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Distance Education

Faculty Resources

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Distance Education

Anderson Hall
1st Floor
725 S Church St
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2948
Fax: 610-436-2189

Distance Education Support
Phone: 610-436-3373

Faculty FAQs

What types of support does the DE Office provide to online/blended faculty?

  • Instructional Design Support
    Instructional Designers work closely with faculty to re/design their courses for online/blended delivery. They typically follow a systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, information resources, and evaluation.
  • Course Development Support
    Online Course Specialists work with instructional designers to provide all-around support to faculty including course content creation, audio/video lecture creation and transcription, course testing and maintenance, and so forth.
  • Training Support
    Trainings offered by the DE Office include 1-on-1 training, monthly workshops, fully online faculty development programs, as well as various guest speakers and events.
  • Technology Integration
    After a comprehensive analysis of the learners and course objectives, Instructional Designers help faculty select and utilize appropriate instructional strategies, technology, media, and materials to help students achieve the learning objectives.

What is an online or blended course at WCU?

At WCU, courses are categorized in terms of the percentage of the course that is delivered online.

  • Online: 80%-100% online
  • Blended: 30%-80% online
  • Web-Enhanced: 15%-29% online
  • Face-to-Face: 0%-14% online

What are the steps involved in putting a course online?

There are certain steps you need to follow to put a course online at WCU. Please refer to the Distance Education Course Approval & Development Flowchart  for online course development steps and procedures.


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What's the online/blended course development turnaround time?

The average course development turnaround time is between 6-12 months depending on faculty member's technical skills and availability as well as instructional designers' workload and availabilities. We recommend faculty contact the DE Office 1 year before the start of the course.

Can I make changes in my course once it is developed?

Yes, you can always make changes to your fully developed course. The D2L course site is under your “faculty” role so you have full access and editing privilege to the course.

Will I get help if I run into a problem while teaching the course or need to make changes to a course?

Yes, our instructional designers and online course specialists will help you during the course delivery and point you to the right personnel/office for support.

Do I need to know how to write computer code?

Absolutely not! You don't need to learn to code to create an online course site. We have tools for you to do that. Also, we will help you with the more technical stuff if you don't feel comfortable.

How do I get training to develop an online course?

Office of Distance Education offers various training opportunities for future and current online faculty. Please visit the Training and Support page for current training offerings

Do you have information about best practices in developing and teaching an online course?

Yes. Please refer to the Tutorials and Documentation page in this section.

How do the Office support faculty with various online teaching experience and technology proficiency levels?

We offer 3 levels of support depending on faculty member's previous online teaching experience and technology proficiency levels.

Level 1: Basic Support

Basic Support is appropriate for faculty with extensive experience with teaching online, advanced proficiency with educational technologies, and high-level computer skills. Level One support is tailored to your specific needs and may include:

  • Consultation and recommendations based on current research and practice in educational technology and online teaching
  • Site usability and functionality tests, including cross-browser and cross-platform testing

Level 2: Moderate Support

Moderate Support is appropriate for faculty with some experience with teaching online and some knowledge of educational technologies. Moderate support usually includes several meetings during the course design process, but may include all of the support listed below in Level Three: Full Support.

Level 3: Full Support

Full support is for faculty with little previous online teaching experience who wish to build their educational technology skills. An instructional designer will assist you through the entire course design process, from objectives analysis to implementation. This may include, but is not limited to, assistance with:

  • Re-conceptualizing face-to-face courses for online or blended delivery
  • Planning engaging interactive assignments and activities
  • Developing appropriate technology-based formative and summative assessments
  • Choosing appropriate educational technologies and developing online course materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Designing, producing, and testing an easily navigable course site
  • Revising and redesigning existing online courses
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