The Academy for Online Course Development was established in 2010 to support faculty who want to develop their first online course or want to improve an existing online course. The Academy instructional model takes advantage of a variety of instructional formats, hands-on opportunities.

Participants receive the skills and strategies necessary for effective online teaching. They also receive hands-on experience working with the university LMS environment used to deliver online courses. The Academy program includes topics such as online teaching methods, technology strategies for engaging students, online course management techniques, creating online content (audio, video, text), new technologies for facilitating communication and interaction in an online course, and many other topics crucial to understanding effective online teaching.