Rock Valley College

ATLE Resources

Additional faculty resources are available on EAGLE in the RVC Faculty Group. All full-time and adjunct faculty have access to it. Log in using your RVC ID and password.

Academic Affairs

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

General Teaching Tips

Distance Learning Procedures at Rock Valley College

Distance Learning Committee Course Approval Process: Rock Valley College strives for academic quality in all its courses, regardless of delivery method. To ensure quality in online courses, the Rock Valley College Distance Learning Committee (DLC) has established the following procedure.

The guiding principles of this procedure include:
  • Process should serve a mentoring role for faculty teaching in an online environment
  • Process should enhance online teaching and learning with voluntary support
  • Process should evaluate by the same means as face to face courses
  • Process should provide a central starting point for those new to online learning

1. All new online instructors must take “Online Learning: An Overview” offered through ION prior to teaching online.        

When you register for the course, select Rock Valley College as your institution and contact the ATLE office at for the member code. 

Because RVC is a founding member of ION, you will receive the lowest tuition rate for the course. A graduate-level course in distance learning will serve as a substitute for the ION course.

2. The division dean will contact the ATLE office at to obtain a Peer Mentoring Rubric. Alternatively, the instructor can obtain the Peer Mentoring Rubric from the RVC Faculty Group on EAGLE.                                                 

3. The Peer Mentoring Rubric serves as a guide for online instructors. As you build your online course, please be sure the course addresses all items in the rubric. You may contact the ATLE office at for assistance with your online course preparation. You can develop the course in your Sandbox on EAGLE.                                                 

4. When you are ready to present your course to the DLC, contact the Distance Learning Committee (via ATLE office) to schedule a presentation.

5. At least one week prior to the presentation, submit the following to your Division Dean:
  • Peer Mentoring Rubric (with a completed header)
  • Course Master Syllabus
  • Instructor course syllabus
  • ION letter/certificate of completion (or equivalent)           

6. The division dean will forward the documents to the Distance Learning Committee via the ATLE office at

7. The instructor will present the course as scheduled.  The division dean is required to attend the presentation. During this presentation, the Distance Learning Committee will complete a checklist of online elements present in successful online courses.

Note: Instructors have the option to make their online course available for online review by members of the DL committee in lieu of a face-to-face presentation.

8. In the event that the course has not met the criteria, the Distance Learning Committee will send a letter to the division dean with a copy to the instructor explaining what improvements need to be implemented.  The instructor will work with a mentor to correct the issues noted and repeat the presentation process.       

9. When the instructor has successfully completed the requirements, the completed Peer Mentoring Rubric will be signed by the Distance Learning Committee and the division dean.  Copies of the instructor’s packet will be given to the division dean as well as to the curriculum coordinator.  In addition, the instructor will receive a letter of completion.

10. Once an instructor has successfully gone through the presentation process, he/she will no longer be required to present future courses to the Distance Learning Committee.  Future online course review to ensure quality, clarity and consistency will be the responsibility of the ATLE office.      
  • Rock Valley College Distance Learning Peer Mentoring Rubric
  • ION Course – Online Learning: An Overview: To prepare yourself to teach online, you should take the Online Learning: An Overview course through the Illinois Online Network. RVC Is a founding member of ION, so you can take the course at the lower tuition rate.

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Free Online Textbooks and Other Educational Resources

We all know that textbook costs are high. We can help reduce our students' expenses by using free books that are available online.

Here are some links to sites that provide free online textbooks and other resources:
  • OpenStax College: Peer reviewed textbooks written by professionals. Free to download and students can order inexpensive print copies.
  • edX: Free online courses, many of which are open enrollment archives courses. Some of the material is published under a Creative Commons license, which means you can use it - royalty-free - as long as you give credit to the creators. You might find videos, handouts, and assignments that you'd like to use in your classes, online or face-to-face.
  • Open Culture: Your guide to FREE educational media. Find thousands of free online courses, audio books, eBooks, language lessons, movies & more.
  • Scitable: Learn Science at Nature
  • College Open Textbooks
  • National Humanities Center
  • Science Books Online
  • Merlot II: MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Course Content Banks: A list created by Anne Humphrey, a faculty member at McHenry Community College. Professor Humphrey led a webinar about teaching without a textbook and provided this list to participants.