Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Job Opening at CCA

Position Announcement
Director of Online Learning, Community College 0f Aurora

Position Title: Director of Online Learning
Position #: 200100
Position Status: Exempt
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Vice President of Instruction
Supervises: Educational Technology Trainer, part-time faculty & staff and work-study students

The Position: The Director of Online Learning coordinates the overall online education program at CCA and serves on the system-level Learning Technologies Council. At the college level, the position advises academic chairs and faculty in choosing appropriate courses and programs for online delivery and in choosing appropriate formats for those programs and classes. The position serves as the Systems Administrator for the Learning Management System and provides technical support to faculty, students, and staff. At the state level the position works with system colleagues to set online education policy, choose products and resources for the system’s online education programs, and manage transitions and changes as appropriate. The successful candidate will possess an innovative spirit and will demonstrate vision and good leadership skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work proactively with Department Chairs to increase online and hybrid course offerings.
  • Mentor and encourage professional growth for faculty.
  • Provide support services for faculty and students enrolled in and working with on-line, hybrid and web-enhanced courses.
  • Serve as the college’s representative to the CCCS Learning Technology Council.
  • Serve as the Systems Administrator / Subject Matter Expert on the Learning Management System.
  • Provide technical support on issues related to the Learning Management System.
  • Assist in developing strategies for enrollment outreach and enrollment management to increase overall enrollment in online education offerings.
  • Working closely with the Associate Dean for Instruction, co-chair the college’s Technology Committee.
  • Develop short and long range goals for Online Learning including projections on how many new hybrid and online courses may be offered each semester.
  • Assist Department Chairs and Faculty with incorporating more web-enhanced activities into existing courses.
  • Work with Information Technology regarding any technology issues affecting Online Learning.
  • Be knowledgeable of policies, issues, and laws affecting Online Learning.
  • Remain current with system and national developments in online education, and choose products and resources appropriate for the college’s Online Learning programs.
  • Manage workloads, course schedules, and meeting deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • A relevant bachelors degree from an accredited institution
  • Three years administrative, managerial or supervisory experience
  • Experience coordinating / managing a online education program
  • Demonstrated ability to administer a Learning Management System
  • Experience teaching in an online environment
  • Experience working collaboratively with faculty and staff using instructional technologies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A relevant graduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated skills in management and leadership
  • Community college teaching experience
  • Budget management experience
  • Understanding the mission and purpose of a community college
Salary: This is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Beginning salary range is mid $40s to mid $60s. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan. Leave and holiday benefits are also included. For more information on the insurance benefits, click on the following link:

Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2009 or sooner as available

Application Process: To apply, send a letter of application specifically addressing the position requirements and a professional resume to:

E-mail: Note: E-mailed applications are preferred.
Fax: 303-360-4772
US Mail: Human Resources
Community College of Aurora
16000 E. CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036

Any applicant who knowingly or willfully makes a false statement on any material fact or thing in his/her application material is guilty of perjury in the second degree as defined in section 18-8-503, Colorado Revised Statutes, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished accordingly.

Deadline to Submit Application Material: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however it is anticipated that we will begin screening applications on approximately June 29th 2009. E-mail with questions regarding the application process.

Notice to all Applicants:
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to final selection process.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts.
  • CCA is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The Community College of Aurora does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability in the admission, access, treatment or employment in its programs or activities. Inquiries about Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and Section 504 should be made to Debbie Irvine, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A201, Aurora, CO 80011-9036

CCA Mission:
“The Community College of Aurora provides lifelong educational opportunities, prepares the current and future workforce, and promotes excellence in teaching, learning and service to our diverse community.”

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You don't want to miss this!

The 2009 CCCCOnline Faculty Conference will be on September 25th at Arapahoe Community College. Our focus will be the migration to Desire to Learn (D2L) for spring 2010. We will offer hands-on opportunities to introduce you to your course in D2L. You will also have an open D2L lab to visit with and ask questions of CCCOnline Instructional Designers and pilot faculty. In addition, there will be a number of sessions on topics that are pertinent no matter what learning management system you are using. Registration information will be coming soon.

You don’t want to miss this year's faculty conference as we Blast Off to D2L!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Drop Reminder

Dear Faculty;

The following reminder about the last day to drop was sent to all Summer students today.


This note is just a reminder that you have until Wednesday, June 10 to drop your CCCOnline delivered Summer course(s) with a full tuition refund.

If you do not plan to drop your course(s) or have already dropped them please disregard this reminder.

This email applies ONLY to CCCOnline Summer courses – those courses with a section number starting C1 or C3 (example, ENG 121C11).

Do not assume you have been dropped from a class for not attending or logging in; at many colleges you must drop a class before the above date or you will be responsible for full payment. Contact the Cashier’s Office at your Home College to find out their individual policy.

**Contacting your instructor(s) will NOT result in your being dropped or withdrawn from your course(s)**

To DROP your course(s):

- go to or your home college web site
- click on the Self-Service Banner (MyCommunityED) link for your home college
- select Login and enter your Student ID and 6-digit student PIN
- click Enter
- select the Student Menu and then the Registration Menu
- select Add or Drop Courses and follow the steps to get to your Current Schedule of
- on your Current Schedule, use the Drop Down box under Action and select Drop
- Click Submit Changes at the bottom of the page
- check your Current Schedule to make sure the course(s) has been dropped

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or your home college.

For any technical questions or problems with your course, please visit or call our 24X7 Technical Support center at 1-888-800-9198.

For more information about CCCOnline policies, please visit the CCCOnline Student Handbook,

Thank you for your time and we hope you continue to have a great and successful semester!

Student Services

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Wrong Year

Hey Everyone-

I meant 2010, not 2011. Sorry.....

Lisa CS

Learning Management System Update

Hi Everyone-

As most of you know we are planning to move to the Desire2Learn learning management system in the coming year. Work on that project began last summer with an informal market survey which eventually led to the contract with D2L signed a few weeks ago.

Our primary goal for the summer is to migrate a course shell for each of you. For many of you this will be an individual course shell, for some of you your chair is taking advantage of the move to bring faculty together to develop a joint shell again.

The summer has three primary tasks: 1) At this moment D2L is building the production server for us. We expect that to be available at least for the Academic Technology group towards the end of June. 2) The Training and Professional Development group is beginning to develop training materials for traditional facilitated online workshops, face-to-face workshops, webinars, and just-in-time modules for the wiki. 3) The intructional designers are working on checklists that will show everyone what they have checked and updated in all migrated courses and what you as faculty will need to check and update. (So far those checklists are fairly short for both groups.) They are also working with D2L to fine-tune the migration script - limiting the changes and updates that will need to be made in each class as much as we possibly can.

This fall should bring two milestones: first, we will run a *small* pilot program in D2L; and second, faculty will gain access to their own courses in D2L. The faculty conference this fall (September 25th) will be a great chance for everyone to spend a little time in their D2L shells and to begin to get ready for spring.

Spring 2011 is planned to be the first semester truly using D2L. While our Blackboard contract doesn't expire until June 30, 2011, we are currently planning to have all of our courses moved to D2L for the spring 2011 term.


Lisa Cheney-Steen

New Student Success Tools

Hey Everyone-

We have a new suite of student success tools provided by Deb Michels and Kathy Miles (that's Deb's friendly voice in the audio). A new "course" called "Student Success Skills for College" is available online at

The first modules are
  • Choosing a Major
  • Learning Srategies
  • Learning Styles
  • Setting Goals
More modules are planned for development this fall. Please browse the course yourselves and recommend them to students.