Developing online courses
Online courses are classes that are taught using the Internet with the majority of the content, activities, and interactions occurring online. Completely online courses are distance education courses; students can take the online course from any computer that has a high-speed Internet connection and browser (e.g., Internet Explorer).
Kellogg Community College has organized an Online Course Development Committee (OCDC) that provides support, standards, and guidance for KCC’s online instruction initiative.
To deliver online courses, KCC has adopted a course management software program known as Moodle. The web address for KCC’s Moodle site is http://moodle.kellogg.edu.
To learn more about Moodle or to request a Moodle course, please visit the Moodle technology support section of the I.S. Help Desk.
The Course Technology site for students provides a wealth of information regarding current course offerings, technical assistance, and support service information.
Becoming an online instructor
KCC faculty who are interested in teaching online courses have a number of options for obtaining formal education in teaching online. The following programs are delivered via the Internet and some have a tuition or fee associated with them.
KCC Online Teaching and Learning Course
Kellogg Community College offers a four-week course in Online Teaching and Learning. It focuses on the issues and optimal strategies for delivering online courses. Successful completion of this course is required before anyone is allowed to teach a KCC Online Course. This is a teacher-led course offered online each Fall and Spring semester. It is also offered in the Summer, if demand allows. This course is now offered through Lifelong Learning. Please go to KRIS->Registration->Search for Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning Classes. This course is available to KCC employees only and is free.
This six week online course is designed to provide participants with the experience of being an online student while introducing them to the pedagogical and technical issues of online teaching. While participants may want to adapt their teaching materials and methods to a completely online delivery, this course is also suitable for those wishing to move only parts of their courses online (e.g. hybrid). Course instruction is based on the quality principles/standards identified in the MCCAVLC Online Course Development Guidelines/Rubric. This course is provided to faculty at ETOM member institutions. It is also available to others on a space-available basis at a higher fee.
The Distance Education Certificate Program is offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison. In their own words, “the DECP is a comprehensive professional development curriculum offered via distance learning formats (no travel requirements) covering distance teaching, learning, technology, instructional design, learner support, and management. Enrollment options include self-paced track, online track, and individual courses.”
Developing an online course
KCC instructors (faculty and adjunct faculty) who are interested in developing online courses should do the following:
- read the online course development process,
- fill out the Application Form for Development of an Online Course
- read the online course standards for online courses at KCC,
- seek recommendation from the department chair/director and academic dean, and submit application to the Online Course Development Committee (OCDC).
After OCDC review, the application will be sent to Academic Cabinet for development approval. Once a course has been approved for development, the Director of Learning Technologies and the Online Course Development Committee will monitor the progress of course development.
Online Course Development Committee (OCDC)
The charge of the Online Course Development Committee involves:
- Recommend to the Academic Cabinet whether or not a course should be developed as an online course.
- Be responsible for the establishment and improvement of procedures associated with the course proposal and recommendation process.
- Recommend to the Academic Cabinet the level of faculty stipend to be paid for each approved course. Compensation recommendations of the Online Course Development Committee will conform to requirements of the agreement between Kellogg Community College and the Kellogg Faculty Association.
- Determine when the online course is:
- Ready to be offered online.
- Be responsible for the establishment and improvement of processes associated with the online course development process.