Distance Learning (DL) is the official designation for online classes. Many professors now use online resources, but a course is only designated as a DL course when actual seat time on campus is replaced by online requirements. When class time is only partly replaced, it is a "hybrid" course. When 100% of class time is online, the course is designated as an "online" class.
DL courses must meet specific college, state, and federal requirements. The most important DL regulation is "regular and effective contact" with enrolled students. At Mt. SAC, faculty must qualify to teach DL courses through our certification process. Courses are submitted for approval through the Distance Learning Committee (DLC). These courses also have their own evaluation process. You will find the resources you need here!
1. Complete the prerequisite: Moodlerooms training in person or online
2. Get certified through SPOT to teach Distance Learning courses at Mt. SAC: Skills and Pedagogy for Online Teaching (SPOT)
Check the POD calendar for all scheduled workshops with Moodlerooms or SPOT.
At Mt. SAC, DL courses are taught using Moodlerooms. Instructors need to know the rules and regulations specific to DL courses.
It is important that DL faculty know how to facilitate the evaluations process for DL courses