Distance Education Procedures and Practices

All online instructors should understand important regulations around distance education at the local, state, and federal level.  For your convenience, the Distance Education Committee has gathered important guidelines and practices below. 

District Policies and College Procedures

  • CCCCD BP 4014
    • Contra Costa Community College District Board Policy 4014 outlines key differences between distance education and correspondence education as well as protocol around course review, approval, and certification of DE courses.
  • DVC Procedure 4003.01
    • Diablo Valley College Procedure 4003.01 clarifies local distance education definitions, practices for course review and approval, and guidelines for student participation and authentication.  Please see Department Bylaws for additional local practices.
  • ACCJC Policy on Distance Education and Correspondence Education
    • The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges policy clarifying distance education definitions and best practices.

Federal and State Regulations

Best Practices

Important Forms

  • Canvas Shell Request (coming soon)
    • Note: shells are automatically created for all class sections and can be found in the instructor of record's dashboard.  Use this form to request any additional Canvas shells for use as a course design sandbox or for other non-instructional purposes (Committees, Departments, etc.)
  • Canvas LTI Request (coming soon)
    • Please fill out this form to request LTI integrations within Canvas.
  • UF Online Evaluations
    • Online evaluation forms are linked from the UF website for convenience.  Please contact Santino Aguilar (saguilar@dvc.edu) about setting up Evaluation Kit for student evaluations.  To learn how to add your evaluator to your Canvas shell, please see How to Give Access to a Canvas Course.