EAC Distance Learning Task Force Updates

EAC Meetings, May 26 and June 9, 2010

The research team facilitators, Susanne Christopher, Greg Kaminski, Carey Larson, and Art Schneider presented progress reports (Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, and Team 4) to the EAC.  In addition, these progress reports were sent to the PCC community in advance of these EAC meetings to provide opportunities for stakeholder engagement.  Internal and external research and emerging recommendations were shared.  Feedback was solicited and received and will be incorporated into the work of the task force next fall.  The EAC approved the continuance of the task force so that it may continue to incorporate feedback, complete additional research, and develop recommendations.

EAC Meeting, February 24, 2010

At its February 19 meeting, the EAC DL Task Force formed research teams organized by topics named in the gap analysis.  The teams began preliminary discussions clarifying the topics to be researched, perspectives to be captured, resources to be consulted, and the process to be used in researching and in reporting back to the task force.  Internal and external sources will be used in order to develop and analyze alternative strategies in addressing the issues listed in the gap analysis.  In addition, President Pulliams asked that the Interim Report of the task force be presented to the President’s Cabinet, and the co-chairs did so on February 24.  Feedback from the Cabinet will be incorporated into the work of the research teams.

EAC Meeting, January 27, 2010

The EAC DL Task Force has reached consensus on the Mission, Values and Goals of Distance Learning, and this document was shared with the EAC on January 27, 2010. The Distance Learning task force is in the process of forming work groups to research the issues named in the gap analysis and those that have surfaced during the meetings of the task force. The task force will make recommendations which reflect best practices and meet the mission, values and goals of distance learning. We welcome your input as we continue to develop a document that will inform distance learning decision making. Co-chairs of the task force will continue to make reports to the Educational Advisory Council and will continue to seek feedback from the college community.

EAC Meeting, September 30, 2009

The Distance Learning Taskforce had its origin from conversations between EAC leaders and administrators begun in fall 2008 (the earliest seeds came from the 2008 EAC retreat when we focused on the impact of technology on the PCC community). In the interest of transparency, a GAP analysis was created which reflected these conversations and was shared with the EAC in March 2009. Due to the complexity of the issues, the EAC decided a taskforce was needed to work on the issues. The taskforce first met in May 2009. Kendra Cawley, Birgitte Ryslinge and Loretta Goldy are co-chairs.  There are about 30 members on the taskforce which will meet regularly this year to discuss items to develop a mission statement for distance learning and to work on the GAP analysis. Links and materials are available on the EAC group page in MyPCC and will be available soon on the EAC website.

EAC Meeting, June 10, 2009

The taskforce met for the first time on May 29, 2009. The taskforce members shared what they felt was working well with the college’s distance learning and what improvements needed addressing. Issues included instructional support and oversight, the Quality Matters approval process, oversight of distance learning classes, and the differences between online and on-campus teaching and learning. Access and success were issues as well as intellectual property and the creation of classes, student interaction, and norms in teaching. A student representative brought up the issue of student support, and online tutoring will be offered for the first time in the fall. The taskforce will begin development of a mission statement in September which will help guide next steps. The issues brought up at this meeting will be added to the gap analysis previously shared with the EAC.