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Distance Education Committee

Welcome to the Distance Education Committee

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Scope and Function

Membership: Faculty and Administrators

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
Fall Term 2016: Sept 6​ (minutes​), Sept 20​, Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Dec 6
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 *

Vice Chair
Voting Members
Lourdes Arevalo
Fabienne Chauderlot
Regina Ip
Dana Del George
Shawn Jordison
Peggy Kravitz
Jenny Resnick

Attending Members​
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)

​​Goal​ ​Progress
Facilitate/support Canvas transition​ continuing
​​Refine and communicate policies on Regular Effective Contact ​continuing
​​Promote and evaluate online tutoring services ​continuing
​Support new and continuing professional development for online faculty, in both technological and pedagogical terms continuing
Investigate existing and potential options for online Supplemental Instruction new

Agendas, Minutes & Other Documents

What is the process for developing an online course??
Curriculum Committee Distance Education Website​

Also review Best Practices materials and contact Julie Yarrish and Christine Miller.

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

Magna Publications
Distance Education Report newsletter
20-Minute Mentor Commons training (directions are available here​.) Training
Contact Waleed Nasr (

Old Archives​

The following links are inactive.

2003-2004 archived
2004-2005 archived
2005-2006 archived
2006-2007 archived
2007-2008 archived
2008-2009 archived
2009-2010 archived​

2001 SMC Survey 
SMC Faculty Survey

DE Committee Reports