Are you familiar with the Tomorrow's Professor listserv? It's an email list that sends short excerpts from articles and books on higher education topics twice a week during the academic year. Not all the articles are highly relevant to community college education, but many are. (When you go to the link below, you will find, in addition to the article I'm referencing, links to the archives as well as instructions for how to subscribe.)
Here's a recent posting, "Five Short Stories on Teaching" (http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/posting.php?ID=693). Do these ideas reflect your philosophy of teaching? What's missing from these five stories? How do you put these ideas into practice in your distance courses? Are they harder to achieve at a distance than they are in a face-to-face learning environment?