Developing an Online Course

By Kathy Hoellen

Many faculty and departments have expressed interest in providing Distance Education courses at Clemson University in response to recent budget and pandemic discussions. Regardless of the motivation, eLearning continues to grow at Clemson at an average of 20-25% per year. As faculty plan spring and summer courses, Teaching and Learning Services is responding to more requests for assistance in developing online courses. We would like faculty to know that we provide many related services and tools for those who are planning to teach online.

Getting Started
We offer abundant information for new distance education course developers on the CCIT website. To get started, go to and click on Distance Education (under Help & Services).  Next, click on the "Getting Started" link under the "Faculty" header, where you'll find a helpful checklist and information about resources for course development. 


Our Teaching & Learning Services instructional design staff are currently leading online workshops to assist faculty new to teaching online. Other tool-specific workshops are also offered regularly. View upcoming workshops and register at Please email if you don't see the training you need.

Instructional Design
CCIT Instructional designers are available to help you through the course development process, from training to selecting the right online tools and developing your course. The assistance we offer can not only help you save time, but also provides a contact for you to negotiate other services if needed. For a successful online course, you should begin planning 3-6 months prior to the semester the course will be offered online. Whether you're planning a single course or a complete program to be offered online, Teaching and Learning Services is available to help you through the process. To connect with one of our instructional designers, email

Kathy Hoellen is Director of Teaching & Learning Services for Clemson Computing and Information Technology.

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