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Thinking About Teaching Online?

Review the Best Practices and Expectations for Learning Anytime, Any Place Courses.

Review the Faculty Contract
Faculty Contract

The instructor will be reimbursed for online development as outlined in the faculty contract.

The instructor will receive additional compensation for the first delivery of the course, as outlined in the faculty contract, which presently states that the instructor will receive the equivalent of 1 hour of additional overload compensation.

The distance learning rubric can guide you in building your course.  The rubric is part of the faculty contract, and is designed to help the Instructor and Dean identify the appropriate compensation structure, enrollment cap, and section number (tied to instructional method in Colleague system).  The rubric ties into the Best Practices document and the Quality Review for Online and Blended Courses. Talk to your Dean.  Should you decide to go ahead with the process, your Dean needs to be informed.   They can assist with the following steps: 

  • Determine need.

  • Assign course number (if there is no on-campus equivalent).

  • Draft proposal for Curriculum Committee.

  • Seek IAI approval. 

You are required to submit a formal course development proposal, which will be reviewed by the Vice President for Learning and Student Development.

Familiarize yourself with course offerings around the state.  Visit the Illinois Virtual Campus (IVC) and Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO) sites to see who’s offering what online.  If you see an interesting course in your discipline, venture in to see how objectives are addressed.  If the site is password protected, you might consider contacting the instructor and asking if you could visit the course as a guest. 

IVC         A clearinghouse of non-traditional course offerings, including online courses, telecourses, and interactive television offerings.  Undergraduate and graduate-level courses are listed and non-credit courses are also included.   http://www.ivc.illinois.edu/

ILCCO   A course sharing initiative cooperatively operated by Illinois member community colleges.  ILCCO goes beyond listing courses and has established a system to exchange seats between community colleges.  http://www.ilcco.net

Talk to some of your colleagues who teach online.  CETLA  sponsors events to keep you communicating.

Gather together your content.  What materials do you already have?  Are your lecture notes typed or handwritten?  Do you incorporate PowerPoint slides in class?  What other materials do you use in class? 

Check with your textbook publisher.  Text publishers have an incredible number of resources available to both the student and to the instructor.  Combining these resources with your original materials may take you farther than expected.

Work with Learning Technologies to develop your ideas.  Once we know what you want to accomplish, we may be able to make suggestions that will make the process easier.  We can also identify areas where we might be most helpful.  

Engage in some training. 

You will need to learn to create and maintain your Web site.  You will also likely be using Blackboard, and will need to complete the Blackboard Training.

An Educational Technologist will work closely with you as you develop your course.  There are opportunities beyond IVCC, as well.  You are strongly encouraged to participate in the Illinois Online Network’s (ION: http://www.ion.uillinois.edu) Making a Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) online workshops, designed to guide you through the course development process.  Participating in an online course as a student is a great experience.