The mission of the distance education initiative is to increase opportunities for our diverse student population by offering flexible and innovative instruction via technology. In keeping with the mission of the College, the distance education initiative is committed to meeting the changing needs of our community by developing distance learning opportunities that increase student access, support student success, and provide quality instruction in general, transfer, career, and basic skills education, while also fostering relationships between faculty, staff and students.
Goal #1: Iteratively design, develop, and implement faculty training related to instructional technology.
Objective 1.1: Continue collaboration with sister colleges to build and launch a District-wide online teaching certification course
Objective 1.2: Implement ‘We’re Learning Too’ and ‘Make & Take’ training series each semester, and continue offering ‘just in time’ and one-on-one training to faculty. Collect feedback from faculty after each training and after each semester to inform future training programs.
Objective 1.3: Add a collection of DE conferences to the Distance Education website and encourage faculty to attend.
Objective 1.4: Annually update and share the Distance Education Handbook with faculty.
Goal #2: Increase on-campus student support for Canvas and increase distance education student support services.
Objective 2.1: Determine how to better provide Canvas and general technology support to students on campus.
Objective 2.2: Adopt online tutoring, counseling, and proctoring solutions that will serve distance education and non-distance education students.
Objective 2.3: Provide training for online tutors, counselors, and faculty offering online proctoring and counseling services.
Objective 2.4: Launch QUEST for Success as a tool for prospective and current DE students to assess their online readiness.
Goal #3: Expand & Enhance the Distance Education program to meet the needs of Cañada students, both in quantitative and qualitative terms.
Objective 3.1: Analyze DE enrollment rates each semester to determine where the DE program can expand. Focusing especially on expanded summer offerings as student demand for online courses is still not being met.
Objective 3.2: Offer the online teaching certification course and other DE trainings regularly throughout the academic year to keep faculty up-to-date on distance education pedagogy and instructional technology.
Objective 3.3: Survey DE and Canvas students each semester to identify student needs in terms of online pedagogy and course design.