Colorado Online @

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is looking to begin implementing strategies and product services focused on system-wide change to better serve online students by building on the strengths of all 13 colleges, CCCOnline, and the system office.  At the core of this change is aligning the responsibility for all online instruction with the colleges, and centrally aligning all core online services that support instruction in the most scalable, sustainable, cost effective, and efficient manner across the system. Our goal is for all students, regardless of geographic location, to have access to high-quality online courses, programs and services. 

4/21 Open Forum

Around 175 people from across the system attended the virtual open forum, where Executive Sponsor and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Landon Pirius and the Project Director, Tammy Vercauteren, provided detailed updates on the project and answered questions.


3/28/2022 – TECHNOLOGY: Meeting with Project Team to present internal messaging and ReadSpeaker recommendations for approval (DECISION COMING SOON)

3/28/2022 – STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: Meeting with Project Team to present financial aid processes, business processes, and accessibility recommendations for approval (DECISION COMING SOON)

3/28/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Meeting with Project Team to present shared framework and syllabus management tool recommendations for approval (DECISION COMING SOON)

3/25/2022 – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Meeting with VPAA to present course quality and teaching excellence

3/22/2022 – Digital Accessibility Working Group and Accessibility & Disability Working Group meets with Colorado Online @ members to discuss accessibility-related recommendations, including the Healthy Course Checklist (Learning Design), approving accommodations, ReadSpeaker

3/11/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Present Healthy Course Checklist/Quality Matters to LTC for feedback

3/11/2022 – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Start conversation on quality assurance and teaching excellence with Online Faculty and Instructor Advising Committee

3/1/2022 – Steering Committee convenes to make decision on course scheduling models (DECISION COMINNG SOON)

2/25/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Presented course standards recommendation to Vice President Council.

2/25/2022 – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Presented course scheduling recommendation to Vice President Council.

2/18/2022 – Colorado Online @ Faculty Mini-Conference

2/11/2022 – Colorado Online @ Open Forum

2/11/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Met with Online Faculty and Instructor Advising Committee to present course standards and common tools for syllabus building/sharing

2/4/2022 – TECHNOLOGY: Met with LTC group to provide subcommittee progress update

2/4/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Met with LTC group to provide subcommittee progress update

1/27/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Met with Technology subcommittee to present tools for syllabus building/sharing and get feedback.

1/26/2022 – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Steering Committee convene to make decision on registration model.

1/21/2022 – LEARNING DESIGN: Met with Online Faculty and Instructor Advising Committee to present collaborative course design process.

1/17/2022 – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Met with Online Faculty and Instructor Advising Committee to present registration model and get feedback.

1/11/2022 – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Met with VPAA to present registration model and get feedback.

12/13/2021 – Steering Committee convened to make decision on credentialing, LMS support, and learning resources recommendations. To see decision results, click here.


Upcoming Recommendations

  • Academic Affairs – Quality assurance and teaching excellence
  • Student Support Services – Student services business rules
  • Student Support Services – Outline a financial aid process so that students can seamlessly use home college financial aid for online courses at other colleges
  • Student Support Services – Streamlined application process
  • Design Build Work Group – Finalize business requirements to inform course scheduling technology build and preliminary financial model

Approved Recommendations

(see subcommittees for recommendation details)

  • TECHNOLOGY: A 3-tiered LMS support system for students and faculty/instructors, including 24×7 support for resetting passwords and basic student use of D2L tools.  The CCCS Academic Technology will provide next level support and triage requests to IT and college-specific teams as needed.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Extended evening and weekend support for faculty and instructor-specific needs, provided by the CCCS Academic Technology team.
  • LEARNING RESOURCES: Creation of a central CCCS Online Library to provide students at all colleges with access to a robust online research collection (databases, journals, eBooks, and streaming media). Students in certain disciplines or programs will have access to special collections (e.g., nursing).  
  • LEARNING RESOURCES: Creation of central CCCS OER Services to support and supplement college OER efforts and more effective sharing of OER materials across institutions.
  • ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Faculty and instructor credentialing should continue with the current process, through each accredited college within the consortium.
  • LEARNING DESIGN: Common navigation bar within the new D2L Framework (See recommendation for visual demonstration).
  • LEARNING DESIGN: All courses in all modalities will share the same syllabus management tool.
  • STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: To provide greater consistency and streamline accessibility services across the system, the subcommittee recommended hiring a central staff person and shared technology to help coordinate guidelines, protocols, and/or processes across colleges.
  • TECHNOLOGY: ReadSpeaker will be adopted across the system to allow course accessibility.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Internal messaging will be used in the single instance of D2L to decrease the amount of disruption.
  • LEARNING DESIGN: The collaborative course design process where learning designers work with faculty to develop discipline-approved Ready-to-Teach courses. Instructors from across the system will have the confident that they address the course learning outcomes as well as accessibility and quality standards.
  • LEARNING DESIGN: The Learning Design subcommittee has developed enhanced Quality Matters standards, incorporating principles of DEI and Universal Design (QM+). They have also developed a streamlined Healthy Course Checklist based on these standards.