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Strategic Plan 2010–2011 Tracking

Improve Student Access —Updates/New Action Steps

 

 

Priority

 

Strategic Objective

 

Action Step

Timeline

Responsible Party

What activities did you or will you do to achieve each action step?

What is or will be the assessment & evidence for each action step?

What are the outcomes/results for each strategic objective?

Priority 1: Improve Student Access

 

1.2 Analyze class scheduling practices and make changes to increase the number of credit hours offered through distance education.
(Champion: VP of Student Learning)

 

 

 

 

1.2.2 Based on the data generated in Action Step 1.1.1 and the analysis conducted in Action Step 1.1.2, determine specific targets for distance education course offerings by discipline for fall 2010 semesters. These targets are contingent on progress on providing infrastructure to support distance education offerings. (Note: an increase in the number of distance education courses offered does not necessarily mean a net increase in the number of sections offered by the program or the college as a whole.)

(Director of Learning Resources)

 

 

 

First priority was given to improving the rate of student success in DE courses (at 33% in s05, improved to 52% in s09). 

Progress has been made in providing infrastructure:

-  In spring 2010, the Academic Senate formed the DE/AS Committee; this group has been meeting regularly since then to advise regarding Distance Education practices and procedures.  Susan Andrien, Learning Resources Director, is supervisor of the program and since fall 2010, Dr. Alisa K. Klinger has worked as the teacher-resource person.  Plans are in place to continue that position through summer, 2011.  As we migrate to Moodle as our new LMS, there are plans to address both staff and student technical support.  There is a long-term technology plan in place through 2016.  However, there needs to be stable funding for the DE faculty resource position going forward. 

-The DE committee of the AS recommended that COM adopt one common learning management system (LMS), thus promoting transferability of student and faculty learning, and that we migrate from Blackboard to Moodle.

-Training was provided to student services personnel who are required by Title 5 to provide services in online format for DE courses:

-counseling (training was provided)

-library (3 trainings were provided starting in s09 and an online librarian was piloted in f1o)

-ADA compliance trainings were provided starting in f09 and a compliance strategy was worked out with resident specialist Bobby Bradford to be held during flex in s11.

- updated the DE homepage to standardize welcome letters and and provide more student and faculty support content

-streamlined and updated student support and assessment procedures in the Distance Education Support Center (DESC).

Provided one/one and group training for 7 faculty interested in offering DE courses 

 (1/15/2011)

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First priority was given to improving the rate of student success in DE courses (at 33% in s05, improved to 54% in f11 (attach chart). 

I. Progress has been made in providing infrastructure.

  • The DE committee of the Academic Senate (ASDE) recommended that COM adopt one common learning management system (LMS), thus promoting transferability of student and faculty learning, and that we migrate from Blackboard to Moodle.
  • In AY 2009-10 training was provided to student services personnel who are required by Title 5 to provide services in online format for DE courses:
  • Counseling: In fall 10, spring 10 and spring 11, training was provided.  In spring 2011, an IR and D grant was awarded to counselor Luz Moreno to implement online counseling for DE students by fall 2011.
  • Library (trainings were provided starting in s09 and an online librarian was piloted in f10 and s11).  A librarian position has been recommended by PRAC and is funded.  Hiring is planned for spring 2012.
  • ADA compliance trainings were provided starting in f09 by resident expert Bobby Bradford.  Flex presentation by Jayme Johnson, High Tech Center Training Unit on 1/20, 2011, was attended by twelve faculty and staff
  • DE Homepage: updated to standardize welcome letters and provide more student and faculty support content
  • Distance Education Support Center (DESC): streamlined and updated student support and assessment procedures
  • Student services: now linked to DE page and developing designated hours for DE services (phone and/or online) for fall 11
  • Moodle migration will delay achievement of 1.2.2 but in the long run will provide much more stable infrastructure (Trends at other colleges that have adopted new LMS are that a temporary downturn in faculty offerings is common as faculty adapt to new LMS.
  • Before 1.2.2 can be achieved, a process needs to be developed for ensuring that faculty assigned to teaching new DE courses are qualified n both LMS technology and online teaching pedagogy.  This task has been referred to the ASDE Committee for fall 2011.

With infrastructure in place, Moodle Migration achieved, and a process established for recruiting and hiring faculty who are qualified to teach new DE courses, the Strategic Goal of determining specific targets for distance education course offerings by discipline should be retargeted for spring 2012.  This goal should be referred to the ASDE committee for advisory input.

(5/25/2011)

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Academic Senate Recommendation on DE Program:

The major themes from the Academic Senate DE Recommendations are as follows:

  • The March 2012 Distance Education Survey data did not suggest strong support for expansion.
  • For many, if not most of our community college students, face-to-face instruction is vital. Therefore, we urge the college to give equal support for professional development in best pedagogical practices for face-to-face instruction.
  • Training:
    • Training, both for faculty in pedagogy, design and ADA compliance
    • Training or instruction for students in how to use Moodle
    • Ongoing technical support is vital as well, both in the design and implementation of a course and for the technical glitches that occur.
  • DE skills self-evaluation
  •  Online counseling

DE Survey Results (March 2012)

DE Survey Comments Results (March 2012)

DE Report from Academic Senate (April 2012)

(5-4-2012)

 

 

 

 

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