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ACCJC Returns to Ohlone - Fall 2021

Email from VPAA DiSalvo - 3/29/2021

March 29, 2021 

Dear Faculty,    

I hope this email finds you well and that you had a restful spring break. 

As you know, the college received a recommendation from ACCJC in spring 2020 to review its policies and procedures to ensure regular and substantive interaction in distance education classes. Since then, the college has implemented the following in the spirit of serving students better and addressing the ACCJC recommendation: 

  • Contractually required training (MQT). 
  • Frequent and varied professional development. 
  • A revision of our distance education course addendum. 
  • An update of our strategic planning goals for distance education 
  • A discussion on the development of a peer review process for distancing education courses.   

During the fall 2021 semester, a team from ACCJC will again review our courses to ensure we are meeting ACCJC standards, including regular and substantive interaction between faculty and students. This peer review team will “observe” a randomly selected sample of approximately 50 distance education classes from spring 2021. Synchronous, asynchronous, and online hybrid sections are all under ACCJC and federal definitions of distance education. You may be asked to provide additional information for the team if your course is selected. So I ask you the following question, is your course ready? 

Here are the Foundational Four Elements for ALL Distance Education (DE) formats (Hybrid, Synchronous, and Asynchronous): 

  1. Welcoming, accessible Canvas Home Page that greets your students and tells them how the course will run and where to get started.  
  2. Evidence of WEEKLY instructor-to-student interaction: Zoom sessions, announcements, session agenda, instructor posts in forums, assignment feedback in Canvas.  
  3. Evidence of WEEKLY student-to-student interaction: required discussions, peer review, Zoom breakout rooms, Zoom discussions, group projects, shared VoiceThread presentations.  
  4. Accessible syllabus shared via Canvas.  

Courses built on these Foundational Four Elements set the stage for quality educational experiences for our students and eCampus is always here to help you with the Foundational Four and beyond. I strongly encourage you to read the eCampus weekly for tips and workshops or submit an individual request to meet with one of the team. 

Thank you for all you do for our students.   

Tony   

Anthony F. DiSalvo
Vice President, Academic Affairs – Deputy Superintendent

Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd
Fremont, California 94539
510-659-6202


eCampus is Here to Help You Get Ready

Foundational Four Elements

Ask for us to walk you through a review of your course shell for the Foundational Four Elements for Excellence:

  • A welcoming and accessible Canvas Home Page with clear instructions for where to start.
  • Weekly instructor-to-student interaction evidenced by weekly announcements, weekly scheduled zoom sessions, instructor engagement on the weekly discussion boards and timely feedback in Canvas.
  • Weekly student-to-student interaction evidenced by weekly discussion posts to peers,  group projects and/or peer reviews, Zoom breakout rooms with documented class sharing, and shared VoiceThread presentations.
  • An accessible syllabus posted in Canvas.

How to get some support

  • Submit a Faculty Support Ticket to meet with one of the eCampus Team in a one-on-one session.  Make sure to let us know days and times that you are available.  We'll be in touch.
  • Come to the eCampus Office Hours Drop In sessions on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • If you prefer to dig a little deeper, consider doing a self-check using this checklist.  How many of the boxes can you check?