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The MCO works collaboratively with Michigan community colleges to produce tools and resources that are used by faculty and staff in the development of online courses and programs of study.


MCO Developed Curriculum Tools

MCO Online Course Guidelines and Rubric

The MCO Online Course Guidelines and Rubric were designed to assist member institutions with developing online courses of quality. Member institutions may elect to utilize these guidelines in a variety of ways. This instrument may be used as a self-assessment tool by faculty when developing courses for offering online, or used as a guide to review courses already developed. The instrument can be also used as a tool for peer-to-peer review of courses within an institution or with other institutions.


North Central Accreditation - Higher Learning Commission

 Guidelines for Evaluation of Distance (Online) Programs

Institutional Change and Accreditation of Distance Education Programs Information


Expectations of Online Faculty Resources

Online Student, Faculty and Staff Expectations and Performance Targets - St. Petersburg College

Best Practices for Administrative Evaluation of Online Faculty (Tobin)

Online Instructor Performance Best Practices and Expectations - Penn State World Campus

Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education  

The Instructional Technology Council created this document with WCET and the UT TeleCampus as a resource to our member institutions and the higher education community at large. 


Additional Resources

Open Educational Resources - links to OER repositories.

Copyright Resources - The links in this page were provided by Fritz Dolak - Copyright and Intellectual Property Manager of the Ball State University Copyright Office. They are useful in determining how to work with the copyrighted material in your online courses.

Video Primer for e-Teaching & Learning

This site contains videos covering a large array of best practices in online learning, featuring Dr. Curtis Bonk, Professor in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University.


Web Accessibility

Anyone involved with developing a web site or teaching online must be aware of the issues involved with creating an accessible environment. It is critical for those of us in the community college to be able to provide a positive learning environment for all users. Below are some links to organizations that can assist in universal design and web accessibility.

Web Accessibility Resources - Portland Community College

The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) monitors and promotes electronically-mediated distance education policies and practices that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Great Lakes ADA and IT Accessibility Center - This Center is sponsored by the University of Illinois - Chicago and provides a host of resources and training in the area of ADA and universal design. They also have an audio conference series that provides continuing education on regulations and trends under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

National Center on Accessible Information in Technology - This website is from the University of Washington and features the AccessIT Knowldege Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible E&IT. It is designed for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates.

Facultyware -  University of Connecticut, Center on Post-secondary Education and Disability website funded by US Dept of Ed grant.  Resources that focus on universal design principles.

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