Online Express Training


The Online Express (OE) training at Prince George’s Community College is open to all PGCC full-time and adjunct faculty members. 


There are two Online Express training programs:


Faculty Preparation for new online faculty who are scheduled to teach an existing online or hybrid course

 

New Course Development for experienced faculty who are scheduled to develop a new online or hybrid course



 

FACULTY PREPARATION

Faculty Preparation for faculty who are scheduled to teach an existing online or hybrid course.


Faculty Preparation Overview


All faculty interested in participating in the Faculty Preparation program, must complete the Faculty Preparation Application Process. The application for Faculty Preparation must be approved by the Department Chair, Dean, Program Director, eLearning Services and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Upon approval of the application, the faculty member attends the Faculty Preparation training program. This program is a 15-hour training designed to prepare faculty to modify and teach an existing online course. Faculty will complete online and on-campus modules to learn about online pedagogy, best practices in online learning, and the key features of Blackboard. The training consists of the following online and on-campus activities:

 

  • Online Modules (one 3-hour module to be completed prior to the first on-campus session)
  • Four 3-hour On-campus Sessions (typically held in the evening)

 

All newly developed online and hybrid courses must successfully meet the final review conducted by the Executive Director, eLearning Services. This review serves to ensure all development guidelines were met. 

Format Description Stipend
Stipends are paid to faculty who complete the 15-hour training session AND teach the online course.  The stipend will be paid at the end of the semester the course is taught.
Online  All online instruction, no on-campus classroom meetings. All course materials delivered online. $500
Hybrid Combines online instruction and on-campus classroom meetings.  Course materials coordinate online and on-campus instruction. Payment is proportionate to the % of the course that will be conducted online, not to exceed $500

 

Faculty Preparation Application Process

  • Complete the Faculty Preparation Application
  • Submit completed forms to your department chair
  • Once your application is approved, you will be notified by eLearning Services of the next training session

 

Faculty Preparation Schedule

Faculty scheduled… Application Due Date Training Period Course Review Period
To teach in SPRING 2017 semester: October 17, 2016

November/December

 


2 weeks prior to start date of the course
To teach in SUMMER 2017 semester: March 3, 2017

April/May
To teach in FALL 2017 semester: March 3, 2017 April/May

 


NEW COURSE DEVELOPMENT (ONLINE and HYBRID)

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Online and Hybrid Course Development Update

**New online courses are now approved via the curriculum committee.**

Please check this page frequently for the updated timeline for Fall 2017 courses.

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The New Course Development program is designed for faculty who are developing a new online or hybrid course.


New Course Development Overview

All faculty interested in participating in the New Course Development program, must complete the application process via Blackboard. The application(s) for New Course Development must be approved by the Curriculum Committee, Department Chair, Dean, Program Director, eLearning Services and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

All new online and hybrid course development is done in accordance with the Quality Matters (QM) 2014 rubric. Faculty developers who do not have experience with the 2014 rubric will be required to attend a QM rubric overview prior to developing a new online or hybrid course.


Upon approval of the application, the faculty member develops the course in accordance with the New Course Development guidelines. The New Course Development program does not include required campus meetings, rather is a structured program with set due dates and required development milestones. The faculty developer is required to adhere to scheduled deadlines for course development assignments and course review meetings.

 

Faculty developers who have not taught online at the College will be required to attend the Faculty Preparation training prior to beginning course development. All course development is to be completed one year prior to offering the course.


All newly developed online and hybrid courses must successfully meet the final review conducted by the Executive Director, eLearning Services. This review serves to ensure all development guidelines were met.

 
New Course Development Information

Format Description Stipend

 

All stipends granted during semester approved for New Course Development Program.
Online  All online instruction, no on-campus classroom meetings.  All course materials developed to be delivered online. 3 ECH
Hybrid Combines online instruction and on-campus classroom meetings. Course materials developed must coordinate online and on-campus instruction. ECH proportionate to the % of the course that will be conducted online, not to exceed 2ECH
Shared Online Two or more faculty co-teaching single online or hybrid course Based on course details, not to exceed 3ECH

 

 

New Course Development Timeline
for courses in Fall 2017 Schedule
Call for Applications
September 14
Application Packet Due to Curriculum Committee

October 28
Curriculum Committee Application Review Completed

November 18
Vice President for Academic Affairs Review and Approval Completed

December 9
Approved Applicants Notified by eLearning Services

December 15

 

New Course Development Application Process

  • Self-enroll in the Blackboard Curriculum Committee site
  • Complete the New Course Development Application
  • Submit completed forms to the Curriculum Committee's Blackboard site
  • Once your application is approved, you will be notified by eLearning Services

 

Is My Course Suitable for Online Format?

When considering what course(s) you would like to develop in the Online or Hybrid format, consider the following:

 

  • Does the course currently exist in Face-to-Face format?
  • Is the subject matter conducive to online format? (e.g. If hands-on experience is required, the course would be best offered in hybrid format)

Please see table below for examples:

 

Subject Online Hybrid Rationale
Nursing
No
Yes
Nursing requires hands-on training
History
Yes
Yes
Lecture courses adapt well to both hybrid and online formats.


Biology (lab)


Yes


Yes
Because labs and experiments are required, some biology courses are more suited to the Hybrid format. However, some Biology labs can be developed to be offered fully online.

Chemistry

No

Yes
Because labs and experiments are required, most chemistry courses are more suited to Hybrid format.
English
Yes
Yes
Lecture courses adapt well to both hybrid and online formats.