Support New Distance Education Definitions

Spring
2019
Resolution Number: 
09.06
Category: 
Curriculum

Whereas, Cross-college online enrollments have increased due to California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) efforts, and the terminology colleges use for online courses, hybrid courses, and courses with required proctoring on examinations differs significantly, causing confusion and frustration for students navigating multiple colleges;

Whereas, The Distance Education and Educational Technology Advisory Committee (DEETAC) has worked with stakeholder representatives to update the Distance Education Guidelines, 2008 Omnibus Version, and the revision will be reviewed by California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee (5C) on April 24, 2019, and later by Consultation Council; and

Whereas, The following definitions are proposed by DEETAC as part of the update to the Distance Education Guidelines:

FULLY ONLINE (FO)(also known as “100% online”):
Instruction involving regular and effective online interaction that takes place synchronously or asynchronously and is supported by online materials and activities delivered through the college's learning management system, and through the use of other required materials. All approved instructional contact hours, including online proctored assessments, are delivered through these online interactions. No in-person assessments are required.

PARTIALLY ONLINE (PO)(also known as “hybrid”):
Instruction involving regular and effective online interaction for some portion of the approved contact hours that takes place synchronously or asynchronously and is supported by materials and activities delivered in person and online through the college's learning management system, and through the use of other required materials. This would include periodic synchronously scheduled meetings for lecture, lab or testing where the instructor and student are together. Any portion of a class that is delivered online must follow a separate approval process. The approved online portion must meet the regular and effective contact regulation. The class schedule indicates when and where the in-person meetings occur and how many hours are to be completed online. Any scheduled or synchronous online meetings should also be included in the schedule of courses.

ONLINE WITH IN-PERSON PROCTORED ASSESSMENT: (OPA)
Instruction involving regular and effective online interaction in which all instruction takes place synchronously or asynchronously and is supported by online materials and activities delivered through the college's learning management system, with in-person proctored assessments. All assessments are offered at approved locations proximal to the student and over a designated range of dates and times. No activities or assessments may be scheduled at a designated time or location.

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges endorse the proposed definitions for fully online courses (FO), partially online courses (PO), and online courses with in-person proctored assessments (OPA); and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and partner organizations to disseminate the definitions and provide support for colleges as they update policies and practices.

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