Instructional Design Services (IDS) offers a range of services for course development. Services offered depend on a number of factors including course enrollment, faculty experience and preference, and resources available within IDS. 

Three categories of Instructional Design support:

  1. UFLC-OTL Course Development
  2. Consultation 
  3. CFLC Builds

FLC-OTL Course Development

Step #1: Curriculum Approved

The course must be approved by the School/college Curriculum committee as well as the University Curriculum Committee to be considered for development.

Step #2: CFLC/UFLC approval

The course must be submitted to the school/college College Flexible Learning Council for approval. Final approval is contingent upon the University Flexible Learning Council.

Step #3: FlexStudio

Faculty developing an online or hybrid course for the first time will be encouraged to take FlexStudio. FlexStudio is a six-hour online workshop with deadlines to ensure timely development.

Step #4: Course Design Plan

Faculty and instructional designer partner to create a course design plan which outlines the objectives, assessments, and activities for the course.

Step #5: Development

Faculty and instructional designer build the appropriate parts of the course in Canvas which may include custom video or graphics.

Step #6: Quality Review

Once the course is developed and reaches minimum accessibility thresholds, the course is sent to review.

Step #7: Delivery

The first offering or pilot semester is considered part of the course development. Faculty can make adjustments to the course based on student feedback and faculty experience.

Quality Review

Each Full Course Development is reviewed for quality after receiving a 90% Ally score to ensure accessibility thresholds are met.  Courses are reviewed by three independent/anonymous faculty/staff members using the Online Course Design rubric or Hybrid rubric. Reviews typically take two weeks to complete. Once available, faculty and instructional designer review results, discuss and make course revisions which completes the quality review.


Full-development courses are typically compensated. Compensation is tied to Adjunct and Overload rate. For example, if a faculty develops a 3-contact hour course, they would be paid the equivalent of teaching a 3-contact hour course. The current Adjunct and Overload rate can be found in the HR section of myUVU.

Full-time faculty receive compensation twice during the course development process. The first payment occurs when the faculty complete the Course Design Plan with the instructional designer. The second payment occurs after revisions are made as part of the quality review.

Contact Seth Gurell for more information about course compensation.


Some faculty want to make narrower and more targeted changes to their course. Instructional Designers are available to help on a consultation basis on a wide range of topics. Compensation is not available. Please contact Seth Gurell for more information.

CFLC Builds

In order to meet the demand of students and regional needs, demand for course development may exceed Instructional Designer capacity. CFLC Builds are intended to provide a structured method of developing an online course while promoting quality for experienced instructors.

CFLC Builds have multiple milestones:

  1. Course Design Plan: a course design plan which outlines the objectives, assessments, and activities for the course.
  2. Button up: Application of a course template to ensure consistent navigation.
  3. Quality Review: Anonymous review of the course by three peer faculty and a faculty response to the review.
  4. Student survey: Students complete a survey related to course design and faculty responds to their feedback.

Contact your CFLC representative for more information about CFLC Builds and how to get started.