The College of General Studies (CGS) works with University of Pittsburgh departments and faculty members to design, develop, and offer undergraduate courses in the online modality (hybrid and web). Priority is given to courses that meet and enhance CGS degree and certificate program requirements. Proposals are submitted by the instructor planning to develop and teach the course, with approval of the respective department chair.
The Director of Academic Programs coordinates the proposal process. Pitt faculty members interested in developing a CGS online course should review the information available on this website and contact Dr. Boryana Dobreva for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the initiation, preparation and administrative approval of course proposals may take anywhere between two and four months. Below is our timeline for proposal development and submissions, based on the anticipated term of initial course offering.
CGS Timeline for Proposal Submissions
|PROPOSALS START||PROPOSALS DUE||TERM OF INITAL COURSE OFFERING|
|early November||end of January||FALL LAUNCH|
|early March||end of April||SPRING LAUNCH|
|end of July||end of September||SUMMER LAUNCH|
Once the proposal to develop a CGS Online course is completed and approved, the Director will schedule an initial meeting to discuss a course design plan and a project schedule. Each course developer will have the opportunity to work closely with an instructional designer/technologist from PITT's University Center for Teaching and Learning (UCTL).
The Online Course Development Process
Developing an online course is a demanding task that requires extensive planning, organization, and one’s ability to work within a schedule and meet deadlines. The development process is also team-driven and involves periodic meetings with the UCTL instructional designer as well as several stages of reviews by CGS Academic Affairs prior to final approval. CGS Online has, therefore, established several deadlines and benchmarks to ensure that the course will be ready at the start of the term in which you aim to offer it. For more information, consult our Guide for CGS Online Instructors.
Listed below are several resources available to help you as you begin the proposal and course development process: