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Scope & Functions


Under the direction of the Academic Senate President and the Committee of the Whole, the committee serves as the Senate’s primary resource and primary recommending body on academic and professional matters regarding distance and online education. It disseminates information on and deals with evolving issues, including but not limited to development of, delivery of, and support for online education.


  1. Provides a forum for dealing with evolving issues in distance and online education and disseminates information about these issues to the campus community.

  2. Makes recommendations to the Academic Senate regarding distance education and other online delivery of instructional material, including the development of administrative regulations and Board of Trustees’ policies, course management systems, and other related digital education products and services.

  3. Supports faculty in the development and delivery of their online courses by establishing and maintaining best practices for online course delivery and recommends skills for teaching online.

  4. Collaborates and coordinates on areas of mutual interest with other senate committees and campus constituencies.

Standing Rules

  1. The committee shall consist of nine voting members: six faculty approved by the Academic Senate and three administrators.

  2. Five or more of the committee’s nine voting members shall constitute a quorum, including at least half of the members representing each of the joint committee’s two core constituencies (i.e., 3 or more faculty, and 2 or more administrators)

  3. All of the meetings are open to the public. Official committee actions, such as making and seconding motions, and voting on formal action items, are exclusive to official voting members. Otherwise, the committee chair’s intention is to facilitate an open forum of discussion in which all individuals present are invited to actively take part.


Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Dates: Fall 2019 (8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, and 12/3)

Location: Senate Conference Room (HSS 261)

Committee (2019-2020)

Chair, Clare Battista: (310) 434-4663

Vice-Chair: Tammara Whitaker

Voting Members

Membership: Faculty and Administrators

Clare Battista (Chair)

Tammara Whitaker (Vice-Chair)

Regina Ip

Maral Hyeler

Fariba Bolandhemat

Odemaris Valdivia

Vanessa Bonilla

Laura Manson

Kimberly James (Fall 2019)

Dana DelGeorge (Spring 2020)

Shawn Jordison (Fall 2019)

Sandra Hutchinson (Spring 2020)

Attending Members & Guests 2019-20: Christine Miller, Sandra Hutchinson, Steven Sedky, 

Voting & Attending Members 2018-2019: Clare Battista, Tammara Whitaker, Patricia Burson, Laura Manson (F2018), Christine Miller, Odemaris Valdivia, Shawn Jordison, Regina Ip, Dana Del George, Fariba Bolandhemat, Vanessa Bonilla, Jenny Resnick Guests: Sandra Hutchinson (S2019), Kimberly James (S2019)

Agendas & Minutes 2019-2020

Fall 2019

November 5, 2019: Agenda

October 8, 2019:  Agenda 

September 24, 2019:  Agenda Minutes

September 10, 2019: Agenda Minutes

August 28, 2019: Agenda , Minutes

Goals 2019-20 (check back)

Agendas & Minutes

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Fall 2017

  • October 17. 2017:
  • October 31, 2017:
  • November 14, 2017:

Goals, 2016-17

Facilitate/support Canvas transitionContinuing
Refine and communicate policies on Regular Effective ContactCompleted
Promote and evaluate online tutoring servicesContinuing
Support new and continuing professional development for online faculty, in both technological and pedagogical termsContinuing
Investigate existing and potential options for online Supplemental Instruction
Investigate online proctoring servicesCompleted


Online Course Development

Distance Education Committee Reports

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