Course Development Guidelines

Faculty Guidelines for Teaching Online or Hybrid/Blended Courses at NCCC


At Niagara County Community College the eLearning department strives to ensure all of our online courses meet our Quality Course Standards. As an online instructor you will meet quality course standards through course design, effective online teaching behaviors, SLO assessment and on-going and continuous course improvements.  If your interested in teaching online at NCCC, please go through the following steps:

Step 1- See if this mode of teaching is right for you-  Self Assessment from Penn State

Step 2- Submit a ProposalDownload the form –You must submit a proposal for each new online or hybrid course, or instructor planning to teach an already existing eLearning course.  The call for proposals goes out via NCCC today the college system message in September and January.   Courses will be approved by the program coordinator (if there is one) and division chair prior to submission to eLearning. The course proposals are then reviewed by the eLearning Coordinator and Academic Vice President.  Courses will be approved based on need OR for supporting existing or planned online or blended degree programs.  You will be notified as to whether or not your course proposal has been approved or denied.  The maximum number of courses you can develop at one time is 2. The eLearning department recommends 1 course at a time, but 2 may be developed based on approval by the AVP, division chair, and EL Coordinator.  This is viewed on an individual basis. If you already teach online courses at NCCC, they need to meet NCCC Quality Standards before developing a new one.

Full-time faculty have the right of first refusal for course development of courses needed to support online degree programs.

Step 3- Course Development/Training For New eLearning Instructors- if your course is approved for development you will have a meeting with the EL Coordinator to discuss the course development process, required training, and the role of a course development partner who will work with you to support the development of your online or hybrid course.

New Faculty – If you are new to teaching online or hybrid courses at NCCC you will be required to attend a series of workshops delivered by Open SUNY COTE staff, Quality by Design (QbD) course, or eLearning faculty, and work with the course development partner in the development of your new eLearning course. Workshops cover the following topics:

  • Learner Support
  • Content Presentation & Accessibility
  • Interaction & Collaboration
  • Evaluation & Assessment

Repeat/Experienced Faculty- will be prescribed a custom training plan by the Coordinator of Electronic Learning and will work with a course development partner during the development of the online or hybrid courses.  If you are looking to develop a second or third online course the courses you are already teaching need to meet the NCCC Quality Standards.  You can volunteer your course to go through the NCCC Quality Review Project to get feedback from peer reviewers, or request that eLearning staff complete the review themselves.  We highly recommend the Peer Review because there is much to be learned from your colleagues and some say it’s the best professional development they’ve ever had.

All courses developed for the online or hybrid format are supported with a course development partner and they will be reviewed by the course development partner to make sure they meet NCCC design standards as noted on the OSCQR rubric, before they go live. The course MUST be completed and ready for review 3 weeks before the official course start date in the semester it will run.

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