Online College Project


SRJC is joining with the Online Education Initiative developed through a grant project funded by the State of California. This exciting initiative will offer us a variety of new resources for our online programs, including a single, statewide course management system (Canvas), professional development workshops and training, online student resources, and more.


In order to facilitate the transition to these new resources, the Online College Project will be winding down. Faculty involved with current projects can use the information below to complete their contracts.

Watch here for new information (coming soon!) regarding opportunities for training and support in online teaching. If you are interested in creating a new online course, please see the Getting Started page for more information.

The Online College Course Development Project provides incentives to encourage both full-time and part-time faculty to develop new online courses. Courses can be based on new or existing curriculum. In order to best serve the needs of students, priority consideration for the Online College project is given to:

  • Science and Math General Education Courses
  • General Education Courses
  • Courses with high enrollment demand
  • Courses that are part of an existing or proposed online major or certificate (“online” programs have 51% or more of their courses online)

To be eligible for funding, faculty members must agree to the following:

  • The faculty member must use CATE or Moodle as the online delivery system.
  • “First timers” to online teaching and/or to CATE or Moodle must participate in the complete the series of CATE or Moodle trainings and make up any training they miss.
  • Since the District is specifically commissioning the work, the course will have joint ownership by the faculty member and the District. For a copy of the joint ownership agreement, contact the Dean, Learning Resources and Educational Technology.
  • The Curriculum Review Committee must approve the course for Distance Education delivery. This requires a Distance Education proposal form, available on the Curriculum website.
  • The completed course site must be reviewed and approved by a team consisting of the department chair, the supervising administrator, and the Instructional Systems Designer for Distance Education.
  • Generally, participants have one year to complete the course development, but extensions are possible with approval of the department chair and the Dean, Learning Resources and Educational Technology.
  • If more than one faculty member is developing a course, the developers must formally agree to the division of the compensation and note their percentage of compensation in the agreement. In addition, each person’s project is subject to all these provisions for review, approval, and scheduling.
  • Developing an online course is considered “loaded” in terms of workload. Adjunct faculty at or near 67% load should plan to complete the compensated part of the work during the summer.
  • After completion of all of the above, the Office of the Dean, Learning Resources and Educational Technology will certify the project is complete and verify that the class has been scheduled. The incentive payment will then be made.

Although not required, participating faculty are strongly encouraged to experience an online class from the student perspective. Faculty may enroll in CSKLS 334 “How to Take an Online Class” (.5 units). The cost for this class can be covered by the District through the Staff Development Enrollment Reimbursement process – see about grants and funding on the Staff Resource site.


“Distance Education” is defined by the ACCJC Accreditation Standards as formal interaction designed for learning in which the interaction occurs when the student is separated by location from the instructor, resources used to support learning, or other students. Distance Education may employ correspondence study, audio, video, or computer technologies. Educational interactions delivered through these means may occur on campus as well as off campus. These interactions may be synchronous or asynchronous.

An “online” course is defined by the Chancellor’s Office as a course that is offered 51 percent or more online

A “hybrid course” is defined by SRJC as a course that is taught partly online, but also requires face-to-face meetings. The face-to-face meetings are often scheduled in the evening or on weekends so as to be accessible to working people. Hybrid courses often include a mandatory orientation, mandatory class meetings for performances or presentations, and/or mandatory in-person examinations.

Quality, Integrity and Effectiveness of Online Courses

SRJC requires that online courses be characterized by the same concerns for quality, integrity, effectiveness, and student learning outcomes that apply to more traditional modes of instruction. Board Policy and Procedure 3.12.2 (PDF) and 3.12.2P (PDF) addresses Online and Distance Education. (Get Adobe Reader for accessing PDFs.)

Online Degree and Certificate Programs

In order to meet the needs of our students and our community, SRJC is encouraging the development of certificates or majors that will be offered wholly or partially online. The Chancellor’s Office defines an “online” major or certificate as one that is offered 70% or more online. ACCJC Accreditation Standards define a program as “online” if it is 50% or more online. There is a contradiction in the definitions. SRJC will define a program as “online” if it is 50% or more online.

For More Information

For more information about the Online College Course Development Project, contact Lisa Beach, Director of Distance Education, at (707) 524-1877 or

For more information about the Moodle system or Moodle trainings, contact Lisa Beach:

For more information about the CATE system or CATE trainings, contact Bill Stone:

Distance Education, Moodle, and CATE (Computer Assisted Teaching Environment)

Distance Education

Distance Education Information for Faculty

CATE Help for Faculty

Moodle Help for Faculty