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The Distance Education Committee is an official subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee.

Separate Distance Education Committee approval is required for courses being offered either fully online or as hybrids (where part of in-person scheduled class time is replaced by an online format). It is the primary task of this committee to review courses with any online component before moving to the next step in the approval process. In addition, any matter pertaining to the quality and delivery of online education is discussed, and action items and goals are generated from those meetings.

Distance Education Definitions

Online class
A fully online class is entirely conducted on the web. Course delivery follows traditional classroom model (as opposed to "self-paced'), where the instructor/student interaction is now fully managed via a course management system in place of the classroom (face-to-face).
Hybrid class
A class that has both online and in-person formats. A student taking a hybrid course will need to come to campus on specified dates.
Web-enhanced class
A Web-enhanced class is scheduled as a traditional on-campus class, and utilizes the Internet to access a Course Management System, where additional course information can be found. Web-enhanced classes do not reduce face-to-face meetings and do not require going through the Distance Education committee.
Remote instruction
A class that meets virtually with a live instructor during a specified, scheduled day and time. Course delivery follows traditional classroom model in real time similar to a face to face class. Remote instruction is considered distance education and as such must have local approval via the Distance Education addendum in CurricUNET.

Contact Information

Robin Kurotori
DE Subcommittee Chair

Meeting Information

These meetings are held virtually and all are welcome to join. Please click on the meeting dates below to join them virtually via Zoom.

Fall 2019 Meetings

Date Time Zoom Link Documents
Monday, September 16, 2019 12:45pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda  May 2019 Minutes DRAFT New DE Definitions  9.16.19 Meeting PowerPoint; September 2019 Minutes Approved
Monday, October 14, 2019 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda  September 2019 Minutes DRAFT  Guidelines for instructor Presence in DE Courses  2019-2020 Goals; October 2019 Minutes Approved
Monday, November 18, 2019 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda  October 2019 Minutes DRAFT Successful Online Courses  ASCCC Resolutions SP17  Tech Day Schedule DRAFT; November 2019 Minutes Approved.
Monday, December 9, 2019 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda  November 2019 Minutes DRAFT  Spring Tech Day Final Schedule  Effective Contact Policy DRAFT; December 2019 Minutes Approved

Spring 2020 Meetings

Date Time Zoom Link Documents
Monday, February 10, 2020 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda, Effective Contact Policy Revised DRAFT, December 2019 Minutes DRAFT; February 2020 Minutes Approved
Monday, March 9, 2020 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting AgendaFebruary 2020 Minutes DRAFT; CVC-OEI Consortium Agreement; CVC-OEI Benchmarks; March 2020 Minutes Approved
Monday, April 13, 2020 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda; March 2020 Minutes DRAFT; Temporary Emergency DE Addendum; Distance Ed FAQ Sheet; What Are We Doing With Summer and Fall?; Flex Week Suggested Schedule
Monday, May 11, 2020 12:30pm to 1:30pm Click to Enter Meeting Agenda; April 2020 Minutes DRAFT;Notes from Emergency Meeting April 16, 2020; Local Approval Plan SU2020; Local Approval Plan FA2020; Professional Development Plan SU2020; Professional Development Plan FA2020; Flex Week Schedule FA2020; Online Course Review Self-Checklist; 2020-2021 Meeting Calendar

Membership List 2019-2020

  • Robin Kurotori (Health and Wellness, KIN), Chair
  • Andy Bloom (Math)
  • Sarah Cooper (Psychology)
  • Jennifer Harper (Counselor)
  • Kyle Livie (History) FA19 only
  • Teresa Massimo (Communications)
  • Tina Mosleh (Business Administration) FA19 only
  • Jim McManus (Music)
  • Heather McCarty (History, Gender and Women’s Studies) FA19 only
  • Tracy Virgil (English)

Ex Officio (non-voting) members:

  • Ghada Al-Masri (Dean, Social Sciences)
  • Andrew Lamanque (Interim VP, Academic Affairs/ Deputy Superintendent)
  • Jesse MacEwan (Faculty Senate President)
  • Quan Nguyen (Administrative Systems Analyst, Information Systems)
  • Mary Wilhelm-Chapin (Instructional Designer)

Committee Documents

Agendas and Minutes

You can find agendas, meeting minutes, and other DE Subcommittee documents at

2018-2019 DE Committee Meeting Minutes

Fall 2018
September 24, 2018
October 8, 2018
November 5, 2018
December 10, 2018

Spring 2019
February 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 13, 2019

Teaching Resources

Best Online Teaching Practices and Tips

Training to Teach Online

The California Community College Online Education Initiated offers a FREE Course Design Academy that both full and part-time Ohlone College faculty are permitted to participate in. As a participant in the Course Design Academy, you receive confidential feedback and course design recommendations, support from a Canvas Course Design Specialist (CCDS) to assist you with applying your feedback, and assistance from Accessibility Specialists to make your course fully 508 compliant.

The @One project funded by the CCC Chancellor's Office offers trainings in related to a variety of online teaching topics, including course design skills, strategies to increase student success and retention rates, and ways to better use your existing course management system. Faculty may use their professional development funds to help pay for these workshops. Please email Professional Development Committee Chair Jose Rico ( for information about using professional development funds for online training courses.

The Learning to Teach Online project was developed by COFO Online, an academic unit at the College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. The more than 50 video and pdf-based lessons focus on specific topics related to online teaching strategies from many different disciplines and provide tips and strategies for both novice and experienced online teachers. They're free through ITunes.

Captioning Resources

There are several captioning options available to faculty teaching online:

  • Please see the general captioning information and captioning request forms
  • There is currently a Distance Education Captioning and Transcription Grant (DECT). This grant is for captioning materials for online or hybrid classes, or materials for digital learning repositories. Please contact Ann Burdett at to see if your materials qualify.
  • If you are teaching online or hybrid courses and have materials that are less then 12 minutes in length and require a quick turnaround time, please contact Heather McCarty at for information about a pilot program with

Related Information at Ohlone

Curriculum Committee