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Overview of Support for Online Program and Course Development

We provide comprehensive set of services to support NIU online programs and courses, including:

Online Program Support

Departments interested in developing an online program (e.g. a major, a baccalaureate completion program, a certificate and/or a graduate degree or certificate) may apply for support from the Office of Online Program Development and Support (OPDS). Click here to learn more.

Online Course Development 

Faculty who have been asked by their department to develop an online course that is not part of an online program may also apply for support from the Online Program Development and Support (OPDS) Office.  Decisions for financial support of online course development are based on projected course demand, eLearning Services capacity, and the budget allocation to the OPDS. Click here to learn more.

Promotion of Online Programs

The Online Program Development and Support (OPDS) Office promotes online/blended programs and courses with a full range of strategies that include print and electronic media and customized and segmented email campaigns. Click here to learn more.

Research and Community

It is important that decisions made in the development of online programs be driven by data obtained through efficient and effective research. The OPDS Office can provide support for faculty or administrators interested in designing and conducting research on their online courses or programs. Click here to learn more.