Distance Education


Welcome to the Distance Education Committee.

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Scope & Functions


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.


  1. Provides a forum for dealing with evolving issues in distance and online education and disseminates information about these issues to the campus community.

  2. 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.

  3. Supports faculty in the development and delivery of their online courses by establishing and maintaining best practices for online course delivery and recommends skills for teaching online.

  4. Collaborates and coordinates on areas of mutual interest with other senate committees and campus constituencies.

Standing Rules

  1. The committee shall consist of nine voting members: six faculty approved by the Academic Senate and three administrators.

  2. 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)

  3. 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.


Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Dates: SPRING 2021 

Location:  ZOOM 

Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 to 2 p.m.

DAte agenda minutes
February 23, 2021


March 9, 2021    
March 23, 2021    
April 6, 2021    
April 27, 2021    
May 11, 2021    
May 25, 2021    
June 8, 2021 tentative meeting    


Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Dates: Fall 2020  

Location:  ZOOM 

DAte agenda minutes
September 8, 2020 DEC Agenda 9-8-20 9/8/2020 Minutes
September 22, 2020 9/22/20 Agenda 9/22/20 Minutes
October 6, 2020 10/06/2020 Agenda  10/06/20 Minutes
October 20, 2020 October 20th Agenda 10/20/20 Minutes
November 3, 2020 November 3rd Agenda                                            11/3/20 Minutes
November 17, 2020 11/17/20 Agenda                                           11/17/20 Minutes
December 1, 2020     12/01/20                                      Will post after 2/23/21  Meeting



Committee (2020-2021)

Chair, Laura Manson: x 3530

Vice-Chair: Tammara Whitaker  x 3769

Voting Members

Membership: Faculty and Administrators

Laura Manson (Chair)

Tammara Whitaker (Vice-Chair)

Regina Ip

Maral Hyeler

Fariba Bolandhemat

Odemaris Valdivia

Sandra Hutchison

Joelle Adams

Dana DelGeorge 

Attending Members & Guests 2020-21

Voting & Attending Members 2020-2021: Laura Manson, Tammara Whitaker,  Christine Miller, Odemaris Valdivia, Regina Ip, Dana Del George, Fariba Bolandhemat, Vanessa Bonilla, Jenny Resnick, Sandra Hutschinson  Guests: Ellen Cutler, Aaron French, Steven Sedky

Agendas & Minutes 2019-2020

Fall 2019

November 5, 2019:   Agenda

October 8, 2019:   Agenda 

September 24, 2019:  Agenda      Minutes

September 10, 2019:  Agenda   Minutes

August 28, 2019:  Agenda , Minutes

Agendas & Minutes

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Fall 2017

  • October 17. 2017:
  • October 31, 2017:
  • November 14, 2017:

Goals, 2016-17

Goal Progress
Facilitate/support Canvas transition Continuing
Refine and communicate policies on Regular Effective Contact Completed
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  
Investigate online proctoring services Completed


Online Course Development

Distance Education Committee Reports

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