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Master Templates

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Call for Participants

Before getting started, we suggest all interested faculty review our Call for Participants. This gives you a detailed description of the programs goals and logistics.

Call for Participants


After reviewing the Call for Participants, you can access the link below to apply to be part of the MTS Program using the editable PDF document. Applicants will need to make sure to address evidence that the course they are applying to take through the MTS Program is high need (i.e. can fill multiple sections of students on wait list).

Complete the application, get a signature from your department chair, then send without any other signatures to, or send to MS 4610 c/o Dennis. Southeast Online will review the applications to ensure all information needed is provided, and then Southeast Online will get the remaining signatures.  After all applications are reviewed Southeast Online will notify accepted applicants.


Institute Schedule

Spring 2020 Cohort

Activity Dates
Apply to the MTS Program November
Accepted Applicants Notified December
Primer Course Starts December 16
Face-to-Face Workshop TBD by Cohort Participants
Design Phase January 21 - May 22
Peer Review May 26 - June 12

Primer Course Overview and Instructions

The Primer Course is a two week long, asynchronous online course, that puts participating faculty in the shoes of an online student, while covering topics such as: online learning, online course design fundamentals, the Master Template Studio process, and locating and developing content.

Don’t let the long list of topics covered in the Primer Course scare you. The Primer Course is not designed to take all your time and energy to complete. The Primer Course was created to get all faculty on the same page and to cover competencies online so that our face-to-face workshop can be as productive as possible. It is only expected to take faculty 20 hours to complete the Primer Course from start to finish.


There will be a one-day face-to-face workshop at Catapult in downtown Cape Girardeau. The workshop will focus on four key areas of your course template: Objectives, E-tivities, Assessments, and Rubrics. Cohort participants need to be prepared to discuss the big picture and purpose for the course you are creating a template for, and an idea of how you think students should interact with content and be assessed.

Peer Review Resources

Peer Review

At the end of the design phase each faculty will be paired with a peer from their cohort. These pairs will peer review each other’s completed course templates and make suggestions on what should be fixed in each other’s course before use, as well as provide any suggestions they might have.

The peer review process that the MTS program will be using is The Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric. To learn more about the OSCQR rubric you can visit the following link: You can access the rubric below which will be the exact rubric we use for the peer review at the end of the program.

OSCQR Rubric

Continuous Quality Improvement Resources

At least every 5 semester (or 30 months) courses will be required to go through a CQI review. Each department will set the specific CQI Review Schedule for each course. The CQI Review process will occur in two parts: An internal review and external review.

The internal review is completed by the individual academic department. This review will be look at course content and deciding whether or not to update course content. The external review will be completed by Southeast Online or CSTL and is only concerned with making sure the course webpage’s links are working. The external review is not concerned with course content; that is left up to the individual departments that complete the internal review.

Sample Course Manual

By the end of the MTS Program all completed courses will be accompanied by a Course Resource Manual created by the participating faculty and Online Instructional Coordinator to outline the rules and procedures for whoever teaches the course.

Example Course Manual
Editable Example Course Manual

Sample Master Template Course

We welcome all interested faculty to view a sample of what a course template created through the MTS program looks like. Please remember that Southeast Online is not expecting participants to create a “completed” course. It needs to be a template that has content and required activities that any other instructor could easily use to teach without starting from scratch.

For access, please email Dennis Kinkead at

Meet Cohort 1

2018 Summer Cohort

Faculty Department
Alisha Ortiz Accounting
Christine Ladwig Accounting
Gillian Nicholls Accounting
Lori Mueller Accounting
Erin Fluegge Management & Marketing
Foster Roberts Management & Marketing
Shawn Guiling Psychology
Nicolas Wilkins Psychology
Faculty and Staff in meeting room
Faculty and Staff in front of noteboard


Dennis Kinkhead
Phone: (573) 651-2348