Distance Learning - Faculty Resources
Distance Learning (DL) is the official designation for online and hybrid classes. Many professors provide some materials online or use the learning management system (LMS), but a course is only "DL" when "seat time" (time spent in the classroom) on campus is replaced with online activities. when class time is 100% online with no in-person time, it is an "online" class. Courses that combine online activies and any required on-campus seat time are "hybrid" courses. Hybrid courses vary in how much or how little time is spent in class so that professors can design courses that meet the needs of the subject matter.
Distance Learning Information
- Find the list of approved Distance Learning courses
- Review the list of approved Distance Learning Faculty
- Learn about the regulations that apply to Distance Learning
- Find Canvas LMS resources
How to qualify to teach a Distance Learning Course at Mt. SAC
1. Get certified as a DL professor at Mt. SAC by completing the SPOT Course:
Skills and Pedagogy for Online Teaching - or SPOT - is an online, self-paced course that is faciliated by the Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator Carol Impara. It is about online teaching best practices, and assignments completed in the course help professors begin to build their online course components. To learn more about SPOT or sign up, click the link in the text or the image to the right.
2. Get your course DL-approved
Contact the Mt. SAC Distance Learning Faculty Coordinator Sandra Weatherilt in the Faculty Center for Learning Technology (FCLT) to submit the DL Amendment Form proposal to get your course DL-approved by the Distance Learning Committee (DLC).
Check the POD calendar to sign up for POD or attend other locally scheduled workshops on Distance Learning.
Regular and Effective Contact
DL courses must meet specific college, state, and federal requirements that apply specifically to the online environment. The most important DL regulation is "regular and effective contact," which indicates that the instructor initiates communication with students on a regular basis that contains instructional content. Contact also includes reponsiveness to student-initiated contact, and the promotion of contact between students to promote instruction. This instructive communication is a large component that differentiates distance learning from correspondence courses, and it is critically important because it helps to determine eligibility for students to receive financial aid to take the course!
Distance Learning Evaluations
DL faculty need to know how to facilitate the evaluations process for DL courses.
- Online courses are evaluated by a faculty peer. Find the guidelines here: Classroom Visitation Evaluations
- Online courses require a different student evaluation form. The student evaluation form to use for distance learning is here.
For more information please contact fcltAT_mtsac.edu
- Faculty Center for Learning Technology (FCLT, formerly the Online Learning Support Center or OLSC) offers support for teaching and learning with online tools
- Distance Learning Committee (DLC) works on evaluation and development for all things related to DL at Mt. SAC
- Library & Learning Resources Division is the home of distance learning and the Faculty Center for Learning Technology