Design Academy Release Time for Full-Time Faculty

This Release Time for full-time faculty will be granted to complete the Design Academy and create an Online Education Initiative (OEI) approved course for use in the Course Exchange. 

Release Time for the Design Academy is meant to provide Faculty with the necessary "time" to go through the process developed by the Design Academy for approving an instructor and course to be offered on the OEI Course Exchange. 

Note: This will not be offered as overload in Release Time to any faculty member.

The following criteria will be considered in approving Release Time for the Design Academy: 

1. Instructors must:

 a. Be DE certified at GCC and DE instruction eligible
 b. Have taught the course in question as an asynchronous fully-online course at GCC for 1> semester
 c. Propose a course that is IGETC/Cal-state transferable/C-ID or Non-C-ID and that could apply towards a fully online AA/AS or   ADT degree at GCC

2. It is recommended that faculty attempt to align their course with the OEI Rubric prior to requesting Release Time for the DA. Completing the Design Academy may be difficult if the course is not somewhat aligned with the OEI Rubric in advance. It is expected that faculty will meet all requirements of the DA during the semester of Release Time.

 a. Flex/GADER can be offered prior to submitting a request to help start this alignment process – OEI Rubric workshops are   recommended
 b. DE faculty and staff can provide assistance in aligning the course upon a request from the instructor

3. Instructors must understand that the Release Time opportunity of 20% is for:

 a. One term only to approve one fully-online class through the DA for possible inclusion in the OEI Course Exchange
 b. The approved DA class will be eligible to run during the first GCC OEI opportunity
 c. Only one course per term is granted to complete the DA and complete an 'OEI Ready' course. 
 d. The DA approved course to be shared with the respective Division and colleagues as an example of DE Excellence

4. The instructor must notify the DE Coordinator when the DA approves their OEI Aligned Course by sending the DA Badge or Certificate via email so that this information can be noted.

a. Release Time will not be approved for an additional DA course submission/term until documentation is received and verified for the current DA course
b. DA approved course will run in the OEI at a mutually agreed upon time

Requests must be received and approved during the term prior to the term for which Release Time is being requested.

Please fill out the following:

"Release Time Application for the Design Academy"


Please contact the DE Coordinator at if you have any questions. 

The DE Coordinator will email you within 72 hours of application receipt to inform you of the next steps. Your Application will be reviewed by the Dean of Library, DE Coordinator, and DE Faculty Development Coordinator.