Professional development organization @ONE will soon relocate to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA), and its operations will be integrated with the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI).
Officials say the move will allow @ONE’s services to reach more faculty and staff, systemwide.
The change comes through an agreement between Palomar Community College District and FHDA, after a formal bidding process led by the CCC Chancellor’s Office resulted in renewal of the CCCTechConnect grant to Palomar. Beginning July 1, the operations of @ONE will transition from Mt. San Jacinto College, where @ONE currently resides, to FHDA, which also administers the OEI grant. @ONE will remain a separate project and will be managed by OEI staff.
Highly Valued Service
@ONE is a key resource for CCC faculty and staff for online training, certification and self-paced learning. When the OEI was launched, the organizations became closely aligned, with the OEI providing significant funding to @ONE for professional development and course review services to colleges adopting OEI products, such as the Canvas course management system. That relationship may have factored into the decision by Palomar to transfer responsibility for @ONE to the OEI.
“What’s important to understand is that @ONE will continue to provide free or low-cost services to the system at large, in keeping with its original charter,” said Jory Hadsell, Executive Director of the OEI. While continuity of services is planned during the transition, discussions are also underway to provide new and expanded resources for all CCC employees.
“The professional development that @ONE provides to our system is highly valued, and we look forward to maintaining both the mission and brand identity of @ONE while scaling resources to positively impact even more faculty and staff,” Hadsell said.
@ONE is part of CCCTechConnect, which currently includes CCC Confer and Zoom video conferencing, 3C Media Solutions media storage and delivery services, the annual Online Teaching Conference, and the Professional Learning Network professional development repository. The CCCTechConnect grant (formerly known as “TTIP South”) has been held for several years by Palomar, with Mt. San Jacinto College as the direct provider of @ONE professional development services through a memorandum of understanding with Palomar.
Beginning with the new grant cycle on July 1, 2017, the hosting and management of @ONE will move to FHDA, under the leadership of the OEI management team. Palomar will continue to hold the CCCTechConnect grant.
FHDA and OEI leadership are collaborating with Palomar to finalize the work plan and structure for @ONE going forward. This will include the OEI professional development and course review components as a major focus and will also address providing and scaling other professional development objectives to faculty and staff across the state.
Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor