WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
eLearning Consortia: Spotlight on Three State-wide Inter-institutional Partnerships

Speaker: , Director of Strategic Planning & Operations, Online Education Initiative (OEI)/Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Speaker: , Director of Collaborative Programs, Pennsylvania State University
Moderator: , Senior Associate, NCHEMS
Speaker: , Executive Director, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium

An eLearning Consortium fosters inter-institutional partnerships to share resources with the goal of increasing the institutional capacity for technology-mediated courses and programs. This session spotlights efforts at three consortia:

  • Through a unique combination of student services, professional development and academic support, the California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative (OEI) is collaborating with California Community Colleges in the development of fully-resourced online courses. The OEI is a collaborative effort to ensure student completion by increasing access and success in online courses.
  • The Pennsylvania State University is leveraging course and content sharing across the 24 statewide campuses to launch new degree programs and to provide courses that are essential for students to advance in their residential degree programs. Students have increased access to the breadth of the curriculum, increased access to entrance to major courses, and faculty have greater access to the online materials for use in residential instruction.
  • Confronted with declining enrollment and diminished resources, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System tasked the CTDLC with providing One-Stop Call Center services to all 12 community colleges to proactively retain current students and re-enroll students who had taken a semester or more off.
This interactive session will discusses challenges, successes, and obstacles such as disparate cultures, operational mechanics, and external factors. Plans for the future will also be discussed.