Check the box if the course already has a DE component, or you are petitioning to add a DE component. This will open the DE Addendum.
Distance education is regulated by title 5, chapter 6, subchapter 3, starting with section 55200. Distance Education is defined in section 55200 as instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through communication technology. All distance education is subject to the general requirements of Title 5, Division 6, Chapter 6, as well as the specific requirements of subchapter 3, article 1.
These regulations refer to all courses that are developed with the intent that individual classes or sections, or any portion of the course, may be scheduled as distance education instead of traditional, face‐to‐face instruction. This includes courses referred to as “hybrid” which combine traditional, face-to-face instruction and distance education with either synchronous or asynchronous instructor‐student interaction through communication technology.
Select all delivery methods that apply. Based on your selections, different data fields may be required below.
This section assists the DE and Curriculum Committees in the local approval process:
Instruction provided as distance education is subject to the requirements that may be imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12100 et seq.) and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794d).
Answer yes or no to the ten questions about 508 compliance and provide a description (if yes) or explanation (if no). This rubric is drawn from the DE Handbook, which explains in more detail the logic of each question.
AP 4105 states:
Each section of the course that is delivered through distance education will include regular, effective contact between instructor and students (§ 55204). The use of the term “regular, effective contact” in this context suggests that students should have frequent opportunities to interact with the instructor of record.
Ensuring regular, effective instructor/student contact guarantees that the student in an online or hybrid course receives the benefit of the instructor’s presence in the learning environment both as a provider of instructional information and as a facilitator of student learning. In a face-to-face course the instructor is present at each class meeting and interacts with the class through announcements, lectures, activities and discussions. The instructor also serves as a content advisor when he or she answers questions both as they come up in class and as they arise in individual situations. These types of questions are dealt with via the telephone, email, or face-to-face office visits.
Initiated Interaction: Instructors will regularly initiate interaction with students and determine that they are accessing and comprehending course material and participating regularly in the activities in the course. Providing students with an open-ended question forum, although appropriate, does not constitute the entirety of effective instructor-initiated interaction. (AP 4105)
Frequency: DE courses are considered the 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. Contact shall be distributed in a manner that will ensure that regular contact is maintained over the course of a week and should occur, at the very least, the same number of instructor contact hours per week that would be available for face-to-face students. (AP 4105)
Check the boxes for all relevant forms of instructor-initiated response. You will be prompted to indicate the frequency for each form of contact. You must select at least one of the following contact methods:
Select at least one method by which students will receive timely feedback on their work.
Select at least one method by which students can initiate contact with other students.