Online Course Development Program (OCDP)
The purpose of the Online Course Development Program is to train faculty to design, develop, and teach instructionally sound online courses. Based on best practices in online pedagogy, participants will design and develop their course over one semester. They will then teach it the following semester.
Simply put, an online course is a course conducted over the Internet. Students log into your course to, among other things, access class documents, read announcements, communicate with you and their classmates, complete assignments, participate in discussions and groupwork, and take quizzes and tests.
At LPC, all of the online courses are predominantly asynchronous, meaning that students do their coursework at whatever time of the day they want. The exception is participation in your online office hours because they typically take place once a week in a chatroom, and they are conducted in real-time.
Online courses meet the same learning outcomes, teach the same content, and require the same rigor in students as their counterpart face-to-face courses. Only the mode of delivery changes. Also, understand that most online courses are not self-paced; they rely on steady communication between the instructor and students and among the students themselves.
View a sample online course as a student. Click the Login button, then enter "blackboard" (without the quotes) for the username and "guest" for the password. This is not a full course; it is meant to give you an idea of what an online course looks like to a student.
Program selection process
To be selected for the OCDP, you first need to fill out an application, then have it signed by one full-time faculty member in your discipline before submitting it to your division office for your dean's signature. Applications, including deadline dates for submission, will be sent out via email and will also be available on the LPC Intranet.
Participants will be required to attend weekly two-hour workshops in the Innovation Center. Times and days will be worked out to fit faculty schedules. The number of workshop dates depends on the needs of the participants. For example, those who are already experienced with using the Blackboard tools can just request training on online pedagogy and instructional design.
An online training course is available for those faculty who prefer to learn at their own pace.
Ongoing support will be provided throughout the semester of training and while you are teaching your online course.
Participants do not need to have any prior experience using Blackboard or developing web pages. The only prerequisites are knowledge of using a computer and a willingness to learn new technical and/or instructional skills.