Online Development Information
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Please be aware that procedures have been updated. Enhancements to the process were made based on feedback from faculty members, Department Chairs, Division Deans, and Deans of Instruction.
- Procedures are designed to help ensure and support high quality course development and as much flexibility for departments as possible
- All courses adhere to the Quality Matters course design and PCC accessibility guidelines
- Faculty members are given adequate time to complete training and time for development and course reviews to occur
- PCC Online Faculty Mentors and Distance Education Accessibility staff review all new and revised courses upon completion of development
- Only approved Shareable Online Courses (SOC) are provided to instructors for Takeover Course Assignments
Shareable Online Courses and Takeovers
Courses that are reviewed for quality and accessibility, and that are approved by a Division Dean, can be copied and shared with other instructors. To request a takeover of an approved shell, or for more information, please review the Shareable Online Courses page.
We are using a more coordinated approach to planning for online courses by collecting proposals in four rounds during the year. 2015 Request Round 2 opens February 27, 2015 and closes March 29, 2015. Approval Decisions will be made by April 10, 2015. Proposals outside of the scheduled time frames may be submitted by contacting Steve Beining for more information. Please plan ahead, as some developments take more than 1 term to prepare. The following table provides recommended time frames for each type of development.
||Minimum time needed for development|
|Instructor/Developer Training (Online Instructor Orientation)||Allow 1 term if instructor needs to attend OIO|
|New Development or Duplicate Development||Allow 2 terms prior to teach term, plus 1 additional term if instructor needs to attend OIO|
|Approved Course for Takeover||Allow 6 weeks prior to start of teach term (includes non-contract time,) plus 1 additional term if instructor needs to attend OIO|
|Course Revisions||Allow 1 term (must meet course review timelines) plus 1 additional term if instructor needs to attend OIO|
Online Course Development Options
Only Division Deans or Department Chairs with approval of Division Deans may submit requests for new online course developments, revisions, duplicates, or sharable online course takeover assignments.
How will decisions be made and communicated?
Following the closing of each request Round, 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. Decisions are communicated 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.