Distance Education: process

Before teaching an online or hybrid class for the first time, faculty must be certified by the Distance Education Subcommittee as meeting its established proficiency standards as approved by the Academic Senate. These standards require that first-time online faculty demonstrate proficiency in the college Course Management System (CMS), complete an approved professional development training course in distance education pedagogy, and meet quality standards for the course site in the CMS.

Because teaching online is different than teaching face-to-face and involves different pedagogical strategies, it is required that faculty teaching online or hybrid courses for the first time complete professional development training specifically in online pedagogy.

Development of Course Site for First-Time DE Faculty

Los Angeles City College Distance Education Subcommittee has developed an online course rubric (Appendix A) derived from California State University, Chico’s Rubric for Online Instruction. Each course site approved for presentation to LACC students must first conform to the Course Site Rubric (Rubric) standards. A faculty member who has an interest in teaching a course online for the first time will follow the following process:

 Obtain all the necessary online delivery certification in CMS usage and pedagogy described in this section.

  1. Request a Distance Education Subcommittee approved Etudes template from the Distance Education Coordinator.
  2. The faculty member will then develop his/her course ensuring that all of the standards of the Rubric are met.
  3. Once the faculty member decides his course site is ready for review, he/she will notify the Distance Education Coordinator.

 NOTE: This is not curriculum approval, and this process is not to be used to judge the content of the course. This is strictly for determining the quality of the online course site itself. DE and hybrid courses are approved by the Curriculum Committee under the college curriculum approval as described in E-65 and E-89.

 The Distance Education Coordinator will assign the course to two peer mentors.

  1. The peer mentors will have full access to the course and be assigned as students in the course. Peer mentors will complete their review within two weeks and will score the course site according to the Rubric. Their recommendations will be sent to the Distance Education Subcommittee for final approval. One of the following recommendations will be made based upon the course site review:
    1. Approve as presented.
    2. Conditionally approve recommended changes.
    3. Not approve.

 NOTE: This is not a live course, does not have actual students enrolled, and the review by peer mentors is not to be construed as any sort of performance evaluation of the faculty member as defined in Articles 19 and 42 of the AFT 1521 Agreement. This is strictly professional development to establish proficiency in distance education delivery methods. Per Article 40 of the Agreement, time spent by the faculty member in this process can be applied towards his/her professional development (flex) obligation for the year.

 If the recommendation is to not approve the course site as presented, the faculty member will be provided with an explanation as to why the course site does not meet the standards and specifically how the course site can be revised so that it does meet the standards.

  1. The faculty member shall be given an opportunity to revise the course site to meet the “a” standard.
    1. Once the faculty member has revised the course site according to the peer mentor assessment, the course site shall then again be presented to the peer mentors for approval. This process can be completed as many times as necessary until the course site meets the standards of the Rubric as determined by the peer mentors.
    2. The faculty member has the opportunity to dispute the peer mentors recommendations to the full Distance Education Subcommittee. The Distance Education Subcommittee has the authority to override the recommendations of the peer mentors and approve the course site by a majority vote. The faculty member and the peer reviewers shall be given the opportunity to present their findings to the full Distance Education Subcommittee.
  2. Peer mentor recommendations shall be voted on at a regularly scheduled Distance Education Subcommittee meeting.
  3. Once approved by the full Distance Education Subcommittee, the department chair and his/her supervising dean will be notified that the course site is approved for delivery at the next available.  Return to faculty information page.


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