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.
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.
Diablo Valley College Procedure 4003.02 defines our college policies around instructor-initiated contact and student-to-student interaction in online courses.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Policy clarifying distance education definitions and best practices.
California Title 5 - 55204 mandates regular and effective contact between an instructor and students and among students.
US Department of Education Act 122 Stat. 3078 mandates regular, substantive interaction between the instructor and students.
The US Department of Education's Family and Educational Privacy Act outlines policies around student privacy rights. Learn more about FERPA training for colleges. (Instructors need to agree to practices ensuring FERPA compliance when combining sections on Canvas. See the pop-up on InSite under Resources --> Canvas Combine Sections for more details.)
Under the new contract, faculty teaching online must have successfully completed an approved training in online teaching. Learn more about the new distance ed requirements, check for upcoming sessions of the District's Becoming an Effective Online Instructor, or submit the Comparable Training Equivalency Form.
Note: shells are automatically created for all class sections and can be found in the instructor of record's dashboard. Please contact Jeanette Peavler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kat King (email@example.com) with your request for any additional shells. Sandbox courses may be available for faculty to work on course design or for department training needs.
Shells intended for other purposes, like for use with students, must be approved by the Distance Education Committee. (Typically student-facing materials that are not course-specific will find a better platform with DVC Sync, which caters to student clubs and organizations.)