How to Teach Online at BMCC

Over the past three years, e-learning enrollments at BMCC have continued to grow. In 2019-20 we expect to have 1,000 sections and close to 20,000 enrollments. Join our efforts to provide students with online learning opportunities that support student success.

Teaching Online From the Instructor’s Point of View

Watch as one of our BMCC faculty members talks about her experience teaching online.

How to Teach Online Courses

The Online Course Development Information form outlines in detail exactly what you must do to teach online. To summarize, there are four steps to teach online at BMCC:

Step 1: Decide which course you want to teach online and discuss it with your Department Chair.

Step 2: Fill Out the Online Course Development Application.

Step 3: Develop the Online, Fully Online, or Hybrid Course.

Step 4: Course Review, Approval, and Release.


You must complete the self-guided module Introduction to Teaching Online at BMCC and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. You taught online before, at BMCC or another college. Make an appointment with E-Learning to get you ready fast-tracked to teach online.
  2. You have participated in the BMCC Online Course Development Cohort. If you haven’t yet, fill out the Online Course Development Application. 

Notes: Applying does not guarantee a spot in the cohort.We do not provide stipends for participating in the Online Course Development Cohort; The School of Professional Studies training is suggested and encouraged, however, it does not exempt you from the requirements listed above.

Questions About Teaching Online

What will teaching the courses be like? How easy/hard is it? How will I develop the course? What is Blackboard and how does it work? The following video answers these questions and more.

Introduction to Teaching Online Module

Learn all about teaching online at BMCC. It takes less than 1 hour to complete the module, but you must have a CUNYfirst account to access it.

After completing it you will be able to:

  • Identify the unique advantages teaching online presents to both instructors and students.
  • Gain first-hand experience about the process of teaching and learning online.
  • Experience participating in an online course from the perspective of a student.
  • Identify the salient differences between and requirements in face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online courses.
  • Choose to participate in the BMCC online teaching program and submit an application to develop an online or hybrid course in consultation with your chair.

If you are having trouble enrolling in the module, reach out to us; we are here to help!

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