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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.
  • Program Deans and Department Chairs assess the need for new course development and major revisions and send forward to Pathway Deans.
  • All courses are revised under a Letter of Agreement and include a review for design and accessibility, followed by the approval of the Program 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.


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 and revised under the approval of the Program 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 development 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.