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The Office of Instructional Technology (OIT)

Master Course Manager

Purpose of the Master Course Storage shell:          (.mp3 audio of text below)

  • To house a copy of the online course that is current with regard to department generated course goals, learning objectives, syllabus and textbooks.
  • In the case of courses with multiple sections, there will be one Master Course Storage shell and one Master Course Manager.

Master Course Manager Guidelines for Multiple Section Online Courses:

  • To ensure that the Master Course Storage shell contains the most current department approved course content.
  • To ensure that the Master Course Storage shell reflects the most current department course goals and learning outcomes.
  • To ensure that a department approved syllabus is used.
  • To ensure that the Master Course Storage shell reflects the most current department approved textbook and textbook edition.
  • To ensure that the best practices for electronically delivered courses are included in the course design.
  • To ensure that multiple assessment activities are built into the course.
  • To ensure that there are no ADA issues and that recommended course tools are used.
  • To reduce duplicated effort and to ensure consistency in multi-section courses when there are departmental and/or textbook changes.
    • The Master Course Manager will complete the required changes in the Master Course Storage shell four weeks before each semester’s start as needed. All instructors of multi-section courses will begin the semester with a copy of the revised Master Course Storage shell.
    • In semesters where there are no textbook or edition changes, the instructor-specific storage shells will be used as templates for the new semester.
  • To notify each instructor in a multi-section course about the current text and department updates that result in changes to the Master Course Storage shell. In this case, instructors in a multi-section course will begin the semester with a copy of the Master Course Storage shell. Instructors are then responsible for customizing the course by adding their individual materials.
  • To notify the Office of Instructional Technology when the Master Course Storage shell is to be used to create new semester shells for multi-section courses.
  • To maintain communication with faculty teaching from the MC shell with regard to its effectiveness. Solicit feedback about improvement.

Master Course Manager Process

  • Only courses with multiple sections and multiple instructors are eligible to have a Master Course Manager.
  • The department chair designates the Master Course Manager.
  • Once a Master Course Manager has been assigned, the course is reviewed for best practice, ADA, and recommended course tool compliance. A beta test report is generated and the Office of Instructional Technology staff work with the designer to make required changes.
  • Once required changes are completed, the course is reviewed by the department chair or a designee for content and compliance to department standards. The department reviewer signs and returns a beta test sign-off sheet if all standards are met.
  • Once a course successfully completes the MC process, a yearly stipend of $500 is paid during the following summer.
  • In order to receive the stipend, the Master Course Manager must complete the Master Course Manager Checklist and return it to CEL prior to May 31 each year.

Intellectual Property:

Minot State University has not developed a policy addressing intellectual property; thus, online courses fall under the State Board of Higher Education Policy for Institution-directed Mediated Courseware: When the Institution directs in an employment contract the creation of a specific Mediated Courseware, the resulting Mediated Courseware belongs to the Institution and the Institution shall have the right to revise it and decide who will utilize the Mediated Courseware in instruction. The Institution may specifically agree to share revenues and control rights with the employee.

(www.ndus.edu/makers/procedures/sbhe/default.asp?PID=63&SID=7)

Updated: 3/2/2011