DE Course Proposal: Guidelines and Examples
The following is suggested as a starting point for the kind of material you'll need to
complete the Distance Education Proposal form located in the forms section of the
curriculum database system available when a new course version is created to update an
existing course or to create a new course.
However, keep in mind that you may need to adapt and expand this text according to your
needs and the official Course Outline of Record (COR) for your class. Also, remember that
the DE Proposal sets the overall parameters for ALL instructors who will be teaching this
course online. Therefore, you should be specific but flexible. For example, don't say
something like "All lecture will be provided in text format." Instead, write something like
"Instructors can deliver lectures in text format, as audio files, and/or as online video."
II.1: How method of delivery meets goals
Explain how the nature and subject matter of this course make it a viable candidate for
distance education. That is, explain how the online version of the course will benefit
students and meet college goals. Examples:
Allows access for students who are unable to attend traditional day or evening
Provides more sections of a high demand course
Gives students more flexibility when the schedule has been impacted by budget cuts
II.2: How topics and scope will be met
In this section, proposers should provide evidence of direct instruction in the DE mode
beyond the student reviewing the reading assignments. Examples:
Where student learning outcomes (SLOs) from the COR are posted.
How course expectations addressing student responsibilities for participation,
assignment requirements, assignment due dates, and behavior are provided.
Where textbook or instructional materials required to complete the course
requirements are clearly specified.
How webpages with text, images, audio, video, and/or other media as appropriate
provide objectives, concepts, and ideas to specifically address the topics and scope
in the course outline of record (COR).
II.3: How to ensure and assess outcomes and objectives
Explain how students in DE sections will complete similar assignments as students in face-
to-face sections. Examples:
How practice exercises, quizzes, tests, and exams as specified in the COR will be
conducted through online technology.
How written homework and other written assignments will be submitted and
II.4: How instructor and student contact is maintained
Check off the areas through which students and instructors will communicate. Give
examples and descriptions for each mode specified in the table. Examples:
Instructor response time to student communications for the DE section. Frequency
of instructor and student contact will be maintained via class email and/or message
boards with threaded discussion.
Frequency of student participation in class discussion.
Frequency that instructor monitors and/or contributes to discussions.
Degree of participation through one-to-one email, class Chat Room, instant
messaging, and telephone.
Use of audio and/or video communication, face-to-face meetings, or another mode
Optional orientations and/or review sessions for students that can be held in person
or via electronic mediation.
II.5: How student-to-student interaction is promoted and maintained
Complete the form with examples and descriptions-be specific. Examples:
Frequency of student interaction with each other through via class email and/or
message board with threaded discussion.
Options for students to communicate via one-to-one email, class Chat Room, instant
messaging, and telephone.
Option for instructor to assign students to online collaborative work groups.
Option for instructor to encourage students to voluntarily attend face-to-face study
II.6: What type of orientation or preparation will be provided
Explain options for supporting students who are unfamiliar with online classes. Examples:
Course homepage recommends that any student unfamiliar with taking classes in an
online environment take CSKLS 334, How to Take an Online Class.
Instructor may conduct an optional orientation in person or via electronic
mediation, or offer a survey of skills that enables student to self-assess their
distance education abilities.
Item 7: What technical qualifications support this course
Explain whether the course can be taught using the standard features of SRJC's CATE or
Moodle courseware package. Include, if appropriate, that there are no unusual technical
resources required for delivering this course via DE.