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. 

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August Update

Chancellor Garcia’s Message

By Joe Garcia, August 23, 2022

“Many colleges are exploring night, weekend, and hybrid schedules that mix online and in-person instruction. This year, we will also launch Colorado Online, a new and innovative approach to online education that will make high quality programs available to all Coloradans. We will deliver those courses and programs using college faculty, and we will emphasize college identities and connections while we make more courses available to more students through collaboration across campuses.” (1:00-1:30)

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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

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.