College of San Mateo is pleased to announce Paul Hankamp as the first Distance Education (DE) Coordinator for the institution. Paul has been a biology faculty member at CSM since 2011. In addition to traditional lecture and lab courses, he teaches web-assisted and fully online courses. He also has extensive experience in peer-to-peer technical support through his former job as a digital faculty consultant for McGraw-Hill Education.

Paul’s number one goal as the DE Coordinator is to provide helpful mentoring to his peers for both Canvas assignment design and implementation. He will also advise faculty on ways to improve section 508 compliance per the Online Education Initiative (OEI) Rubric. Working in tandem with the college’s instructional technologist, Paul will help lead our community of educators to develop better online content and support services, which will in turn improve student success.

Another part of Paul’s job is advising faculty who make changes to their distance education courses on Curricunet. He will assess these courses before they go to the Committee on Instruction (COI). Paul co-chairs CSM’s Distance Education and Educational Technology Committee and serves on the District-level Distance Education Advisory Board. And, finally, he will be collaborating with the DE Coordinators at CSM’s sister colleges.