Interested in Teaching Online?

Are you interested in teaching online for the College of Charleston?  If so, you’ve come to the right place!  In order to teach an online course for CofC (even if you’ve taught online at other institutions), you will need to fulfill certain requirements established by Academic Affairs. These requirements help ensure that CofC faculty are providing the highest quality online courses to students.

The following is a breakdown of the MANDATORY requirements for faculty who plan to teach an online course, at CofC, for the first time.

Faculty must get written approval from their department chair and dean to teach an online course.

  • You should have an in-depth conversation with your chair about your department’s vision regarding distance education.  Some questions to consider are:
    • What is the student demand for online courses in your department?
    • Which courses does the department think would best fit in an online environment?
    • Who are other faculty teaching online in the department?
    • Will other classes have to be covered while you prepare and teach an online course?
    • What specific skills do you need to cultivate as an instructor to make sure you are ready to teach online?


All faculty must use the OAKS Learning Management System for their online courses; thus, they will need to have proficient knowledge of the system.

  • You may want to work with your Instructional Technologist to make sure that you have a proficient, independent working knowledge of the major tools in OAKS, which include:

Content  •  Discussion  •  Dropbox  •  Quizzes  • News  •  Grade book  •  Checklist  •  Calendar  • Classlist


All faculty must complete the necessary training prior to teaching online for College of Charleston.

  • This training takes the form of the Faculty Distance Education Readiness Course.
  • Before you may enroll in the DE Readiness Course, you must:
    • Submit an application signed by your department chair and dean.
    • Have active CofC credentials, which includes a CofC email address, CWID, and access to OAKS.  If you are not yet on contract with CofC, your department chair will need to submit a Temporary Appointment form and other paperwork.  This paperwork takes a long time to process, so you and your chair must start early.
    • Complete a self-assessment that demonstrates your proficiency with OAKS, our online learning management system.
  • The course must be completed within two weeks of the end date.  Failure to complete all required assignments within this time frame will result in the faculty member having to take the DE Readiness Course again at a future date.
  • For more information about the DE Readiness Course, including the application process and prerequisites, please click the link below.


Click here to learn about the DE Readiness Course!

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