4/22/19 – UPDATE ON WHEN COURSES CAN BE OFFERED AS DISTANCE EDUCATION
The Curriculum Committee reviewed campus and district documents in an attempt to clarify when existing courses being updated to add Distance Education as an additional delivery method may be offered. The course may be offered online (or hybrid) AFTER the course update for DE has gone through the approval of the local Curriculum Committee, brought to CIPD as informational, and then approved at the Board of Trustee’s meeting. It is only after the Board of Trustee approval that a new section of the course, offered as DE, may be added to a planning schedule.
Administrative Procedure 4105 Distance Education
Section II Course Approval
C. Distance education proposals are sent to the Council on Instruction, Planning, and Development (CIPD) as informational items that require Board of Trustees approval in order to be implemented in META
1/20/17 update: DISTANCE EDUCATION (DE) SUPPLEMENT FORM
Beginning November 2016, all courses being updated to add DE or courses being created with DE as a delivery method must fill out the DE Supplement Form (link below) and upload it in the “Attach files” tab in CurrIQunet META (META).
This is in addition to filling in the “Distance Education” and “Instructor – Student Contact” tabs in META.
If a course is to be offered partly or entirely online, you must check “Distance Learning” on the “Methods of Instruction” page of the META course outline.
The DE Supplement Form is designed to have faculty indicate how methods of instruction, student assessment, and assignments will be adapted from face to face classes for online delivery, assessment, and work.
The Curriculum Committee uses the DE Rubric (link below) to critique/review the DE Supplement Form for approval. You may use the DE Rubric as a reference when filling in the DE Supplement Form.
The state and the Peralta District provide guidelines for online learning.
- State regulations are outlined in the State Chancelor’s Office Distance Education Guidelines.
- You should also consult the ACCJC Guide to Evaluating Distance and Correspondence Education
- The Peralta District provides Distance Education Resources.
Important points to bear in mind as you make plans to offer a course online:
- The primary purpose of online offerings is to meet the needs of students.
- Faculty who teach online must have completed coursework in online education. Consult Laney DE Coordinator Chelsea Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specifics. Courses are offered by the Merritt College Department of Educational Technology.
- Online offerings must be fully accessible to students with disabilities. Methodology for this is included in the relevant coursework.
- Online class size should be comparable class size of the same course taught face-to-face.
- Course objectives and SLOs should not differ from those of the same class taught face-to-face.
- Individual faculty-student contact is required, in the form of regular email communication, chats, forums, virtual office hours, etc. initiated by the instructor.
- District online courses must be offered on the Canvas platform.