The Distance Education Coordinator assists faculty in preparing courses for certification to be taught in online or hybrid modalities.  The DE Coordinator oversees the Quality Online Teaching and Learning course (QOTL) and coordinates the submission of online courses to the curriculum committee.

The DE Coordinator also provides ongoing support to faculty teaching online, hybrid, and web enhanced courses through one-on-one consultations and professional development trainings centered around online teaching, course facilitation, and state/national accreditation requirements. 

Location and Contact

Christopher Collins
DE Coordinator
Building 5-118
Phone: 650-738-7901
Email: collinsc@smccd.edu

Please check the CTTL Calendar for upcoming events.


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QOTL  and QOTL 2

The Quality Online Teaching & Learning (QOTL) course is coming soon!   In the course you will complete course activities, readings, and engage in dialogue with your colleagues each week. You are expected to complete all activities within the course, and each activity is designed to acquaint you with the skills necessary to develop your own online course. Reach out to Chris Collins with any questions. 

QOTL 2 is also available by invitation for those faculty who need a refresher or for those who may want to upgrade their skills.  Contact Chris Collins with any questions. 

QOTL Course Schedules* 

  • Fall 2023:  9/25/2023
  • Spring 2024: 4/1/23 - 5/13/23
  • Summer 2024: 6/3/23 - 7/7/23
  • Fall 2023:  cancelled due to funding issue
  • Spring 2024 Cohort 1: 2/12/24 - 3/24/24
  • Spring 2024 Cohort 2: 4/1/24 - 5/5/24
  • Summer 2024 Cohort 1: 6/3/24 - 7/7/24
  • Summer 2024 Cohort 2: 6/24/24 - 7/29/24

Distance Education Handbook

Here is the latest version of the Skyline College Distance Education Handbook  , from Spring 2023.

The Handbook was developed and updated to be a resource that provides information about regulations and best practices for online and hybrid teaching and learning. This handbook lists guidelines and the support available through the Skyline College Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). The CTTL web page contains contact information for personnel, workshops and resources to help faculty develop and create an online environment that helps students achieve success in their coursework.

Course Development and Approval Process


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To ensure that our course delivery is high quality, consistent, student-success focused, and integrated, the following criteria should be met before a faculty member designs, adopts or teaches an online course. This process may take two or more semesters to complete.

1)    All new online/hybrid course must go through Skyline College course approval process, which includes creating a distance education addendum and completing all the required components of course approval form and submission to the Curriculum Committee.

2)    Division Dean must approve the submission before it is forwarded to the Skyline College Curriculum Committee. Upon approval from the Curriculum Committee, the course can now be taught in an online or hybrid format.

3)    Faculty who teach an online/hybrid course must complete the Quality Online Teaching and Learning course facilitated by the Distance Education Coordinator and the Instructional Designer(s). Faculty who have received training from another higher education institution must provide a certificate of completion and documentation that indicates the content covered in the training to ensure that both distract approved LMS tools and Online Pedagogy were part of the professional development.

4)    Upon completion of Learning Management System (LMS) and Online Pedagogy Training (QOTL), faculty who plan on teaching online/hybrid must prepare a course for the Consultative Review. The course design submitted for consultative review must be 80% complete, following online pedagogy best practices and ensure that all materials in the course follow the federal, state, and district mandated accessibility requirements.

5)    Faculty members developing an online course need to work in tandem with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) which may include the following: Accessibility Specialist, Instructional Designer, Instructional Technologist, and Distance Education Coordinator along with other successful Online/Hybrid teaching faculty.

Ongoing Peer Consultation 

Skyline College is committed to serving our students with high-quality courses from all disciplines no matter the mode of instruction through transformative teaching and learning. Peer consultations create spaces where faculty can collaborate, design, and investigate the great work happening in online and hybrid courses. Instructors who teach online should submit a course to go through the peer consultation process every three years. Three faculty members that have completed the Peer Online Course Review (POCR) training will provide feedback using the updated version of the Online Education Initiative (OEI) Rubric. The Peer consultation cultivates greater faculty experimentation and rigor improves faculty approaches to teaching.

One-on-one appointments are also available for those who cannot attend a workshop or need more in-depth support.

Workshops and One-on-One Support

Upcoming workshop information will be posted in the CTTL calendar whenever new workshops become available. 

Ongoing professional development is crucial for online instructors because technology is always changing. Additionally, online teaching is relatively new and therefore the pedagogy is being updated and revised to better meet the needs of all students. For this reason, both adjunct and full-time faculty who teach online are encouraged to participant in the professional development offerings available through Skyline College’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). Other venues for professional development include The Vision Resource Center.