When preparing to teach an online course with MCC, there are several steps that must be taken to ensure success for both faculty and students.

First, please know whether you prefer to teach an MSVCC course, MCC online, or MCC hybrid course. MSVCC courses have different standards and polices that are outlined and enforced by the MCCB. Additionally, MSVCC courses are open to all students enrolled at an MSVCC community college. MCC online and MCC hybrid courses follow the same policies and procedures as traditional MCC courses. You and your division chair can discuss which teaching environment best meets your needs.

Second, if the class is being developed or taught for the first time we strongly recommend that faculty immediately schedule an appointment with the Holladay Center for E-Learning to receive the specific strategies and recommendations for moving forward. Ideally, this appointment should be scheduled 2-3 months prior to the semester the course is offered. Faculty who take advantage of this service will be provided with tutorials on how to use the Enrollment Tool, paperwork to complete faculty credentials, and information about upcoming training sessions. Review the policies section on minimum requirements for teaching online.

Thirdly, once you have consulted with the appropriate E-Learning personnel and the course has been approved by your department and the college, your department is responsible for entering the course into the master schedule. Be sure to use appropriate section numbers, abbreviations, and codes for the specific distance education format and/or location(s).

Finally, once your course has been approved, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the course prepared and ready 24 hours before the start of the class. Important dates and deadlines are outlined on the Academic Calendar, Faculty Newsletter, and various emails throughout the semester.

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