Focus on Planning Program

The Focus on Planning program prepares and enables UTA Faculty and Staff to effectively design online courses utilizing Quality Matters (QM) rubric standards. Through the courses, UTA Faculty and Staff will be introduced to the culture of quality assurance that the CDE Instructional Design Team currently provides for all UTA online courses developed through the CDE course development program.

The program consists of eight courses, where three courses are categorized as foundations and five courses are categorized as electives. 

After completing all eight courses, faculty and staff will receive a certificate of completion.

Infographic showing flow of the Focus on Planning program

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Current Open Enrollments

All courses are open for enrollment and will be offered April 5, 2021 through December 17, 2021.

Need help enrolling and beginning a course?

  1. Click the Enroll link provided (for example, the link listed in "Current Open Enrollments" or the register link in the CDE newsletter).
  2. Click Enroll from the course or program page.
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  3. Click the "Enroll in Course" or "Enroll in Program" link on the following page.
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  4. You will receive a success message.
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  1. Log in to Canvas Catalog.
  2. Navigate to your Dashboard, if you are not already on your dashboard after logging in.
  3. Click the Begin Course button next to the appropriate course.
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Suggested Schedule Examples

Example Schedule #1

  • April: Evaluating Your Course Design
  • May: Quality Meets Alignment
  • June: Content Development
  • July: Accessibility
  • August: Creating Presence
  • September: OFF
  • October: Rubrics
  • November: Strategic Video-Making
  • December: Learning Analytics

Example Schedule #2

  • April: Evaluating Your Course Design
  • May: Quality Meets Alignment
  • June: Content Development
  • July: Creating Presence and Rubrics
  • August: Accessibility
  • September: OFF
  • October: Strategic Video-Making and Learning Analytics
  • November: OFF
  • December: OFF

Example Schedule #3

  • April: Evaluating Your Course Design
  • May: OFF
  • June: Quality Meets Alignment and Strategic Video-Making
  • July: Content Development and Accessibility
  • August: Creating Presence and Rubrics
  • September: OFF
  • October: Learning Analytics
  • November: OFF
  • December: OFF