Opinion

LAST_UPDATED2 Written by Pat James Thursday, 26 March 2015

Online Education Initiative Executive Director Pat JamesThe months are flying by and we are so busy here in Online Education Initiative (OEI) land. I keep thinking that things will slow down as we solidify the initiative components, but it seems they are picking up speed instead! Everyday there is a success that is followed by a new challenge, and so the building of the initiative continues.

LAST_UPDATED2 Written by Pat James Wednesday, 25 February 2015

California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) has recently hit some major milestones–most significantly the selection of Instructure’s Canvas as the common course management system (CCMS) for our colleges.

The process actually started last summer at the Distance Education Coordinators’ Retreat in San Diego. It continued in fall, with the formation of the full CCMS Committee comprised of the CCMS Workgroup of the OEI Steering Committee and representatives of the Full Launch Pilot Colleges, and culminated with the selection on Feb. 5, 2015.

LAST_UPDATED2 Written by Pat James Wednesday, 10 December 2014

OEI Executive Director Pat James at WCET Annual ConferenceThe last few weeks saw members of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) traveling all over, discussing the OEI with interested folks. The week of Nov. 14 was packed!

LAST_UPDATED2 Written by Pat James Wednesday, 28 January 2015

California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeHello there! I am in our offices at Foothill College as I write this, and I am so impressed by the supportive atmosphere at this institution, for both students and staff! It’s quite interesting for someone like me, who has been immersed in one college for so long, to experience another culture.

LAST_UPDATED2 Written by Pat James Thursday, 30 October 2014

Pat James, Executive Director of the CCC Online Education InitiativeIt’s hard to believe it’s already November. I am wondering where the last two months have gone! It seems like just yesterday we were figuring out the colleges that would make up the pilot groups for the Online Education Initiative (OEI), and that we had time to get things together before spring. Just like when you are teaching, the semester passes before you know it. Allow me to catch you up on what we’ve been doing.