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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.

DE Magazine cover preview

District Distance Education published an end-of-year magazine
Flip through the digital publication to meet the new Dean of Educational Services and Distance Learning, read faculty spotlights from each College, and hear about exciting work District DE completed in the 2022-2023 academic year.​​

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Dr. Shawna BúShell, Dean of Educational Services and Distance Learning

Dr. Shawna BúShell returns to her native California after 20 years of academic research and practice in Instructional Design and Curriculum leadership. Dr. BúShell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The College of Notre Dame, a Master of Education from Stanford University in Learning Design and Technology, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Instructional Technology & Media. She holds a lifetime New York State K-12 Ed Tech Teaching Credential.​ 


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Her resume bridges business, public education, and higher education; as she began her career working for Pacific Bell in digital technologies, she transitioned to teaching at a Magnet Science and Technology elementary school in an urban school district in Northern California. As she furthered her skill set with graduate degrees in New York, she spent 10 years bridging educational technology with university resources to 53 New York City schools. After graduating began her faculty journey at Rowan University as a Professor of Practice bringing preservice teacher programs to rural New Jersey with an impact that she still is asked to present. She trudged forward in a leadership capacity building the inaugural Instructional Design Program for Manhattan College, which included building an expansive early college component for neighboring high schools. She continued her leadership in developing community college curriculum and African American Male initiatives as Dean of Instruction at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois. She leaves behind three new centers for Teaching and Learning, an expanded hybrid curriculum, and vision and foresight on how to engage and run successful grant outcomes.
Dr. BúShell lives the daily motto: "Each One Teach One.”
She returns to California with a wealth of nationwide distance learning experience. She is excited to be a part of the RCCD team.


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Cristina Miranda, Administrative Assistant III

Cristina began her college career at Riverside City College before transferring to UCR to earn a BA in Business Administration. Cristina joined the RCCD Distance Education team in 2022. She brings more than a decade of customer service and office administration experience. She will be helping to support, facilitate, and collaborate to meet faculty needs as part of her duties for the District Distance Education department.​


(951) 328-3721 CAADO Office

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Derek Moore, Learning Systems Analyst

Derek has been serving the Distance Education needs of RCCD distance education faculty for over 19 years! Derek's wealth of experience allows him to provide excellent technical assistance to faculty in Canvas, including the use of native Canvas tools and the integration of third-party applications into Canvas. If there's a problem with how things are working in Canvas, Derek can help! 


(951) 222-8694 CAADO Office


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DJ Hawkins, Assistant Director, Instructional Design

DJ has taught English within RCCD for 12 years. Between 2016 and 2021, she earned three @ONE certificates in Online Education Standards & Practices, Advanced Online Teaching Principles, and Online Teaching & Design. Additionally, she has completed four @ONE badges, including @ONE's POCR course and @ONE's Equity and Culturally Responsive Online Teaching. She also earned seven badges from Instructure's Canvas in Canvas Studio and Canvas Administration. 


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AD Hawkins has facilitated @ONE courses, created a new @ONE course, and created and hosted workshop presentations for CVC-OEI, @ONE, and TechConnect's Online Teaching Conference (OTC). 

In 2019, she began working as a Professional Expert Instructional Designer for RCCD's Distance Education Department. In January of 2021, she accepted the position of Interim Assistant Director of Instructional Design in RCCD's Distance Education Department. In July of 2021, she accepted the position of Assistant Director of Instructional Design. In addition to supporting individual faculty, AD Hawkins also collaborates with RCCD Committee members & Chairs on College and District DE projects, creates and leads workshops, and facilitates District DE training courses.



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Anish Bhatia, Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator

I have taught Computer Information Systems courses at Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College as a ​​member of the associate faculty. My role in making Vision 2030 a success is to empower instructors with impactful tools and principles for universal design and accessibility. The hope is for accessibility to become an integral part of the course creation process, not just an after-the-fact review. Everyone must understand and champion accessibility to ensure equity, inclusion, and student success. This proactive approach ensures that accessibility is seamlessly integrated into courses, laying a strong foundation for our students' success.

(951) 222-8696 CAADO Office

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Diana Myers Hyatt, Professional Expert Course Developer

Diana has an MBA and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science. She has 20 years of experience as a Graphic Designer. Diana has taught online Information Literacy courses for all three RCCD campuses. In 2019, she provided support to RCC faculty in developing their online courses. In 2020, she earned the @ONE Certificate for Online Teaching and Design. Additionally, she completed the RCCD Accessibility Mentor training and spent Spring 2021 supporting faculty. She fell in love with developing Canvas course and video content during the pandemic and looks forward to helping RCCD instructors to better serve our students through course development.​​ Diana is based at Riverside City College.

(951) 251-5224​​ Work Cell