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 DE committee.

Contact Information

Heather McCarty
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 2018 Meetings

Monday, September 24, 2018 – 12:45-1:30
Monday, October 8, 2018 – 12:30-1:30
Monday, November 12, 2018 – 12:30-1:30
Monday, December 10, 2018 – 12:30-1:30

Spring 2018 Meetings

Monday, February 11, 2019 – 12:30-1:30
Monday, March 11, 2019 – 12:30-1:30
Monday, April 8, 2019 – 12:30-1:30
Monday, May 13, 2019 – 12:30-1:30

Membership List 2018-2019

  • Heather McCarty (History and Gender and Women's Studies), Chair
  • Andy Bloom (Math)
  • Sarah Cooper (Psychology)
  • Robin Kurotori (Health, Fitness and Wellness)
  • Kyle Livie (History)
  • Jim McManus (Music)
  • Perri Gallagher (English – Fall 2018 Only)
  • Tracy Virgil (English—Spring 2019 Only)
  • Elizabeth Blua Ogilvie (Art)

Ex Officio members:

  • Andrew Lamanque (Executie Dean, Academic Affairs and Newark Campus)
  • Quan Nguyen (Computer Lab coordinator, Canvas support)
  • Chris Dela Rosa (Associate VP, Information Technology Services)

Committee Documents

Agendas and Minutes

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

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