What is an Online Master Course Shell?

OMCs Explained

OMCs contain everything needed to teach an online course in a shared Blackboard shell, including course guidance, a comprehensive structure, materials, activities, and tools. Because OMCs are created, reviewed and approved by multiple department faculty, they are ready for instructors from full-time faculty to adjunct subject specialists. Instructors adapt and individualize course sections while maintaining course and instructional outcomes. 

Benefits of OMCs:

  • Adaptable course templates to give instructors time to focus on unique content, activities and student learning
  • Stable content to help decrease vulnerability of courses due to faculty departures or gaps in ability to teach
  • Common framework to communicate expectations in a manner that aligns with the department's outcomes
  • Training guides to orient instructors new to the course and/or new to UAA
  • Living resources that instructors can use to collaborate with colleagues in developing new ideas and materials
  • Dedicated ROLL staff to help make course material meet accessible design standards


UAA programs across campus are designing Online Master Course Shells (OMCs) for online GERs with ROLL's help:

Course Title Faculty Development Team
Alaska Native Perspectives Dr. Medeia Csoba-DeHass, Dr. Beth Leonard, and Dr. Maria Williams
ANTH A101 Introduction to Anthropology Dr. Kristin Ogilvie, Dr. Sally Carraher, and Dr. Paul White
ANTH A200 Alaska Native Cultures Dr. Kristin Ogilvie, Dr. Diane Hanson, and Dr. Sally Carraher
ANTH A202 Cultural Anthropology Dr. Kristin Ogilvie and Dr. Sally Carraher
ANTH A205 Biological Anthropology Dr. Ryan Harrod and Dr. Sally Carraher
BIOL A108 Principles and Methods in Biology Dr. Rachael Hannah, Dr. Cindy Trussell, and Dr. Sarah Gerken
Introduction to Civic Engagement Dr. Judith Owens-Manley, Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, Prof. Bree Kessler, and Prof. Tara Smith 
CHEM A103 Introduction to General Chemistry Dr. Toby Long and Dr. Cindy Trussell
ENGL A121 Introduction to Literature Dr. Sharron Emmerichs, Dr. Ron Spatz, and Prof. Jordana Long
HIST A101 Western Civilization I Dr. Liz Dennison, Dr. Songho Ha, Dr. Jeffrey Meyers, Jr. , and Dr. David Wooley
HIST A102 Western Civilization II Dr. Liz Dennison, Dr. Songho Ha,  and Dr. Jeffrey Meyers, Jr. 
HIST A132 History of the United States II Dr. Songho Ha, Dr. Jeffrey Meyers, Jr., and Dr. Ian Hartman
HIST A131 History of the United States I Dr. Liz Dennison, Dr. Songho Ha, Dr. Jeffrey Meyers, Jr. , and Dr. David Wooley
Media Literacy Dr. Joy Chavez Mapaye and Dr. Paola Banchero
JUST A110 Introduction to Justice Dr. Sharon Chamard, Dr. Allan Barnes, and Dr. Ron Everett
LEGL A101 Introduction to Law Prof. Deb Periman, Dr. Jason Brandeis, Dr. Ryan Fortson, and Prof. Kristin Knudsen
MUS A121 Music Appreciation Dr. Christopher Sweeney, Dr. Grant Cochran, and Dr. Mari Hahn
Introduction to Behavioral Analysis Dr. Veronica Howard and Dr. Brian Partridge
SWK A243 Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning Dr. Kathi Trawvery, Dr. Tracey Burke, Dr. Vanessa Meade, and Dr. Donna Aguiniga
WRTG A110-111 Intro. to College Writing and Writing Across Contexts sequence Dr. Carrie Aldrich, Dr. Sarah Prielepp, Prof. Jordana Long, and Prof. Taten Sheridan
WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts (2017 version) Dr. Jackie Cason, Dr. Scott Downing, and Prof. Michael Lamb
(course has been transferred to CTC Dept. of Writing)
WRTG A211 Writing and the Humanities Dr. Heather Adams, Dr. Sharon Emmerichs, and Dr. Emily Madsen 
(course has been transferred to CTC Dept. of Writing)
WRTG A212 Writing and the Professions Dr. Trish Jenkins, Dr. Casey Rudkin, and Dr. James Rudkin 
(course has been transferred to CTC Dept. of Writing)
WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences Dr. Jackie Cason, Dr. Scott Downing, and Prof. Lia Calhoun

To use one of these shells or to request captioning support for instructor-created videos in an OMC-based section, please contact the ROLL Instructional Designer, Kathryn Schild