Monday, February 25, 2013

March Webinars

Hi Folks,

We have three webinar opportunities scheduled this coming month that I wanted to make sure you were aware of.

D2L v10 Q&A Session
Thursday, February 28th, 1:00 PM MST
-This will be our final Q&A session for the recent D2L upgrade. Come and ask questions about things you've encountered while using the new version in your courses.

Transforming Online Courses - Designing and Teaching for Meaningful Learning
Friday, March 1st, 1:00 PM MST
- The 5E course design model incorporates dynamic teaching strategies that result in students actively engaged in their own learning. Utilizing the 5E model in designing online courses, Instructional Designers transform courses into a student-centered experience, improving student engagement while increasing student achievement. In this webinar, participants will explore the 5Es and discuss dynamic methods for incorporating the 5E model into all higher education disciplines

Meet and Greet: Dr. Eric Lee, CCCOnline Executive Director
Friday, March 22nd, 1:00 PM MST
-Come to this webinar and meet CCCOnline's new Executive Director, Dr. Eric Lee! Learn about Dr. Lee's background, what he brings to CCCOnline, and what his vision is for the future of our organization. Topics addressed will include our implementation of Quality Matters, ongoing efforts to improve assessment, and plans for the new Center for Academic Excellence. 

You can register for these sessions now on the Training and Professional Development Database, and be sure to send any questions about these sessions to


Thursday, February 21, 2013

CCCOnline FAQs

·         Why does CCCOnline start classes later than the system colleges?
o    CCCOnline is a service organization to the system colleges.  Classes start later so students can register for classes that may have filled up at the colleges, or for students who are registering late.

·         Who receives the tuition and FTE for CCCOnline students?
CCCOnline students are actually the colleges’ students.  Since CCCOnline is not a college, it does not receive any FTE; this goes back to the students’ home college as well as associated COF funds.  This is important as FTE affects the system funding formula for each college.  In regards to the tuition, CCCOnline receives 51% of the tuition from CCCOnline courses while 49% of this tuition is retained by the respective home college.  CCCOnline pays instructors’ salaries, as well as the annual licensing, maintenance and support costs of the Desire2Learn platform, the Perceptis help desk costs, Turnitin, Respondus and Soft Chalk that all colleges use. 

·         Does CCCOnline report on student attendance by the census date?
o    Yes, CCCOnline's attendance policy helps to identify students who do not intend to actively participate in courses.  To comply with this policy, each CCCOnline course requires students to:
1. Participate in an "Introductions" discussion, which may or may not be graded.
2. Submit  two graded, content-related assessment prior to the census date.
-The assessment must be content related - it should not be a "syllabus quiz".
-The assessment may be a Dropbox, Quiz, or Discussion
The lists of students who do not actively participate are sent to the respective home colleges.

·         How do students contact their instructors before classes start?
o    CCCOnline tracks enrollment numbers.  Based on this they determine the number of instructors needed for a term; instructors are given class lists a couple of days before a semester starts.  Before a term starts, instructors send out welcome emails to their students; prior to this, students also receive a welcome email from CCCOnline.  If a student needs course information prior to being assigned an instructor, they should contact the appropriate Associate Dean (

·         Whom do we call for help at CCCOnline?
o    Contact information is available at  For Associate Dean Contact information, see

·         Do CCCOnline students have to meet course pre-requisites?
o    Yes, course pre-requisites are set by each college and CCCOnline students must meet those pre-requisites. 

·         Is CCCOnline bookstore information available?
o    This information is available online at

CCCOnline Community


In case you didn't know, CCCOnline has a community discussion board.  Here, we have educational blogs you can participate in, or just read for interest.  If you teach with us, your Academic Division will also have a "Community" set up for your Division.   If you have a moment, please visit if you haven't already.

Accessing the CCCOnline Community

  • Log in to the CCCOnline portal
  • Click the Faculty tab [If you do not have the faculty tab email your chair ASAP]
  • From the Faculty Gateway Access widget, located on the right side of the screen, click the Log into CCCOnline Community Site [clicking this link will give you access to the CCCOnline Community and enroll you if you are a new instructor]

Hope you all are keeping warm!

Best regards,

Monday, February 04, 2013

CCCOnline and Quality Matters (QM)

We're proud to announce CCCOnline is an official subscriber to Quality Matters.  Quality Matters is a nationally recognized leader in quality assurance for online education with over 550 subscribers, including universities, community and technical colleges, and K-12 schools. We’re excited about the partnership and the opportunities it will bring for ongoing CCCOnline improvement. 

The Quality Matters program will assist us in designing consistent, high-quality courses focused on student learning.  For more information, please contact Terry Reeves at