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Distance Education Committee

Welcome to the Distance Education Committee

Quick Links

​​Online Education Initiative
OEI CMS Consideration Resources

OEI Documents​

April 2015 Letter from OEI Executive Director 
Learning about Canvas​


Magna Publications Distance Education Report Training
Contact Waleed Nasr​
​20 Minute Mentor Commons Training
Directions are available here​.​

Scope and Function

Membership: Faculty and Administrators

The Committee makes recommendations to the Senate regarding policies and plans for all aspects of distance education, and collaborates with all campus constituencies to support distance education students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
A.    Provides a forum for dealing with evolving issues in distance and digital 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, learning 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.

Vice Chair
Voting Members
Wendi DeMorst
Ron Furuyama
Christina Gabler
Dana Del George
Peggy Kravitz
Pete Morris
Jenny Resnick
Odemaris Valdivia
Julie Yarrish
Attending Members
Willis Barton, Alan Buckley, Christine Miller, Gary Ortega, Yvonne Ortega, Cassie Rockwell, Tammara Whitaker

​Meeting - Dates/Time/Location
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 *
Fall Term 2015: Sep​t 15 (minutes​), Oct 6​, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1
Spring Term 2016: Feb 16, March 1, April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17
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:

See FAC 101 on

DE Committee Reports

DE Recommendations to Senate
Course Management System Recommendation presented 2/23/2010

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