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Online course revision

Course revision overview
  • All requests for training and course developments or revisions should align with the Priorities for Online Course Development
  • Division Deans and Department Chairs assess the need for major revisions and send forward revision requests that meet the criteria for compensation.
  • Course revision requests are submitted through the online course Revision Request Form.
  • All courses are revised under a Letter of Agreement and include a review for design and accessibility, followed by the approval of the Division Dean.
Timeline for course revision

The timeline for revision work varies depending on the amount of changes needed and the instructor training status. As a general rule, trained instructors should plan on beginning revision work two quarters prior to the intended teach term. Instructors that are not trained will need to complete training before beginning revision work, so FDCs should not plan to offer the revised course for three terms to provide time for training.


In consultation with the instructor and mentor, Deans and Faculty Department Chairs discuss considerations outlined below to evaluate the course changes before a request is submitted. The questions below serve as a guide for discussion and do not represent a checklist of criteria. Considerations vary based on the discipline and unique nature of individual courses.

  • Does this request align with the priorities for online course development?
  • Is new content/material being proposed for the course? Why is it necessary to adopt new content/material?
  • Will assessment plan be changed? If so, how much? Are new assessment tools proposed?
  • Are there significant revisions that need to occur to meet accessibility guidelines? How much of this work is to be done by the instructor? Online Learning provides help for tasks such as this.
  • How much of the course relies on original, online “lecture” materials that must be updated? Is media development required to update the lectures?
  • Is this a shell that will be shared with other faculty? Are there multiple sections of this course? To what degree will these revisions be shared among faculty within the discipline?
  • What has been the historical success rate for this course? If success rates are below what is expected, are the revisions being made to improve success rates? What evidence supports that the revisions will work to achieve the desired goal?
  • Is this revision being done collaboratively with other instructors?
  • What is the lifespan of the course being revised and what is the ongoing plan to keep the course updated?

Examples of criteria that do not warrant funded online course revisions from the Online Learning Department:

  • Update of current course materials, especially if publisher-produced materials
  • Selection and implementation of new edition or new textbook/learning materials; and corresponding updating of student assignments, quizzes and exams as a result of textbook/learning material change including OER
  • Update or revision of CCOGs, unless part of the comprehensive update stemming from a major revision as determined by the division dean
  • Assessment-driven curriculum change
  • Incorporating PCC core or general education outcomes

Online Learning or Divisions may fund revisions. Deans recommend the level of funding incorporating input from the department and mentor on the amount of work anticipated to complete major revisions.

All courses are developed under the approval of the Division Dean via a Letter of Agreement and include a course review for design quality and accessibility. In the absence of a specific written agreement, all courses may be shared with others at PCC.

Timeline for revision work

Each online course revision follows a timeline for completion; the process usually takes two terms if the instructor is trained. If the instructor needs training, it usually takes three terms. The timelines align with faculty training opportunities and with the start of academic terms. The timeline for revision work can vary depending on the amount of changes needed.


Revision Form