Laney College

Distance Education (DE)

9/24/20 – Interim DE Addendum for Courses that are currently “In Review” in META

  • META proposals that are currently In Review and the faculty originator would now like to add/update DE to the course, the “Interim DE Addendum” (click on the link below) has been created.
    • This “Interim” Addenda for DE is a to be used ONLY if you have a course that is currently In Review in META and you are now wishing to adjust DE to the course. The purpose of offering this interim document is to fill a gap created during the META DE tab update over the summer.  Additionally, with the added likelihood of remote teaching in Spring 2020, this form gives curriculum that is In Review, the opportunity to still add DE without the extra work of the old DE Tabs & Supplement Form (no longer required since we updated the DE tab in META).

Interim DE Addendum 3.0 Fall 2020


A new and improved DE Tab was developed in META, replacing the 2 previous DE tabs AND the DE Supplement Form. (Yay!)

  • Beginning Aug. 26, 2020, proposals created in META for new or updated courses will only need to fill out the ONE DE TAB if ou are adding/updating DE. The DE Supplement Form is no longer required.


  1. If a course is already designated for any percent of DE, it is covered for emergency situations, but only for the DE percentage identified in META.
  2. The New DE Tab is designed to document what percentage of DE you think is best for the course to be taught during emergency situations.
  3. Now that we have experienced so much DE, you may want to update your course to be taught DE in general (and emergency situations too), SO, please consider updating your course for DE.
  4. In Spring 2020, CIPD unanimously voted to bring new DE as informational to CIPD AND Board of Trustees (BOT). (It used to have to be voted on at BOT)
    1. Courses can be offered immediately after local Curriculum Committee approval instead of waiting for BOT approval.
    2. PLEASE NOTE: Even though DE can now  be implemented after local committee approval, faculty must take the Spring 2021 Schedule Build Timeline into account!  Therefore, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that faculty create proposals in META (to add DE and/or update DE for emergency situations) ASAP so it can be approved by the local Curriculum Committee in time to make it into the schedule build.

7/29/2020 Click on this link to go to Temporary Emergency DE Addenda Information

7/29/20  Click on this link to go to the Distance Education Committee Website

5/31/2020 New CIPD policy for  DE Offerings

Beginning FAll 2020,  current courses adding DE no longer need Board of Trustee Approval before implentation.  In May 2020, CIPD voted and passed a motion that recognizes local college committee control of curriculum and allows courses adding DE being offered in the DE platform immediately after local committee approval.  Previous policy required Board of Trustee approval  before DE offerings could be implemented.


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


The state and the Peralta District provide guidelines for online learning.

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 ( 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.