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Instructor Contact



Guideline for Sections 55207 and 55209

55207. Course Quality Standards.

The same standards of course quality shall be applied to distance education

as are applied to traditional classroom courses, in regard to the course quality

judgments made pursuant to the requirements of section 55002 of this part, and

in regard to any local course quality determination or review process.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 70901 and 66700, Education Code.

Reference: Sections 70901 and 70902, Education Code.

Distance Education

Regulations and Guidelines


55209. Course Quality Determinations.

Determinations and judgments about the quality of distance education under

the course quality standards referred to in section 55207 shall be made with the

full involvement of faculty in accordance with the provisions of subchapter 2

(commencing with section 53200) of chapter 2 of division 4 of this part.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 70901 and 66700, Education Code.


Reference: Sections 70901 and 70902, Education Code.


These two sections emphasize the extent to which course quality depends upon the full

involvement of faculty in DE design and application.


55211. Instructor Contact.

In addition to the requirements of section 55002 and any locally established

requirements applicable to all courses, district-governing boards shall ensure


(a) All approved courses offered as distance education include regular

effective contact between instructor and students, through group or individual

meetings, orientation and review sessions, supplemental seminar or study

sessions, field trips, library workshops, telephone contact, correspondence, voice

mail, e-mail, or other activities.

(b) All distance education courses are delivered consistent with guidelines

issued by the Chancellor pursuant to section 409 of the Procedures and Standing

Orders of the Board of Governors. Regular effective contact is an academic and

professional matter pursuant to title 5, section 53200.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 70901 and 66700, Education Code.

Reference: Sections 70901 and 70902, Education Code.


Guideline for Section 55211


Guideline for Section 55211


This section defines what contact must be maintained between instructor and student:

Subsection (a) stresses the responsibility of the instructor in a DE course to initiate

regular contact with enrolled students to verify their participation and performance

status. The use of the term “regular effective contact” in this context suggests that

students should have frequent opportunities to ask questions and receive answers from

the instructor of record.


Subsection (b) honors the principle that for DE courses, there are a number of

acceptable interactions between instructor and student, not all of which may require in-

person contact. Thus, districts will need to define “effective contact,“ including how

often, and in what manner instructor-student interaction is achieved. It is important that

districts document how regular effective contact is achieved. Since regular effective

contact was declared an academic and professional matter, this documentation must

include demonstration of collegial consultation with the academic senate, for example

through its delegation to the local curriculum committee. A natural place for this to occur

is during the separate course approval process (see section 55213). Documentation

should consist of the inclusion of information in applicable outlines of record on the type

and frequency of interaction appropriate to each DE course/section or session. As

indicated in the Guideline to Section 55219, districts need to describe the type and

quantity of student-faculty interaction in their annual reports to their local governing

boards and the State Chancellor’s Office.

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