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Las Positas College has adopted a new policy to police the way teachers interact with their students in online classes. The school’s academic senate adopted the new Regular Effective Contact Policy at the last academic senate meeting on November 28. This new policy means gone are the days of waiting for emails for days at a time. Instructors are now mandated to maintain frequent contact with students in their distance education courses. And they have to archive it.
The Regular Effective Contact Distance Education Policy states that teachers must not only initiate contact with students but must keep a record of the emails, blogs, announcements and groups discussions they create for and participate in with students.
The policy was initially controversial as the Faculty Association’s lawyer was reviewing how this would affect the job evaluations of teachers, but the policy eventually got the thumbs up from the Association and it’s legal representatives.