Teaching an Online Class

Application Process

The Distance Learning Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Educational Technology Department, approves teachers and courses to be offered online. Faculty must work closely with both the Educational Technology Department and their home departments when teaching online.

New Online Faculty who have never developed an online class for CCSF and whose application is approved for developing a new online class must take the SFCCD mandated training. Trainings are offered 2-3 times per year and are filled on a first come first served basis. 

Returning Online Faculty who have taught online at CCSF may apply to develop additional courses.

Taking Over an Existing Online Class Faculty interested in "taking over" an already developed online class must first talk with their department chair and the faculty member who originally developed the online class. A "take-over" meets the definition only if the faculty member "taking over" the existing online class is given permission to use the content from the existing online class. Applications for "take-overs" are taken throughout the year. Faculty who have never taught online must take the District Mandated training.

How to Apply to Develop and/or Teach an Online Course

By submitting the Application to Develop/Teach an Online Course at CCSF, you are asking the Distance Learning Advisory Committee (DLAC) to approve your application to teach a specific online course. This is the first step in the approval process.

Refer to the Timeline for Development of Online Courses for deadlines.

An instructor must apply to teach each online course so that each version of a course can be reviewed for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. This is a seven-step process. Step 4 is optional for returning CCSF online faculty but required for new CCSF online faculty.

1. Instructors submit this application to teach a specific course online.
2. Application will be approved or denied by the DLAC subject to Department Chair and Dean approval.
3. Approved applicants submit a Distance Education Addendum (DEA) to CurricUNET.
4. Pass the SFCCD-mandated training to teach online: "Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning" (IOTL).
5. Meet with the Alternative Media Specialist for an accessibility compliance check for your course.
6. Meet with the Distance Learning and Teaching Specialist to confirm compliance with the DEA.
7. Present your course at the Online Course Showcase, typically the first day of final exams in the semester before you teach.

SFCCD-Mandated Training to Teach Online

If you have not gone through the SFCCD-mandated training, you will need to take the 5-week IOTL training before you may teach online at CCSF.

Here are the next three 5-week IOTL training sessions:

1. January 23, 2017 through February 25, 2017 FULL
2. May 29, 2017 through July 1, 2017
3. August 21, 2017 through September 23, 2017

DLAC-approved applicants will be paid consistent with Exhibit O in the AFT contract to develop an online course in the semester that they first train or develop the online course. Failure to develop a course after receiving compensation may result in applicants owing the College the equivalent in units or return of the overpayment.

For a 3-unit load course, the equivalent of 7 hours of work per week during semester, as
follows: 3 units of release time for full-time teachers, OR 122.5 non-instructional
hours at your salary scale.

For a 1- or 2-unit load course, or for development of a second course, the equivalent of 4.6
hours of work per week during semester, as follows: 2 units of release time OR 81.5
non-instructional hours at your salary scale.

If you already teach online at CCSF, you are eligible to retake the IOTL training every 5 years and receive 1 unit of pay.

Instructors must be approved for every online course they teach, whether it is a newly created course or a course developed by another instructor. Pay for development of takeover courses will be considered on a case by case basis by the DLAC.

Faculty interested in teaching an online class must have actively used an LMS such as Canvas or Insight, CCSF's learning management systems, to tech-enhance a face-to-face class for at least one semester.

Faculty must be trained in connection with a specific course. The course identified serves as a laboratory for the faculty member to use in the development process both learning the technology and pedagogy of online delivery.

Fill out the Application to Develop/Teach and Online Course to begin the process.