Leeward CC is piloting a new professional development program entitled “DE Course R&R: (Re)design and Review” focused on producing quality online courses. In this semester-long program, you will be guided through the Distance Education (DE) course design process by our EMC instructional designers. By the end of the program, you will have a high-quality DE course that you can be 100% confident is “Ready for Delivery”—meaning, a course that aligns with our Leeward CC DE Guidelines and passed a “Course Review” conducted by your peers.
This program is open to everyone teaching an online course through Leeward CC. You may have designed your DE course years ago, and by now, it could use a redesign to align more closely with our Leeward CC DE Guidelines. Or, you may have quickly transitioned a Face-to-Face course online due to the pandemic and never really got the chance to intentionally design your online course from the ground up. Or, you may be a brand-new DE instructor looking for a program that will support you in creating a high-quality DE course.
Regardless of where you’re at in your DE journey, almost every DE instructor would benefit from this program. Together, we can elevate DE at Leeward CC and be prepared for a future where DE plays an increasingly vital role in our students’ success.
“DE Course R&R: (Re)design and Review” program consists of four phases.
- Skills and Concepts: A self-paced module of 5 units to build your foundation in best practices of online teaching and learning.
- Course Development: A 10-week workshop where you will develop your DE course alongside your cohort and expert Instructional Designers based on the Leeward CC DE Guidelines.
- Course Review: A self-assessment and peer review process of your DE course utilizing the DE Guidelines.
- Completion: Once your DE course has met the DE Guidelines, it is “Ready for Delivery.” Or make improvements based on the feedback and recommendations and get additional support, if needed.
This Fall 2022 semester-long pilot of the program is entirely virtual with the majority being self-paced and asynchronous. Participants can expect to commit 5-10 hours per week to the program.
The “DE Course R&R: (Re)design and Review” program is a semester-long commitment and we are here to support you all along the way. While the entire program is virtual with the majority being self-paced and asynchronous, there are 6 required synchronous sessions on the following <days> from <time>.
Leeward has long been a leader in DE. Throughout the years, we have consistently reached students where they were at and led them to student success with our DE course offerings. But now is the time to up our game.
The pandemic has revealed that DE will continue to play an increasingly important role in our students’ success as well as student success across the nation. In addition, our accrediting body as well as the federal government have special policies and regulations governing DE. More consistency and higher-quality is going to be expected of DE courses as time goes on. Leeward needs to continue to be a leader in DE by focusing on more consistency and higher-quality. This will help us serve our students as best we can.
We are starting a new cohort if you are interest in participating in our second pilot program for Spring 2023, fill out the Participant Interest Form. Read more about participant expectations. Mahalo for your commitment to Distance Education at Leeward CC!