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This initiative is the result of multiple higher education institutions who have worked together in support of online faculty. The launch of this course would not have been possible without each of their participation.

NISOD Partnership

In the fall of 2017, Mountain View College (MVC) formed a dedicated work group to review best practices in online learning, identify elements of quality in online courses, create documentation to support faculty, and develop a professional development plan. This was part of an effort to continuously improve the quality, scale, and breadth of our online program and course offerings.

The eLearning Work Group reviewed best practices in the field of distance education, evaluated multiple programs to discover common themes, created a set of recommended indicators for online courses, and generated a Faculty Checklist to support faculty teaching online.

200-NISOD-logo.jpgMVC and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) partnered to design, develop, and promote a nationally recognized professional development program that supports faculty across higher education institutions. The goals of this partnership and the launch of "Best Practices for Teaching Online" include increasing awareness of best practices, offering open access across higher education institutions, and providing external recognition of successful completion.

College Participants

Multiple higher education institutions across the United States interviewed online faculty and students to obtain valuable perspectives related to course design and delivery. Their involvement in this faculty professional development program is greatly appreciated.

Elgin Community College
Harper College
Hill College
Palm Beach State College
Palo Alto College
Rio Salado College
Tyler Junior College

Course Design and Development

Instructional material, external resources, and video interviews presented throughout Best Practices for Teaching Online have been developed through a collaborative effort. The following Mountain View College team facilitated this collaboration in partnership with NISOD.

Dr. Lori Doddy

Dr. Lori Doddy
Vice President of Instruction

Dr. Stephanie Scroggins

Dr. Stephanie Scroggins
Executive Dean of Social Sciences

Esteban Steve Sosa

Dean Esteban "Steve" Sosa
Dean of eLearning & Instructional Support

Jennifer McGuire

Jennifer McGuire
Instructional Technologist

Villa Vance

Villa Vance
Lead Instructional Designer

Rebecca McDowell

Rebecca McDowell
Director of Professional Development

Jake Wangner

Jake Wangner
Multimedia Specialist


Mountain View College and the LeCroy Center, a district support resource providing instructional design services, have worked together to ensure text material is relevant, supports faculty professional development, and incorporates Open Educational Resources (OER) wherever possible.

Collaborative Work Group

Dedicated faculty and support staff across Mountain View College met over the span of multiple semesters to generate the Faculty Checklist and professional development plan. This project would not have been possible without each of their continued support.

Ismael Aleman

Jean Baker

Doris Barnard

Jean Crissien

Taunya Dixon-Collins

Farzin Farzad

Yasmin Gulzar

Rodney Jackson

Samar Kolailat

Joe Martinez

Rebecca McDowell

Jennifer McGuire

Dana Nachawati

Richard Parra

John Payne

Ulises Rodriguez

Kumars Ranjbaran

Dr. Stephanie Scroggins

Rochelle Self-Drake

Denise Shipley

Shahnaz Sokhansanj

Ron Stein

Luke Story

Esteban "Steve" Sosa

Debby Sutton

Tai Tran


Faculty Celebration


Mountain View College

Best Practices for Teaching Online

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