Get Started Teaching Online

Chapter 1 Get Started Teaching Online

Get started teaching online or hybrid

To guide you as you begin teaching online, take a few moments and review the information presented here.

What is Considered Online

An online class can be delivered fully online with no class meetings or with 1-99% of face-to-face contact replaced with online instruction.

100% online is "online" -  delivered via the Internet using a campus-supported Learning Management System (LMS). Through regular substantive interaction, instructor and students interact to complete assignments and assessments and to demonstrate student learning.

51-99% online is "hybrid" - A hybrid distance education course replaces some face-to-face class time with online instructional time. A campus-supported LMS is used to provide course content replacing face-to-face time. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet.

1-50% online is "blended."

Face-to-face with online materials is "web enhanced." - A web-enhanced course is not considered to be an online course, but uses online activities to complement class sessions without reducing the number of required class meetings. This may be any course tied to the traditional classroom but involving some sort of computer usage, such as a software simulation, or online design software for art, or engineering applications.

Course Proposal

Before any face-to-face classroom time can be replaced with online instruction, the instructional department submits an addendum to the Curriculum office. The DE addendum is approved by the Curriculum Review Committee; this process is now handled in Canvas as described in Step 1. Upon approval of the DE proposal, the course becomes permanently available for online delivery by any instructor as the department sees fit.

NOTE: (Even if the course has been taught face-to-face, it still goes through the formal curriculum approval process to check that the course outline of record is current and required components of an online class are met.)

Prior to beginning this process please Contact Chas Crocker in Curriculum to find out if the course you would like to teach online is already approved, curriculum.  If you are advised that the course has not been approved please follow the steps describe in section: Approval Process.


The Online College Project provides incentives to encourage both full-time and part-time faculty to develop new online courses, not previously taught online. Visit the Online College Project page to learn more.

The Career Education Online Grant will offer stipends for course creation that qualify as Career Education. These stipends will start to be offered in Fall of 2019 and will need to be completed before the end of the fiscal year 2019/2020. Visit the Career Education Online page for more information.

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