Compensated professional development options
You may sign up for more than one professional development option, but you can only be compensated once.
Option 1: Online Course Design Institute
The Course Design Institute is a two-week course with synchronous and asynchronous components, created to help faculty design an online course that integrates learning objectives with assessments, assignments, and activities. It will help faculty to plan strategies and identify tools to promote meaningful interactions, social presence, and equitable learning in the online environment.
The total time commitment is expected to be 2-4 hours each day (depending on Brightspace skill level and how much of your course you want to complete) during the two weeks. Faculty will work through a series of Brightspace modules leading through a course design process. They will meet two times per week for 90 minutes via Zoom as a class, and in small cohorts for peer feedback on course plans. The Zoom meetings will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
Completion of Level 1 online Brightspace training OR completion of either the Beginner or the Intermediate/Advanced ETS Brightspace Online Training Series is required for the Course Design Institute.
While completion of one of the two trainings is required prior to taking the course, the ETS trainings are strongly recommended as they set the foundation for a deeper learning in the Course Design Institute and will ensure you are able to keep pace with the course. The tools taught in the ETS trainings will not be taught during the Course Design Institute. Please note: The ETS trainings are not compensated trainings.
The Course Design Institute will be available the following dates with each course capped at 25 participants.
- June 8-19
- June 22-July 3
- July 6-July 17
- July 20-July 31
Option 2: Online Instructor Level 2 – Certification Course
Level 2 is a four-week asynchronous course organized in four modules focusing on instructor-to-student, student-to-content, and student-to-student interactions. While online, the course is not “work-at-your-own-pace”. Each week has scheduled assignments to complete, most of which require completion of readings, reflections, and discussions. You should expect to spend at least 4-6 hours per week working on the course activities and engaging in discussions with your colleagues. Completion of Level 2 meets the SACSCOC requirement for certification to teach online courses at PSCC.
Completion of Level 1 online Brightspace training.
Level 2 Online Certification Courses will be available the following dates with each course capped at 14 participants.
- May 31-June 28 (full)
- June 14-July 12
- July 5-August 2
- July 12-August 9
Option 3: Course Reflections Process
The Course Reflection Process is a four-week course designed for experienced distance education faculty. Utilizing the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Instrument from Chico State University as a guide, faculty will evaluate the effectiveness of an existing online or hybrid course in meeting quality objectives. During the first three weeks of the course, resources will be provided to assist faculty in reinventing and redesigning an existing distance education course with asynchronous opportunities to share ideas on discussion forums. The course will conclude with a synchronous class meeting providing faculty the opportunity to share an action plan developed for course revisions for implementation Fall 2020. Participation in both synchronous class meetings and asynchronous discussion posts is required. Completion of the QOLT is also required.
Completion of Level 1 and 2 Online Training
The Course Reflection Process will be available the following dates with each course capped at 20 participants.
- Monday, June 22 – Friday, July 17 (During the week of July 13, faculty will be required to attend synchronous class meetings lasting approximately 90 minutes. Course offering times will vary).
- Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 24 (During the week of July 20, faculty will be required to attend synchronous class meetings lasting approximately 90 minutes. Course offering times will vary).