These pages will assist you with all aspects of developing and teaching an online or blended course. To get the most out of this resource, first read the University’s policies on teaching in these modalities below. Next, visit our page called “Is Teaching Online Right for You” in order to assess your own preparedness for teaching online. If it seems like a good fit and you have approval from your Chair and Dean, feel free to contact us for support with the development process, or use these resources on your own. Please keep in mind that developing an online course can take between 12 and 24 weeks. We ask that you contact us at least 12 weeks ahead of the date on which you intend to teach the course if you would like our support. We will also need to confirm that the course has been approved and coded as either “online” or “blended” before students register for the course.
Course Approval and Policies
New Course Offerings
Each new online or blended course is approved by Adelphi faculty governance committees in the same manner that other traditional courses and programs are approved. Detailed procedures and forms are available on the Adelphi Intranet (on-campus only). See Adelphi’s Distance Learning Policy for more info.
Before teaching a traditional face-to-face course in an online or blended format, faculty need to obtain written permission from their dean or chair. Course methodology needs to be indicated when the course is open for student registration. Please let your departmental course planner know if you are using the Blended (30-79% content online) or Online (80%+ content online) methodology so they can process the course appropriately.
Distance Learning Policy
Adelphi’s Distance Learning Policy provides a thorough overview of the guiding principles for distance learning at Adelphi and includes important information about faculty preparation, course approval process and effective practices in online instruction and course design.
Begin Developing an Online Course
Developing an online course should be a dedicated exercise in organization, learning new skills, and re-inventing yourself as a facilitator of learning. It is recommended that faculty teaching in Web-based modalities acquire competencies in online pedagogy and educational technologies. We advise faculty to plan for several months of development time. There are several resources available to faculty who wish to begin this process. First, there are the resources within the section in this site called “Resources for Planning and Development.” The FCPE also offers a self-paced fully-online course on how to design and teach an online course. FCPE staff are also available to assist faculty throughout the development process. Please schedule an appointment through our contact page or call us for more information at 516-877-4221.
The following workshops are recommended one semester prior to developing or teaching an online course.
- Online and Blended Course Design
- Moodle Basics
- The Art of Online Discussion Forums
- Moodle Gradebook
- Preparing Online Quizzes in Moodle
Check our current schedule to see when these workshops are offered.
Instructors are required to be available online consistently throughout the duration of the course to assist students with their studies. Course communication methods include:
- Virtual office hours via: phone, live chat or video-conferencing tools
- Discussion boards
- Student surveys