Two of the most frequently asked questions by faculty considering the development of a blended or online course are: 1) how much time will it take? and 2) how much will it cost? On the surface, these are easy, clear-cut questions. The answers, however, vary significantly based on a number of factors involving course design and staffing/budget models:
Number of hours required for course design and development:
70 – 600 hours with an average of about 250 hours
Duration of project from start to finish:
Unless faculty/instructors have a dedicated leave period, most faculty/instructors should plan on a 6-9 month period in which they will design/develop an online course from an existing classroom-based offering.
Cost of project:
If an academic unit has a subsidized academic technology service group that develops online courses, the only cost to faculty is usually their time. If a unit does not have this type of academic technology group, the fee-for-service cost to develop a course typically ranges from $16,000 to $45,000.
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