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Online College Project


The Online College Course Development Project provides incentives to encourage both full-time and part-time faculty to develop new online courses. Courses can be based on new or existing curriculum. In order to best serve the needs of students, priority consideration for the Online College project is given to:

To be eligible for funding, faculty members must agree to the following:

Although not required, participating faculty are strongly encouraged to experience an online class from the student perspective. Faculty may enroll in CSKLS 334 “How to Take an Online Class” (.5 units). The cost for this class can be covered by the District through the Staff Development Enrollment Reimbursement process – see about grants and funding on the Staff Resource site.


“Distance Education” is defined by the ACCJC Accreditation Standards as formal interaction designed for learning in which the interaction occurs when the student is separated by location from the instructor, resources used to support learning, or other students. Distance Education may employ correspondence study, audio, video, or computer technologies. Educational interactions delivered through these means may occur on campus as well as off campus. These interactions may be synchronous or asynchronous.

An “online” course is defined by the Chancellor’s Office as a course that is offered 51 percent or more online

A “hybrid course” is defined by SRJC as a course that is taught partly online, but also requires face-to-face meetings. The face-to-face meetings are often scheduled in the evening or on weekends so as to be accessible to working people. Hybrid courses often include a mandatory orientation, mandatory class meetings for performances or presentations, and/or mandatory in-person examinations.

Quality, Integrity and Effectiveness of Online Courses

SRJC requires that online courses be characterized by the same concerns for quality, integrity, effectiveness, and student learning outcomes that apply to more traditional modes of instruction. Board Policy and Procedure 3.12.2 (PDF) and 3.12.2P (PDF) addresses Online and Distance Education. (Get Adobe Reader for accessing PDFs.)

Online Degree and Certificate Programs

In order to meet the needs of our students and our community, SRJC is encouraging the development of certificates or majors that will be offered wholly or partially online. The Chancellor’s Office defines an “online” major or certificate as one that is offered 70% or more online. ACCJC Accreditation Standards define a program as “online” if it is 50% or more online. There is a contradiction in the definitions. SRJC will define a program as “online” if it is 50% or more online.

For More Information:

For more information about the Online College Course Development Project, contact Cherry Li-Bugg, Dean, Learning Resources and Educational Technology, at (707) 527-4392 or

For more information about the Moodle system or Moodle trainings, contact Lisa Beach:

For more information about the CATE system or CATE trainings, contact Bill Stone:

Distance Education, Moodle, and CATE (Computer Assisted Teaching Environment)

Distance Education

Distance Education Information for Faculty

CATE Help for Faculty

Moodle Help for Faculty