The Distance Education Department provides leadership and support for online learning and the use of technology to enhance learning at Wharton County Junior College. Our staff assists faculty, departments, and divisions in offering and managing their online courses.
All full-time and part-time faculty members wishing to teach Internet, hybrid or web-supplemented courses using Blackboard Learn, WCJC's learning management system, are required to successfully complete in-house training. Online supplemental instructors, course designers, or others seeking to use the LMS are also required to complete the in-house training.
- Each month an email will be sent listing the various workshops, dates, times, and locations, as well as announcing workshops via the Faculty & Staff tab in Blackboard. It is requested that faculty sign-up in advance to ensure adequate staff are on hand to facilitate the workshop effectively.
Online Training Course
- The online training course is designed in a self-paced format for convenience. Both of the required levels are offered online. Each level builds on the content learned in the previous Level. Online training is generally recommended for individuals who have stronger computer skills and knowledge, have prior online teaching experience with another course management system or who cannot attend any of the face-to-face sessions.
Each month an email will be sent listing the various workshops, dates, times, and locations, as well as announcing workshops via the Faculty & Staff tab in Blackboard. It is requested that the faculty member sign-up in advance to ensure adequate staff on hand to facilitate the workshop effectively.
Faculty Support and Resources
All faculty utilizing the Blackboard Learning Management System have been given access to an Online Faculty Resource Organization. This organization is continually updated to bring the very latest information on a variety of distance education and instructional technology tools. Faculty are encouraged to e-mail suggestions, web links, and/or articles to the Distance Education Department.
Upon logging into Blackboard faculty should notice that they have been enrolled as a Participant in the following organization:
Online Faculty Resources
The Online Faculty Resources Organization is the centralized location to access:
- Online Teaching and Learning Articles
- Information Regarding Legal Issues and Copyright in Education
- Social Media, Apps, and Web 2.0 Tools Information
- Instructional Technology Applications
- Downloads to DE-Related Software including SoftChalk and Respondus