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 are the mandatory requirements for faculty who plan to teach an online course, at CofC, for the first time.
Faculty should review the College’s policies set forth by Academic Affairs, the Distance Education Task Force, and the Distance Education Steering Committee.
- These policies can be found on the Academic Affairs website.
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 is already 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 complete the necessary training prior to teaching online.
- This training takes the form of the Faculty Distance Education Readiness Course, which is offered every spring, summer, and fall.
- Before you may enroll in the DE Readiness Course, you must:
- Submit an application signed by your department chair and dean.
- Have completed all necessary paperwork to be considered an active employee of the College. This includes having an active CofC email address, CWID, and access to OAKS. 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, the College’s online learning management system.
- If you do not have independent working knowledge of OAKS, you should make an appointment with your Instructional Technologist before the start date of the DE Readiness Course. Due to time constraints, faculty will not be taught how to use OAKS during the DE Readiness Course.
- For more information about the DE Readiness Course, including the application process and prerequisites, please click the link below.