7DE Coordinator’s and managers March 2014 Telephone Meeting LeBaron Woodyard,Dean, Academic AffairsChancellor’s OfficeMarch 21, 201412:00 PM – 1:30 PM
8AgendaMeeting ground rules, chat window, questions, meeting feedback survey, etc.Clearing up the MurkinessPrevious Meeting EvaluationQ and A Session“College Distance Education Profile” Request for April’s Monthly MeetingCollege Distance Education Profile – San Diego Community College District, Kats Gustafson, Dean Online and Distributed Learning, Katie Palacios and Dave Giberson, Instructional Design CoordinatorsPanel Discussion on “Regular and Effective Contact”, Patricia James, Belinda Scott, Mt. San Jacinto College, Melissa Colon, Columbia College, John Makevich, College of the CanyonsCCC Online Education Initiative (CVC Online Course Exchange) UpdateState Authorization UpdateCCC Coordinators and Managers Organization3CMeNow Presentation, Phil CerdaAnnouncementsMeeting Evaluation
9@ONE Support Micah Orloff @ONE StaffDE Coordinators and Managers Meeting and Archive Page
10Clearing Up the Murkiness Meeting evaluation for January 201433 participantsFaculty15 (10)45.5%Administrator12 (11)36.4%Classified Staff6 (3)18.2%
11Clearing Up the Murkiness Two polls to help inform the evolution of the DE Coordinators and Managers meeting.Length of meetingCollege profiles
12Clearing Up the Murkiness Should the meetings be:60 minutes90 minutes
13Clearing Up the Murkiness I understand that sharing ideas and what is going on campus is a good idea, but I question if this is the right forum for it. I want to hear what is going on with legislation, at the Chancellor's Office, upcoming relevant conferences, the State Education Initiative, etc.
14Clearing Up the Murkiness Should the “College Profiles” continue?YesNoHow many should be presented at each meeting?321
15Clearing Up the Murkiness CVC is still murky for me. Please keep updating every meeting on where things are, what the charge is, what the goals are, who is doing what, etc.Information related to OEI. Things are moving fast and quickly. Could Project Director provide brief updates each meeting? (Recorded or just slide would be fine—but this generates lots of questions we don’t have time to answer.)
16Clearing Up the Murkiness Need more information on Alternative Attendance Accounting. I got somewhat lost during this discussion.Missing presentation slides.
17Previous Meeting Evaluation Please continue to provide your input and comments regarding the monthly meetings
18Q and A SessionThe following questions are from fellow colleagues about DE
19Q and A SessionI would have liked to get info on what percentage of FT load online instructors teach at other colleges
20Q and A SessionThe question of course shell backups with respect to the statute of limitations for distance education student grade and other grievances. As I recall, it was on the order of two years.Today I contacted the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and their statute of limitations runs at 180 days.Do you know of any language in Ed Code that speaks to this question? I wanted to provide appropriate guidance on the question of Blackboard backups for the XXXCCD
21Q and A Session § 59025. Class 3-Disposable Records. All records, other than Continuing Records, not classified as Class 1-Permanent or Class 2-Optional, shall be classified as Class 3-Disposable, including, but not limited to, detail records relating to:(a) records basic to audit, including those relating to attendance, full-time equivalent student, or a business or financial transaction (purchase orders, invoices, warrants, ledger sheets, canceled checks and stubs, student body and cafeteria fund records, etc.), and detail records used in the preparation of any other report; and(b) periodic reports, such as daily, weekly, and monthly reports, bulletins, and instructions.
22Q and A Session § 59026. Retention Period. (a) Generally, a Class 3-Disposable record, unless otherwise specified in this Subchapter, should be destroyed during the third college year after the college year in which it originated (e.g., plus 3 = ). Federal programs, including various student aid programs, may require longer retention periods and such program requirements shall take precedence over the requirements contained herein.(b) With respect to records basic to an audit, a Class 3-Disposable record shall not be destroyed until after the third July 1 succeeding the completion of the audit required by Education Code Section or of any other legally required audit, or that period specified by Section 59118, or after the ending date of any retention period required by any agency other than the State of California, whichever date is later.(c) With respect to continuing records, a continuing record shall not be destroyed until the third year after it has been classified as Class 3- Disposable.
23College Distance Education Profile Request for April Meeting Highlight your program or unique aspect of something you are doingIntent is to showcase different colleges and the local solutions to accomplishing elements of distance education at a collegeEach college will get up to 15 minutesUp to three colleges will be highlighted each month
24College ProfilesCollege Distance Education Profile – San Diego Community College District, Kats Gustafson, Dean Online and Distributed Learning, Katie Palacios and Dave Giberson, Instructional Design Coordinators
25Online Faculty Training and Certification at SDCCD Kats Gustafson – Dean, Online and Distributed LearningKatie Palacios – Instructional Design CoordinatorDave Giberson - Instructional Design CoordinatorKats: Introduction
26Why the Need for Training and Certification? Unique pedagogy of online environmentAccreditation and regulatory complianceGood practice for quality assuranceLMS competenceEmpathy with online studentsKats: We developed the online training and certification program at SDCCD to introduce new faculty to the unique pedagogy of the online environment and to inform them of Accreditation and state regulations. The certification program covers good practice for ensuring a quality course and to ensure that faculty are adept at using Blackboard. The course is fully online which also gives faculty the experience of being an online student.
27Goals More than a Blackboard tutorial Modeling of: good online course designeffective online pedagogyresponsive instructioneffective communicationregulatory complianceFaculty awareness of support resourcesKats: The program is meant to provide faculty with more than a Blackboard tutorial. The goals of the program are to provide models of good online course design, effective online pedagogy, responsive instruction, effective communication, regulatory compliance and to make faculty aware of the support resources that SDCCD Online provides.
28Course Description Fully online Offered through District LMS (Blackboard)Instructor-ledSelf-pacedOpen-entry/Open-exitKats: The course design is modular and as mentioned before, fully online. We use accessible media extensively throughout the program. We provide authentic and varied assessment that engages faculty to actively learn. Our instructors give frequent and timely feedback throughout the program’s 10 modules. Now, Dave and Katie will walk you through some of the modules so you will get an idea of the program.
29Course Design Modular – fully online Extensive use of accessible media Authentic and varied assessmentActive learningFrequent and timely instructor feedbackKatie/Dave:
36Like a Copy?The entire training course is available as an importable cartridge.Intellectual Property StatementThe SDCCD Online Faculty Training Certification Course and associated documentation is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.Katie/Dave:
37Panel Discussion “Regular and Effective Contact” Patricia James, ModeratorBelinda Scott, Mt. San Jacinto College,Melissa Colon, Columbia College,John Makevich, College of the Canyons
38Regular and Effective Contact is central to DE effective practice, among other things! I’ll cover this in about five minutes. The text on the slides is for the archive basically.A five minute overview…..
39Correspondence (Feds) Correspondence course:(1) A course provided by an institution under which theinstitution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor. Interaction between the instructor and student is limited, is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student. Correspondence courses are typically self-paced.(2) If a course is part correspondence and part residential training, the Secretary considers the course to be a correspondence course.(3) A correspondence course is not distance education.34 C.F.R. §Difference between Correspondence and DE: One is lacking REC, the other requires it. Interaction is one of the determining factors for students receiving financial aid and for apportionment determination.
40Distance Education California Regulations Title 5 section Definition Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology.
41More Title 5: 55204. Instructor Contact. In addition to the requirements of section and any locally established requirements applicable to all courses, district governing boards shall ensure that:(a) Any portion of a course conducted through distance education includes regular effective contact between instructor and students, through group or individual meetings, orientation and review sessions, supplemental seminar or study sessions, field trips, library workshops, telephone contact, correspondence, voice mail, , or otheractivities.
42Language used in state and federal settings: US Dept. of Ed: “regular and substantive interaction between the students and faculty,”Title 5: “Regular and Effective Contact”Used to be “Regular and In-Person Contact”ACCJC looks for “regular and substantive”
43Upshot?All DE must have contact between the instructor and the student. (implied initiated by the instructor)It has to be regular, effective, substantive, and engagedContact has to happen in fully and partially online courses.
44Regular and substantive interaction between student and teacher according to ACCJC: Is central in determining whether a course is distance education rather than correspondence education.Is needed in every course that is fully online and in the online elements of courses otherwise on-site.Must be demonstrable and documented.Is vital to a college’s relationship with the U.S. Department of Education for student financial aid eligibility.Is key to quality education and the student outcomes required by the ACCJC Accreditation Standards.This is what it boils down to: Regular and substantive interaction between student and teacher. It has to be required in the course and initiated by the instructor.The college documents, including course syllabi, and tracking reports in the Learning Management System should demonstrate the interaction.Without this commitment by all online instructors, a college’s ability to offer student financial aid can be placed at risk. And for most of our colleges, financial aid for students is a vital source of funding.
45Who cares?It’s really about effective practices!
46Regular Effective Contact Policy Include a logo.
47It started with the Curriculum Committee Through the course approval process, the curriculum committee asked how faculty planned to develop and maintain regular effective contact in online and hybrid courses.
48REC I have to do ………… WHAT? MSJC FacultyREC I have to do ………… WHAT?Faculty had a difficult time answering this question, and proceeded in many different directions without continuity. Because we didn’t use a checklist of instructional methods on the course outline of record OR the addendum, they had to describe both verbally in the committee meeting and on the addendum form, what they were going to do to satisfy REC. The question was brought to our Educational Technology Committee, which served as the body to develop a policy that allowed for flexibility and directs faculty to move forward with guidelines that created an interactive environment for faculty and students. Once the policy was developed by ETC it was taken to the Academic Senate and asked for college wide support and adoption. This gave the curriculum committee a solid and articulated process that allowed both faculty and the committee to initiate REC from the same perspective; and provided a measurable approach and assessment. As it turned out, it also gave instructional administrators a position to come from when discussing expectations with teachers who may be “missing in action” in their courses.
49Development of the MSJC REC Policy Initiated InteractionFrequencyEstablishing Expectations and Type of ContactThreaded discussion forums, blogs, wikis (within Blackboard)MSJCWeekly announcements (Blackboard)Timely feedbackSuggestions for additional activitiesCCC ConferTwitter (student voluntary )PolleverywhereFacebook (student voluntary)VoiceThreadGoogle DocsFaculty DevelopmentStay current with emerging technologyEdudemicMSJC AcademyOnline Teaching ConferenceOnline Faculty MentorshipThe Faculty ProjectThe MSJC REC Policy states all DE courses (hybrid and fully online) will include regular effective contact by:Imitated interaction – Instructors will regularly initiate interaction with students to determine that they are accessing and comprehending course materials that they are participating regularly in the activities in the course. Opportunities that relate to the content of the course should include those in which students interact with instructors, instructors to interact with students, and students to interact with each other. Providing students with an open-ended question forum, although required, does not constitute the entirely of effective instructor initiated interaction. In addition to open-ended question forums, utilizing CMS blogs, journals, MSJC , and collaboration chat tools are appropriate to engage instructor and student interaction. Furthermore, implementing web 2.0 tools into course activities (ie. VoiceThread, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) are also appropriate tools to create interaction but are outside the college approved course management system and a disclaimer regarding privacy has to go with those methods. Some web 2.0 tools can be brought into the CMS and some can be linked from the CMS. Instructor prepared content (written, recorded, broadcast, etc.) combined with other course materials, creates the ‘virtual equivalent’ of the face-to-face class and must be included in the course.Frequency – DE courses are considered the ‘virtual equivalent’ to face-to-face courses. Therefore, the frequency of the contact will be at least the same as would be established in a regular, face-to-face course. At the very least, the number of instructor contact hours per week that would be available for face-to-face students, will also be available, in asynchronous and/or synchronous mode, with students in the DE format. A class that meets three hours a week would requirea at least the expectation that instructors would spend three hours participating in interaction within their courses, answering questions, commenting on discussion posts, sending , creating announcements, monitoring blog and wiki activity. Faculty office hours are not included as fulfilling the regular effective contact requirement and are a separate requirement. Given the nature of asynchronous instructional methodologies, contact shall be distributed in a manner that will ensure that regular contact is maintained over the course of a week and should occur as often as is appropriate for the course.Establishing expectations and managing unexpected instructor absence – An instructor and/or department established policy describing the frequency and timeliness of instructor initiated contact and instructor feedback, will be posted in the syllabus and/or other course documents that are made available for students when the course officially opens each semester. If the instructor must be out of contact briefly for an unexpected reason (such as illness or a family emergency that take the instructor offline), notification to students will be made in the announcement area of the course that includes when the students can expect regular effective contact to resume. If the offline time results in a lengthy absence (i.e. more than three or four days) a substitute instructor should be sought who can assist students while the instructor is unavailable.Type of Contact – REC will exist in all MSJC DE course, instructors will, at a minimum, use resources to initiate contact with students with …..Suggested Tools …..(be careful about using outside tools as the students have to buy in due to privacy issues using outside resources.Faculty Development ……. Must be supported by administration and several resources be made available on a continued basesAdministrative Champion …. It is extremely helpful to have an administrator that will champion a college wide policy for REC and support this policy.
50Regular & Effective Contact Melissa Colón, Distance Education CoordinatorRegular & Effective ContactInstructor to Student & Student to Student
53Title III Contractual Agreement for Online Course Developers Items to be reviewed before instructor offers class:Standard online components presentEffective communication tools for regular student/faculty contact
54Training Cohort & Instructional Technology Workshops Communication Tools Demonstrated both Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication tools
55Peer Review & Mentor Program Principle 1: Good practice encourages contact between students and faculty.Principle 2: Good practice develops reciprocity and cooperation among students.
56Regular Effective Contact at College of the Canyons Distance Learning Addendum“Title 5 (55376) states that … Describe how you will maintain regular effective contact with the students, including what will make this interaction effective.”Attendance: Board PolicyStates local definition of DE, describes Academic Engagement in Distance Education Courses, and calls out “regular and substantive interaction” as indicated by ACCJC.
57IntegrationWe want to integrate our guidelines on regular and effective contact (regular and substantive interaction) in a mainstreamed way.
58Putting this into practice Big share at department and division meetingsAdministrator retreatsProfessional development workshopsDelivered in collaboration with Curriculum Committee Co-chair. This is important!Online Student Success ProgramTalk, rinse, repeat
59Required Training for Online Teaching Regular effective contact is EVERYWHERE in our online teaching and learning training requirements:Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning course6-hour LMS training1-hour Section 508/Accessibility trainingTopic is discussed at ALL one-on-one sessions
60What works?Can’t say we haven’t tried! We get the message out all the time, everywhere.This topic now comes up in meetings all over campus, so there is general community awareness.Drop-in sessions for faculty to come in and see if their courses “pass muster.”
61Challenges We can’t be in all places at all times. We can’t reach all adjunct faculty with the information. We count on help from our division deans and department chairs, and they have indeed been helpful.To change, you have to want to change. You have to care.
62CCC Online Education Initiative (CVC Online Course Exchange) Update Joe Moreau, Interim Executive DirectorSteering Committee has been being formed and the initial meeting is April 4thTown Hall Meeting is April 9thExecutive Director position has been releasedOther positions will be released very soon
63CVC Course Exchange Potential Courses 15,318 individual courses identified in Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) in Academic Year1,257,012 students were enrolled in these courses3,037 courses are already DE coursesLooking at the fill rateMore than 60 days before the start of the course45 to 60 days before the start of the course30 to 45 days before the start of the courseLess than 30 days before the start of the course
64CVC Course Exchange Reading and Composition Oral Communication I College WritingGeneral PsychologyComposition and Critical ThinkingAmerican GovernmentElements of Public SpeakingStatisticsIntroduction to SociologyGeneral Biology for Non-MajorsMicroeconomics
65State Authorization Update U.S. Department of Education is discussing re-issuing regulations on State AuthorizationRuss Poulin’ s Blog post was sent today
66One comment to Russ’s Blog What I don't think many folks appreciate (and Chron sort of missed in its story) is this proposal would be a huge change from the way things work today. From a quick read, it appears as though the proposal would require all states to authorize distance ed (with no exemptions for accreditation, etc.). Basically, this would be a mandate to either obtain specific state approval or participate in reciprocity as a condition for continuing to offer distance education with federal aid.Note that this is quite different from the last rule, which only mandated that you need to meet state requirements, if any, and thus it appears to impose a huge new burden on states and institutions. Think at least double.If the Department's thought is to force reciprocity, this is a bit of a ham-handed way to do it-- the States that don't adopt and implement it in a timely fashion (and their institutions) will face enormous new burdens, and the stakes will be very high--loss of T4. (And of course we don't know when the rule would be effective.)Incentives for implementing reciprocity, which everyone agrees is a good idea, can doubtless be achieved in a less obtrusive manner. Just bringing back the old rule would probably suffice, mis-guided as it may be.Greg Ferenbach, Cooley LLP
67SARA Structure States must join SARA first Institutions can join if state joins1-2,500 FTES is $2,000/year2,501-10,000 FTES is $4,000/year10,001 and above is $6,000/year
68Update: California Community College Distance Education Coordinators’ Organization Organization is official as a California nonprofitCalifornia Community College Distance Education Coordinators Organization (CCCDECO)- First official meeting: Friday, Feb. 28 from 12:00 to 1:00pm on CCCConfer. We will break up key tasks into small working groups.- DE Coordinator Retreat will be on Thursday, June 19. More info coming very soon.- CCCDECO will be working closely with the OEI steering committee. It's first meeting is April 4.
69Contact John.Makevich@canyons.edu Update: California Community College Distance Education Coordinators’ OrganizationContact