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Online Model Course Program. Dr. Leslie Tirapelle Online Education 10/21/2013. What is an Online Model Course?. A fully-developed course for online delivery that: Satisfies curriculum requirements as set forth by the respective program as approved by C&I

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online model course program

Online Model Course Program

Dr. Leslie Tirapelle

Online Education


what is an online model course
What is an Online Model Course?
  • A fully-developed course for onlinedelivery that:
    • Satisfies curriculum requirements as set forth by the respective program as approved by C&I
    • Meets stringent Federal and State regulatory requirements and ACCJC accreditation standards
    • Meets best practices that support online learner success
primary benefits
Primary Benefits


  • Provides greater access to high need/high demand sections
  • Students want online courses. They provide flexibility and greater access to goal attainment.
  • Design provides a consistent, high quality, engaging and accessible experience for students


  • Offers a ready-to-use learner-centered course for current, new, and adjunct faculty, if they choose.
    • Individual facilitators are encouraged to personalize the course


  • Creates substantial development cost savings
    • No need to develop entirely new versions of the course with each faculty member
    • Are developed once with periodic updates
  • Less demand on physical facilities
high demand high need ge pathway courses
High Demand/High Need GE Pathway Courses

Courses developed thus far:

  • Spring 2013:
  • Geography 1
  • Political Science 1
  • Sociology 1
  • English 1A
  • English 900
  • Health Education 44
  • Nutrition 11
  • Summer/Fall 2013:
  • Anthropology 1
  • Psychology 1
  • History 7A
  • Philosophy 25
  • Speech 10
  • Speech 6
  • Participation in developing or using model courses is optional
  • If a Division participates:
    • There is no DE policy regarding these assignments. The Division Deans follows the same procedure as they would with face-to-face program development.
    • Division Deans, in consultation with PCC disciplinary faculty, forwards names of interested faculty to the DE Department to either develop content for a C&I approved course or to teach a course.

Spring 2013 Online Model Course success and retention rates are in line with statewide averages.

*Spring 2013 courses were

Developed in an accelerated

Timeline, which is no longer


Online success and retention rates will improve as

the Online Model Course Program and developed courses

are reviewed and refined, and additional student success

measures are implemented.



  • New/outside faculty have not been hired to develop model courses
    • Existing PCC disciplinary full time faculty have been approached first by Division Deans
    • If existing PCC adjunct faculty are selected, they are qualified to develop content and teach in the discipline

DE Experience

  • Developers are content specialists, the instructional designer assures/ guides effective design
  • 16-week PCC DE Institute is a full DE training/development program

Course Quality

  • No person, faculty or otherwise, have been paid to fix courses
  • Course Developers teach from and revise model courses
clarification cont
Clarification cont.…

Adjunct Faculty Hires

  • New adjunct faculty were hired once to expand section offerings (Spring 2013) due to passing of Prop 30. Full time faculty loads/overloads were maxed out


  • Requested by full time and adjunct faculty alike for time/effort involved in online course development
  • Model Course Development participants thus far:
    • 1 adjunct faculty
    • 15 full time faculty
more information
More Information

PCC Online

Faculty Resources Web Site

Leslie Tirapelle

(626) 585-7839