Colorado Online @ Project Update: January

Dear Colleagues,  

I hope your spring semester is off to a great start.  Up to this point in the year we have primarily worked on developing recommendations and decisions related to how Colorado Online @ will work once implemented. While there is still much to be done, we have come a long way already. For a summary of decisions made so far, please check out the Colorado Online @ Blog at http://coloradoonline@cccs.edu.

In February, we will focus on three main areas: 

  • Refining the proposed registration process.  After discussing several different options last fall, the project team recommends thatstudents continue to have the option to enroll directly in specific online sections offered by their home college, as well as placeholder sections representing all online sections available across CCCS in specific parts-of-term. While the Colorado Online @ placeholder sections would appear much the way that CCCOnline sections do now, we are exploring ways for students enrolled in those sections to be assigned to open seats in existing college sections, increasing enrollment efficiency and minimizing the need to cancel sections. Once existing capacity has been filled, additional sections could be added.     
     
  • Drafting scheduling processes. We want to distribute online sections among the colleges in ways that support faculty and student engagement, and encourage growth and innovation in online learning across CCCS.   There are many factors to consider, and our approach may need to be different for low-enrollment courses taught by only a few colleges, to high-enrollment courses taught by all 13 colleges. This month, a team of representatives from each of the subcommittees, joined by IT, will model how the process for distributing sections could work using historical enrollment data from a sample of small, medium and large enrollment courses.  
     
  • Outlining the basic framework for a financial model that will support growing online enrollment and revenue for all colleges while minimizing competition between colleges.  

I hope you will join us for one or both of the following events this month: 

  • Open Forum. On February 11, from 9 am – 10:30 am, I will host an open forum like I did in April and October.  Q&A from previous forums are organized by category in the FAQ section of the Colorado Online @ Blog.  
     
  • Colorado Online @ Mini-Conference. On February 18, from 9 am –3 am, the Project Team and representatives from the subcommittees will host a mini-conference. During the mini-conference you will learn more about work underway, connect with colleagues, and provide feedback on topics such as messaging in D2L, the healthy course checklist, and the collaborative design process.  

Recordings from both events will be posted to the Colorado Online @ Blog.

Do not hesitate to reach out to me, Tammy Vercauteren (tammy.vercauteren@cccs.edu), or any members of the Project Team or subcommittees with questions or suggestions regarding implementation of the Colorado Online @ Strategic Plan.

Sincerely,  

Landon

Colorado Online @ Project Update: December

Colleagues,

As we all take some time over the winter break for some much needed R&R, we are excited to be moving forward in several key areas of the Colorado Online @ project.

Online Steering Committee Decisions: 

At its meeting December 13, the Online Steering Committee approved the following recommendations:

  • 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.
  • Extended evening and weekend support for faculty and instructor-specific needs, provided by the CCCS Academic Technology team.
  • 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).  
  • Creation of central CCCS OER Services to support and supplement college OER efforts and more effective sharing of OER materials across institutions

Feedback period extended! 

Coming in January…

  • The Academic Affairs team will move to a tri-chair model with leadership from VPAAs at both rural and urban colleges as well as CCCOnline.  Many thanks to Keith Peterson (CNCC), Rebecca Woulfe (FRCC), and Amy Kahn (CCCOnline) for taking on these roles.  I also want to thank Ruthanne Orihuela for her leadership as co-chair during the fall semester!
  • The Academic Affairs and Student Support Services teams will finalize recommendations for what students will see courses when they go to register.
  • The Learning Design team will refine their course design framework based on the input received from the faculty survey and share recommendations for course design standards and a collaborative design process for the ready-to-teach courses.
  • The Learning Resources team will continue working on the purchasing processes for course materials while transitioning library and OER support to an implementation team.  
  • The Technology Team will recommend which software should be available to all faculty and instructors across CCCS.

Save the Date…

Our next Colorado Online @ Open Forum will be held on February 11, followed by a Mini-Conference on February 18 that will include presentations on the new D2L interface and course design processes, as well as discipline-based discussions of challenges, opportunities, and priorities.    

Just the FAQs

Through SFAC, SFCC, and individual faculty we know there are many questions swirling around as this project takes off:  “Will faculty have to choose to teach all online or all on-campus courses?”; “Will all online courses in a discipline be taught through one college?” or, “How can my discipline get started co-developing online courses?” The answers to these and other questions can be found in the FAQ section of the Colorado Online @ Blog at https://coloradoonline.cccs.edu.  If you have other questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me or Tammy Vercauteren (tammy.vercauteren@cccs.edu).  Questions and suggestions can also be submitted via the Colorado Online @ Blog or directed to individual members of the Project Team and /or Subcommittees.

I wish you all a wonderful winter break and a great start to the new year!

Landon