Online Learning: Faculty

As a participant of the Hostos Community College Online Learning Initiative, you are agreeing to design and implement either a fully or partly online course. Attendance at meetings designed to communicate ideas and insights into the process of course design is highly recommended. These meetings also introduce instructors to tools and pedagogues in online teaching. Faculty are paired with a mentor in their department who has experience developing online courses and receive additional support from Instruction Designers in the Office of Education Technology.

Prerequisites to participating in the Online Learning Initiative (OLI) and becoming certified to teach online at Hostos:

  1. Teach a class you would like to turn into an online course for the following semester.
  2. Discuss with and gain approval from your Department Chair.
  3. Request to participate in the Online Initiative must be sent directly from your Department Chair.

Instructors interested in the online designation can be recommended by their respective department chairs who will then inform the Director of EdTech and the Chair of the Educational Technology Leadership Council (ETLC). Those selected will be contacted and provided with resources, guidelines, and training.

Certified online instructors or faculty evaluators, click here.

Some questions to ask:

  • Would my course work better in the hybrid or asynchronous (fully online) modality?
  • How will I deliver instructional content and support?
  • Which online tools would effectively facilitate interactions?
  • How will I assess student work (assignments, tests, quizzes, projects)?
  • You will need approval from your Department Chair. (Without official approval, your online course will not be available for student enrollment. It is essential that you are in constant communication with your department chair during the course development process.)
  • The EdTech office creates a course shell in Blackboard specifically for you to develop your course. This shell is different from your courses currently listed on Blackboard.
  • Consider getting in touch with faculty who have taught online courses for ideas that could increase success and effectiveness of your course. See Online Courses for a list of courses currently being offered.
  • Review Course Components and the Online Course Development Guidelines. These guidelines have been developed to ensure that your course contains the necessary components to optimize student learning, and will be used to evaluate the readiness of the course by the ETLC.
  • If you are participating in the Hostos Online Learning Initiative, you will be developing your course with a cohort while receiving instruction for best practices in online learning. The Office of Educational Technology will also allot other resources to support you during this process. You will be paired up with a mentor in your department who has experience developing online courses. Additionally, an Instructional Designer will be assigned to work with you throughout the process.
  • If you are developing a course on your own, taking the Roadmap for Innovation online training course on Blackboard will help you develop skills, best practices and tools for online instruction. See our Faculty Resources for more information. By default, all faculty are enrolled in this Blackboard course.
  • Review Course Components and the Online Course Development Guidelines again to make sure the course meets the standards for online instruction.
  • You will have a due date to complete course development. Submitting a completed course for evaluation by this date gives the ETLC sufficient time to review all the components of the course on Blackboard and make it available for student enrollment upon final approval.
  • Instructors who take part in the OLI receive the support and resources to design a course scheduled to be delivered the following semester, and submit the course section for a peer assessment and approval process, which may take a little time.The course section should be submitted for evaluation and certification during the first week of MAY for classes to be scheduled in the fall, or the first week of DECEMBER for classes to be scheduled in the spring.

For certified online instructors submitting new courses:

The course section should be submitted for evaluation by:

  • the first week of MARCH for courses scheduled in the following Fall semester
  • the first week of OCTOBER for courses scheduled in the following Spring semester

Submissions after these dates are not guaranteed evaluation or certification for the following semester.

For online instructors submitting courses for the first time:

The course section should be submitted for evaluation by:

  • the first week of MAY for courses scheduled in the following Fall semester
  • the first week of DECEMBER for courses scheduled in the following Spring semester

To submit a course for evaluation: Online Course Evaluation System

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