Teaching/Building Online Courses
UDC Online Certification
See C.A.L.’s Online Learning Certification page.
See stage one on C.A.L.’s Online Learning Certification page.
Yes, work with the respective faculty member to devise an agreement and build the course.
To initiate the peer review process, a faculty member must complete the UDC Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Form. Prior to completing the course proposal form, the faculty member must request and populate a Blackboard course shell in accordance with the Quality Matters Rubric (fifth edition). Once a faculty member submits a course proposal form, a team of certified peer reviewers will review the course, provide feedback, and allow for revisions if necessary. The peer review process takes approximately one month to complete. The faculty member will have one week to complete any necessary revisions. Once the necessary revisions are complete, the course will meet standards, be certified, and become eligible to be offered online at UDC.
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Consultations are tailored to each faculty or staff member’s specific needs. Please click on this link to request a consultation from the Center for the Advancement of Learning—a C.A.L. team member will be in touch with you soon.
Faculty members complete the UDC Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Form.
Prior to completing the course proposal form, faculty members must:
- request a Blackboard course shell
- populate the course shell in accordance with the Quality Matters Rubric (fifth edition).
(Please Note: To establish the course shell, faculty members must provide the course name and CRN number to C.A.L. Since the course has not been taught in the online environment before, faculty need to obtain a new CRN for the course from their chair or dean [each time a course is designated as online or hybrid, it needs a new CRN—even if the course has been previously taught in the traditional classroom environment]. C.A.L. then sets up the course shell in Blackboard, where faculty members build the course.)
Once the course is built, faculty submit the course for peer review.
See the C.A.L. Professional Development page.
Yes. Please check the C.A.L. Professional Development page.
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See C.A.L.’s Web 2.0 page.
See C.A.L.’s Online Learning page.
See this link for UDC’s Blackboard policy.
See the course-archiving tutorial.
Fill out the course restore form.
Your course(s) will be available approximately three weeks prior to the first day of each term.
(Please note: Your academic unit or department must have assigned you to the course(s) in order for them to be visible.)
Students can access their course(s) on the first day of each term.
Fill out the restore course form.
Yes. See Blackboard policy.
Yes. Contact CALhelpdesk@udc.edu to do so.
Email | CALhelpdesk@udc.edu
Tel | 202.274.6628
Chat | Live Chat
Yes. Please email CALhelpdesk@udc.edu to do so.
What Blackboard environments are available at UDC?
UDC has a Blackboard production environment and a Blackboard staging environment.
Blackboard Production Environment
The Blackboard production environment is where live courses and organizations can be accessed.
Blackboard Staging Environment
UDC’s Blackboard staging environment contains the same features and tools as UDC Blackboard’s production environment. UDC Blackboard’s staging environment is used to build new online/hybrid courses and test new Blackboard updates, versions, building blocks, or services. You can also access restored courses from the staging environment.
You will use the same username and password for Blackboard (Production).
Only faculty and staff can access the UDC Blackboard staging environment.