I hope your summer is going well thus far and that you are able to get some rest and recovery. Work is continuing on the CO Online @ project over the summer, so I wanted to share some updates with you.
- This week and next I am meeting with the college presidents in small groups to update them on Colorado Online@ project goals, progress made so far, and next steps needed to fully transition to the Colorado Online@ consortial approach by Fall 2024.
- Representatives on our Colorado Online@ project subcommittees continued to meet on a limited basis this July so that we will be ready to begin setting up college-based implementation teams in the fall:
- Academic Affairs is preparing a semester-by-semester plan for moving courses in specified disciplines to the colleges.
- Student Support is clarifying key business processes.
- Learning Resources is negotiating systemwide contracts for better pricing on textbooks and beginning work on the shared online library which will be ready for student use by Summer 2023.
- Learning Design is preparing professional development for instructors on the common course framework, QM+ standards, and the Healthy Course Checklist.
- Technology is focused on ensuring that students have seamless access to all their courses on the new single instance of D2L this fall, including expanded use of Zoom and Yuja.
- The Design / Build team will complete their work this month on the section allocation process, the preliminary financial model, and the requirements for any technology build.
- Representatives from each of the colleges are working to propose common start dates, registration dates, and census dates in response to the Presidents’ decision to align these aspects of our calendars to better support enrollment management and clear communication with students. The Presidents will provide feedback on which semester makes most sense to begin using these new dates.
Due to Microsoft Outlook sending limits, I am not able to send this message to every relevant party. I highly recommend recommended that college leadership share this message across their colleges as appropriate. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Tammy Vercauteren, Project Director of the Colorado Online @ Strategic Plan.