RCCD Distance Education
The Distance Education department at RCCD consists of a team of caring professionals dedicated to the students and faculty of RCCD and to improving the distance education experience of all colleges within the District.
Dr. Torria Davis, Interim Dean of Distance Education
Dr. Davis comes to RCCD with more than a decade of distance education experience with expertise in integrating quality course design standards within the learning management system, online curriculum development and course facilitation, faculty training and professional development, and integrating emerging technologies with researched-based teaching methodologies. Dr. Davis holds a doctorate in Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Urban Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. In addition, she is the author of Visual Design for Online Learning, as well as a researcher, presenter, and an award-winning course designer.
Gabriela Estrada Toro, Administrative Assistant
Gabriela is the glue that holds our department together. Responsible for overseeing all the day-to-day tasks needed to keep our department going, Gabriela has extensive experience working with academic management and staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the District. Serving as the first line of contact for our department, Gabriela is always there to make sure things get done!
Derek Moore, Support Specialist
Derek has been serving Distance Education needs for RCCD distance education
faculty for over 19 years! Derek’s wealth of experience allows him to
provide excellent technical assistance and training to faculty
in Canvas, including use of native Canvas tools and integration of
third-party applications into Canvas. If you need Canvas
training, help with building your Canvas class, setting up course
content, Canvas tools/apps, and related educational technology - or
if there's a problem
with how things are working in Canvas, Derek is the person to call! He
also provides video recording services to faculty,
especially course introductions. Derek works primarily at RCC and Norco
(951) 222-8694 Office
(951) 203-4849 Cell
DJ Hawkins, Interim Assistant Director, Instructional Design
DJ Hawkins is an associate faculty member in the Moreno Valley College English Department, has been teaching within RCCD for 12 years, and has been an Instructional
Designer for RCCD's Distance Education Department since 2019. In addition to her teaching
and Instructional Design work for RCCD, she facilitates courses, has created a new course, and
creates and hosts workshop presentations for CVC-OEI, @ONE, and the Online
Teaching Conference (OTC). DJ has earned both @ONE certificates: Online
Education Standards & Practices and Advanced Online Teaching
(951) 266-9315 Cell
Sean Ulbert, Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator
Sean served as an Instructional Designer for
RCCD's Distance Education Department from
2017 - 2020. Prior to his work with RCCD, Sean served as an Instructional
Designer for Pearson, University of Southern California, and Regis College. He
worked as an instructor and content creator for @ONE and created and hosted
workshops for the Online Teaching Conference. As a teacher, Sean
has instructed English, philosophy, and music courses at several colleges,
including his associate faculty role at Norco College. In 2021, Sean began serving as RCCD's Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator to train and support faculty in creating accessible course content.
(858) 859-0130 Office
Anish Bhatia, Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator
Anish has taught Computer Information Systems courses at Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College as a member of the associate faculty. He conducted various faculty training seminars in online education technology for the district. He has also taught courses in world religions at U.C. Davis. He provided faculty support for Distance Education at MVC in 2020 and started working as an Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator at RCCD in 2021.
(971) 704-5953 Cell