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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; the first prepares new online faculty to teach an existing online or hybrid course, and the second program prepares faculty to develop a brand-new online or hybrid course. 

Please review the details below to know which program meets your needs:

  • 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 and deliver a new online or hybrid course
Online and Hybrid Course Development Update: Online Course Development is currently on hold. 

Please check this page frequently for the updated timeline.

The New Course Development program is designed for faculty who are developing a new online or hybrid course. Faculty who have not taught online at the College will be required to attend the Online Express Faculty Preparation Training Program before beginning new online or hybrid course development. All course development is to be completed one year before offering the course. 

New Online or Hybrid Course Development Overview

All new online and hybrid course development will be completed in accordance with the Quality Matters (QM) 2018 rubric (6th ed.). Faculty developers who do not have experience with the 2018 rubric will be required to complete a QM rubric overview before developing a new online or hybrid course.

Is My Course Suitable for Online Format?

When considering what course(s) your department would like to develop as a new online or hybrid offering, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Does the course currently exist in an on-campus format?
  • Are course content, learning activities, and student assessments conducive to online or hybrid delivery? For example, if hands-on learning or assessment is required, the hybrid format may be more suitable.
New Course Development Application Process
  • Complete the New Course Development application. All faculty interested in participating in the New Online or Hybrid Course Development program must complete the New Course Development application
  • Obtain approval signatures from the department chair and dean. The New Course Development application is reviewed, approved, and signed by the department chair and dean.
  • Submit the approved, completed application to eLearning Services.
  • Upon application approval, the faculty member develops the new course in accordance with the New Course Development guidelines.
  • The New Course Development program does not include required on-campus meetings; instead, it is a structured program with set due dates and required development milestones. The faculty developer must adhere to the scheduled deadlines for course development assignments and course review meetings to ensure course review and approval.
  • All newly developed online and hybrid courses must successfully meet the final review conducted by eLearning Services. This review serves to ensure all development guidelines have been met.
New Online or Hybrid Course Development Stipend Information
Format Description Stipend   All stipends granted during the 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 percentage of the course that will be conducted online, not to exceed 2ECH
Shared Online Two or more faculty co-teaching a single online or hybrid course Based on course details, not to exceed 3ECH

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

Faculty Preparation Overview

New faculty who are scheduled to teach an existing online or hybrid course will be identified by their department chair for participation in the Online Express (OE) Faculty Preparation training program. Following chair recommendation and confirmation by eLearning Services, the faculty member will receive instructions on how to register in Cornerstone for this online training. The registration must be approved by the department chair.

Upon chair approval, the faculty member will be enrolled in the appropriate Blackboard course to complete the OE Faculty Preparation training program. This program is a 10-to-12-hour online learning experience. The goal of this program is to prepare new online faculty to modify and teach an existing online or hybrid course.

Faculty will learn about online pedagogy, best practices in online learning, effective online course management, elements of the Quality Matters rubric, and PGCC essentials for using Blackboard. Faculty members will also have the experience of being an online learner. The training consists of the following:

Online Modules (10 to 12 hours of facilitated and self-directed learning modules).  All new faculty who complete the OE Faculty Preparation training must have the modified online or hybrid course reviewed by eLearning Services before it opens to students. The updated online or hybrid course must be submitted for review no later than two weeks before the course is scheduled to be available to students in any given semester. This review is critical to the training program and ensures that all development guidelines have been met.

Online Express Faculty Preparation Registration Process
  • Department chairs receive a “call for action” to submit new online faculty names and online or hybrid course information for the OE faculty training program.
  • eLearning Services confirms faculty and course information submitted and follows up with chairs as needed.
  • Faculty participating in the program will receive instructions from eLearning Services on how to register in Cornerstone.
  • The department chair must approve faculty registration in Cornerstone.
  • Following chair approval, eLearning Services will notify faculty of their enrollment into the appropriate Blackboard course
Online Express Faculty Preparation Training Schedule
Faculty scheduled to teach existing online or hybrid course in: Chairs submit Faculty, Course Information Training Period Course Review Period
SUMMER      February 19, 2020 February 24 to March 13, 2020 Two weeks before the date when the course is available to students.
FALL March 12, 2020 April 13 to May 8, 2020

Semester Preparation


Verify the course name, number, and section that you are assigned to teach online.

Decide if you will be conducting an instructor-led orientation session

  • If you are interested in conducting a mandatory orientation with your students, please contact eLearning Services to coordinate the session.

Get your course ready for students

  • Update the course syllabus, course dates, announcements, and other information.
  • Students will have access to your course in Canvas four days before the start of the course (five days for the spring semester).


  • Verify your course listing on the eLearning website to ensure your course information is accurate.
  • Finalize all course updates on Canvas to ensure the course is ready for student access.
  • Online students gain access to their online course materials four days before the course start date (five days for the spring semester). This allows students to view the syllabus and prepare to begin the online course.
  • Check the course roster to monitor the number of enrolled students.
  • Prepare for your instructor-led orientation session (if applicable).


Four days before the course start date, conduct your instructor-led eLearning orientation session (if applicable).

  • Be prepared for students to access your course. Encourage students who missed the eLearning orientation session to view the eLearning Smart Start here.

On the start date of the course:

  • Log in to Canvas, and begin teaching your online course!

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Open Educational Resources

Prince George’s Community College launched its PGCC Go Open program in 2019 to help make education more affordable for students. Also known as Z-Courses, faculty use Open Educational Resources (OERs) instead of requiring students to purchase textbooks. Learn more here.

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