Partnering with TCC Connect Campus

A vast and diverse marketplace of institutions offer eLearning; assessing quality, value, and reputation is critical when making the decision to partner with an online learning community.

Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth, Texas, is proud to showcase the past, present, and future successes of its centralized online campus.

About TCC Connect Campus

Founded in 2014, TCC Connect Campus currently serves over 30,000 enrolled students via 555 online faculty members. Approximately 1,200 unique online sections are delivered every semester via sustainable and scalable planning. Thirty-seven programs in areas of Business, Information Technology, and Office Technology are available.

Campus enrollment continues to increase, despite a recent global pandemic.

Fall Campus Enrollment

Year eLearning/Online Enrollment Weekend College/Hybrid Enrollment Campus Total
2019 21,697 1,089 24,805
2020 23,488 30 25,538
2021 24,435 1,311 27,767
2022 27,340 2,330 29,670

Spring Campus Enrollment

Year eLearning/Online Enrollment Weekend College/Hybrid Enrollment Campus Total
2019 22,719 902 23,621
2020 23,488 1,064 23,812
2021 23,041 32 23,073
2022 29,604 901 30,505

Summer Campus Enrollment

Year eLearning/Online Enrollment Weekend College/Hybrid Enrollment Campus Total
2019 17,432 669 18,101
2020 18,649 1,175 19,824
2021 8,171 525 8,696
2022 20,647 1,307 21,954

Why You Should Partner with TCC Connect Campus

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty are the foundation for an effective learning community.

All Connect Campus full-time faculty and department chairs are

  • Quality Matters (QM)-Rubric certified,
  • active in national distance education consortiums/organizations, and
  • regularly present at well-attended conferences across the country.

Since 2019, over 100 professional presentations are credited to members of TCC Connect Campus.

Faculty Support and Development

Connect Campus offers E-Faculty coaching and tailored professional development to increase faculty qualifications.

E-Faculty coaches view courses, collect data and work directly with instructors to identify strengths and areas for improvement based on QM standards for communication, interaction and support. Instructors participating in E-Faculty coaching in Spring 2022 demonstrated a 7.4% average increase in student success and a 2.65% average increase in student retention rates per online section. 85% of observed sections included clear instructions and communication elements to start the course; 96% included learning activities for building community.

Professional development opportunities are aligned to the needs of online instructions. Online faculty must complete a rigorous, comprehensive Online Instructor Certification (OIC). To date, 889 TCC instructors hold this certification; 152 of those instructors teach exclusively at TCC Connect Campus. The Instructional Design (ID) team certified 248 instructors within the first ten months of 2022; this represents 400% growth compared to the 64 instructors certified in 2019.

Other professional development opportunities include:

  • real-time webinars and training about various topics including QM, RSI, Canvas, and accessibility,
  • annual faculty conference allowing faculty opportunities to share and collaborate, and
  • funding for external conferences, workshops, webinars, and leadership academies.

Innovative Instructional Design

An internal, highly-qualified instructional design team supports faculty in the creation and maintenance of rigorous and user-friendly online courses, incorporating

  • Online Instruction Certification (OIC),
  • Peer Developed Courses (PDC), and
  • Quality Matters (QM) Review.

Data-Driven Strategies

Decisions are made based upon verifiable information and trends, allowing course improvements to be proactive rather than reactive.

A campus-wide team of faculty, staff, and leadership meets monthly to review and disseminate the outcomes of activities captured with data. Analysis and discussion lead to initiatives targeting professional development, student demand/need, increased opportunities for participation, etc.

Campus student success and retention rates continue to increase, as shown in the following chart.

Student retention has grown from Spring 2018 through Summer 2021.

Peer Developed Courses

Peer developed courses (PDC) ensure a high-quality online classroom experience for all users. Designed by subject matter and instructional design experts—then downloaded by instructors—PDC offer

  • Low-cost scalability of offerings,
  • Online education resources (OER’s),
  • Consistent course interface/navigation,
  • Embeddable media for increased engagement,
  • Interactive content such as discussions forums, journals, and announcements, and
  • LMS tools, which support regular and substantive interaction (RSI).

To date, 33 PDC are approved and active; others are in development.

Quality Assurance

Quality Matters™ (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer-reviewed process grounded in research and designed to ensure the quality of online courses.

All faculty are encouraged to complete the first QM course, Applying the QM Rubric. The QM Higher Education Rubric has eight general standards and 42 specific criteria that describe best practices in online and blended course design.

All TCC Connect instructional designers and E-Faculty coaches are QM-certified peer reviewers, providing guidance to ensure online courses align with current best practices.

Questions?

For more information, contact:

Kristen Kelton, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs
kristen.kelton@tccd.edu

Updated January 20, 2023