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Course Development







Consortium Standards
All courses developed and delivered through the ICCOC must meet the following criteria:
1.Standards for Course (Originating College)
  • Meets originating institutions standards for quality of instruction
  • Meets originating institutions standards for assessment of student learning
2. Standards for Faculty Preparation (Originating College)
  • Completes EDU-101A & EDU-101B  Online Courses
  • Computer Literacy
  • Pearson Learning Studio (Pearson eCollege) System
  • Instructional Design Strategies
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Discussion with ICCOC Faculty Trainer
3. Standards for Technology (Pearson eCollege)
  • eCollege minimum standards
  • Please see & click on technical requirements
4. Standards for Technical Support (Pearson eCollege)
  • 24-hour eCollege help desk (phone & e-mail support)
  • Telephone feedback is 4 hours or less
  • e-mail feedback is 24 hours or less
5. Standards for Communication with Students
  • At least one welcome message sent to students before course start date
    • Subjects: Orientation course, Textbooks, Correct e-mail address, Syllabi info
  • Weekly announcements or messages after course begins
    • Subjects: Library resources, Participation, Technical help resources, FAQ
6. Standards for Student Services Departments
  • Provide student services information for online students on ICCOC’s Web site.
  • Admissions, /advising, Financial Aid, Registration, Proctoring Contacts, etc…
7. Standards for Evaluation of ICCOC
  • Two surveys will be completed by online students each semester (Precourse/End of Course)
  • One withdrawal survey will be completed each semester
  • One instructor survey will be completed each semester
  • Consortium will analyze results for the purpose of continuous improvement.
Syllabi Standards
A Syllabus must be posted online before the First Day of class.
The Syllabus document is the responsibility of each instructor.
The Syllabus should include the following information:
Name of Course
Course Number
Credit Hours
(Your College) Community College
Instructor Contact Information
  • Instructor name
  • e-mail address
  • fax number
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing Address
Feedback Policy (Statement on communicating and responding to students)
Virtual Office Hours (Optional)
  • Is this course self-paced? Yes or No
  • Does this course require tests to be proctored at secure sites?     Yes or No
  • Does this course require students to be online at specific times and/or dates?    Yes or No
Course Description
Course Textbook(s)/Materials
  • Required Textbook(s) Information
  • Videotapes/Audiotapes/Lab Supplies (Provide purchasing instructions)

Course Objectives/Standards/Goals
  • Learning Outcomes (Minimum of 5 learning outcomes)

Schedule of Course Activities/Assignments
  • List of activities & assignments
  • How are assignments to be completed e-mail, threaded discussion, chat room, online exam, etc. student provides name, assignment number, etc.
Grading Plan/Assessment Strategies/Evaluation
  • Description of each gradable items
  • Point value/Percentage value of each item
  • Grading Scale (What does it take to get an A, B, etc.)
  • Incomplete Grading Policy (What is the criteria needed for an
Course Policies
  • Late Work
  • Extra Credit
  • Netiquette Expectations
  • Academic Integrity/Honesty
  • Grading Policies - Description of each gradable items
  • Point Value/Percentage value of each item
  • Grading Scale
Special Needs Services
  • Please contact student’s home college for assistance
  • Please visit ICCOC informational Web site at
Course Completion Checklist
The instructor has discussed course development with appropriate authority at your own campus.
The course is the approved with the ICCOC Oversight Committee .
The instructor has completed the EDU101A and EDU101B Online Courses   and is familiar with the following LMS features: 
  • Computer Literacy
  • eCollege System
  • Instructional Design Strategies
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Threaded Discussion
  • Class Announcements
  • E-mail
  • Document Sharing
  • Webliography and Web Links
  • Gradebook
  • Calendar
  • ClassLive
The instructor has completed the syllabus for this course which falls within the ICCOC Syllabi Standards.
Class Assessment Guidelines
Class Assessment:
Each instructor implements class assessment strategies according to their institution’s assessment strategies.
Assessment strategies may include:
  • Pre-test/Post-test (For each unit and/or entire course)
  • Written Assignments
  • Threaded Discussions
  • Webliography
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Group Discussion
  • Exams
  • Student Portfolios
  • Research Papers
Instructional Resources
The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) is a growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement.   ICCOC is a member of NROC.  NROC/Hippocampus course content is an Open Educational Resource (OER) and is available at no cost for individual use for those that are members of NROC.
Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education.  
MERLOT is also a community of people who are involved in education and help MERLOT grow by contributing materials and adding assignments and comments.
Kahn Academy
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
OER Commons  Find free-to-use Teaching and Learning Content from around the world.
Academic Earth Find free-to-use Teaching and Learning Content.
YouTube EDU   Find free-to-use Teaching and Learning Content from Universities and colleges.
Jeff Borden's Amazing Web Resources List
Adding Public Domain Images & Music
American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
NASA Image Exchange  and
Public Domain Music
Choral Public Domain Library - free choral sheet music
Copyright Friendly Images/Videos
Flickr    (be sure to do advanced searches for creative commons)
Pics 4 Learning
Stock xchng