Distance Education courses cover a variety of modalities:
- Fully online: 75%-100% online; may require synchronous/in-person meetings (up to 25% of the total contact hours of the course)
- Hybrid: 25%-75% online; requires synchronous/in-person meetings (not to exceed 75% of the contact hours of the course)
Kellogg Community College has organized an Online Course Development Committee (OCDC) to provide support, standards, and guidance for KCC’s online and hybrid instruction.
To deliver online courses, KCC has adopted Moodle, a learning management system (LMS). The web address for KCC’s Moodle live site is https://moodle.kellogg.edu/. Development courses may be created on the Moodle test site https://moodletest.kellogg.edu.
To learn more about Moodle or to request a Moodle course, please visit the Moodle technology support section of the Help Desk.
Becoming a Distance Education Instructor
KCC faculty who are interested in teaching online and/or hybrid courses have a number of options for obtaining formal education in teaching online. The following programs are delivered online; some have a tuition or fee.
KCC Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) course
Kellogg Community College offers a four-week fully online course in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL). This discussion-based course is offered online each semester (based on enrollment). This course focuses on the best practices, challenges, and strategies for delivering distance education courses. Successful completion of this course is required before the faculty member is permitted to teach a KCC distance education course.
This course is free and available only to KCC employees.
ETOM Online Teaching Certification
ETOM now offers two levels of Online Teacher Certification: Beginning and Advanced.
The Beginning Online Teaching Certification Course (Blackboard or Canvas) is a six-week course designed to provide participants with the experience of being an online student while introducing them to the pedagogical and technical issues of online teaching. Successful participants will be able to set up the design for a general course framework, including an organizational scheme (within Blackboard or Moodle) and course management policies.
The Advanced Online Teacher Certification Course is designed to provide the next level of online teaching certification and includes modules on creating multimedia content, incorporating video and audio, integrating social applications, live tools, and emerging technologies.
Developing Distance Education Courses
KCC faculty (full time and adjunct) interested in developing online and/or hybrid courses must do the following:
- Successfully complete KCC’s Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) or equivalent.
- Read the OCDC Course Development Process.
- Work within the department to determine modality need and processes.
- Read the KCC distance education course standards.
- Follow the OCDC_Review Rubric_April2020 to verify the course has met KCC’s quality standards.
- Submit the final course development to OCDC for review. OCDC will the make a recommendation on offering the course to Academic Cabinet.
Online Course Development Committee (OCDC)
The charge of the Online Course Development Committee involves:
- Establish and improve procedures associated with distance education review process
- Establish and maintain research-based best practices and continuous improvement processes for distance education courses
- Develop and recommend policies and procedures that provide technical and academic support to ensure distance learner success
- Thoroughly review the first course offered by a faculty member who has never taught distance education for Kellogg Community College to verify that standardized criteria have been met. Revisions will be proposed to the developing faculty member and approval will be forwarded to Academic Cabinet prior to the course being offered.
- Conduct a general review of new courses offered by a faculty member who has taught distance education for Kellogg Community College. Revisions will be proposed to developing faculty. Committee will communicate recommended changes with the developing faculty within a month of receiving their proposal during the academic year.
- Re-certify all distance education faculty on a four-year rotation.
- Provide input on the development of the end of semester student evaluation of online instruction.