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. 

Policies and 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.  Department Bylaws may include additional local practices.
  • DVC Procedure 4003.02
    • Diablo Valley College Procedure 4003.02 defines our college policies around instructor-initiated contact and student-to-student interaction in online courses.  
  • 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