Overview

Distance Education (DE) offers courses in which part or all of the class meetings on campus are replaced with online interaction. These courses offer an excellent opportunity for you to pursue your academic goals at times and locations convenient to you.

Categories of distance education:

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) provides for three broad classes of online education (as of resolution 9.06 adopted in 2019).

  • 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.

While FO, PO or OPA classes may be delivered synchronously or asynchronously the term ONLINE CLASS is more often used to describe asynchronous classes, while the term VIRTUAL CLASS is used to distinguish synchronous FO, PO or OPA classes.

The term 'remote teaching' is used to describe instruction delivered synchronously.  Instruction designed to be delivered face-to-face may be temporarily delivered through synchronous online methods by the practice of 'emergency remote teaching.'  This practice is often described as EMERGENCY REMOTE TEACHING (ERT) as is intended only as a temporary accommodation.

 

Benefits of Distance Education courses at Cañada:

  • Convenience and flexibility
  • Increased skill in communicating and collaborating online
  • Many opportunities for online interaction with classmates
  • Virtual support services, such as online orientation, online tutoring, and e-counseling

To get started with Distance Education at Cañada: