The Faculty Distance Education Readiness Course

The DE Readiness Course is a 7-week, fully online, professional development opportunity that guides faculty through best practices in online education.

During the DE Readiness Course, we will:

  • Explore various instructional strategies for engagement, assessment, communication, collaboration, and content delivery in order to construct a learner-centered approach to distance education.
  • Experience distance education as a student in order to create a sense of community and perspective with future students.
  • Begin creating the components needed for teaching an online course while having the opportunity to review them with peers and faculty experienced in teaching online.
  • Cultivate the technological skills needed for managing, creating, maintaining, and administering a successful online course.
  • Ask questions, exchange ideas, and meet other CofC faculty teaching distance education courses.




Some topics covered include:

  • Best Practices in:
    • Course planning and time management
    • Course design and learning outcomes
    • Community building  and communication
    • Content delivery methods
    • Assessment and activities in the online environment
    • Evaluation of course effectiveness


Course Expectations

Participant Expectations:

For the duration of the Distance Education Readiness course, it is the participant’s responsibility to:

  • Complete the learning activities within a 7-week time frame.  If at any time a participant has not completed 20% of the course activities (including assignments, discussions, and self-assessments), that participant may not be permitted to teach their online course, TBD by Academic Affairs.
  • Be prepared to spend an average of 5-7 hours per week working on the assignments and readings for this course.
    • PLEASE NOTE: if you are unfamiliar with the technology or pedagogy presented in the course, this time commitment could be higher.
  • Log in to the course in OAKS and your email at least 4 days per week to stay current with course work , as well as any changes or developments in the schedule
  • Approach all DE Readiness Course interactions with an open mind and a desire to try something new.  This includes all discussion board interactions with your peers and communication with your mentors.

Listen to what some of the DE Readiness Alumni have to say about their experience!

Ready to apply? Learn more about the important dates and deadlines for applying to the DE Readiness Course.


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