Aug 09, 2022  

Academic Affairs

02:16:00 Distance Learning
  1. In accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy No. 2:05:00:00, Chattanooga State Community College recognizes opportunities for delivering quality education through the use of modern technology. The College encourages departments and divisions to take advantage of these opportunities in carrying out their program goals. In the implementation of instructional delivery there must be adequate controls to assure quality in instruction and management. Distance education is an established and effective method for extending educational opportunities. To provide the citizens of Tennessee with greater access to postsecondary education, the Board of Regents affirms the effectiveness of distance education, recommends the use and development of distance education technologies, and encourages institutions to take advantage of such opportunities in carrying out their individual missions.
  2. Definitions - The following are general definitions of terms used in this policy:
    1. Distance Learning describes a multimedia method of instructional delivery that can include a mix of online (web-based) instruction, streaming video conferencing, face-to-face classroom time, television, telephone, radio, computers or interactive video, or other combinations of electronic and traditional educational models using present and future/or electronic and telecommunication technology.
    2. Distance learning can be executed in a variety of ways and is consistent in that there is some degree of physical separation of the teacher and the learners. Communication, instruction, and assessment takes place through, or is supported by, technological means with focus on student-to-student, student-to-content, and instructor-to-student interaction.
  3. Standards of Quality
    1. Courses offered through distance learning must meet the same quality standards maintained in regular credit and non-credit instruction. Specifically, courses taught in this mode must meet quality standards set forth in college policies relative to course review and approval, faculty evaluation, student performance, teacher-student interaction, and support services.
  4. Training
    1. Faculty involved in distance education must receive specialized training in online teaching and learning practices and in the use of related technologies and the training must be refreshed regularly, as technology and best practices change.
  5. Records
    1. No distinction shall be made between student credit hours generated through distance learning and those generated through on-campus instruction.
  6. Teaching Load Equivalent
    1. Distance learning courses count as part of a faculty member's regular teaching load. The amount of load is determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the dean and department head and must be approved by the president. The Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with each department will determine appropriate class size for distance learning courses.


Submitted to Policy Review Committee on February 21, 2022

Submitted to Policy Review Board on March 28, 2022

Approved by the Policy Review Board on April 13, 2022


Previous Version:

Submitted to Policy Review Committee on September 16, 2019

Submitted to Policy Review Board on October 21, 2019

Approved by Policy Review Board on October 30, 2019


Source:  Original Approved by Executive Staffand President's Cabinet, 05/20/09

Reviewed and Revised by: Academic Affairs, 03/20/09