Mission College Specific Information
Mission College Distance Learning Instructor Policy
Approved by the Mission College Academic Senate in Spring 2015.
Mission College Guidelines for Online Learning Instructors
Includes the Mission College Regular Effective Student Contact Guidelines. Approved by the Mission College Academic Senate in Spring 2013.
Regular and Effective Student Contact (RESC) in Online Courses Presentation
What does “regular and substantive interaction between the students and instructor” look like, and how can you ensure your course has it? This presentation introduces you to “regular and effective contact” and provides techniques and strategies you can utilize to ensure that your online course has effective and substantive interaction.
Mission College Instructor Online Course Checklist
This "checklist" was developed to assist faculty in evaluating each of their online course sections to ensure that the course adheres to what is required by law, meets accreditation standards for online instruction, and follows best practices to achieve regular and effective student contact and student success. It includes links to resources and best practices. It includes links to best practices examples and resources.
DSPS is the primary resource to aid faculty with the accessibility of their course
content. They facilitate the closed captioning of video content and can also provide
information regarding assistive technology and the tools available to create accessible
course content. For further information and/or assistance, contact the Alternate Media
Specialist, Mike Denne at 408-855-5384; or DSPS Program Specialist, Nan Biltz at 408-855-5086.
Accessibility Resources (Mission College Organizational and Professional Development Resources)
Links to accessibility guidelines and resources, including instructions on how to use the accessibility checker in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,
The Distance Learning Committee is responsible for faculty training. Go to their Website to learn about the Committee, read the meeting minutes, and review Committee documents.
This Committee is charged with checking the accuracy and completeness of submitted course data and its compliance with institutional procedures. The committee reviews new online courses to ensure that their is a plan for "effective student contact" since you will not be meeting with your students on campus. For information on how to get an on.line course approved, refer to the Faculty FAQ.
The Mission College Library provides online services and resources to faculty and students. Go to the Library's Faculty Services page to learn about the services and resources available to faculty, including streaming videos and e-books. Go to the Online Library Services page to learn about the resources and services available to students.
This is a list of books, both print and online, in the Mission College Library collection that cover all aspects of instruction. Many focus specifically on online courses.
Copyright Resources (Mission College Organizational and Professional Development Resources)
Resources to help you understand Copyright, Fair Use, and the TEACH Act. Includes tips for avoiding copyright infringement.
Multimedia Resources & Development Tools
Mission College Instructional Technology & Services department offers lecture capturing services for faculty. Lecture capturing allows instructors to record what happens in their classroom and make it available digitally. For more information, contact Greg Shaw at 408.855.5132.
Meet with faculty, staff, and students in real time, in groups of two or even hundreds with just a PC, a telephone and an Internet connection. CCC Confer is the California Community Colleges' FREE Web and phone-based collaboration service. You can conduct classes, share documents, presentations, poll your audience and use a white board for taking notes. There are public and private chat features and the ability to archive the entire meeting for later playback.
Sidekick is a collaborative project combining the resources of six programs under one, easy-to-use website. Each program is committed to helping you create engaging multimedia content that is accessible to all community college students. From tactile graphics to webcasting and closed captioning, the lineup of programs offer you the tools needed to accomplish any multimedia project. Each of these resources are at least partially funded through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
Streaming Videos and Electronic Books
The Mission College Library provides access to online films and e-books. They may be accessed through the Library's Online Catalog or directly from the databases, which are available from the Library Research Databases page. They are listed under the subject Films & Electronic Books. For instructions on how to access and search for films, and embed them in ANGEL, refer to the Films on Demand handout. For additional information about the e-books available at Mission College, refer to the E-books Handout.
Best Practices Examples and Resources
View the list of best practice examples and resources links listed in the Mission College Online Course Checklist.
Other Important Information
Distance Education Guidelines Omnibus Version (Chancellor's Office California Community Colleges, 2008)
Ensuring the Appropriate Use of Educational Technology: An Update for Local Academic Senates (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges) - Adopted in SP08; MCAS approved FA08, updated in SP12) This paper examines issues of educational technology that involve policy and implementation matters important to local academic senates. In particular it includes information regarding separate curriculum review and instructor-student contact.
Distance Education Guidelines (Chancellor's Office California Community Colleges, Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines Task Force, 2011)
Guide to Evaluating Distance Education and Correspondence Education (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Aug 2012)
A list of faculty training resources available to Mission College instructors, including the online presentation Regular and Effective Student Contact in Online Courses.
Includes information on how to get an online learning course approved and skills needed to be a successful online instructor.