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Online Learning Plan: Planning Principles

SBVC's Online Learning Plan is committed to creating and maintaining high quality online programs that demonstrate academic rigor and integrity.  As such, the Online Learning Plan affirms the following principles:

A. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms the mission of the college:  "San Bernardino Valley College provides quality education and services that support a diverse community of learners."  Nothing in this plan is intended to change, in any way, the mission of the college.  SBVC's Online Learning Plan supports the mission of the college by increasing access to high quality learning experiences through the use of technology.

B. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms the District's commitment to "Distributed Education."  Board Policy 4108 and Administrative Procedure 4108 state that Distributed Education (equivalent to Distance Education in Title 5 and Accreditation standards) is a central component of the District's mission.  The District's Strategic Plan, submitted in the spring of 2011, includes references to Distributed Education in its planning assumptions.   SBVC's Online Learning Plan supports the mission of the District by guiding SBVC's online course offerings.

C. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms the requirements of Title 5 regarding Distance Education.  As a California Community College, SBVC adheres to the education code of the state. 

D. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms all accreditation requirements for Distance Education.  SBVC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  There are special policies and requirements for programs and courses that use Distance Education as the delivery mode.  SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms the accrediting process and the policies of the ACCJC. 

E. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms the college's Educational Master Plan.  This Online Learning Plan intends to be fully aligned with relevant elements of SBVC's Educational Master Plan.

F. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms the campus Technology Plan. This Online Learning Plan intends to be fully aligned with relevant elements of SBVC's Technology Plan.

G.  SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms that the curriculum of the college and the instruction that delivers that curriculum should not be driven by technology but rather should be driven by sound principles of andragogy/pedagogy.

H.  SBVC's Online Learning Plan recognizes the central place of the faculty in online learning and is committed to support the faculty in the discharge of their responsibilities

I. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms that online learning is in no way inferior to on campus learning.  Further, students who are enrolled in online classes are entitled to student services that are functionally equivalent to on campus student services. 

J. SBVC's Online Learning Plan affirms that a culture of evidence is a crucial component of any evaluation and assessment of the programs of the college, including online programs.