Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Curriculum

Distance Learning Definitions, Privacy Protection, and Quality

DISTANCE LEARNING DEFINED

Consistent with the Commission on Colleges the College defines distance learning as that educational process that occurs when instruction is delivered to students physically remote from the main campus. In this process, the requirements for a course may be completed through face-to-face interaction and/or through remote communications. These processes are subject to the usual evaluation procedures associated with the Commission’s review process.

DISTANCE LEARNING PRIVACY PROTECTION POLICY

Isothermal Community College protects the privacy of all students, including distance and correspondence education courses in the following manner:

  • Strict adherence to the rules of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The official FERPA statement is available through the Isothermal Community College web site.
  • Secure login and passcode: Each student is issued a unique student identification (ID) number at the time of initial registration. This ID number in conjunction with the student’s first name, last name, and last four digits of the social security number are used to create a login and passcode for entry into the learning management system (LMS),  and the student email system, both of which are closed systems that require user authentication prior to accessing content within the systems.

DISTANCE LEARNING QUALITY POLICY

To assure common curriculum course outcomes, students enrolled in off-campus and distance learning courses are administered an equivalent or comparable exams and assignments as required in the on-campus course cognate. Student achievement is evaluated based on performance in assignments and examination scores. Achievement results are monitored by Deans/Directors, and if significant deviation from on-campus achievement occurs, an investigation of causes will be initiated by the Dean/Director and shall involve all appropriate parties in order to determine modifications in delivery of course content if needed.

DISTANCE LEARNING TEAM

The Distance Learning Team shall assist faculty and staff in the planning, development, implementation, and improvement of distance learning technology resources that enhance student learning. Membership shall include the Coordinator of Technology Enhanced Learning (Team Leader), Director of Information Technology, Course Technology Training Coordinator, and Distance Learning Media Coordinator.

DISTANCE LEARNING ADVISING TEAM

The Distance Learning Advising Team shall advise the Distance Learning Coordination Team by overseeing the development and expansion of distance learning courses, monitoring evaluations for course completion rates and course quality, and recommending policy regarding distance learning development and delivery. Membership shall include all members of the Distance Learning Team and the Dean/Director or their designee from the following areas:

  • Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Assessment, Planning and Research
  • Business Sciences
  • Continuing Education
  • Developmental Education
  • Polk Campus
  • Student Services

DISTANCE LEARNING DEFINITIONS

Course Section Designators
(Based on Instructional Delivery Method

Type of Course

Code

Description of Instructional Delivery Method

Traditional

TR

The instructor and students meet face-to-face, according to designated dates, times, and location; the Internet is not used to deliver instruction.  [Note: May include online research components or other online resources. However, instruction is not delivered via Internet  in a ‘traditional’ course.]

Internet or
Online

IN

100% of instruction is delivered through the Internet.  [Note: May include a required face-to-face orientation or proctored exams.]

Information
Highway/Two-way Video

IH

50 - 100% of instruction is delivered by two- or more way video.

Web-supported or Web-assisted

WB

Primary instructional delivery is via traditional face-to-face method with a requirement that students have Internet access as a component of instructional delivery. [Example: A class that meets on a regular schedule, but students are required to access instructional material, submit assignments, and/or interact with the instructor and other students via the Internet.]

Hybrid

HY

Primary instructional delivery is on-line with a requirement that students also meet in traditional face-to-face sessions as determined appropriate by the college. [Example: An online course with a requirement that students attend one or more face-to-face labs.]

Policy No: 402-01-02AP

Reference:
Cross Reference:
Adopted:  July 17, 2001
Amended:  October 21, 2003; March 28, 2006; September 16, 2013