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Distance Education & Instructional Development

Developing and Teaching a Distance Education Class

Accessibility Adding DE to Socrates Course & Web Page Samples Online Study, 2005
Instructional Development Title 5 Tutoring WASC
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  • Here are some suggestions to get you started:
    • It is recommended that you have already taught the class for at least one semester in the traditional classroom setting and have worked out the bugs in your instructional design before adding a distance education modality.
    • SCC offers an Online Institute to help you acquire the necessary technical and pedagogical skills to convert your courses to a Distance Ed mode.
    • Consider what activities, presentations, multimedia materials, assignments, have helped students learn, and how you can adapt them to a DE mode.
    • Search for ready made support materials for a DE mode that are already available through your textbook publisher. Utilize the features that work with your instructional plan and learning objectives.
    • Check with Instructional Development for more ideas on using multimedia resources on the web to enhance class activities.

  • Consider how you want to use the Internet:
    • To deliver an entire course online
    • To enhance your on-campus class with Internet Research assignments
    • To provide information via a course website

  • Instructional Design Phase
    As you may already know, developing a new class of any kind requires a period where you "think out" how you are going to organize the course components. And since you may be using new technology for the first time there will also be a certain learning curve associated with becoming familiar with how to use the technology tools. This is central to course development, because you have to know what functions you can use and in what manner. Learning to work in an electronic classroom and office is important.
    • Can you visualize your course being presented through distance education after reviewing the above links?
    • Would you and your students benefit if you created another mode of an existing course?

  • Clearing Houses for information about Online classes:

  • Copyright, Fair Use, and Intellectual Property Rights

  • Here are some electronic references that address fair use of copyrighted materials for Distance Education courses.
    • The TEACH Act , signed into law in 2002 addresses the new areas of copyright use created by the increase in distance education modes.

  • Distance Education Course Curriculum Review
The Distance Education Curriculum Subcommittee works with you to ensure that distance ed courses meet all Title 5 Distance Education requirements as well as provide the same learning outcomes with the traditional face-to-face course. For assistance with DE course development, contact Jory Hadsell, Distance Education Coordinator (


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