Faculty & Staff

Teaching Online at ICC

Teaching Online at Illinois Central College

An index of information and resources for faculty who teach online classes at ICC.

Online and Hybrid Class Student Pre-Term Communication

All students enrolled in online and hybrid classes will be sent an email to their home email addresses. Students in online classes are also sent messages to their ICC email addresses. The message sent to students’ home email addresses reminds them about checking their ICC email accounts.  The messages sent to their ICC email addresses help students get started with their online classes.

Sample Message sent to HOME Email Addresses (All students in online and in-person/online classes)
Sample Message sent to @lab.icc.edu Email addresses (All students in online classes)

These messages do not replace messages you send students. Instead, the Virtual Campus office sends these messages with the hope students will get successful starts to their classes. As a reminder, all email you send through eServices or Blackboard is sent to students’ ICC email accounts, the @lab.icc.edu address.

Online Teaching Assignments, Observations, Teaching Strategies

When to use these resources:

  • Selecting faculty and making online teaching assignments
  • Developing new online classes
  • Redesigning existing online classes
  • Observing online classes

Online Class Assignment Guidelines for Deans
The ICC Online Learning Committee drafted these recommendations for deans making online teaching assignments. This is a work in progress. Updates will be shared through the Online Learning Committee.

QOCI Quality Online Course Initiative Rubric and Resources
ICC’s version of the Illinois Online Network’s Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) rubric to assist with assessment and continuous improvement of online teaching and learning.

Professional Development and Peer Mentoring Programs

The following programs are currently “pending,” but descriptions are being left here for future reference (Updated 3/7/2018)

Excellent! Online Teaching
A fully-online 12-week workshop; 8 weeks of online engagement and collaboration followed by 4 weeks of practicum coached by an expert online facilitator.

The workshop’s topics are guided by the chapters of the book Excellent! Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online by Aaron Johnson.  As a result of this workshop, you should be able to answer these question about online teaching and learning:

  • Am I ready? Can my class really become a community?
  • How do I communicate well with my students?  How do start each week?  How do I connect with my students?
  • What do I do with failing students?  What’s the most important thing?
  • How do I grade discussions?  How do I give feedback?  What sort of feedback do my students need?
  • Where do I begin?
  • What can I accomplish with the help of the workshop’s practicum?

This experience was created with support from the Endowed Teaching Chair project.

ICC’s Master Online Teachers
Master Online Teachers have completed an online graduate-level certificate program.  ICC proudly supports and recognizes all faculty and staff who have completed this professional development and training.  Learn more about how you can become a Master Online Teacher on the Master Online Teacher page.

Online Faculty Fellows
A partnership program pairing trained, experienced online faculty with participants who wish to complete an online course design or redesign project.  Learn more about the program and its offerings on the Online Faculty Fellows page.

Recommended Reading

Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom, Faculty Focus, published February 25, 2013.  Find more Faculty Focus articles on online teaching.

Online Learning Committee

ICC’s Online Learning Committee has faculty and staff membership from academic and student service departments.  The committee meets 4-6 times per academic year.  Visit the committee’s website for more information.