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Twenty-four pilot colleges have agreed to participate in the first phase of the Online Education Initiative, which is set to begin in Fall 2014 and run through the end of Spring 2016.

Three groups, each composed of eight colleges, are identified as the Full Launch Colleges, the Student Readiness Staging Group and the Tutoring Staging Group.

Full Launch

The Full Launch Colleges are Butte College, Coastline Community College, Foothill College, Shasta College, Fresno City College, Lake Tahoe Community College, Mt. San Jacinto College and Ventura College.

These eight colleges will be responsible for piloting various processes that surround the development, delivery, quality assurance and support of online courses. These colleges will be involved in the identification, selection, and piloting of a Common Course Management System (CCMS) including the development and evaluation of the CCMS Request for Proposal (RFP) to be released in September. Additionally, the Full Launch Colleges will be responsible for informing the development and publishing of an online course exchange system where students from the Pilot Colleges will be able to enroll in courses offered by the OEI. The first set of courses will be offered during the Summer 2015.

Student Readiness

The Student Readiness Staging Group consists of Antelope Valley College, Cabrillo College, College of the Canyons, Monterey Peninsula College, West Los Angeles College, Rio Hondo College, MiraCosta College and Hartnell College.

These eight colleges will be responsible for piloting student orientation modules that are specifically geared toward helping students succeed in the online education environment. This group will also be responsible for launching analytical solutions that can diagnose a student’s readiness to take and succeed in an online course. Student readiness modules will be launched inside the exchange system during Fall 2015 or earlier.

This pilot group will be an important resource in preparing courses for inclusion in the OEI Exchange as the project progresses. The colleges will also inform a variety of processes across the OEI as needed.

Tutoring

The Tutoring Staging Group consists of Imperial Valley College, Ohlone College, Columbia College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Saddleback College, Barstow Community College, Mt. San Antonio College and Victor Valley College.

This group of eight colleges will be responsible for piloting effective online tutoring services for students enrolled in OEI courses. Student tutoring services will be launched inside the exchange system during Fall 2015 or earlier.

This pilot group will be an important resource in preparing courses for inclusion in the OEI Exchange as the project progresses. The colleges will also inform a variety of processes across the OEI as needed.

All 24 pilot colleges will be provided with an extensive set of important resources appropriate to their group goals and aspirations, including instructional design and professional course-review support and a wide variety of professional development services. All pilot colleges will be highly important and integral members responsible for all decisions to be made in their respective groups.

For more information about the 24 pilot colleges, please visit the OEI website at www.ccconlineed.org.
 


Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Executive Editor, Director of Outreach and Communications for the Online Education Initiative, and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.