Minutes October 1, 2012

Attendees: Greg Walker, Blanca Polo, Leanne Chun, Warren Kawano, Michael Cawdery, Susan Waldman, Chris Matz

  1. DE Secretary – will be done jointly through Google Docs by people who are in attendance
  2. Review Goal #1 bullet points of the Leeward DE Strategic Plan (Through continual evaluation, improve the quality of distance educations) and determine a process to make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor.
    1. Through the DE Committee and in conjunction with Faculty Senate, develop a systematic evaluation of online courses for effectiveness in meeting student needs and providing identical student learning outcomes as face‐to‐face courses.
      1. Discussion centered around effectiveness, persistence rates, comparison between f2f evaluations process includes two main focal points: student learning outcomes and students needs for access and success
      2. The Committee will create a recommendation to tie into the systematic evaluation for course assessment that is already in place for course assessment for f2f and online courses.
    2. Through the DE Committee and in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee, develop standards, criteria, and evaluation tools for evaluating the quality of online courses.
      1. The Committee recommended developing a process to easily evaluate (rubic) an online course. Should we recommend online courses should be recommended every x year? Should we recommend the people who are doing peer evals for online course already have experience teaching online?
  3. Student Survey Results-Improving Distance Courses at LCC- Spring 2012To look at qualitative survey results and make recommendations.
    1. One suggestion was to identify universal problems in all courses. EMC can put together media that address problems.
    2. Committee will use results from students responses to create a list of to-dos for both the instructor and students. This will reinforce the things that are working in our current practices as online instructors, and will encourage our students to be aware of common challenges with online learning. This analysis of the survey will also be used to make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor.
  4. New Business
    1. Assignment: Review Survey. Come with 5 positives and 5 problems each to discuss at next meeting.
    2. Next meeting as a group, we will craft a recommendation to tie into the systematic evaluation for course assessment that is already in place for course assessment for f2f and online courses.
  5. Announcements

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