Extending Access Through Distance Education


Facilitating Distance Education for RCCD students and faculty since 1998

The Ground Rules aka Title 5:

Chapter 6 - Curriculum and Instruction
Standards and Criteria for Courses


55200. Definition
Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology. All distance education is subject to the general requirements of this chapter as well as the specific requirements of this article. In addition, instruction provided as distance education is subject to the requirements that may be imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §12100 et seq.) and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (29 U.S.C. §794d).

55202. Course Quality Standards
The same standards of course quality shall be applied to any portion of a course conducted through distance education as are applied to traditional classroom courses, in regard to the course quality judgment made pursuant to the requirements of section 55002, and in regard to any local course quality determination or review process. Determinations and judgments about the quality of distance education under the course quality standards shall be made with the full involvement of faculty in accordance with the provisions of subchapter 2 (commencing with section 53200) of chapter 2.

55204 Instructor Contact
In addition to 55002,any locally established requirements applicable to all courses, district governing boards shall ensure that:
(a) Any portion of a course conducted through distance education includes regular effective contact between instructor and students, through group or individual meetings, orientation and review sessions, supplemental seminar or study sessions, field trips, library workshops, telephone contact, correspondence, voice mail, e-mail, or other activities. Regular effective contact is an academic and professional matter pursuant to sections 53200 et seq.
(b) Any portion of a course provided through distance education is conducted consistent with guidelines issued by the Chancellor pursuant to section 409 of the Procedures and Standing Orders of the Board of Governors.

55206 Separate Course Approval
If any portion of the instruction in a proposed or existing course or course section is designed to be provided through distance education in lieu of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student, the course shall be separately reviewed and approved according to the district's adopted course approval procedures.

Chapter 9, Fiscal Support

For information on Attendance and Fiscal Support Refer to the following subsections:


Definition Appropriate?

The Commissions Perspective:


DE/CE: What are the differences?

Distance Ed


Correspondence Ed


Is it DE or CE?

Is the instruction offered:

Assuring Quality of DE


Evaluating Distance Education

Where's the evidence?


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