Developing an Online Class

Process for Developing a New Online Class

The Educational Technology Department supports faculty in the development of all credit online classes offered at CCSF. There are several steps in the development of an online class.

Before exploring online classes, make certain that you have been trained in and use CCSF’s learning management system, Insight. You are encouraged to use Insight for at least one semester before applying to develop an online course.

1. Talk with your Department Chair and identify a course for online development. Identify an existing course that is currently taught face-to-face. The course must have been taught for at least two semesters. It is strongly recommended that faculty develop courses that fulfill CCSF graduation requirements, meet CTE requirements or transfer to the California State University and/or the University of California systems.  Also, courses that are severely impacted are more likely to succeed online. Without Department Chair support, the course cannot be developed.

2. Complete the Application to a Distance Learning Class. You will need approval signatures from your Department Chair and School Dean. Please check the deadline.

3. The Distance Learning Advisory Committee (DLAC), a Shared Governance Committee, reviews the application for a faculty member to develop a new online course. The Ed Tech Department notifies applicants in early spring in order for department chairs to plan assignments when producing the fall schedule.

The Educational Technology Department funds the development of new online classes per the AFT 2121 contract, Exhibit O. We also work with departments who receive grant funding to develop online classes.

4. After the course is approved for development the faculty member is added to the next cohort of faculty developing online classes.

5. Before a class can be offered online it must meet CCSF Curriculum Committee Distance Education Addendum Requirements. Once the class has been approved, the Ed Tech Department works with the developer to make certain that curriculum requirements are met.

The faculty member works closely with the Educational Technology Department in the development of the online course. Faculty are trained on the pedagogy of converting a face-to-face course to online delivery by participating in the Online Teaching and Learning Course. Face-to-face workshops are required where faculty learn how to use the various tools in Insight. One-on-one meetings are required as faculty build content in the new online class. At various stages of development the new class is reviewed by CCSF’s Alternative Media Specialist for accessibility/508 compliancy and by the Educational Technology Department for deliverability. Additionally, the class is required to meet the College-wide Curriculum Committee requirements for delivery of a distance learning class (information about these requirements is included in the training). Final approval is done in collaboration with the developing faculty member, the Department Chair where the course is housed, the Alternative Media Specialist and the Educational Technology Chair. The process takes between one to two semesters.

If you have questions please contact Cynthia Dewar, Chair of the Educational Technology Department, at

Process for Teaching an Already Developed Online Class


The Educational Technology Department supports faculty in the "take-over" of already developed online classes.

Before a department decides to offer another section of an existing online class that will be taught by a faculty member other than the individual who originally developed the class, several factors must be considered:

•   Will additional sections support departmental goals?

•   Will additional sections support institutional goals?

•   Will additional sections support the College Mission?

•   What is the retention rate of the existing section?

•   What is the success rate of the existing section?

Given the answers to the above question, the faculty member teaching the current online class along with the Department Chair and the Distance Ed Coordinator/Ed Tech Chair, need to meet to discuss a possible action plan. 

Because the College has already supported the development of the existing section (both financially and via human resources), a clear action plan needs to be discussed in order to proceed. 

It is required that faculty who are new to teaching online must participate in the Online Teaching and Learning Training. Training begins at the start of the fall semester. If you are interested please contact your Department Chair.