Online Course Development

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About the Program

Online Course Development (OCD) is an intensive program dedicated to teaching instructors how to create, revise, or facilitate an online or hybrid course. The course is for instructors who want to learn how to teach in a distance education environment.

What Are Online and Hybrid Courses?

Online Courses

Ideally, online courses are delivered entirely via the Internet, and students can complete the courses without attending face-to-face classes. An online course is one in which Moraine Valley professors use the learning management system to deliver all content, facilitate interpersonal communication (faculty-student and student-student communication), collect all student work, and assess student performance. An online course may require a face-to-face orientation, a placement test session on campus or exams to be taken on campus or possibly at a proctored test site approved by the instructor. Online courses are not self-paced. Online courses have some flexibility; however, students must adhere to due dates and other requirements. The academic learning outcomes of courses are the same regardless of delivery method.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are taught partially online and partially face-to-face. In a hybrid course, face-to-face seat time is reduced by providing a significant portion of the instruction via the Internet. Hybrid courses have class sessions and activities that must be completed via the Internet as well as class sessions that require attendance in a face-to-face setting. Hybrids are traditional delivery courses in which faculty meet students face-to-face at least one third of the contact hours of the course. Therefore, hybrid courses deliver up to two thirds of course instruction online with the remainder occurring face-to-face. The academic learning outcomes of courses are the same regardless of delivery method.

What’s in the program?

  • The differences between traditional face-to-face learning and online/hybrid learning
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Universal design for learning and accessibility
  • Instructional models and theories
  • Course organization
  • Technology integration
  • Communication strategies
  • Alternative assessments
  • and more.

Time and Workload

Online Course Development runs as a fully online 9 week course, with an average of 3 hours of work per week. The content is phased in over the weeks of the course, allowing individuals to work up to one week ahead at any given time. Tasks occur on a weekly basis with due dates assigned.

All courses created in Online Course Development must meet the 50 criteria of the Online Course Quality Assessment Rubric (OSCQR).

How can I participate?

The Application to Participate is a fillable form. Please click the large button below to download it to your computer and open it in Word. Please review and complete all items within the application, print it, obtain your master course outline, plus your Department Chair’s and Dean’s signatures, and return the application & outline to the Center for Teaching and Learning via email as outlined in the application.

During the current COVID situation, in lieu of signatures we are permitting emails of permission from your Department Chair and Dean. If permission is obtained by email, please forward these messages of permission along with your application.

The Application to Participate became available on March 8, 2021.  The application period ended on March 29, 2021.  Applications will become available again soon and will not be accepted before that time.

As a reminder, completed applications, relevant permissions, and master course outlines must be received when submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.


Two groups will run during the Spring 2021 semester with a maximum of 12 participants per group.

The start date for the Spring (A group) is February 15, 2021, ending on April 18, 2021.

The start date for the Spring (B group) is April 19, 2021, ending on June 20, 2021.

If you would like to join, please submit the Application to Participate and a corresponding master course outline. All completed applications and master course outlines must be received by March 29, 2021.  (Now ended)

Availability is limited and is treated on a first-come, first-serve basis.



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