Staff Development

Online Course Development Program (OCDP)

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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 typically 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 interaction between the instructor and students and among the students themselves.

Program selection process

An email will be sent soliciting participants for the upcoming semester. No authorizations are required to participate.


  • All new online courses must be developed in Canvas, using the district’s Canvas server.
  • No monetary incentives are being offered.
  • In order to offer a new online course, participants are required to complete a Distance Education proposal that needs to be approved by the Curriculum Committee.
  • Offering a new online course might impact your discipline plan, and there’s no guarantee that the instructor will teach the course if it’s not in the discipline plan.


Faculty participating in this program will be required to attend a weekly two-hour training session either in the TLC or virtually via webconferencing. Alternatively, faculty can complete an asynchronous online training course. Those who have been using Canvas to supplement face-to-face instruction will have the option of skipping training on technical topics they already know. The face-to-face training typically lasts 8-10 weeks, but can be shorter or longer depending on the participants’ needs.

Also note that training will not cover basic computer and Internet skills, such as copying and pasting, uploading and downloading, navigating the Web, etc. If you don’t have those skills, it is recommended that you enroll in an LPC class, such as CIS 50 or CIS 8, to obtain those skills before the OCDP begins.

Special note for adjuncts with no online class assignments

Adjunct instructors who do NOT have an LPC online class assignment can participate in the face-to-face version of the OCDP if the adjunct can make it on the same day and time as a participant who has an online class assigned. If there are no participants who have online classes assigned, adjuncts will have to wait until there is one. Alternatively, adjuncts can participate in the online version of the OCDP with no stipulations.


Ongoing support will be provided throughout the semester of training and while you are teaching your online course.

Professional Development

Howard Blumenfeld
Professional Development Coordinator


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