Online Learning is a priority at GRCC. The college offers flexible learning opportunities to meet students' needs through online and hybrid courses. These courses help to minimize the barriers of time and place.
All courses offered online must follow the online course request process - which includes: Deans Council Sub-Committee approval for development; course review by the Online Course Review Committee; and ultimately Executive Director of DLIT approval for delivery (so the course can be added to the schedule by the Department and Associate Dean). In addition, a faculty member must be certified to teach online before selecting a class.
The links below provide access to the most up-to-date information available to the DLIT team regarding certified instructors, approved online courses and online courses currently in development at GRCC:
- Online Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) Certified Faculty [xls]
- Courses Approved to be Offered Online/Hybrid [xlsx]
New to Online Teaching?
- Interested in teaching online at GRCC? In order to select an online or hybrid class, by faculty contract, faculty must be certified. The six-week Online and Hybrid Certification Course (syllabus is located here) is offered each semester and registration is managed by the Center for Teaching Excellence.
- Interested in converting a face-to-face course to an online or hybrid format? To request a new online course, please follow the online course request process. NOTICE: This request process is being reviewed due to the recent adoption of the faculty contract.
The Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department assists Deans, Associate Deans and Department Heads in the course request process and provides faculty professional development, technology training and resource support to faculty. DLIT provides this support to faculty as a service to assist the Deans, Associate Deans and Department Heads as they work to manage their schools, distance learning programs, departments, online/hybrid courses and overall curriculum.
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Recommended Technologies and Tools for Online Teaching
- GRCC's online courses are offered through Blackboard and supported by access to the college's instructional technologies. Visit our Teaching with Technology web page to learn about leveraging a wide array of technologies in your online course.
- Recommended technologies for use in online course include Blackboard IM for online office hours and "online presence," Camtasia Relay for online media and creating visual lectures and Blackboard Connect for building communication with online students. Interactive Blackboard tools such as discussion boards, Wikis, blogs and engaging media, such as NBC Learn, provides opportunities for active learning.
- Online Syllabus Template – The college offers an online syllabus template for distance learning courses. This template provides common policies, procedures and other common language that is useful in creating an effective syllabus.
Quality, Student Success and Retention
- To advance online learning and to ensure quality, GRCC has established Online Learning Standards and related Online Learning Campus Policies as well as several guiding standards and established best practices.
- Student success and retention is a priority and in addition to effective online orientations (mentioned below) GRCC uses the Starfish Early Alert system to automatically "flag" a student that hasn't logged into Blackboard within seven days. Faculty are copied on an automated email.
- Online Learning for Students – This set of web pages provide good insight for faculty teaching online. These resources are designed specifically for student orientation and information regarding online learning. As an online faculty member, providing an effective orientation for students will help to ensure online student success and retention.