June 26-28, 2024
Long Beach, CA

A Framework for Scaling Quality in Distance Education Programs

Leadership and Administration
All Audiences

Presented by: 

  • Bob Nash, Dean, Academic Affairs & Professional Development, California Virtual Campus
  • Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Ed.D., Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation, California Virtual Campus
  • Dr. Marina Aminy, Executive Director, California Virtual Campus

Speaker Bio:

  • Bob Nash is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professional Development for the California Virtual Campus. Previously, Mr. Nash served as the Associate Dean of Distance Learning and Professional Development at Coastline College in Fountain Valley, CA. He has also supervised Coastline’s TEACh3 (teacher prep) program, the instructional design and faculty support unit, and teaches online student readiness courses. Bob is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a M.S.Ed. in instructional technology from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
  • Michelle is an award winning online teacher and faculty developer. Her work has helped online instructors and institutions across the nation understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. In her current role as Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, she coordinates professional development in support of quality online teaching and learning and is leading an intersegmental California Learning Lab grant project that will examine the impact of humanized online teaching on diverse students in undergraduate online STEM courses in California.
  • Dr. Marina Aminy is the Executive Director of the California Virtual Campus (CVC), a state-wide initiative to help students accelerate completion of their educational goals through access to high-quality online courses and programs across the 115 California Community Colleges. Marina holds a Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley, and has over 20 years of experience in education, including administration and teaching at the community college, undergraduate and graduate levels. She is passionate about supporting students in online environments through intentional equity-minded practices, policies, and programs.

Session Info:

Over the 21/22 academic year, the CVC convened advisory groups in the domains of college administration/infrastructure, student services and instruction to develop a framework intended to guide the scaling of quality distance education programs across the California Community College system. Join the leaders of our instruction advisory group (comprised of faculty and distance education coordinators) who will discuss the quality framework, incentives, and related support resources, in addition to opportunities to get involved!

Session Outcomes:

  • Describe CVC’s Scaling Quality framework.
  • Use the framework, tools, and resources to guide quality at their local campus.
  • Discuss how framework elements can lead to increases in online student success, persistence, and program completion, while reducing equity gaps in those metrics.

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