What types of support does the DE Office provide to online/blended faculty?
- Instructional Design Support
Instructional Designers work closely with faculty to re/design their courses for online/blended
delivery. They typically follow a systematic and reflective process of translating
principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities,
information resources, and evaluation.
- Course Development Support
Online Course Specialists work with instructional designers to provide all-around
support to faculty including course content creation, audio/video lecture creation
and transcription, course testing and maintenance, and so forth.
- Training Support
Trainings offered by the DE Office include 1-on-1 training, monthly workshops, fully
online faculty development programs, as well as various guest speakers and events.
- Technology Integration
After a comprehensive analysis of the learners and course objectives, Instructional
Designers help faculty select and utilize appropriate instructional strategies, technology,
media, and materials to help students achieve the learning objectives.
What is an online or blended course at WCU?
At WCU, courses are categorized in terms of the percentage of the course that is delivered
- Online: 80%-100% online
- Blended: 30%-80% online
- Web-Enhanced: 15%-29% online
- Face-to-Face: 0%-14% online
What are the steps involved in putting a course online?
What's the online/blended course development turnaround time?
The average course development turnaround time is between 6-12 months depending on
faculty member's technical skills and availability as well as instructional designers'
workload and availabilities. We recommend faculty contact the DE Office 1 year before
the start of the course.
Can I make changes in my course once it is developed?
Yes, you can always make changes to your fully developed course. The D2L course site
is under your “faculty” role so you have full access and editing privilege to the
Will I get help if I run into a problem while teaching the course or need to make
changes to a course?
Yes, our instructional designers and online course specialists will help you during
the course delivery and point you to the right personnel/office for support.
Do I need to know how to write computer code?
Absolutely not! You don't need to learn to code to create an online course site. We
have tools for you to do that. Also, we will help you with the more technical stuff
if you don't feel comfortable.
How do I get training to develop an online course?
Office of Distance Education offers various training opportunities for future and
current online faculty. Please visit the Training and Support page for current training offerings
Do you have information about best practices in developing and teaching an online
How do the Office support faculty with various online teaching experience and technology
We offer 3 levels of support depending on faculty member's previous online teaching
experience and technology proficiency levels.
Level 1: Basic Support
Basic Support is appropriate for faculty with extensive experience with teaching online,
advanced proficiency with educational technologies, and high-level computer skills.
Level One support is tailored to your specific needs and may include:
- Consultation and recommendations based on current research and practice in educational
technology and online teaching
- Site usability and functionality tests, including cross-browser and cross-platform
Level 2: Moderate Support
Moderate Support is appropriate for faculty with some experience with teaching online
and some knowledge of educational technologies. Moderate support usually includes
several meetings during the course design process, but may include all of the support
listed below in Level Three: Full Support.
Level 3: Full Support
Full support is for faculty with little previous online teaching experience who wish
to build their educational technology skills. An instructional designer will assist
you through the entire course design process, from objectives analysis to implementation.
This may include, but is not limited to, assistance with:
- Re-conceptualizing face-to-face courses for online or blended delivery
- Planning engaging interactive assignments and activities
- Developing appropriate technology-based formative and summative assessments
- Choosing appropriate educational technologies and developing online course materials
to enhance teaching and learning
- Designing, producing, and testing an easily navigable course site
- Revising and redesigning existing online courses