SLCC has created the Online Course Designer Credential to recognize faculty who work with other faculty and eLearning to successfully design and develop an online course that follows best practices for online learning and meets Quality Matters standards.

Who should earn the Online Course Designer Credential?

The Online Course Designer Credential is available to full-time faculty at SLCC. The Online Advisory Council and departments work together to determine the priority courses for online development. Associate Deans or faculty teams of two or three, with the approval of their Associate Dean, can submit a request to have a course developed. It can then be added to development queue and worked on as there is availability.

What will I learn in the Online Course Designer Credential course?

The learning outcome for this credential is that faculty will be able to create an online course that follows best practices for online learning and meets Quality Matters standards.

The learning objectives for the course that will help faculty meet this outcome are:

  • Analyze the learners, course, context, and instructors
  • Align all of the elements of a course
  • Use the backward design method to design the course
  • Determine student learning outcomes, objectives, and assessments
  • Determine instructional strategies, resources, and technologies
  • Create a high-level course map
  • Create aligned, valid, and reliable assessments
  • Provide students with a context for their learning
  • Write effectively for online learning
  • Adopt, adapt and/or develop multimedia
  • Adhere to copyright guidelines
  • Practice Universal Design for Learning
  • Ensure accessibility of course materials
  • Design course navigation
  • Orient learners to online learning
  • Create student surveys
  • Analyze the results of student feedback and Canvas analytics
  • Analyze the results of the Quality Matters review
  • Make revisions to the course

When is the Online Course Designer Credential course offered?

New OCDC courses start each semester.

How do I earn the Online Course Designer Credential?

Two or three faculty members work together with eLearning to design, develop, and pilot a course that meets Quality Matters standards. The course must meet Quality Matters standards to earn the credential.

What is the format of the Online Course Designer Credential course?

The format of the Online Course Designer Credential (OCDC) course is similar to a flipped classroom. Faculty read materials about course design and then come to weekly two-hour meetings prepared to workshop what they have learned as they design and develop an online course with eLearning staff.

Who teaches the Online Course Designer Credential course?

The OCDC course is a collaborative effort between faculty, instructional designers, instructional technologists, and media designers to design a quality online course.

How long does it take to complete the Online Course Designer Credential course?

The OCDC course usually takes three semesters to complete. For the first two semesters, faculty meet weekly with eLearning to design and develop the course. The weekly meetings are usually 1-2 hours and faculty typically put in 6-10 hours working on the course outside of the meetings during the development phase. In the third semester faculty pilot the course. There are also two or three meetings with eLearning during the pilot to review student feedback and the Quality Matters Review results and then make any necessary changes to the course.
 

What are the prerequisites for the Online Course Designer Credential course?

It is recommended that faculty earn the Canvas Users Credential and the Online Teaching Credential before working on the Online Course Designer Credential. It is also helpful if faculty have taught online, but not required.
 

If I have more questions about the Online Course Designer Credential, who can I talk to? 

For additional information, please contact Bob Lindsay in eLearning at x3989 or  bob.lindsay@slcc.edu
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