Thursday, October 27, 2016

Community Colleges Online and Homegrown - Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed

California community colleges unveil online program that allows students to take courses across multiple campuses, a project that replaced a failed attempt to tap for-profit online course providers to meet student demand. The California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative will debut this fall. Unlike typical online class systems, the OEI is a collaborative program that allows students to register and participate in online courses across multiple colleges. The program also provides online counseling to students. “Community college systems have actually done a lot with online courses, but it’s always been in silos and each campus having their own program,” said Phil Hill, an education technology consultant and co-publisher of the “e-Literate” blog. “But this is a coordinated systemwide approach where they’re all working together for the first time.” Not only is this the first time the community colleges have teamed up for something like this, but they also created the online exchange.

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