Al Baha University

Dozens of New Courses Created in Record Time

When Al Baha University in Saudi Arabia needed to develop 40 new degree programs and enhance two existing ones, they turned to Franklin University for help. Despite being separated by several continents, Franklin and Al Baha share a mutual commitment to accessible education. So in December 2014, Al Baha and Franklin teamed up to develop a series of online courses in support of five new healthcare programs, as well as enhance an undergraduate and graduate degree program.

Solution Snapshot


Al Baha needed all-new and comprehensive degree program content for five new healthcare programs, including learning outcomes, course descriptions, syllabi, assignments, and dynamic learning experiences, such as interactive games and virtual labs.


Al Baha partnered with Franklin University to quickly create 40 high-quality online academic programs, including developing the curriculum and teaching materials necessary to support each new program.


Although the industry average for rolling out a project of this magnitude is 14 to 18 months, Franklin developed and delivered the high-quality courses to Al Baha within six months. The courses enabled Al Baha to launch five new healthcare programs, as well as enhance its existing English major and Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Solution Details

Swift, Successful Development & Implementation

More than 50 U.S.-based individuals with wide-ranging areas of expertise comprised the project evaluation and development teams, which met monthly using online video conferencing. Starting with Al Baha’s required course topics, the teams created all aspects of the teaching and learning experience -- from choosing the most pedagogically effective ways to present the material (such as interactive games and virtual labs) to selecting the best textbooks. 

Building Course Offerings More Efficiently 

All 40 online courses were completed and delivered to Al Baha University in one-third the time of a typical project of this magnitude. Al Baha’s partnership with Franklin not only enabled the University to build its online course offerings more quickly and effectively, it led to the creation of 150 standardized syllabi for Al Baha’s existing onsite courses. The syllabi describe each course and its expected outcomes, and are useful for communicating academic offerings to students, prospects, and reviewers.

About Al Baha University

Saudi Arabia’s Al Baha University enrolls 14,000 students annually, and offers a variety of majors emphasizing public service. Established in 2006, the public university provides modern curricula and up-to-date teaching technologies throughout its four colleges and 23 academic departments.