Resources for Faculty Teaching ONline
MOE/Academic Senate-Approved Documents
- Online Class Quality Guidelines which "were developed by the MiraCosta Online Educators committee to inform online faculty of required elements for Distance Education classes, offer a means for instructors to develop and redesign online classes, foster conversation in departments about online instruction, and provide a foundation for improved faculty support." Approved by the Academic Senate in March 2016.
- Guidelines for Departments: Preparation of Online Faculty which were created by MOE to guide departments in their responsibilities for determining the readiness of faculty to teach online. Approved by the Academic Senate in March 2017.
- MiraCosta Distance Education Class Authentication Compliance and Start-of-Term Availability Procedures were created by MOE to specify how DE classes are reviewed at the start of each term for compliance with authentication procedures required by AP 4105. Approved by MOE in February 2018.
- Resolution in Support of Open Educational Resources Approved by the Academic Senate in May 2016.
- Clarification of Zero- and Low-Textbook Cost Designations Approved by the Academic Senate in March 2018.
Additional Local Resources
- The MiraCosta Online Education website includes important resources for students and faculty, including a page on strategic planning, accreditation, and governance for distance education.
- The MiraCosta Teaching/Technology Innovation Center (TIC) website includes
- technical tips, guides, and videos for the core online education technology suite at MiraCosta, as well as information on the special technologies and resources available to faculty in the TIC.
- resources from Flex workshops about online education, including archives of workshops conducted online.
- monthly Online Education "News You Can Use" updates
- The Program for Online Teaching (POT) was led by MiraCosta faculty for many years and has an archive with a variety of tips, resources, in-person, and recorded workshops.
Conferences Worth Considering
Note: the following list is not intended to be exhaustive; rather, it lists key educational technology and online education conferences that MiraCostans have attended and found useful, or have confidence that they offer quality professional learning opportunities. Comments/suggestions are welcome - please send them to MOE chair Jim Julius (email@example.com).
- Instructional Technology Council Annual Conference - Moves around the US. Focused almost entirely on distance education in community colleges with a very practical emphasis on effective practices and innovations.
- Online Learning Consortium Innovate – Heavy representation of 4-year colleges, mix of research and practice, lots of good online ed stuff but not exclusively focused on online. Mid-sized.
- Open Education Consortium Global conference – Moves around the world. Much more ideological, political, and big-picture, but lots of cool ideas and connections could come out of this conference.
- Online Teaching Conference – Pasadena. California Community College-run and -focused. Very practical with lots of faculty in attendance. MiraCosta has lately been sending 10-15 faculty. Small-to-mid-size.
- AACE EdMedia - Moves around the world. Focus on multimedia and distance education. Large.
- ISTE Annual Conference - Moves around the US. Largest national K-12 educational technology conference. Includes top keynotes, lots of practical sessions, and some research. Plenty of application to higher education.
- InstructureCon - Long Beach. Annual Canvas user conference. Fun vibe, large sessions, lots of CCC attendees.
- Teaching & Learning Conference – Always in Madison, WI. The “classic" distance ed conference, very research-oriented.
- WCET – Moves around the west. Good mix of CC and 4-year. Primarily distance/online-ed focused. WCET as an organization does a lot of legislative advocacy work so there is more emphasis on the regulatory side of things than other conferences, with also a nice mix of research and practice. Mid-sized. (Sometimes in November.)
- AACE e-Learn - eLearning practice and research in education and beyond (business, medicine, government). Large. (Sometimes in October.)
- Annual International Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference – Always Orlando. Huge conference, strong reputation, mix of research and practice. (Sometimes in October.)
- Directors of Educational Technology/California Higher Education (DET/CHE) Alternates north-south in CA, week after Thanksgiving. Small, single-track conference with a broad emphasis on applied instructional technology and leadership in higher ed. Attendees are from CSU, CCC, UC and 4-year California private institutions..