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Online Learning at PCCC  

Information about and support for online learning at PCCC
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Professional Development Sessions

Contact Elizabeth Pachella with any questions or requests.


Basic Standards

The Basic Standards for Online Course Design document was adopted by the ETC (Educational Technology Committee) in Fall 2011 and should serve as a guide for designing online courses. These standards are loosely based on the Quality Matters Standards for Online Course Design. Please note that these standards are what is considered to be minimally acceptable for online course design.

The Basic Standards for Hybrid Courses was adopted by the ETC in May 2014 and approved by Academic Council on May 13, 2014.


Master Syllabus

The following document was distributed in the Spring of 2011 by Academic Affairs as the preferred format for a course syllabus.

Creating Accessible Online Content


  • The Basics of Rubrics
    A two page overview of rubrics from Penn State.
  • Rubrics - The How and Why
    The Authentic Assessment Toolbox covers:
    • Descriptors
    • Why Include Levels of Performance?
    • Analytic Versus Holistic Rubrics
    • How Many Levels of Performance Should I Include in My Rubric
  • Using Rubrics
    Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence guide and references
  • Rubrics for Assessment from Univ of Wisconsin Stout
    Many categories including ePortfolio, writing, oral presentation, the research process, math and science, etc.
  • Rubrics from AACU
    Download Value Rubrics from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). Rubrics for Creative Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Information Literacy, Inquiry and Analysis, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence, Oral Communication, Problem Solving, Reading and more.
  • Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric
    •Course Design
    •Interaction and Collaboration
    •Learner Support
  • Rubistar
    Search for rubrics shared by other teachers. Over 100 rubrics in various subjects and skills.

Resources for Faculty

This page contains information for faculty on all aspects of online learning, with an emphasis on policy and standards related material.  For tutorials and tips on using Blackboard specifically, please see the Blackboard for Faculty Libguide.

Tour the Faculty Resource Center.   This online center is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week as a meeting place and resource for all PCCC instructors.


Blackboard Learn 9.1

PCCC uses Blackboard Learn 9.1 Learning Management System (LMS) for all online courses.  Beginning in Fall 2014, all online course-related activity (i.e. online course supplements) will be conducted in Blackboard. For tutorials and tips on using Blackboard specifically, please see the Blackboard for Faculty Libguide. 


PCCC Distance Education Policy Manual

Passaic County Community College has been offering classes in several distinct distance credit-bearing education modalities, both synchronous and asynchronous, since 2000.  The mission of the PCCC Distance Education Program is to provide educational opportunities to existing and future students in its service area of Passaic County, New Jersey. This includes those students who, due to special needs, time, work, family obligations or personal preference are unable to attend classes in person at any one of the college’s campuses.

More Resources

  • How to Work in a Group
    This is a basic guide on how to work on a group project. The 9 minute voice over is by Karen Southall Watts.
  • How to Provide Constructive Feedback
    Tips from Columbia University to set expectations, provide feedback, use peer review, provide meaningful comments on student's writing, deal with disappointed students. An example of a rubric for grading an essay.
  • Online Discussion Board Facilitation
    Resource guide and best practices from TeacherStream, LLC

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