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Believe In Access, Redesign The Systems, Shift The Culture

Believe In Access, Redesign The Systems, Shift The Culture

The crazy conference season is upon us and the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) management team is everywhere! Look for us and introduce yourselves. We will be answering questions and collecting your ideas. This post is about how we think about success in online education within

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Illuminating Facts, Debunking Myths

Illuminating Facts, Debunking Myths

Where is the year going? It’s already fall. Well, if you are thinking school, it’s fall. If you are thinking temperature, it’s still summer! I have to start by sending my love and best thoughts to the people of my home county, Lake County. I was lucky

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Getting Out Of Our Own Way

Getting Out Of Our Own Way

Before I get into the post for this month, I want to sincerely thank the online instructors from the Online Education Initiative (OEI) pilot colleges who will be opening their courses in Canvas this month (some this week!). You have been so patient with us and have worked so

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Making The Impossible Possible

Making The Impossible Possible

So it’s a hot and muggy summer in California. Much of the community colleges community is taking a well-deserved break from the pace of providing education to more than 2 million students. Those of us working within the Online Education Initiative (OEI) are trying to carve out a couple

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Reflecting On Our Accomplishments So Far

Reflecting On Our Accomplishments So Far

It’s been 18 months since work began on this massive project that’s focused on providing access to quality online learning opportunities for the students of California, and we have accomplished so much. We were selected and funded in December 2013. While it seems to me like only

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Making Online Ed More Accessible

Making Online Ed More Accessible

It’s May and many of us are preparing for the end of the spring term. Within the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI), we are moving into a whole new phase of activity. We are evaluating the use of the tutoring and student readiness resources

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CCC Initiative A New Angle For Online Ed

CCC Initiative A New Angle For Online Ed

I want to thank those who choose to take a deeper look at community colleges and online learning than the authors of some recent articles have done. The California Community Colleges (CCC) is aware of the completion gap, and why it exists. The CCC Online Education Initiative

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Big Picture Becoming Clear

Big Picture Becoming Clear

This is the 10th month of blog posts from me and, as I look back, it is clear that we at the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) have completed a ton of work! I used to have to use the idea of a pop-up

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Momentum Builds From Forward-Thinking, Collaborative Culture

Momentum Builds From Forward-Thinking, Collaborative Culture

The 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

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Working Together

Working Together

The 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

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