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Distance Education

If a course is to be offered partly or entirely online, you must check “Distance Learning” on the “Methods of Instruction” page of the META course outline.

Then complete the Distance Education and Faculty/Student Contact portions.

The state and the Peralta District provide guidelines for online learning.

State regulations are outlined in the

State Chancelor’s Office Distance Education Guidelines.

You should also consult the ACCJC Guide to Evaluating Distance and Correspondence Education

The Peralta District provides Distance Education Resources.

Important points to bear in mind as you make plans to offer a course online:

  • The primary purpose of online offerings is to meet the needs of students.
  • Faculty who teach online must have completed coursework in online education. Consult Laney DE Coordinator Ann Buchalter ( for specifics. Courses are offered by the Merritt College Department of Educational Technology.
  • Online offerings must be fully accessible to students with disabilities. Methodology for this is included in the relevant coursework.
  • Online class size should be comparable the class size of the same course taught face-to-face.
  • Course objectives and SLOs should not differ from those of the same class taught face-to-face.
  • Individual faculty-student contact is required, for example in the form of regular email communication initiated by the instructor.
  • District online courses must be offered on the Moodle platform.
  • The┬áDistance Education and Instructor-Student Contact portions of the META course outline must be completed and approved by the Laney Curriculum Committee and CIPD as part of the regular course update process.

The video below illustrates completion of the Distance Education and Instructor-Student Contact portions of the META course outline:

  • Curriculum Committee

    Tuesday 30 May 2017
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