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Online/Hybrid Course Development Process

Are you interested in developing an online or hybrid course? Online course development at GRCC is a matter of following just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Identify the course and developer

  • The course must be current and approved in Curriculog (CARP).
  • The developer (instructor developing the course) must obtain department head/program director approval.  In some cases it may be the department head or program director who initiates the process and identifies a developer.
  • The developer must successfully complete the Online Hybrid Certification Course at GRCC before beginning development.

Step 2: Submit the Online Course Request Form

  • The developer completes and submits the Online Course Request Form. The form contains information on things such as why the course will benefit students if offered online and how the developer plans to use technology in the course. The form is available HERE.
  • The information is sent to a Deans’ Council subcommittee for review. Once it is approved, the developer will be notified that he or she is clear to start building the course.

Step 3: Develop the course

  • After receiving approval, the developer can begin developing the course in Blackboard. An empty shell will be provided. Some things to keep in mind during development are …
    • The course should be developed to meet the current GRCC Distance Learning Standards. A rubric for course review built on these standards is available in the form of the Online Course Readiness Rubric. All course developers should review this rubric before beginning.
    • While not required, developers are encouraged to meet with an Instructional Designer to map out a plan prior to beginning the development. Developers can email DLIT@grcc.edu to set up an appointment. Developers can always contact DLIT throughout the development process if they have questions or need assistance.
    • Developers can also access a variety of resources that will help them as they work. 
  • The course must be fully developed in Blackboard before it is submitted for review. In other words, all assignments, assessments, announcements, etc., must be complete.

Step 4: Submit the course for review

  • Once the course is complete, the developer must complete a self-assessment of the course using the Online Course Readiness Rubric and submit it to the Instructional Technologist/Designer at mwilli@grcc.edu. At that point he or she will receive instructions via email on how to make the course available to reviewers. 
  • The course is then reviewed by a committee that includes two faculty members and one instructional designer. If revisions are requested, the developer will be notified. If not, the course will be sent to the Dean of Instructional Support for final approval. 
  • Once approved by the Dean, the developer, department head, and associate dean, they are are notified of the approval and informed that the course may be added to the schedule.

Developers are encouraged to contact Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) with any questions during the process and for assistance with the instructional design of the course. DLIT can be reached at DLIT@grcc.edu or 616-234-3205

Note: The Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department assists Deans, Associate Deans and Department Heads in the course request and development process and provides faculty professional development, technology training and resource support to faculty. DLIT provides this support to faculty as a service to assist the Deans, Associate Deans and Department Heads as they work to manage their schools, distance learning programs, departments, online/hybrid courses and overall curriculum.