DIST 101 - Introduction to Distance Education

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Welcome to the online course for online courses! DIST 101 is a half unit, 3-week course that will introduce you to some of the basic technologies that are used in online courses. This course will not cover every possible aspect that you may encounter in other online courses, but it will leave you with a better sense of whether distance education is right for you, and give you the competencies you need to be technologically successful in other online courses.

Important Note:

The instructor will send an e-mail to your myCuesta e-mail account with the class web site address, username, and password a few days prior to the beginning of class.

Note: All students receive a myCuesta e-mail that can be accessed through the myCuesta Portal (my.cuesta.edu). If you do not want to use this e-mail you can login into myCuesta and set this e-mail to be forwarded to any e-mail of your choice.


There is no required textbook for this class.


  • Current Web Browser: Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer (Mac or Windows).
  • Computer Specs: Power Macintosh or Windows (Pentium) computer with at least a 200 Mhz processor speed and a minimum of 64 MB of system RAM (memory).
  • Basic computer experience.

If you have any further questions prior to the first day of class, please feel free to e-mail Kevin Bontenbal (kbontenb@cuesta.edu).


Kevin Bontenbal
Instructor, DIST 101

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