Distance Education

Is Teaching DE Right for You?

In order to teach an online course for the first time, interested faculty members will need to complete certain requirements set forth by Academic Affairs. These requirements help ensure that CofC faculty are providing the highest quality online courses to students.

The following is a break down 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 to teach an online course.
  • All faculty must use the OAKS Learning Management System for their online courses, thus need to be proficient with the systebm. As a result, all faculty will need to complete the OAKS Self-Assessment Checklist in order to show mastery (see below for more details).
  • All faculty must complete the necessary training that includes one of the following:

    • Faculty DE Readiness course (fully online course) offered by Teaching, Learning and Technology. As a result, faculty will need to complete the DE Training Application in order to register for the course.  (see below for more information)
    • Distance Education training at another Institution (Academic Affairs will independently verify training).

Faculty Training Requirements

Participants will:

  • Complete the OAKS Self-Assessment Checklist:  (Please note: The self-assessment checklist will be sent to you once your training application has been approved)
    • You can start to learn the tools by reviewing step-by step instructions at http://blogs.cofc.edu/oaks.
    • You should get started by learning the following OAKS tools:
      • Content
      • Grade book
      • Classlist
      • News
      • Discussions
      • Dropbox
      • Calendar
      • Checklist
      • Quizzes
  • Complete the Faculty DE Readiness course via OAKS offered by Teaching, Learning and Technology:  This course is an 8 week professional development opportunity that guides faculty through best practices and technology tools in online education.  Participants will spend time in each module formulating content for their personal course.
    • Expect to dedicate 5-7 hours per week on average outside of your normal workload. Please note that this time will vary depending upon your experience with teaching online.
    • All coursework will need to be completed in order to teach online.
    • General topics for the DE Course are:
      • Orientation and Getting Started with Online Learning Module
      • Module 1: Course Planning
      • Module 2: Content Design
      • Module 3: Content Delivery
      • Module 4: Community
      • Module 5: Communication
      • Module 6: Activities
      • Wrap-up Module
  • Participate in an educational-technology needs assessment: with the designated Instructional Technologist . This assessment will match the faculty’s instructional learning objectives, goals, and activities with recommended technology tools/applications that can be supported by the College.

Important Dates

Please note the important dates below for the upcoming Summer and Fall 2015 DE Readiness Course. If you have any questions, please contact your Instructional Technologist or email [email protected]

Deliverable and/or Event

Due Date

Deadline to submit an application for the DE Readiness Course for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015

April 16, 2015 (Summer 2015 Session)

May 1, 2015 (Fall 2015 Session)

Notifications will be sent to faculty once DE Training Application have been approved for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015

April 28, 2015 (Summer 2015 Session)

May 6, 2015 (Fall 2015 Session)

Complete the OAKS Self-Assessment Checklist

May 15, 2015 (Summer 2015 Session)

August 12, 2015 (Fall 2015 Session)

Complete the Teaching Perspectives Inventory

May 15, 2015 (Summer 2015 Session)

August 12, 2015 (Fall 2015 Session)

Complete the Faculty DE Readiness course

Summer Course begins June 10, 2015 and ends August 5, 2015. (No break is observed during Summer Session.)

Fall Course begins September 16, 2015 and ends November 18, 2015 (Fall break is observed October 19-25, 2015)

Complete DE needs assessment with instructional technologist

Will be scheduled through your instructional technologist within 2 months of the DE Readiness close date.

Face-to-face informal gatherings with cohort and mentors

2-3 gatherings will be scheduled during the DE Readiness Course; TBD

Attend TLT Technology Workshops as needed

Technology Workshops will be offered throughout the DE Readiness Course and will align with content presented.

When sessions are published, you will be able to view them at  http://tlt.eventbrite.com.


Application Information

Please complete and return the DE course proposal and course application, with necessary signatures, by April 16, 2015 for the Summer 2015 Session.  For Fall 2015 Session, please return your signed application by May 1, 2015. You will be notified at the end of April if you’re accepted into the Summer 2015 or  early May if you’re accepted into the Fall 2015 Faculty DE Readiness Course.

Faculty Mentor Program

With the support of Academic Affairs, Teaching, Learning and Technology has developed a DE Faculty Mentor program to help support faculty as they develop their online course.

This Distance Education Faculty Mentor Program is designed to expedite and help lead the DE Readiness course, as well as to provide feedback and mentoring opportunities for individuals new to teaching in the distance education format at CofC.


    • Facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding effective distance teaching styles and strategies
    • Offer collaboration opportunities for faculty teaching distance courses to promote a sense of collegiality and support
    • Create a community with new distance education faculty and experienced faculty in Distance Education

Checkout Equipment

Teaching, Learning and Technology provides checkout equipment specifically for distance education faculty. Available equipment includes a high-definition video camera, wireless mic system, and webcams. TLT also offers a wide variety of checkout equipment for all faculty. To inquire further please contact your Instructional Technologist or visit the checkout equipment page.


For a list of technology tools that may help you meet your objectives for your fully online course, see Technology Tools for Learning.