Dear MSJC Faculty,
We all understand that this a very busy time of the year. Thanks for taking the time to glance through some important news and updates regarding Distance Education at MSJC.
- Your three current DE Coordinators—Belinda Heiden-Scott, John Seed and Tamara Smith—will all be stepping down at the end of Spring term. We have enjoyed serving you.
- A new single DE Coordinator will be taking over beginning next Fall. This coordinator will cover both campuses, and will have 80% release time. Expect to hear more from Micah Orloff as things move forward.
- A major project, a 54 page fully updated Distance Ed Plan covering the years 2015-19 has been completed and has been forwarded to the MSJC Academic Senate for review.
- The DE Plan calls for a physical location (office) to serve DE Faculty, a DE Coordinator with 100% release time and a Full-Time online course designer, to be hired by Spring 2016.
- As the DE Plan notes: the MSJC District has been designated as a “pilot” district for the California Online Education Initiative (OEI). It is anticipated that one or more MSJC courses may be used in the rollout of the OEI program in fall, 2015. It is also anticipated that the MSJC District will continue to collaborate with OEI as it offers a Common Course Management system and more online classes to its offerings.
- Because MSJC is near the limit of its ability to house face-to-face campuses, it is anticipated that more DE courses will be offered in coming semesters. Department Chairs should think about how this would be best accomplished.
- The DE Coordinators recently made the following recommendation to the MSJC Curriculum Office regarding class caps: We recommend that class caps for DE Courses be determined as follows:
– For courses with face to face caps of 30 or less, the DE course cap will be the same as the face to face class.
– For all other courses the DE enrollment cap will be a maximum of 30 students.
– Any instructor teaching a DE course for the first time will have a one time enrollment cap of 20 students for every new course taught.
- Finally, we would like to offer thanks and acknowledgement to a few key people:
Thank you to Micah Orloff for guidance and support.
Thank you to Suzanne Uhl who is preparing an OEI course for the Fall.
Thank you to Amrik Randhawa, Wendy Orcajo and Carlos Tovares for their assistance in drafting the 2015-19 DE Plan
Thank you to Rhonda Nishimoto for sitting in on many hours of online OEI meetings.
Thank you to Lorraine-Slattery Farrell, Del Helms and Tamara Smith for all the time they spent in Sacramento.
Thank you to all those who participated in our online Focus Groups.
Thank you to all members of the MSJC ETC.
Thank you to all MSJC DE faculty for your professionalism and support.