CCCCO Technology Awards At CISOA/SecureIT 2012

Photo of 2011 CCC Chancellor's Office Technology Focus AwardThe CISOA/SecureIT conference offers an opportunity for the system to recognize its shining stars. The winners of the 2011 CCC Chancellor's Office Technology Awards will be honored during the conference's opening keynote addresses. The winners will also present a session during the conference, giving the lauded project leaders and team members a chance to share their great work.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office gives awards for exemplary technology practices annually through its Technology Awards Program.

This year's Technology Award winners include the following projects:

Virtual Learning Lab: Presenter, Chelley Maple, Matriculation Director at the College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita Community College District-College of the CanyonsThe Virtual Learning Lab (VLL) is an interactive, online resource, grounded in educational psychology and evidence-based approaches to human learning. Its mission is to promote effective, self-regulated learning strategies by providing a library of workshops, activities, lessons and case studies on how to become an expert learner. By centralizing learning resources for under-prepared students into a single digital repository, individuals will have free access to the content 24 hours a day and at no additional cost. Eight Essential Lessons scaffold the main web page, each addressing a classic learning strategy that is interwoven with key components of self-regulated learning. The VLL carries a low demand on on-ground resources, is adaptable, and has the ability to expand in content and delivery.

Mendocino College Library Automation with Koha: Presenter, John Koetzner, Vice President of the Council of Chief Librarians and the Academic Senate President at Mendocino College.

Mendocino CollegeMendocino College Library sought a library database solution that would allow them to be more self-sufficient, agile and cost-efficient. Library automation software has been in the hands of large vendors for quite a while and the costs for the software, training, support and maintenance are often prohibitive for smaller libraries, but are also a huge ongoing expense for larger libraries. By moving to an open source solution, Mendocino College has shown that it is possible to have an automated, robust and flexible library database for only $7,000, with ongoing maintenance costs of $1,800. The project successfully migrated historical data and set up user authentication with their ERP.

MSJC Academy: Presenter, Belinda Heiden Scott, Associate Professor Business Education and Distance Education Coordinator

MSJC: Mt. San Jacinto CollegeTwelve years ago, MSJC embarked on a path to fully maximize the use of emerging technologies across the college, both in instruction of courses and in administrative processes. Today there are over 150 faculty teaching approximately 400 online and hybrid course sections per semester, 300 participants in the Academy, every course section (face-to-face, hybrid and online) has a Blackboard course shell available, and all of the classrooms either have installed “smart” capability or access to mobile units. The MSJC model has been commended in recent accreditation reports and, over the years, adopted by other colleges. The key to its success is low cost, peer presenters, collaborative funding efforts and consistency. The outcome of implementing the Academy has been to increase the technical knowledge of the college’s faculty, staff and administration, and it has produced a return on investment with the efficiency of college purchased software.

Consider joining these examples of excellence at this year's CISOA/SecureIT conference.<>

Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Managing Editor and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.
Information in the CISOA Conference Focus update is derived from the CISOA and
CISOA/SecureIT conference registration websites.


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