Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
has developed methods of instruction that are an alternative
to traditional classroom instruction. Some Instructional
Television (ITV) and on-line classes are offered at
this time, and more classes are being identified that
can be adapted to on-line and other distance education
instruction. Following are descriptions of current classes
and programs that provide flexible and individualized
learning opportunities for students.
Virtual College (CVC)
During the past two years, state funding
has enabled the college to enter into an agreement with
California Virtual College (CVC) for distance learning
support and with the CSU system to provide Internet
access via a T-1 line, which allows video conferencing.
In its original formation, CVC did not charge any fees
to colleges accessing their services. However, starting
in 2002-2003, the CVC is charging user colleges a "per
seat fee" to offer and support distance learning
courses, which may adversely affect the college's distance
the Advancement of Teaching with Technology (CATT)
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching
with Technology (CATT), including instructional media
services, provides instructional development services,
videoconferencing/distance learning events, and satellite
teleconferencing. CATT also arranges for broadcasting
of college events to the community over cable television.
In addition, CATT provides mass duplication services
for media-based curricula in programs such as PACE and
foreign language instruction as well as captioning services
for Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS).
Computer Information Systems offers
courses to meet the demand for persons with solid knowledge
in microcomputers. At this time, two courses are taught
online in the department.
ITV, which is available through the
District, uses video-taped lectures as its main form
of instructional delivery. Students watch lectures on
television, then attend monthly seminars and take their
final exams at one of four LACCD community colleges.
Current offerings include 16 sections of different courses
in anthropology, English, geography, health, history,
mathematics, political science and sociology.
Health Education, which promotes student
health and wellness, has been affected by changed in
student work schedules. Consequently, the department
offers several online courses that employ the Internet,
World Wide Web and email for instruction, including
Principles of Healthy Living and Women's Personal Health.
Enrollment has been encouraging, so the expectation
is that more online classes will be developed.
The Learning Skills Center is a college-wide
service that offers courses and activities that promote
student development in basic skills for entry into college-level
courses. Instruction occurs in traditional environments
as well as through distance education. Most courses
are three-unit lab courses that have been divided into
one-unit module courses to accommodate student needs,
and include reading, spelling, vocabulary, English grammar,
mathematics, and vocationally focused math, reading,
and writing. Four online reading classes are available
through Learning Skills.
More than 20 on-line classes were offered
during Spring 2003, with on-line offerings being developed
each semester. Examples of on-line classes include Administration
of Justice 75: Introduction to Corrections, Anthropology
101: Human Biological Evolution, Child Development 10:
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition, Computer Information
Systems 701: Introduction to Computers and Their Uses,
Health 11: Principles of Healthful Living, Math 112:
Pre-Algebra, Physical Education 690: Weight Training,
and Psychology 32: Psychology of Women.
The Staff Development Office has organized
a series of flex workshops that focus on designing online
or hybrid classes. Currently, a Staff Development officer
teaches a majority of the current online class offerings
and shares her online course design and teaching experience
with other faculty members via one-one training sessions,
workshops and Staff Development Office home page Web-linked
information. To facilitate this process the college
has upgraded its website to include faculty access to
email, rosters, grade posting and class enrollments.
The college is working to provide future Internet access
to all faculty offices and has developed a system to
assure that as more electronic delivery systems are
developed, the college will continue to operate in conformity
with applicable policies and statements on principles
of good practice.
In keeping with the goals of the
mission statement to provide rigorous and technologically
current offerings, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
has made a commitment to continue to encourage and provide
the necessary training and support for faculty to reconfigure
existing and establish new courses in an online, distance