Distance Learning

Faculty Development

Faculty Development is supported at Estrella Mountain through workshops and seminars scheduled each semester. Enroll through the  CTL Workshop Registration link

During the 2001-02 academic year, the E-Learning Task Force established guiding principles for online and hybrid course development, which were reaffirmed by the ELearning Advisory Committee in Fall 2010:

  • Given the economic climate, strategically identify where we are, and how to best utilize institution resources.
  • Course development supports degree and/or certificate completion.
  • Course development supports AGEC course development.
  • Course development supports innovative, new, and/or emerging specialized programs.
  • Consider other items that impact the college, including consideration of faculty/space issues, inability to hire adjuncts, etc.

As a learning college, EMCC revises and reassesses our processes. Currently, ELearning is piloting a faculty-driven process improvement.

For the Spring 2016 semester and the 16-17 Academic Year, the following development approval process will be used:

  1. Faculty members who want to develop a course should submit their requests to their division chair. (Note: Faculty should have taught an online course prior to developing an online course. If individuals have not taught an online course previously, contact the ELearning Coordinator and ELearning Committee.)
  2. Division chairs discuss with their Dean the courses proposed for development. The Dean offers insight and confirms which courses should be supported for development.
  3. The ELearning Coordinator issues a call for development. Division Chairs submit the list of approved courses for their division by ranked priority to the ELearning Coordinator  (by October 31 or April 1).
  4. The ELearning Coordinator submits the compiled list to the ELearning Committee. From the entire list of approved courses, the ELearning Committee members decide which courses will be developed.
  5. Courses/Faculty Developers who are selected to develop are notified by the ELearning Coordinator. Division Chairs and Deans are notified of the final selections by the ELearning Coordinator.

​For the Spring 2016 semester and the 16-17 Academic Year, faculty course developers will participate in the course development process:​

  1. After notified by the ELearning Coordinator, the faculty developer will complete the 2 Canvas courses by August 29, 2016: "New Course Development" and "Teach Online with Canvas".
  2. Attend Developer Orientation. (Tuesday, August 30, 2016)
  3. Attend the 3 required Peer Sessions: Instructional Design Map, ADA & Compliance, and Assessment, QM Reflection & CATS.
  4. As needed, attend additional peer reviewer and subject matter expert (SME) work sessions. 
  5. As needed, utilize 1:1 sessions with the ELearning Faculty Coordinator who will provide additional assistance and project management. 

For the Fall 2016 semester, all courses are expected to be completed and ready for review by November 15, 2016. Peer review, SME, and QM reflection activities will be completed between November 15 to December 15, 2016.

The full load of an e-Learning development contract is applied during the semester approved for development​. 

  • Initial 50% contract payout is submitted by the ELearning Coordinator once 50% of the course modules are confirmed to be completed.
  • The final 50% of the contract will be initiated upon course completion (all reviews finalized and course revisions completed.)  
  • All course development must be completed within the approved fiscal year. Contracts may not cross fiscal years (July 1-June, 30).

If you have not been assigned a course by your division chair, residential and adjunct faculty can prepare to teach an online or hybrid course that has already been developed:

  1. Inform your chair of your wish to teach an online course.
  2. Complete the Canvas course: "Teach Online with Canvas". Self register via the CTL: https://ctl.estrellamountain.edu/events

If you have been assigned a course by your division chair, adjunct faculty:

  1. Complete the Canvas course: "Teach Online with Canvas". Self register via the CTL: https://ctl.estrellamountain.edu/events
  2. Upon completion of the course, follow the final directions - Email the CTL!
  3. Adjunct faculty who have been approved by the division chair to teach will be compensated for course completion for 4 hours at the corresponding hourly rate for adjuncts.

If you have been assigned a course by your division chair, residential faculty:

  1. Complete the Canvas course: "Teach Online with Canvas". Self register via the CTL: https://ctl.estrellamountain.edu/events/
  2. Inform your  Division Chair or Program Director upon completion of the course.
  3. Participation in the training is part of the reasonable activities required for full and proper discharge of a Faculty member's responsibilities (RFP 5.4. Accountability/Professional Responsibilities).