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Teaching Online

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 which is GRCC's 2.0 Access End Statement.

In addition, GRCC is committed to advancing and expanding online and hybrid courses through the Online Learning College Action Project (CAP).  Through the CAP work and other initiatives, online learning continues to grow at GRCC with nearly 20% of all credits being delivered online during the summer 2011 semester!  This Fall 2011, 9% of all credits are offered online with nearly 5,000 students enrolled in online learning which represents a 20% growth since Fall 2010. 

All courses offered online must be follow the online course request process which includes Deans Council Sub-Committee approval for development and a course review by the Online Course Review Committee and ultimately ISIS Dean Approval for delivery so the course can be added to the schedule by the Department and Associate Dean.  In addition, a faculty member must also 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:

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 5 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 Online 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.
     
  • We are here to help!  Let us know how we can assist you with course design, engagment, active learning, Blackboard, and more!  Email us at: dlit@grcc.edu

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 provide opportunities for active learning.
  • Online Syllabus Template - The college offers an online syllabus template for distance learning courses.  This template provides common policies, procedures, are 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 7 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.