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Preparing to Teach a DCE Course

Interested in teaching an online course for Distance and Continuing Education, but not sure where to start? Online instruction presents special challenges, but a carefully planned course can have a very positive impact on a student. It is true that every course is unique and has its own special circumstances and needs. There is no one plan or process that fits all possible courses, but here you will find an overview of the fundamental concepts and considerations when preparing instructional material for online delivery.

As a result of reviewing the information in this section you will learn about:

How do I teach a Distance Education course?

Here is an overview of the process:

  1. Prior to proposing to offer a course via DCE, individuals should consult with their respective department or program chair to assure that their course can be offered via DCE, and that is compatible with the programmatic goals of the department.  It is important to note that all degree-credit courses must have been approved via the standard academic approval processes of the campus in order to offer via DCE.  Thus, a course that has never been formally approved at NDSU, must go through the academic course approval process…which begins at the academic department level.

    Plan and develop the course syllabus according to course/program standards of the department and those of NDSU, bearing in mind any and all academic and other institutional policies and procedures.

    When confirmed that it is appropriate to offer a course via DCE, submit the complete syllabus and a Course Proposal Form to Distance & Continuing Education.  Course proposals and syllabi are reviewed by DCE and corresponding approval requests are generated and sent by DCE to the appropriate Department Chair, Dean of the College, and Graduate School Dean (in the case of a graduate course) for review and approval.  NOTE:  All adjunct instructors will be required to include a professional vitae and degree verification for the academic department’s consideration as well.

    When a course is approved to offer via DCE, DCE will schedule it on Campus Connection so that students can register.  Course instructors will be notified once the course is listed.

Can I get assistance and support?

Yes! You don't have to go it alone. Every course is unique and the planning and development process includes many steps and considerations. Distance and Continuing Education offers an array of services to support you, including the following:

We can help you determine what technologies are the best choice for your course and help you prepare. We provide workshops, online support information through this website, and personalized assistance by appointment.

Forms & Templates for NDSU Instructors

Select this link to view the forms and templates that are available to speed your course development and design. Training and assistance is also available. Contact DCE to schedule an appointment for personalized service. Select this link to learn more...

What to Expect

If you are new to online instruction, this link can provide some general information about what to expect, as well as what is expected of you as an instructor. Expectations are more fully explained here...

Course Design 101

Offering an online course first starts with planning and design. Although each course is unique, there are five general steps to follow: 1) Identify the needs of your students or trainees; 2) Clearly outline your instructional goals; 3) Once identified, use those goals to guide development of your course materials; 4) Select the right technologies; and, 5)Prepare the tools you will use to measure both how well students are doing and the quality of your course. The process is more fully explained here...

Teacher's Manual

A selection of free guides and information online to improve your craft as an educator, including where to find free content, and strategies for large courses. Select this link for more information...

Communication Online

Good communication in an online course is extremely important. According to research, student success often depends on an individual sense of belonging to a group and the perception that the instructor is a real, invested, involved person. There are a variety of technologies available to you that can facilitate communication and can simulate classroom-like environments where time and space are no longer factors separating students from each other, the content, or the instructor. Select this link for more information...

Assessment & Evaluation

What constitutes a great online course or training program? Quality can be defined and measured; these resources provide straight-forward recipes for achieving the best possible learning environment. Select this link for more information...

Accessibility Information for College Instructors

Whether you teach online or in a traditional college classroom, chances are high that you will encounter students with disabilities who require accommodations. What are your responsibilities in providing the accommodations? How do you facilitate them? Here you will find information about the ethical and legal implications for college instructors, and also practical tips for a proactive approach to preparing and delivering course curriculum, information, and materials in the Youtube era. Select this link for more information...

Course Maintenance

Your course is up and running, now what? Find out about grading and reporting policies and procedures, managing student access and rosters, and end-of-term procedures. Select this link for more information...