Online Course Development Procedures

​​​​​​​​DMACC offers to pay instructors $500 per credit for the online portion of a course ​if the course has never been taught online before. Follow the instructions below. All steps and forms must be completed and submitted to Distance Learning in order to be paid.

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Contact Distance Learning to determine if the course you are wanting to teach web blended/online has previously been developed or is currently in development. Our contact information can be found on the​​ Contact Us page.

Contact Distance Learning to set up an appointment with your Dean/Provost to determine if there is a need for your desired course. Please follow this procedure:

  1. Complete the Online Course Development Application (3 pages, includes a Course Plan). Print it and then distribute it to your Program Chair, District Chair (if applicable), and Dean/Provost for approval signatures.
  2. Submit the a​pplication with signatures to Distance Learning. ​​A meeting with you, Distance Learning, and the District Chair or designee might be required.

An Instructional Designer will contact you after your application is received and approved. A course shell will be provided in Blackboard for you to use for development of the course. Prior to initiating work on the course, schedule an appointment with the Instructional Designer for assistance with the following:

  1. Review the Online Course Checklist and understand the best practices in online course design.
  2. Enroll in Blackboard Blended/Online Training if you have not already completed it.​
  3. Adjunct Faculty Members: You are required to fill out the Adjunct Time Tracking Sheet as you develop the course. You will submit it to HR as part of Step 4.
  4. Course development needs to be completed at least one month prior to the course being offered. It will not be listed on the schedule as fully online (or blended) until after it has been approved.​

After you finish course development and before the class is scheduled to begin, proceed as follows:

  1. Meet with the Instructional Designer who will complete the Online Course Checklist as you review your new online course. Make any nec​essary changes to your course in order to receive the Instructional Designer's approval on the checklist.
  2. After the Instructional Designer approves the checklist, Distance Learning will notify the appropriate people and the "​Personnel Action Notice" will be completed.
  3. Adjunct Faculty Members: Submit the completed Adjunct Time Tracking Sheet to Carrie Haefner (, Compliance Coordinator in Human Resources.