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Distance Learning Notes - June 17, 2004

Initial Meeting of the Distance Learning Committee

Present: Linda Beith and JoAnn Warren Co-Chairs; Luis Malaret, Karen Allen, Rob Melucci, Martha Vigneault, Robyn Younkin.

Absent: Terry Squizzero, Judy Murphy, Phil Sisson, John Whitman

Guest: Vice President Sherman

VP Sherman charged the Committee to "examine and recommend institutional policies and practices for developing, planning, evaluating and implementing distance / distributed offerings" focusing on Quality.

During her charge, VP Sherman provided support and a rationale for the establishment of this committee. She further suggested that the work of this committee is important in light of the recent NEASC Study findings.

Committee members brainstormed issues related to Distance Learning (See below).

Linda Beith offered to and has since established a Pipeline group for the Distance Learning Committee to facilitate interaction.

Next Steps: Committee members present felt that we need to define "Distance Learning" before we can begin our work. In order to assist in defining "Distance Learning at CCRI", Committee members present agreed to research a few existing Distance Learning Programs before our next meeting (not scheduled). See Sample listing.

Issues Related to Distance Learning

Student Issues
Issue Possible Action Item
How do I find a distance education course? Distance Learning Website
Are students ready to take a course on-line?
 
  • Computer literacy
  • Study skills (reading/writing/self directed)
 
Develop and/or link to existing self-assessments
What are student’s expectations of an on-line course? Create an FAQ page
Faculty concerns about academic integrity and plagiarism. Issue with f2f courses as well
Student understanding of netiquette (e-mail and message board) Create a page or link
Student access to syllabus/materials before registering Link to faculty webpage or course overview
Who is taking the on-line courses? Why? Survey students currently enrolled

Research other institutions

Access to student services if offering degree programs Determine extent of Distance Learning offerings – Research other models
Access Financial Considerations
Disabled Students Varied disabilities/obstacles identified
Privacy (images or on-line contribution) Password protected environment; release and/or waiver form
Faculty Issues
Issue Possible Action Item
Reserves at Library – Student Access Electronic Reserves possible
MindShift – Focus on Learning Outcomes rather than contact time Administration’s support of Hybrid course
MindShift – Quality as it relates to Distance Education (separates faculty and student by time and space) Research successful programs; student testimonials
What courses can/should be taught on line? Explore other programs
Compensation/Release Time for Development (E-Pack?); Teaching Time and Class Size Policy – Collective Bargaining
Who owns the course? Intellectual Property Policy
Quality, Academic Rigor. Who determines what quality is? Establish a rubric to benchmark; Training, certification
What are student expectations of the course? Website outlining expectations; syllabi and course packets
Availability/Sharing of Best Practices TLT group
Academic Integrity – Students own work  
Who is eligible to teach Distance Education courses? Policy – Collective Bargaining
Institutional Issues
Issue Possible Action Item
What is Distance Education? Define
What/Who is the Market for DE? Research; Survey enrolled students in DE courses
What is the Vision of DE for CCRI?  Courses?; Degree Programs (Web Development Program Available)? Telecourses: Cost analysis, Data Collection
Marketing the Program Consistency across college publications;
Integration of DE designations into Banner Identify various modes of instruction and a symbol
MindShift – Institution wide – Focus on Learning Outcomes not Contact Time Training – Professional Development
Commitment/Support of Distance Education – time, money, resources, policies  
Role of DL Committee with Curriculum and Quality Assessment Policy/Charge
Measuring Quality – Impact on NEASC Study Training, Certification of Faculty, Course Evaluations

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