Online Learning - Faculty Tools and Resources

Mission College Specific Information

Mission College Guidelines for Online Learning Instructors - Includes the Mission College Regular Effective Student Contact Guidelines. Approved by the Mission College Academic Senate in Spring 2013.

Mission College Instructor Online Course Checklist - This "checklist" was developed to assist faculty in evaluating each of their online course sections to ensure that the course adheres to what is required by law, meets accreditation standards for online instruction, and follows best practices to achieve regular and effective student contact and student success. It includes links to resources and best practices. It includes links to best practices examples and resources.

Mission College Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS)

DSPS is the primary resource to aid faculty with the accessibility of their course content. They facilitate the closed captioning of video content  and can also provide information regarding assistive technology and the tools faculty use to create accessible course content. For further information and/or assistance, contact the Alternate Media Specialist, Mike Denne at 408-855-5384; or DSPS Program Specialist, Nan Biltz at 408-855-5086.

Mission College Distance Learning Committee

The Distance Learning Committee is responsible for faculty training. Go to their Website to learn about the Committee, read the meeting minutes, and review Committee documents.

Mission College Curriculum Review Committee

This Committee is charged with checking the accuracy and completeness of submitted course data and its compliance with institutional procedures.  The committee reviews new online courses to ensure that their is a plan for "effective student contact" since you will not be meeting with your students on campus. For information on how to get an on.line course approved, refer to the Faculty FAQ.

Mission College Library

The Mission College Library provides online services and resources to faculty and students. Go to the Faculty Services page to learn about the services and resources available to faculty, including streaming videos, and go to the Online Library Services page to learn about the resources and services available to students.

Multimedia Development Tools

Lecture Capturing

Mission College Instructional Technology & Services department offers lecture capturing services for faculty. Lecture capturing allows instructors to record what happens in their classroom and make it available digitally. For more information, contact Greg Shaw at 408.855.5132.

CCC Confer

Meet with faculty, staff, and students in real time, in groups of two or even hundreds with just a PC, a telephone and an Internet connection. CCC Confer is the California Community Colleges' FREE Web and phone-based collaboration service. You can conduct classes, share documents, presentations, poll your audience and use a white board for taking notes. There are public and private chat features and the ability to archive the entire meeting for later playback.

Sidekick: Tools that Inspire

Sidekick is a collaborative project combining the resources of six programs under one, easy-to-use website. Each program is committed to helping you create engaging multimedia content that is accessible to all community college students. From tactile graphics to webcasting and closed captioning, the lineup of programs offer you the tools needed to accomplish any multimedia project. Each of these resources are at least partially funded through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

Streaming Videos and Electronic Books

The Mission College Library provides access to online films and e-books. They may be accessed through the Library's Online Catalog or directly from the databases, which are available from the Library Research Databases page. They are listed under the subject Films & Electronic Books. For instructions on how to access and search for films, and embed them in ANGEL, refer to the Films on Demand handout. For additional information about the e-books available at Mission College, refer to the E-books Handout.

Best Practices Examples and Resources

View the list of best practice examples and resources links listed in the Mission College Online Course Checklist.

Other Important Information

Distance Education Guidelines Omnibus Version (Chancellor's Office California Community Colleges, 2008)

Ensuring the Appropriate Use of Educational Technology: An Update for Local Academic Senates (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges) - Adopted in SP08; MCAS approved FA08, updated in SP12) This paper examines issues of educational technology that involve policy and implementation matters important to local academic senates. In particular it includes information regarding separate curriculum review and instructor-student contact.

Distance Education Guidelines (Chancellor's Office California Community Colleges, Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines Task Force, 2011)

Guide to Evaluating Distance Education and Correspondence Education (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Aug 2012)

 Additional Resources
 Faculty Training

A list of faculty training resources available to Mission College instructors, including online resources for Regular and Effective Student Contact training.

 ANGEL Instructor Support

 Includes instructions for logging in to ANGEL and links to ANGEL documentation, including instructions for specific ANGEL tasks.

 Faculty FAQs

Includes information on how to get a Online Learning course approved and skills needed to be a successful online instructor.