Distance Learning Guidelines

Federal, State, and WASC guidelines provide specific course quality recommendations and standards for distance learning

Both the Federal and California State governments have established guidelines for distance education. According to the State Chancellor’s Office, “The guidelines reflect changes in the California Code of Regulation, Title 5 that were approved by the Board of Governors on July 9, 2007 and May 4, 2008 and became effective August 16, 2007 and June 16, 2008 respectively.”

The 2008 Omnibus Version of the Distance Education Guidelines is found here.

These guidelines are designed to provide overall guidance and assistance to individuals seeking to understand the system’s regulations which apply to the design, approval, conduct and reporting of distance education within California Community Colleges.

Specific information for faculty teaching online classes is found in the Insight Instructor Resource Center.

Regular and Effective Contact

In accordance with Title V, the CCSF Academic Senate has established a Regular and Effective Contact standards for faculty teaching distance learning classes. Read the standards here.

More information can be found in the Insight Instructor Resource Center.

Last Date of Attendance

In order for a student enrolled in an online class to be eligible for Federal financial aid the United States Department of Education (DOE)  calculates that student’s Last Date of Attendance (LDA) as the last day the student engaged in an academically related activity. Note that this requires more than attendance in the student’s electronic classroom or simply logging into the Insight. The DOE’s requires evidence of academic engagement for students enrolled in an online class. Such engagement is demonstrated through learning forum posts, completed assignments, completed quizzes, electronic conversations about academically related content with faculty such as Walled Garden Email, Quickmail, 365, or CCSFmail.  Specifically, the interaction must be academically related. For example, interacting with a student about the time a quiz will open is not considered academically related, but interacting with a student about a concept related to the course content is considered academically related.

Questions? Please contact the Educational Technology Department Chair, Cynthia Dewar, at cdewar@ccsf.edu.

More information can be found in the Insight Instructor Resource Center.