EDC Minutes for April 26, 2000, 9D-5, 11:00 12:30 p.m.

Members attending:
Dwight Ayle Terri Beam Robin Benedict Lane Braver
Megan Chen Danny Cobbs Carol Craig Bob Farris
Mark Fernandez Angela Henderson Robert Ho Honors Rep.
Laurel Jones Tom McFarland Dick Ryerson Linda Small
Kerry Stern Christine Tunstall Glenn Vice Bruce Williams
Vic Zamora      
Item Discussion / Comments / Outcome
Ideas regarding distance learning and learning with technology were discussed by faculty, managers, and staff at the Distance Learning Hybrid Retreat, March 1-6. The retreat Summary Report, written by Terri Beam, Tamra Horton, and Christine Tunstall, may be viewed at the EDC website: http://vclass.mtsac.edu/edc/retreat/summary.htm
At the conference, Terri and Christine attended presentations that included accessibility, reciprocal testing, counseling, academic systems, English and Math tutorials, and Blackboard.
Terri reported that the writing of the Academic Senate position paper on Distance Learning is still in progress.
A new hybrid course for faculty, "Introduction to Online Learning," has been approved by the Professional Development Council and Staff & Organizational Learning. It will be taught for 6-8 weeks during the 2001 Fall Semester by Terri and Vic Zamora. Faculty will receive credit for the course and will learn how to use a web board, analyze three learning platforms, and evaluate software.
EDC members were asked to work on drafts for updating the Distance Learning Course Approval form and submit electronically to Kerry Stern.
In an effort to encourage active participation in the EDC, Kerry will send a letter to all reporting program representatives.

Summer Bridge: Meghan Chen reported that there are 300 applicants for the 200 available slots for Summer Academy, and she has received several calls from high schools about the program. She said it is growing rapidly, and she will write another grant as of the funding will end in June 2002.

Weekend Business College: Bob Farris announced that beginning in Fall 2001, four Business certificate programs will be offered via distance learning, and the goal is to offer all of their 19 courses through distance learning in the near future.

  • The EDC meeting time for Fall semester may need to be changed. Committee members were asked to email Kerry with their time availability on Thursdays.
  • Kerry and Terri will attend the Publisher's Expo at the CVC Regional meeting held on Friday, April 27, at L.A. Trade Tech.
  • Dwight Ayle and Dick Ryerson distributed their draft proposal for "Summer Institute on Online Teaching Approaches."


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