1 REGULAR AND EFFECTIVE CONTACT Dolores Davison, Foothill College Michael Heumann, Imperial Valley College Michelle Grimes-Hillman, Mt. San Antonio College
2 Distance Education (traditional definition) The student and the instructor are separated by a distance. Online Education Instruction is conducted online with frequent faculty initiated contact between student and instructor. Correspondence Education Materials are shared between the instructor and student electronically or via mail; contact is typically initiated by the student and it is not regular or substantive; typically self-paced. Traditional Education Face-to-face Brick and mortar Web Enhanced Online activities are included as part of a traditional class. No class time is replaced by online work. Hybrid A blend of online and traditional instruction
3 Correspondence (Feds) Correspondence course: (1) A course provided by an institution under which the institution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor. Interaction between the instructor and student is limited, is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student. Correspondence courses are typically self-paced. (2) If a course is part correspondence and part residential training, the Secretary considers the course to be a correspondence course. (3) A correspondence course is not distance education. 34 C.F.R
4 Definition of Distance Education From US Department of Education Distance education is defined, for the purpose of accreditation review as a formal interaction which uses one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and which supports regular and substantive interaction between the students and instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously.
5 California Regulations for DE Title 5 section Definition: Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology.
6 More Title Instructor Contact. In addition to the requirements of section and any locally established requirements applicable to all courses, district governing boards shall ensure that: (a) Any portion of a course conducted through distance education includes regular effective contact between instructor and students, through group or individual meetings, orientation and review sessions, supplemental seminar or study sessions, field trips, library workshops, telephone contact, correspondence, voice mail, , or other activities.
7 According to ACCJC Regular and substantive interaction between student and teacher Is central in determining whether a course is distance education rather than correspondence education. Is needed in every course that is fully online and in the online elements of courses otherwise on-site. Must be demonstrable and documented. Is vital to a college s relationship with the U.S. Department of Education for student financial aid eligibility. Is key to quality education and the student outcomes required by the ACCJC Accreditation Standards.
8 Terminology Differences US Dept. of Ed & ACCJC: regular and substantive interaction between the students and faculty, Title 5: Regular and Effective Contact Used to be Regular and In-Person Contact
9 Translation Regular Effective Contact is mandated in all forms of DE courses.
10 Does your college have a Regular and Effective Contact policy? Develop a policy in consultation with Academic Senate Curriculum Committee & DE Committee Policies often contain: Definition of REC (use Title 5 language) Instructor initiated focus Guidelines for frequency of contact Syllabus information Variety of methods that constitute contact Need for contact to be ongoing and consistent throughout semester Best practices for engaging with students
11 Example: Foothill College
12 Example: Imperial Valley College
13 REC Policy Examples Foothill College REC Policy: Imperial Valley College REC Policy: ee_final_ pdf Mt. San Antonio College REC Policy (AP 4105): Mt. San Jacinto College REC Policy: mmittees/curriculumcommittee/documents/regular_effe ctive_contactv5.pdf
14 What Constitutes REC? (most common form of interaction for 81% of faculty) Discussion boards (76%) Chat Rooms (16%) Blackboard Collaborate in Moodlerooms (6%) Face-to-face meetings (5%) Mail (5%) Phone calls Video Conferencing Social Networking Sites (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc) Fax Blogging Text messaging CCC Confer (Call, Meet, Teach, Office Hours)
15 What constitutes REC? Activities Frequency Quality
16 What constitutes REC? Instructor initiated activity Discussion Forums Q & A Analysis/Synthesis of course content Announcements Value Added for private issues Phone conversations Give me your phone number. Office hours CCCConfer/synchronous OTHERS????
17 More. Tone/Personality Instructors use their own language rather than academic speak (sample) Sign everything! Instructor created materials Stories
18 One story I asked her why she didn't participate in class and she told me that it was because it took her longer to formulate her response in English -- she immediately knew what to say in Spanish, but transferring it to English took just long enough that by the time she had the answer, someone else had either already jumped in with the answer or I had already called on someone. She said something that I ll always remember, "Most of my teachers think that we [ESL Students] are stupid because we don't answer; we are smart we just can't get in there fast enough." It changed the way I taught the class, and the way I teach in general. It takes time to think, and understanding how my students think has helped me interact with them.
19 So Basically All DE must have contact between the instructor and the student. It has to be regular, effective, substantive, and engaged Contact has to happen in fully and partially online courses. Your college should have a clear policy on REC
Mt. San Jacinto College District Distance Education Faculty Handbook Academic Year 2013-2014 1 P a g e Table of Contents Prior to Teaching Online... 3 1. MSJC Definitions and Terminology... 3 2. Consultation
POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS AND COURSE DELIVERY AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY BATON ROUGE CAMPUS 1 Page TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION I: POLICY STATEMENT SECTION II: DEFINITIONS A. Online/Distance Education
Distance Education Report Executive Summary Table of Contents Distance education has existed in the California Community Colleges system for more than 34 years. Before 1994 policies limited the types of
Master of Healthcare Administration Frequently Asked Questions Is your program CAHME accredited? Yes, the Seton Hall MHA program received initial CAHME accreditation effective May 20, 2014. This extends
GETTING ONLINE STUDENTS TO THE FINISH LINE What can administrators, course designers and faculty do to retain online learners? Education Br a nd St ud io A DOPTION AND CREDIBILITY OF ONLINE LEARNING in
Technology Inspires Dynamic 21 st -Century Teaching Published: September 2014 For the latest information, please see www.microsoft.com/education Introduction... 1 An Increasingly Diverse Student Population...
February 2010 PROmisinG PRACtiCes in Online learning A Parent s Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program PROMISING PRACTICES IN ONLINE LEARNING A Parent s Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program Written
Illustration by James Yang N E T C H O I C E S, N E T G A I N S : Online Supplementing High School Curriculum with Courses All secondary school students deserve access to a wide variety of high-quality
February 2010 Promising Practices in online learning A Parent s Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program PROMISING PRACTICES IN ONLINE LEARNING A Parent s Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program Written
4 Using Forums, Chats, and Dialogues Forums are a powerful communication tool within a Moodle course. Think of them as an online message board where you and your students can post messages to each other
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION... 1 WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS HAVING TROUBLE LEARNING IN SCHOOL?... 2 STEPS TO GETTING SERVICES... 3 ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS... 9 REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE...
Retention and Communication Strategies Michelle L. Pilati, PhD Coordinator, Rio Hondo Virtual College CVC Online Teaching Conference 2006 Description "Regular Effective Contact" is the guiding principle
Connectivism Learning Theory Crystal Zeng University of Victoria Definition Connectivism is a learning theory that describes how internet technologies provide people from all over the world with opportunities
This Guide to Teaching Online Courses is the product of collaboration among a number of organizations committed to ensuring the quality of online instruction to secondary students in the United States.
Course Design Rubric for the Online Education Initiative In order for a course to be offered as a part of the Online Education Initiative (OEI) course exchange, it must meet established standards relating
INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK Montana State University Counseling Program 2014-2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION...4 INTERNSHIP ASSIGNMENT TO YOUR PLACEMENT SITES.5 APPLICATION TO INTERNSHIP SITES INTERNSHIP AT
Online Education White Paper January 25, 2014 Executive Summary A renewed interest in online education has surfaced recently, largely sparked by issues of bottlenecking and course availability on college
Top 10 Reasons Faculty Fail When Using Blackboard CMS Dr. Penny Johnson Computer Science Carroll College email@example.com Abstract In today s ever increasing world of information technology it is not enough
1 LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS POLICY TITLE: STATEMENT: Course Delivery and Credit Hour Equivalency Policy [Rev. 5/24/11] This policy has been established to define the delivery options for
Online Education at UVa- Wise A Handbook for Faculty 1 Introduction This Handbook is intended to provide an overview of online education at UVa- Wise, its purpose, policies, and procedures. Contents: 1.
Diploma Programme courses online An overview for schools Diploma Programme courses online: An overview for schools Updated: August 2014 Table of Contents Diploma Programme courses online, an overview for
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE CARIBBEAN UCC ONLINE PROGRAMME OVERVIEW The UCC ONLINE degree programme responds to the growing number of students who are eager to earn college degrees but who require more flexibility
Volume 2.1 Spring 2012 Conversations April 2012 fieldeducator.simmons.edu Field Learning in Online Social Work Programs Author(s) Suzanne Sankar, MSW Editor Interviewer Lisa M. Richardson, MSS, LICSW St.
BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS THROUGH STUDENT SERVICES FOR ONLINE LEARNERS Dr. Ruth Newberry Duquesne University Catherine DeLuca Duquesne University ABSTRACT Retaining students in distance education
Blended Courses in Law School: The Best of Online and Face-to-Face Learning? Gerald F. Hess* I. INTRODUCTION Education at every level, from kindergarten to graduate school, is constantly changing. Each