About the Distance Education Committee

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

In accordance California administrative code  and regulation (Title 5), separate Distance Education Committee approval is required for courses being offered either fully online or hybrid (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.
Synchronous 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 2020 Meetings

Date Time Zoom Link Documents
Monday, September 21, 2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link AgendaMay 2020 Meeting Minutes2020-2021 DE Committee Membership; DE Committee 2020-2021 Goals DRAFT
Monday, October 12, 2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link Agenda  September 2020 Minutes DRAFT  DE Committee 2020-2021 Goals DRAFT
Monday, November 9, 2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link Agenda  October 2020 Minutes
Monday, December 14, 2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link Agenda  November 2020 Minutes

Spring 2021 Meetings

Date Time Zoom Link Documents
Monday, February 8, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link
(coming soon)
Agenda; December 2020 Minutes
Monday, March 8, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link
(coming soon)
Agenda;  February 2021 Minutes
Monday, April 1, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link
(coming soon)
Agenda;  March 2021 Minutes
Monday, May 10, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm Zoom Meeting Link
(coming soon)
Agenda;  April 2021 Minutes

Membership List 2020-2021

  • Robin Kurotori (DE Coordinator), Chair
  • Andy Bloom (Math)
  • Sarah Cooper (Psychology)
  • Jennifer Harper (Counselor)
  • Shyam Sundar (Biology)
  • Teresa Massimo (Communications)
  • Abhigyan Biswas (ASOC - Senator at Large)
  • Jim McManus (Music)
  • Sanjula Panday (ASOC - Senator of Social Science)
  • 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

Archive of Past DE Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

You can find agendas, meeting minutes, and other DE Subcommittee documents archived here.

Teaching Resources

For the most up to date information about faculty training sessions for Zoom and Canvas, please go to the eCampus website - Remote Instruction Support - Faculty

Best Online Teaching Practices and Tips

Training to Teach Online

The Ohlone College eCampus Team offer ongoing workshops and webinars that range from 1 hour to several weeks in duration with various online teaching and learning topics.  Please check the eCampus website for additional information.

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 Rebecca Ozoa (rozoa@ohlone.edu) 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
  • 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 aburdett@ohlone.edu to see if your materials qualify.
  • Canvas Studio is a free resource within Ohlone College's instance of Canvas that will allow you to create your own videos, or upload existing videos to which you own the rights, and request captions.  Please watch the eCampus Weekly Update for the next Canvas Studio training.
  • 3C Media Solutions provides CCC administrators, faculty, and staff resources to store and share media.  You can complete the application for captioning using the DECT grant on the 3C Media Solutions site after you have uploaded your video.  Processing time is between 2 and 3 weeks. Many thanks to Isabel Reichert, MM/GA faculty member, for this outstanding Tutorial on 3C Medial Solutions Video Upload and Captioning Process.

Related Information at Ohlone

Curriculum Committee