The Instructional Design and Technology team for University Computing and Telecommunications 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.
For Fall 2020 courses, the deadlines for requesting and submitting newly developed online courses for Minimum Standards Review have expired. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Fall 2020 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 Summer 2021 term (including May Mini Session) 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.
Fall 2020 Course Delivery
|Nov 22, 2019||Deadline for new online course requests for Fall 2020 to have been submitted. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Fall 2020 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Fall 2020 delivery.|
|Mar 20, 2020||Deadline to have submitted new online master courses for Fall 2020 for Minimum Standards Review.|
Spring 2021 Course Delivery (incl, Winter Mini Session)
|May 1, 2020||Deadline for new online course requests for Winter Mini Session 2020 to have been submitted. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Winter Mini Session 2020 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Winter Mini Session 2020 delivery.|
|Sep 11, 2020||Deadline to submit new online development courses intended for delivery in Winter Mini Session 2020 for Minimum Standards Review.|
|May 29, 2020||Deadline for new online course requests for Spring 2021 to have been submitted. Faculty without existing online-approved shells for Spring 2021 courses by this deadline will need to borrow from another instructor’s existing online-approved contents for Spring 2021 delivery.|
|October 9, 2020||Deadline to submit new online master courses for Spring 2021 for Minimum Standards Review.|
Summer/Fall 2021 Delivery
|Nov 20, 2020||Deadline for new online course requests for both Summer and Fall 2021 to be 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.|
|Feb 19, 2021||Deadline to submit new online master courses for Summer 2021 (including the May Mini Session) for Minimum Standards review.|
|Mar 19, 2021||Deadline to submit new online master courses for Fall 2021 for Minimum Standards review.|
|Jun 4, 2021||Deadline for new online course requests for Winter Mini Session 2021 to be 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 11, 2021||Deadline to submit new online master courses for Winter Mini Session 2021 for 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:
- THECB Institutional Plan for Distance Education (PDF)
- THECB Guide for Incorporating the Principles of Good Practice Into Electronically-Based Courses (PDF)
- THECB Principles of Good Practice for Academic Degree and Certificate Programs and Credit Courses Offered Electronically (PDF)
- SACS Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs (PDF)
The Instructional Design and Technology team for University Computing and Telecommunications currently utilizes two Minimum Standards Review checklists, depending on the nature of the fully online course:
1) Full 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.
Minimum Standards Review and Limited Delegation Course Requests
For a variety of reasons, instructors may need to teach a fully online course that is a temporary copy (limited delegation) of another instructor’s online-approved master course contents. Although the source master course has already passed Minimum Standards Review, a review of the current master is conducted for the following reasons:
- To ensure that the source master course (especially if it has been significantly edited over time) is still in compliance with the university’s Minimum Standards expectations;
- To advise the borrower of instructor-specific features (e.g., instructor introduction, contact information) that they will need to change as soon as they provision their offering; and
- To ensure that all links (in the syllabus, on the course menu, and throughout the course) and multimedia contents are functioning as intended. This is especially important when an instructor borrows content from another instructor who has been separated from the university or from a course that has not been taught for several semesters.
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.