Welcome to the Distance Education Committee
Membership: Faculty and AdministratorsScope:
Under the direction of the Academic Senate President and the Committee of the Whole, the committee serves as the Senate’s primary resource and primary recommending body on academic and professional matters regarding distance and online education. It disseminates information on and deals with evolving issues, including but not limited to development of, delivery of, and support for online education.
A. Provides a forum for dealing with evolving issues in distance and online education and disseminates information about these issues to the campus community.
B. Makes recommendations to the Academic Senate regarding distance education and other online delivery of instructional material, including the development of administrative regulations and Board of Trustees’ policies, course management systems, and other related digital education products and services.
C. Supports faculty in development and delivery of their online courses by establishing and maintaining best practices for online course delivery and recommends skills for teaching online.
D. Collaborates and coordinates on areas of mutual interest with other senate committees and campus constituencies.
Standing Rules: (proposed for adoption on 20 Sept 2016)
A. The committee shall consist of nine voting members: six faculty approved by the Academic Senate and three administrators.
B. Five or more of the committee’s nine voting members shall constitute a quorum, including at least half of the members representing each of the joint committee’s two core constituencies (i.e., 3 or more faculty, and 2 or more administrators)
C. All of the meetings are open to the public. Official committee actions, such as making and seconding motions, and voting on formal action items, are exclusive to official voting members. Otherwise, the committee chair’s intention is to facilitate an open forum of discussion in which all individuals present are invited to actively take part.
Meeting - Dates/Time/Location
Spring Term 2017:
Feb 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16
Time: 12:45-2:00pm, Tuesdays
Location: Media Center Conference Room (M 110)
* Please note that food and drink are not allowed at this location *
Dana Del George
Willis Barton, Wendi DeMorst, Christina Gabler, Elham Gheytanchi, Marilyn Lee, Laura Manson, Christine Miller, Diem Nguyen, Gary Ortega, Yvonne Ortega, Cassie Rockwell, Dorna Sakurai, Odemaris Valdivia, Bill Vanbenschoten, Sal Veas, Tammara Whitaker
Committee Goals, 2016-17 (proposed)
|Facilitate/support Canvas transition
|Refine and communicate policies on Regular Effective Contact
|Promote and evaluate online tutoring services
|Support new and continuing professional development for online faculty, in both technological and pedagogical terms
|Investigate existing and potential options for online Supplemental Instruction
Agendas, Minutes & Other Documents
Distance Education Best Practices:
FAC 101 on the eCollege platform is now being updated as Canvas Central
. Please review, and contribute to, this interactive forum for sharing questions, concerns, advice, and examples of our best practices in online teaching.
DE Committee Reports
DE Recommendations to Senate
Course Management System Recommendation presented 2/23/2010
Distance Education Report newsletter
20-Minute Mentor Commons training (directions are available here.)
Contact Waleed Nasr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following links are inactive.
2001 SMC Survey
SMC Faculty Survey