Guidelines for the Proposal and Development of New Online-Police-Academy Courses

 

Do you have an idea for a subject or issue in the area of law enforcement that you feel is missing from our course catalogue? Do you have the credentials and experience necessary to develop and teach a new course based on that idea? If so, we’d love to hear from you! The Online Police Academy is happy to review new proposals for courses.

In general, our courses are divided into two distinct types: 1) those based on a pre-written, required textbook, authored either by you, or a third party; 2) courses which require no outside text, but are rather based on material you write yourself. Below are two separate sets of guidelines for the development of each type of course.

 

Guidelines for Courses Based on Pre-existing Textbooks

  1. Your course should be broken down into a series of lessons focusing on specific topics within the main subject of the course. Online Police Academy courses generally contain anywhere from six to fifteen lessons.
  2. Each lesson should involve a selected reading assignment from the textbook.
  3. You’ll provide a study guide for each of the given reading assignments. These guidelines could involve a set of study questions based on the reading, a series of clarifying points you’d like to make about the material, or additional information you’d like to add regarding the specific topic.
  4. These study guides will be published online as part of the course.
  5. You’ll need to write a comprehensive final exam that tests the student’s knowledge of the course subject. The format of the exam (i.e. multiple choice, essay questions, etc.) is up to you.
  6. This exam will not be published online, instead you’ll provide the exam upon request when the student feels he or she is ready.

Guidelines for Courses with no Pre-existing Textbook

  1. Your course should be broken down into a series of lessons focusing on specific topics within the main subject of the course. Online Police Academy courses generally contain anywhere from six to fifteen lessons.
  2. For each of the lessons you’ll need to write a discussion of the topic. In general, these discussions should be between one and three pages of single spaced text. These discussions will be published on the Online Police Academy site.
  3. At the end of each discussion, it is helpful if you provide a set of study questions based on the preceding material. These questions should be designed to solidify the student’s knowledge of the topic, and to help them prepare for the final exam.
  4. It is also helpful to provide a set of learning objectives at the start of each lesson. These objectives aid in focusing the students attention on the topic at hand.
  5. You’ll need to write a comprehensive final exam which tests the student’s knowledge of the course subject. The format of the exam (i.e. multiple choice, essay questions, etc.) is up to you. This exam will not be published online, instead you’ll provide the exam upon request when the student feels he or she is ready.

Guidelines for New Course Proposals

If you’d like to propose a new course to us, please write a written, preliminary proposal which includes all of the following information:

  1. Provide a brief explanation of the subject for the proposed new course.
  2. If the course requires a textbook, provide the name and author of the book.
  3. Provide a course outline listing lesson titles and a brief explanation of the topic discussed in each lesson.
  4. Please include a few of the possible questions to be included in the final exam for the course.
  5. Provide a brief biography, written in the third person, listing your credentials and experience. This biography should clearly demonstrate your qualifications for teaching the course you are proposing.
  6. Please include your contact information, including e-mail address, phone number and business address.

When you have gathered the necessary materials, please e-mail them to us by clicking on the “Contact Us” button on the right hand side of this page and pasting your information into the “Message” field. Once we have received your proposal, we’ll review it and contact you regarding what to do next.