Published on March 16, 2014
DISTANCE EDUCATION IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS John Makevich Director, Distance and Accelerated Learning @jmakevich
Distance Education at Colleges and Universities in U.S. From Babson survey entitled “Grade Change,” 2013 Online enrollments have surpassed 7.1 million and now account for 33% of total higher education enrollments (21.3 million). Last year, over 400,000 additional students nationwide took at least one online course as compared to the previous year. 66 percent of Chief Academic Officers agree that online education is critical to the long-term strategy of their institution.
Distance Education at Community (2-year) Colleges in U.S. Most are public institutions Most are still physical space institutions; online education is just a component Online education provides access! Community colleges are open-access institutions Many students in service area are unable to get to campus (schedule, transportation, money) Online courses may be the ONLY way for students to complete their first two years of college Then, they can transfer to other fully-online programs to earn a baccalaureate degree
Distance Education at Community Colleges in California 112 California Community Colleges All offer some form of online instruction (fully online courses, hybrid courses, Internet-enhanced courses) Online courses are responsible for approximately 10 percent of FTES (full-time equivalent students) statewide (CCCCO Datamart)
Distance Education at College of the Canyons Online courses make up roughly 13 to 15 percent of our instruction at the College Faculty certification Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning course (2 units) 6 hours of Learning Management System training 1 hour of web accessibility training Continued training through additional workshops on both technology and pedagogy/androgogy
DE Tools and Resources at College of the Canyons Learning Management System (Blackboard) Digital OER Repository (Equella) State-provided resources Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing Media repository
Some Distance Education Implementations Use of open textbooks (water technology, Earth science, algebra for statistics, sociology) Increases access for online students Lowers cost Hybrid learning environments One class face-to-face, one online Students can attend in either environment; online is web-conferenced. Recordings are available and captioned.
Defining Distance Education Distance Education at College of the Canyons Courses that deliver instruction online using the Internet (synchronously and/or asynchronously), provide for regular and substantive contact and interaction online between instructor and students that is initiated by the instructor, and require online activities as part of a student’s grade. This is key to ensure active communication between students and instructor, as well as for our accreditation. Distance education is NOT correspondence education.
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