Online course information gateway

Teaching online: faculty information

If you have an online course in the schedule, all information about the course is drawn from Datatel (i.e., orientation date, time, room, and email address). If changes are needed, please contact the following people:

Online course website start point: WebCT

All online courses have a common entry point through the college's course management system (WebCT), and this is the default link listed on the online course page in the college schedule. While instructors may link out to other websites through WebCT, each semester they must request a WebCT course and reminders will be sent out to DVC email accounts. Click on the following link for the WebCT Account Request page.

Consider as well the Faculty/Staff site for helpful technology resources as well.

Online and hybrid course development

The Instructional Technology Coordinator and the Information Technology Department support distance education, providing support and training for our instructors in three significant ways by:

  • Offering Flex activities and Staff Development Workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Offering the annual Summer Technology Institute held in the first week of June
  • Providing continual campus hardware and software upgrades, innovations, new technology for staff and faculty (i.e., new servers and more bandwidth for LAN and WAN activities, streaming audio and video development, wifi, projectors in classrooms, and development laptops for checkout).
We do this because of the continuing demand by students and instructors for this type of course presentation and delivery. If you are interested in adding technology into your on-ground or online classroom, then consider what many instructors have already done:

  • Used a WebCT course for: email and the discussion boards
  • Used a WebCT course for: documents and assignments, syllabus, weekly announcements, email and discussion boards, and audio/video files
  • Used an E-pack: which contains a range of supplemental material to nearly entire textbooks in html format for students to access at anytime.
  • Used another website in conjunction with WebCT
  • Developed multimedia-based content 

Thinking about teaching an online or hybrid course?

The inclusion of technology in teaching blurs the line between a traditional on-ground classroom and an online or hybrid classroom, and can prove to be a useful way to reinvent the teaching that you already do. Thus, before you begin to think about teaching an online or hybrid course, consider using WebCT with your face-to-face courses and attend college workshops and/or Staff Development drop-in times:

  • College Flex Workshops - see the Staff Development listings for Fall and Spring, taking note of those themed around technology and offered by Neal Skapura
  • Summer Technology Institute - many workshops are offered each year in the first week of June that will prepare faculty to develop content and pedagogy suitable for an online course.
  • Using WebCT in your face-to-face course and, if possible, arranging to teach a the same course in both mediums - face-to-face and online.
  • Reviewing DVC's Online Course Guidelines
  • Neal Skapura ( or ext. 2878) is available to assist you with conversions of course content, discussions about online pedagogy, and working timelines (one-semester prep is best) during Staff Development drop-in: Monday and Tuesday from 11-2 in AB217 and by appointment.
  • Technology Tips for a Successful Online Course
  • Succeeding in an Online Course (for students)

For additional information, consider the following links:

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