This report provides an overview of the LBCC Distance Learning (DL) program data in 2010-11. It includes descriptive and comprehensive data about the course offerings and the students attending the courses. In line with the updated CPC-approved LBCC DL Plan, DL Title V guidelines, the CCC System Office Multiple Delivery Method initiative (initiative A4, System Office Strategic Plan, January 2006) and LBCC overarching goals for 2005-2010, the school offers DL classes that are equivalent and comparable to their on-campus version. To maintain the quality and integrity of the courses, all LBCC DL classes go through a separate, rigorous approval process by the Curriculum Committee.
The primary objective of the DL program at LBCC is to offers courses in an alternative mode, aiming at students who otherwise could not easily attend courses on campus. This includes single parents or students that are required to stay home with their families, students with hectic and rigid work schedules, students with disabilities, students who work or live far from campus, etc.
The LBCC DL program has grown significantly since its inception in Fall 1997. Dedicated faculty in various academic departments and the staff of the Instructional Technology Development Center have teamed up to design and offer over 230 classes in Spring 2011, and established the LBCC DL program as one of the largest programs in the California Community Colleges system.
The data included in this report is submitted to the office of Academic Affairs and other areas in the college in an effort to support LBCC in its continuous offering of a reliable alternative mode of learning, responding to students' demand and needs to accomplish their academic and professional goals.
Questions and comments are welcome; please send them to the Director of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.
- 487 DL classes were offered in 2010-11 (up to 237 classes per semester); 5% increase from 09-10.
- 152 individual DL courses were offered in 2010-11; 1% decrease from 09-10.
- 215 individual DL courses have been approved by the Curriculum Committee; 4% decrease from 09-10 (Note: while 5 new DL courses were approved in 2010-11, 15 were made inactive).
- 13% of all GE requirement course options in plan A, 15% in plan B and 11% in plan C were offered in a DL modality in 2010-11.
- 93% of GE requirements for plan B (transfer to CSU) could be met by DL classes in 2010-11; no significant change since 09-10.
- 87% of the DL students surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with the LBCC e-learning environment used in their course.
- Average annual increase in online course offerings since 05-06 is 13%.
- Average annual increase in virtual seats filled in online courses since 05-06: 26%.
- The number of courses offered online in 2010-11 was 112; 7% decrease from 09-10. The number of courses offered as hybrid in 2010-11 was 40; 48% increase from 09-10 (Note: the local definitions of "online" and "hybrid" courses changed in Fall 2009).
(Data obtained from a total of 771 students who responded to surveys after each term in 2010-11 and the LBCC Data Warehouse)
- 15,814 students enrolled in DL courses in 2010-11; 1% decrease from 09-10.
- 95% of the DL students surveyed would like LBCC to offer more DL courses.
- 96% of the DL students surveyed have computers at home, and 95% have e-mail and 94% have internet.
- 94% of the DL students surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with LBCC's online admission process, 92% were satisfied or very satisfied with the online registration process.
- 78% of the DL students surveyed felt that their academic performance in the DL classes was equal to their performance in on-campus classes.
- 74% of the DL students surveyed cited discussion forum communication with other students as a significant factor contributing to their success.
- 71% of the DL students surveyed took their courses to fulfill transfer requirements.
- 65% of the DL students surveyed indicated that they were unable to attend their classes on campus.
- 52% of the DL students surveyed work: 25% work full-time; 27% work part-time.
- 24% of the DL students surveyed are 41 years old or older.
- 17% of the DL students surveyed took their classes due to disability.
- 13% of the DL students surveyed live 16 miles or farther away from the college.
- 113 full- (58) and part-time (55) faculty taught DL courses in 2010-11; 2% decrease from 09-10.
- 189 full- and part-time faculty attended in-house DL-related professional development at the ITDC (Instructional Technology Development Center); 9% increase from 09-10.
- 352 original, class-specific, instructional Web activities tailored to the needs of DL students were developed by teams of faculty and ITDC staff in 2010-11.