eLearning & Instructional Technology

Shared Distance Learning

SSDL Phase 2 Information

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This describes the responsibilities of each college in the Phase 2 pilot of the expanded SSDL program.

The Phase 2 pilot of the Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) network expands SSDL allowing additional colleges to offer online courses and to establish a process for sharing online programs at colleges where they are not normally available. The Phase 2 pilot will be limited to a few courses from other colleges and a few complete online programs. Phase 2 is designed to take advantage of this rich diversity by allowing colleges to choose online courses that are the best fit for their students and institutional culture and needs.

The SSDL Phase 2 expands the availability of existing online courses and programs through a proven infrastructure within the Virginia Community College System. SSDL Phase 2 seeks to build on that proven approach by allowing a receiving college to offer its students access to an online program not otherwise available locally without losing those students to a distant college. Through this approach, a receiving college can promote and offer students access to a new program, deliver all the required general education courses itself, and maintain its relationship with its students throughout their progress toward completing a degree or certificate.

Colleges delivering courses through SSDL must:

  1. Offer courses that are existing online courses already offered by the delivering college.
  2. Provide course, instructor, and posts grades to SIS.
  3. Use Blackboard.
  4. Include at least 2 proctored assessments to validate course integrity. Proctored assessments must be weighted heavily enough that students must pass them to pass the course, or if not weighted that heavily, the course should include a grading policy requiring passing the proctored assessments.
  5. Provide a reasonable guarantee the section will run (not be cancelled for low enrollment) and be able to grow to accommodate SSDL students.
  6. Assure the SSDL network that the course meets VCCS and SACS requirements.
  7. Provide detailed course objectives and instructional materials/design in advance for review by receiving colleges.
  8. Use the SSDL online course evaluation system provided by the SSDL Service Center (currently IOTA).
  9. Have faculty credentials verified as meeting SACS requirements by the HR Director/Manager of the delivering college, with copies of documentation required by SACS for the receiving college’s HR files.
  10. Provide course success data as part of the course information to receiving colleges to help them choose among SSDL course choices and to evaluate the performance of their students in the SSDL course.
  11. Provide faculty distance learning credentials/experience to the receiving college.
  12. Provide information regarding textbook and learning materials to the receiving college so that materials may be purchased directly at the receiving college’s bookstore (with financial aid if appropriate). The delivering college must also provide the opportunity for students at receiving colleges to purchase textbooks and materials directly from the delivering college and receive them by mail.

Holidays and breaks for Shared Service courses are the same dates as the college that you are enrolled in for that specific course. For example, if you are a student at VWCC, yet are taking a Shared Services course through NOVA the holidays and breaks for the Shared Service course through NOVA would be the same as NOVA's holidays and breaks. However, all other classes that you are taking through VWCC would have the same holiday and break dates as VWCC's holiday and break dates.

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