Distance Learning

Distance Learning Center

Course Media

Distance Learning Courses are delivered through any one or a combination of the following media:


Catalyst (Moodle)
Catalyst is De Anza's online learning management system developed based on Moodle. Traditional web enhanced, hybrid and distance learning courses are hosted through the live server. The FAQ on the site answers the most common Catalyst Question, "How do I login to my Catalyst class," along with many other questions about online classes.
Catalyst logo image


Video Courses
Video courses are offered in video format, some of which also have online components through Catalyst. Depending on different courses, videos are available through cable TV broadcasting, web streaming or on DVD or video tapes.


Video Check out

Video media can be checked out with your student ID from the Library West Computer Lab.


TV Listings
For a current list of air times for telecourses.


Webcasts and Videostreams
Most webcasts and video streams are available via the Catalyst website.  Some are on De Anza College's iTunesU site. Due to licensing restrictions video programs are not available for downloading.


Televised course videos are also available online through Catalyst. Follow the instructions on that site to log in and view your course video streams.

In order to watch video streams online you need to download the free Quicktime Player software and test your computer. If you have trouble viewing the streams, go to the Catalyst Technical Help Support pageand follow the directions there.


To access videostreams, a high speed Internet connection is needed. If you are connecting from home, this generally means a cable modem or DSL connection. The quality of the videostream can be affected by Internet congestion on the De Anza Campus or network congestion with your Internet service provider.


Mixed Media Courses use a variety of instructional materials: video, online content and assignments, printed materials.


Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969

Last Updated: 8/11/14