designing, developing online & hti courses

Designing, developing and teaching quality online courses requires specific knowledge and skills. In order to ensure that students in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature (LLL) receive quality online instruction, the College of LLL requires that instructors comply with one of the options listed below if they (a) teach online at UH Mānoa for the first time; or (b) have not taught online in the last 2 years.



“Online courses” provide instruction independent of time and location (asynchronously). Rather than meeting in a classroom, such courses are taught completely via the Internet.

“Hybrid Technology Intensive (HTI) courses” make intensive use of online and offline technologies to such an extent that the schedule of class meetings is altered (e.g., meet 3 hours a week for a 4-credit course). Even if online assignments or tools are used regularly, unless the schedule of class meetings is changed, the course is not considered to be an HTI.

Developing Courses: Option 1

(a) The faculty developer must submit a fully developed online course for review at least six weeks before the course is due to the Scheduler.
(b) A comprehensive review and feedback will be provided by the CLT using the Quality Guidelines adopted by the college (download the guidelines).
(c) After the review, CLT staff will assist with implementing changes or improvements recommended in the feedback.

Developing Courses: Option 2

The instructor scheduled to teach will earn a badge representing basic knowledge and skillsets for online course design and teaching prior to teaching online for the first time. This badge, developed by the LLL’s Center for Language & Technology (CLT), can be earned through participation in the Faculty Orientation to Online Learning, a professional development series offered by the CLT, along with completion of related tasks.

Justification criteria for offering online/HTI courses

Online/HTI courses may be offered when they meet one or more of the following justification criteria:

  • High enrollment potential
  • Strong demand from students for an online course
  • Strong or emerging market demand
  • Course is part of a degree or certificate program being put entirely online
  • Course is part of a grant project

Related Links:
*College of LLL online course creation procedures and guidelines
CLT Online Design Studio