OEI Consortium To Expand, Focus On Equity

Jory Hadsell, Executive Director of the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI), presents at an OEI Consortium meeting in November.Since the inception of the Online Education Initiative (OEI), many California community colleges have collaborated to increase student access to fully resourced online courses that address achievement gaps and propel them toward completion.

During this time, our system has seen the average gap between face-to-face and online success rates narrow to less than 6 percent, and our data shows OEI pilot courses moving 4.9 percent above the statewide average.

There are many components now deployed within and beyond the 24-college OEI Consortium that are benefitting students and colleges in our system — Canvas, online tutoring and counseling platforms, online student readiness resources, professional development and more — with the Course Exchange continuing its rollout as the most technically complex component. The OEI always planned to expand the consortium to include more colleges in the good work we are doing alongside our member colleges.

Colleges Sought For 2018 Cohort

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting letters of interest for our 2018 consortium cohort! While the first cohorts focused on tutoring, readiness and the Course Exchange, the new group will initially have a special focus on student equity, including:

  • Culturally responsive teaching with a community of practice around online equity

  • Name/gender identification for instruction and student support services, including counseling, tutoring, health services, etc.

  • Pilot additional online resources integrated into Canvas for community building, student engagement and collaboration

  • Faculty engagement in collaborative course development using open educational resources (OER) materials in Canvas

  • Support for the development of a local, peer-faculty course review process to support equity and student success in online courses

  • Programmatic and technical preparation for Course Exchange participation

Submit Letter Of Interest

If your college is interested in joining the consortium, please download the Letter of Interest, available on the OEI website. The letter is non-binding, but allows us to confirm institutional interest and to follow up with the complete college self-assessment packet and instructions.

We will review these on a rolling basis, with a goal of receiving the Letter of Interest by Dec. 15, 2017. Our goal for receiving returned college self-assessment packets for inclusion in the cohort is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

We look forward to working with additional college partners as we expand the consortium! If you have any questions, please reach out to Justin Schultz, Implementation Supervisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Editor's note: Correction made to email address for Justin Schultz on 12/8/17.


Andrea Hanstein is Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for
the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative


 

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