Online course development process

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This page addresses several changes related to online development adjustments for the remainder of the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 academic year.

Online course revision requests on hold

We are not accepting requests for funding online course revisions at this time. Further discussion is needed so we can implement consistent practices. More information will be shared when it is available.

Summer term takeover requests
Division Deans may submit requests for exceptions to the takeover pause and we will approve them on a case-by-case basis with support from the Dean of Instruction. Division deans have copies of that form.

Now accepting Online Development Requests for Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Why are we making these changes?

The purpose of these changes allows PCC to:

  • Implement a more coordinated approach to planning for online courses by collecting proposals in three rounds during the year
  • Compile a comprehensive list of proposals in each round that allows us to see the college wide view of online development
  • Share the information with stakeholders
  • Allow for informed decision-making by gathering useful information in the proposal phase and completing some analysis prior to final decisions for funding requests
  • Identify the intent to offer online degrees or certificates that are in development or planned for development
  • Engage in an iterative change process by assessing each stage of the process and making adjustments as needed
  • Manage our limited resources for maximum impact on learning, high quality instruction services and completion.

How will decisions be made?

Following the closing of each round of requests, the Distance Education Department shares a complete list with the Deans of Instruction and Division Deans. Deans will discuss the proposals and seek any additional information that may be needed. The Distance Education Department then meets with the Deans of Instruction and Academic Affairs to determine which proposals can be funded.

How will decisions be communicated?

Once a determination is made regarding approvals to fund development, the Distance Education Department will share the information through the Division Deans. There may be unique situations that have to be addressed on a case-by-case basis if all requests are not able to be funded.

Getting started

Proposals can be made for new online course developments and takeovers requested using the forms at the links below. Requests for new online course developments are being accepted for Fall 2014 and beyond.

Division Deans may submit requests for new online course developments. Round 2 of Fall 2014 new developments request period is open April 25, 2014 and closes May 16, 2014. Get more information on the new online course development process.

Requests for new takeover assignments are being accepted for Fall 2014 and beyond. Division Deans may request online course takeover assignments. Round 2 of Fall 2014 online course takeover request period is open April 25, 2014 and closes May 16, 2014. Get more information on takeover requests.

Requirements for online instruction

Instructors must meet the following minimum technology requirements to teach an online course.

Course access and retention

Access to your courses
Course access
There are several possible reasons why Distance Education staff or others may be added to your online course.
Next steps
Understanding data retention and content archival
How long is your course kept online? Who archives the content?
Continual course management
What are key deadlines and student engagement points during the term?