Online Development Information

Contact Dennis Hitchcox

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.

Guiding Principles

  • 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


We are using a more coordinated approach to planning for online courses by collecting proposals in three rounds during the year

Request Period opens Sept 2 and closes Sept 26 – Approval Decisions made on Oct 3

There will be request periods in winter and spring terms – Dates to be announced

Proposals outside of the scheduled timeframes may be submitted by contacting Steve Beining for more information.

Please plan ahead! Note: some developments take more than 1 term to prepare.

Development Circumstances
Minimum time needed for development
New Development, Un-reviewed Shareable Online Course/Takeover Course 2 terms prior to teach term
New Online Instructor, Approved Shareable Online Course for Takeover assignment, Recently Reviewed Courses 1 term prior to teach term
Approved Course, Trained Online Instructor 6 weeks prior to start of teach term, includes non-contract time
Course Revisions 1 term (must meet course review timelines)

Four Online Development Options

Type of development
1 New Development- development of a course that does not currently exist in an online format at PCC
2 Shareable Online Course (SOC)/Takeover Assignment – a course approved through course design and accessibility reviews that is copied and shared with other instructors for a Takeover Course Assignment (a full course nearly ready to be taught)

Note: Requests can be made to copy and share an unapproved course for a takeover assignment. In such cases, a person familiar with the course is named by the requestor to assist with updates, reviews, and revision activities. Development activities need to be completed within two terms.

3 Duplicate Development – a duplicate development of a course already offered online.  This request does not include instructor compensation; a letter of agreement is signed and course design and accessibility reviews are completed
4 Course Revisions – online courses that warrant compensation due to significant revisions as approved by the Division Dean

How will decisions be made and communicated?

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.  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.

Getting started

Proposals can be made using the forms at the links below. Links will be active during rounds only and not available at other times.

Only Division Deans or Department Chairs with approval of Division Deans may submit requests for new online course developments.

New DevelopmentShareable Online Course Take Over Requests Duplicate Development Course Revision