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Distance Education Faculty Requirements & Professional Development

Faculty Training for Teaching Online

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Blackboard Workshop Series 1-4

These workshops will introduce you to Blackboard and how to use the key features needed to build a dynamic and interactive course.

    • DE: Blackboard 1: Building a Course Site


    • DE: Blackboard 2: Assignments and Assessments


    • DE: Blackboard 3: Grade Center


    • DE: Blackboard 4: Interactive Tools


Online Course Redesign Academy (OCRA)

For faculty who plan on teaching online courses at Austin Community College (ACC), completing the Online Course Redesign Academy (OCRA) training as soon as possible is highly recommended. The first part of this training is Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), which is the Quality Matters (QM) flagship workshop on the QM Rubric. Its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning.

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Hands on a laptop overheadIn order to meet SACS and Coordinating Board requirements, ACC instructors must complete the Distance Learning Instruction Series (DLIS) before teaching a distance education course. The series provides information, examples, and tips on teaching effective and engaging distance education courses. Learn More

Distance Learning Instruction Series Completions List

Stipend Information

Stipends are awarded for completion of training and for conducting and completing course reviews.

  • Online Course Redesign Academy — $1000 paid in two installments (After completing the Applying the Quality Matter Rubric (APPQMR) training, faculty will work with a Distance Education Instructional Designer to design one online or hybrid course. The first $500 stipend will be paid when the course alignment table is completed. The second $500 stipend will be paid when the course meets QM standards.)
  • National QM Review Course Representative Stipend: Faculty who submit the course for national QM review and the course meets national QM review standards will be eligible for a $250 stipend per national QM-certified course.
  • QM Peer Reviewer Training Stipend — $500 after training (Effective Spring 2022, faculty will be paid the stipend upon completion of the QM Peer Reviewer Training and on scheduling for the first review. The faculty peer review will be scheduled no later than two weeks after the QM Peer Reviewer Training.)
  • QM Peer Reviewer Stipend — $200 for each course reviewed by a peer reviewer (A peer reviewer must have already completed the QM Peer Reviewer Training.)
  • QM Master Reviewer Stipend (Team Chair) — $300 per peer review chaired (A master peer reviewer must have already completed the QM Peer Reviewer Training and have at least one year of online teaching experience.)

Questions about stipends?

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