Faculty who teach any course as fully online at Foothill College have the following responsibilities:
"Faculty must provide substantive feedback within a reasonable time as outlined in the course syllabus. Faculty/Student Communication Process including the timeframe for faculty response to student communications. A response time of 24-48 hours, Monday through Friday is desirable but may vary based on course requirements and extenuating circumstances. It must be clear whether or not the instructor will be available after hours or on weekends and holidays."
"In compliance with federal requirements to document student attendance in online classes, faculty must record a weekly academically related activity such as discussion forum posting, online quiz, reflection, assignment, exam, email, field trip, telephone call or electronic communication at least through week 7 or the drop with W deadline for each student in an online class. This is in line with our commitment to best practices of Regular, Timely and Effective Student/Faculty Contact as approved by the Faculty Senate and submitted by faculty on the "Course Approval Application for Online/Distance Learning Delivery" and vital to students receiving financial aid."
"It is the student's responsibility to officially drop a class after notifying the instructor. Students should be reminded of this early in the quarter. If, however, a student does not officially drop a class, the instructor should drop the student when, in the judgment of the instructor, the student has ceased to attend class or when the number of absences prevent the student from meeting the objectives of the course. For financial aid and international visa status purposes, students must be attending the course regularly, as well as contributing in an academically appropriate manner, to remain in a course. Note: The date of last attendance should be the date the instructor decides to drop a student in accordance with the instructor's attendance policy and not the date the student last attended class."
The Syllabus must indicate:
The Foothill College Faculty Academic Senate supports "Guidelines for Documentation of Hybrid Hours." See below for information about Hybrid Hours. All these materials were developed by the Committee on Online Learning (COOL) between Dec 2011 - March 2012. "Guidelines for Documentation of Hybrid Hours" were updated by the Foothill College Academic Senate in October 2015 to remove any reference to "lecture-lab" hours.
See Foothill Senate Resolution Distance Education Accessibility. All online courses must comply with 2011 Distance Education Accessibility Requirement Guidelines for Students with Disabilities.
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If a student cannot attend your scheduled on-campus exam due a conflict with another class, then you need to send an email to the Testing Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the "Foothill Online Learning Faculty Request Form for Proctoring Services" along with your exam (.pdf formatting preferred) three (3) days in advance of the requested exam date.
There is no charge to students for this service.
The Testing Center will NOT proctor any "make-up" final exams for students who miss scheduled on-campus final exams. Make-up testing is considered the instructor's responsibility.
If any of your online students cannot attend your scheduled on-campus final exam due to distance or transportation challenges, please provide them with information about remote proctoring arrangements that are acceptable to you.
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