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Information for New DL Instructors
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New Online Course Development Process

  1. Discuss with your Department Chair / Dean the need for the online course you plan on teaching and how it fits in the department strategic DL course offerings plan. 
  2. Obtain your Chair's approval as well as the semester in which you are expected to be assigned to teach it.  
  3. Find out if the course you are assigned to needs to be approved (new courses) or reviewed (during the course review process) by the Curriculum Committee
  4. Check if an existing DL course environment exists with the department so you don't have to develop the course from scratch. The average time it takes to design a new DL course from scratch is at least one or two semesters.
  5. Review the resources available for online instructors on the Instructional Technology Development Center (ITDC) Web site to learn about other resources and tools available for you and how you team-up with the ITDC staff to develop your course.

DL Training and Certification

  1. Select a Training Option – Review the training options available and select the one that best fits your situation. Most training options are available online; however, not all of them are on-demand and must be scheduled. Instructors may produce an “equivalency” in some cases but must be able to verify the training. The training should address both theoretical and practical information on online course design principles and methodologies.
  2. Complete the Training Sessions – all training should be completed at least 60 days prior to the start of your course. This will allow for at least two months of development and modification time.
  3. Develop the Course – Instructors are welcome to use the development stations at the Instructional Technology Development Center (LAC, L-142 and PCC, LL-124) to design their course sites. Educational Technology experts are available to assist and support you at the FRC; no need for an appointment unless otherwise recommended. If you like, you may participate in the online instructor mentor program. As part of the program, a veteran online instructor at LBCC will be made available to you throughout the development process and into the first semester the course is taught.
  4. Optional consultation – At least a month before your course begins, schedule a meeting with the Distance Learning Coordinator to review your course. If you plan on using a course that is hosted by a publisher or other commercial services, please bring the access information and any other necessary materials to this meeting.