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TCC’s Online Learning Committee enhances the quality of online education at the College.



1. In collaboration with Learning Technologies, the Center for E-Learning and the Student Success Committee, recommend a student orientation for online learning including its intended purpose and if it should be mandatory or optional.

2. In collaboration with Learning Technologies, review the capability and practicality of pushing 'interactive' course syllabi into Blackboard course shells.

3. By December 2015, in conjunction with the Department of Information Systems, review the use of Blackboard Collaborate to authenticate the identity of online students and to conduct office hours online; also, identify other cost neutral (no new student fees or costs to the college) methods to authenticate student identity (e.g., testing centers for exams, use of other BB functions.

4. Review recruitment strategies from 2014-2015 in relation to the revised Faculty Evaluation Plan for faculty to participate in Quality Matters Peer Review (100 peer reviews targeted for 2016-2016).

5. Review the current Blackboard course shell template and recommend revisions and how to ensure its use college-wide.

6. In colloboration with the Center for E-Learning establish a list of best practices for online teaching at Tidewater Community College.


2015-16 Members
Sarah DiCalogero, Chair Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Cameron Russell Science Professor
Suki Tooley Presidential Appointee - English
Joe Joyner Norfolk - Mathematics
Jacque Dessino Electronic Services Librarian
Debbie Edson Virginia Beach - Spanish
Paul English Chespeake - Business
William D. Connor Portsmouth - Business
Vacant Student
Jack Hollinger Virginia Beach - Humanities
Andrea Pearman Virginia Beach - Speech
Jim Perkinson Academic Dean
Lynn Rainard Center for eLearning
Emanuel Chestnut Dean of Student Services
Geraldine Wright Portsmouth - Biology
Virginia Zillges Dean of eLearning
Iris Wang Coordinator of LMS Services
Matthew Blanchard Learning Technology Applications
Marsha Jurewicz Center for eLearning
Vacant Portsmouth - Faculty




Meetings are held monthly. 




2015-16 Mid-Year Report
2014-15 Annual Report
2014-15 Mid-Year Report
2013-14 Mid-Year Report

January 2014 - Subcommittees Formed:

  • Instructors Whose Courses Do Not Meet QM Standards Subcommittee   
  • Mandatory Student Orientation to Online Learning Subcommittee  
  • Definitions for Traditional, Blended, Web-enhanced, and Online Courses Subcommittee   
  • Blackboard Course Template Subcommittee