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 8 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.

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

FALL 2021 cohort is full.


Program begins Monday, September 27, 2021

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



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