The Faculty Guide to Online Education is an interactive website designed to provide comprehensive information on Accreditation Standards, District/College policies and procedures, and best practices for quality fully online and hybrid classes. The goal of this website is to align mandatory policies and procedures that relate to online education to pedagogy, including course development, design, delivery, and assessment. It establishes a framework for quality teaching and learning and academic success for all online students at Saddleback College.
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Definition of Distance Education
Distance education is defined as a formal interaction which uses one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and which supports regular and substantive interaction between the students and instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. Distance education often incorporates technologies such as the internet; one-way and two way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or video cassettes, DVDs, and CD-Roms, in conjunction with any of the other technologies.
"ACCJC/WASC" Guide to Evaluating Distance Education and Correspondence Education. Edition June 2013
Title 5 California Code of Regulations: Section 55200. Definition and Application
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 general requirements of this chapter as well as the specific requirement 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).
Saddleback College Terminology for Distance Education:
Distance Education (DE) course – Any course in which 100% of the course is taught through mediated instruction in lieu of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student.
DE Hybrid Course – Any course in which more than 51% but less than 100% of the course is taught through mediated instruction in lieu of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student.
Hybrid Course – Any course in which less than 51% but more than 5% of the course is taught through mediated instruction in lieu of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student. No course may have less than 5% mediated instruction.