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Minimum Standards Review

The Instructional Design and Technology team for the Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) manages the Online Course Development Calendar and Minimum Standards Review (formerly Quality Assurance) process for University of Houston-Clear Lake.

The information on this page applies only to fully online courses. Web-supported and hybrid courses are not subject to course request deadlines or Minimum Standards Review.

2021-2022 Online Course Development Calendar

For Fall 2021 courses, the deadline for requesting and submitting newly developed online courses for Minimum Standards Review has expired. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Fall 2021 courses will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for that term. Requests to develop new fully online courses may be submitted for intended delivery in the Spring 2022 term or later.

All of the dates below apply to new, fully online courses under development. This could be a course you created from scratch, adapted from a permanent copy of your own existing course on a different topic, or permanently borrowed contents from another instructor’s existing course.

For information about the deadlines for course requests and for Minimum Standards Review submissions, please feel free to watch our short video presentation.

Understanding the Course Development Calendar

Fall 2021 Delivery

Date Description
Nov 20, 2020 Deadline by which new online course requests for both Summer and Fall 2021 needed to have been submitted via the online course development request form. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Summer/Fall 2021 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Summer/Fall 2021 delivery.
Mar 19, 2021 Deadline by which new online master courses for Fall 2021 needed to have been submitted for Minimum Standards review.
May 7, 2021 Deadline by which new online course requests for Winter Mini Session 2021 needed to have been submitted via the online course development request form. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Winter Mini Session 2021 courses will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Winter Mini Session 2021 delivery.
Sep 17, 2021 Deadline by which new online master courses for Winter Mini Session 2022 (starts in December 2021) must be submitted for Minimum Standards Review.

Spring 2022 Delivery

Date Description
May 7, 2021 Deadline by which new online course requests for Winter Mini Session 2021 needed to have been submitted via the online course development request form. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Winter Mini Session 2021 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Winter Mini Session 2021 delivery.
Sep 17, 2021 Deadline by which new online development courses intended for delivery in Winter Mini Session 2021 must be submitted for Minimum Standards Review.
Jun 4, 2021 Deadline by which new online course requests for Spring 2022 needed to have been submitted via the online course development request form. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Spring 2022 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Spring 2022 delivery.
October 15, 2021 Deadline by which new online development courses intended for delivery in Spring 2022 must be submitted for Minimum Standards Review.

Summer/Fall 2022 Delivery

Date Description
Nov 19, 2021 Deadline by which new online course requests for both Summer and Fall 2022 need to be submitted via the online course development request form. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Summer/Fall 2022 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Summer/Fall 2022 delivery.
Feb 18, 2022 Deadline by which new online development courses intended for delivery in Summer 2022 must be submitted for Minimum Standards Review.
Mar 18, 2022 Deadline by which new online development courses intended for delivery in Fall 2022 must be submitted for Minimum Standards Review.
May 6, 2022 Deadline by which new online course requests for Winter Mini Session 2022 need to be submitted via the online course development request form. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Winter Mini Session 2022 courses will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Winter Mini Session 2022 delivery.
Sep 16, 2022 Deadline by which new online development courses intended for delivery in Winter Mini Session 2023 (starts in December 2022) must be submitted for Minimum Standards Review.

Minimum Standards Review

The Minimum Standards Review process exists to ensure that all new fully online courses meet or exceed minimal standards in design, navigability and student engagement. This is to reflect the expectations of the university and its accrediting entities (The Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). The following documents from SACS and THECB provide details regarding guidelines from those entities:

OIT's Instructional Design and Technology team currently utilizes two Minimum Standards Review checklists, depending on the nature of the fully online course:

1) Full Minimum Standards Checklist with tips/examples – used for all fully online non-internship/practicum courses. There are four (4) sections in the full checklist, each of which address a particular design element of the online course:

  • Syllabus Section: The first thirteen (13) items (one of which applies ONLY to courses in the College of Business) covers information that must be included in a Syllabus as standards of best practice.
  • Syllabus/University Policies Section: the next three (3) items cover the requirements to have in the syllabus the academic honesty policy, last drop date and a disabilities accommodation statement.
  • Course Structure Section: The next thirteen (13) items (two of which apply ONLY to courses in the College of Business) are the course structure items relate to the design and navigability of the course.
  • Assignments Section: The final three (3) items concern clarity of course assignments and directions, course policies, and communication of grades and student feedback.

2) Internship/Practicum Course Checklist with tips and examples – used for online internship/practicum courses that may be less robust in terms of instructional content and more flexible in structure to suit students’ individual internship/practicum experiences.

If you elect to work with a member of our Instructional Design team when developing your new online course, your Instructional Designer will conduct a post-development review of your course and work with you to resolve any potential issues before your course is submitted for Minimum Standards Review.

To avoid unnecessary delays during Minimum Standards Review, instructors who develop courses without Instructional Design assistance are advised to conduct a self-review of the course before submitting their course for Minimum Standards Review.

If you have any questions about the information or resources provided on this page, please contact the designated Instructional Designer for your college. If you aren’t sure how to reach your designated Instructional Designer, you may contact the Support Center either by email at SupportCenter@uhcl.edu or by telephone at 281-283-2828. The Support Center staff will create a help ticket for your inquiry and it will be routed to the appropriate member of our team.

Contact

  • Instructional Design and Technology

    Phone: 281-283-2981
    IDT@uhcl.edu 

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