ERIC Number: ED395626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Committee Review of Distance Learning Courses and Sections.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.
In 1994, California regulations regarding distance education courses were changed to expand the range of allowed instruction, affecting regulations related to class size, instructor-student contact, and apportionment methods and requiring local curriculum committees to review and approve distance courses. To provide the committees with a basis for reviewing courses, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges developed the following recommendations: (1) colleges must be able to identify true distance learning courses and sections; (2) in the review, committees must decide if delivery by distance learning significantly changes course objectives and content; (3) with respect to class size, committees should take on a role of quality assurance, determining the appropriateness of the instructional methodology; (4) committees must determine if distance courses are feasible with respect to the technology needed and its costs; (5) committees should also be involved in developing their districts' definitions of personal and regular instructor-student contact and determine if courses are in accord with this definition; and (6) colleges should ensure that adequate evaluation methods are in place to produce an annual report to the college board. Appendixes include a distance education review and checklist, regulations and guidelines on distance education, and lists of participants and guiding principles from a statewide task force on distance education. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.