Intro to Teaching a Distance Education Course

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton, Wilmington
Effective Date:


Course Credits and Hours:
0.00 credits
0.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course prepares faculty to teach distance education courses. Participants will address the unique challenges of teaching in distance education environments. Topics include, instructor presence, equity and accessibility, timely feedback, student progress and course management.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Hybrid Course
Online Course

Students should refer to the link below for minimum technology requirements for distance education courses:

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the unique challenges of teaching in a distance education environment.

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the unique challenges of teaching in a distance education environment.
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of content, structure, and organization of a course.
    2. Communicate course goals, requirements, and expectations.
    3. Demonstrate instructor presence in a course that helps guide students toward a positive learning experience and outcome.
    4. Develop a positive learning environment for diverse populations
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of timely feedback and turnaround time for grading assessments.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of monitoring and managing student progress.
    7. Contribute to the process of continuous improvement of a course.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade



Getting Started Assignment


Course Orientation Assignment


Course Communication Assignment


Accessibility Assignment


Setting Up Your Gradebook Assignment


Progress & Support Assignment


Feedback Assignment


Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Develop and apply a dynamic approach to teaching that is grounded in pedagogical principles and an appreciation for the needs of diverse learners.
  2. Design and develop learner-centered courses based on sound instructional design principles.  
  3. Apply learner-centered instructional strategies to enhance student engagement, learning, and success.   
  4. Design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments to evaluate learning, communicate feedback, and guide instruction.
  5. Leverage appropriate technologies to advance teaching and learning.
  6. Engage in continuous development to maximize instructional effectiveness.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.