills Prerequisite:
Requires Prerequisite:
Curriculum Committee Approved: 
Counts Toward Degree:


Recent Semester Enrollments
Sections / Semester

What is the projected enrollment for this course?

Projected for Online 

Is this course being developed for delivery to multiple sections by a single instructor?

Is this course being developed for delivery to multiple sections by multiple instructors?

Course Design Elements

What are the objectives and goals for this course?

Do you have any concerns about delivering this course online?

Activities Students May Engage In

Textbook or Article Reading
Discussions with Instructor
Discussions with Students
Written Assignments
Online Quizzes and Exams
Classroom Testing Center or Proctored Exams
Group Projects or Activities
Blogging or Journaling
Real-Time Web Meetings
Live Meetings
Diagrams, etc.
PowerPoint Slides
Student Presentations



A sponsoring academic department, hereafter referred to as "sponsoring department," agrees to allow selected faculty to develop [Course ID] [Course Title] as a Distance Education course that is proposed by [Instructor Name] and requested for delivery for [The Semester] of [The Year].

Each Subject Matter Expert (SME) assigned to develop a DE course shall author original course lectures, materials, activities, and assessments to constitute the content of an entire course for delivery at a distance. The sponsoring academic department is solely responsible for ensuring the academic quality and rigor of any and all DE courses.


A faculty member assigned by the department to teach a DE course (the "instructor") may or may not be the same faculty member as the SME. Compensation for instructors teaching a DE course is separate from any stipend for course development and is not defined in this document. The sponsoring department agrees to provide replacement faculty member(s) and notify DE in the event that the SME or the instructor is/are unable to complete assigned duties.


Except when grant monies and/or faculty release time is involved, Distance Education will typically cover all course development costs — no financial commitment is expected of schools or departments.


During the pilot (first) semester, enrollments for online courses are typically limited. After the pilot enrollment, the cap "levels" (25, 40, 100) are at the sole discretion of the sponsoring academic department.

By signing below you acknowledge and agree with all terms specified in this document.

Printed Name
Printed Name
Signature, Subject Matter Expert/Date
Signature, Director of IDS/Date
Printed Name
Printed Name
Signature, Acad. Department Chair/Date
Signature, Director, Distance Education/Date

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Timeline Bonus
Instructional Designer:

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