2020 Archives

January 2020

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Applying Behavioral Science to Improve Students' Higher Educational Journeys

The Student Journey to Success Project was launched in 2018 as a joint effort between the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The project’s goal was to better understand students’ educational journeys and pain points with systemwide technology tools during matriculation. The full project report is available now.

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CCC SuperGlue: Making the Connection for Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College uses CCC SuperGlue - a framework for data exchange funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office - to connect data in real time to the college personnel who support and advise students.

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Alternate Text Production Center Converts Course Materials to Accessible Formats

The Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC) is a free resource for California community colleges to provide course materials in alternate formats to best meet the needs of students with print-based disabilities.

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CCC MyPath Sees Widespread Adoption, Shows Promising Metrics

CCC MyPath, a student onboarding tool funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, has seen widespread adoption statewide and shows promising success metrics.

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2019 Cybersecurity Incident Response Simulation Workshop a Success

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and three partners recently led a Cybersecurity Incident Response Simulation for more than 75 college staff. The simulation required participants to critically assess their department’s preparation, reactions and mitigation activities for cybersecurity risks.

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TechConnect Unveils New Consolidated Branding

Statewide, community colleges rely on TechConnect solutions to work more effectively and efficiently across distance and time. New unified branding for TechConnect tools is one part of the ongoing brand alignment efforts by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

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March 2020

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Multiple Campuses Transitioning Courses Online in Response to COVID-19

The Chancellor’s Office has provided the ability for all colleges to convert in-person classes to online, and more than 41 colleges have made this transition or are preparing to shift to expanded delivery of online instruction in the coming days. 

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Cross-enrollment Functionality Implemented at Six California Community Colleges

Through the CVC Exchange, students can search for and enroll in online courses at other community colleges without needing to fill out a separate application.

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Student Centered Design Lab's New Website Goes Live

Website contains information about the Student Centered Design Lab’s current service offerings and provides students an opportunity to sign up to be potential participants for future studies.

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CVC-OEI's Improving Online Pathways Grants Lead to Hundreds of New Online Courses, Programs and Pathways

As a result of the grant funding, approximately 99,000 students will have the opportunity to more easily and more quickly earn credentials, certificates or degrees during the 2020–21 academic year.

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New TechConnect Zoom Feature Can Enhance Students' Interactions With Faculty

Canvas-based TechConnect Zoom facilitates students’ and faculty’s scheduling of office hours, private appointments and much more.

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Multi-factor Authentication Recommended by the Chancellor's Office to Improve Online Security

Multi-factor authentication is a simple yet highly effective security mechanism to protect systems from hackers.

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Chancellor's Office Internally Launches New Online Help Desk for Technical Requests

ServiceNow implementation will eliminate multiple custom applications for help desk functionality and research requests.

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May 2020

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STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION ONLINE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC BOLSTERED BY SYSTEMWIDE RESOURCES 

The Chancellor’s Office is continually expanding system resources to support students virtually, including resources for internet connectivity, online learning and online support services.

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ADDRESSING INTERNET CONNECTIVITY NEEDS OF THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Chancellor’s Office funding dedicated to providing both short-term and long-term solutions to increase and sustain students, faculty, staff and colleges’ internet connectivity.

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SYSTEMWIDE RESOURCES CONTINUE ENABLING REMOTE INSTRUCTION AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES 

Numerous resources for instructional design, online instruction and student support services are available to facilitate the work of faculty and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 ONLINE TEACHING CONFERENCE WILL BE VIRTUAL AND AT NO COST TO ATTENDEES

Register today to attend OTC 2020 taking place virtually June 17-19 to learn about best practices for online education and network with colleagues across the California Community Colleges.

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July 2020

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System Resources Facilitate Online Course Success at Compton College for Students and Faculty

Students and faculty share how systemwide tools and resources through the California Virtual College-Online Education Initiative led to engaging instructional design and successful course completion.

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Latest OpenCCC, CCCApply Updates Enhance the Student Experience

With a focus on continual enhancements, the CCCApply annual release in May delivered a mobile-friendly, English-Spanish application that supports more students than ever before.

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Chancellor’s Office Partners with Student Centered Design Lab to Redesign California College Promise Grant Application

The simplified tuition and fee waiver application takes about half the time to complete and will be available in late summer. 

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More than 11,000 Educators Attended 2020 Online Teaching Conference

The June Online Teaching Conference received excellent feedback from attendees about information and resources for transitioning courses online in the wake of COVID-19.

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CCC MyPath Integrations Help Students Stay On Track

The ability for colleges to create custom educational pathways on the fly is soon to be a reality for those that have adopted the CCC MyPath student onboarding system.

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Information Security and Accessibility Summer Workshops Delivered Virtually

Hundreds of faculty and staff participated in the June virtual workshops focused on campus information security and accessibility strategies.

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September 2020

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CVC launches student-focused homepage and video series

The California Virtual Campus (CVC) recently launched the student-centered CVC Exchange, which allows students from any California Community College to enroll in classes at participating Teaching Colleges.

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California Community College ID Helping Fulfill the Vision for Success

More than 10 million California Community College IDs (CCCIDs) have been issued since the account creation process was established. Colleges that adopt this unique student identifier for reporting purposes are able to tie together longitudinal data in support of student success.

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CCC Technology Center Enhances Online Support Communities for Students and Staff

An improved helpdesk platform for students and staff allows more ways to communicate and provides better organization and an expanded use of forums to enhance support for users of the tools within the Ed Tech portfolio stewarded by the California Community Colleges Technology Center.

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Zoom Training Sessions Help Community Colleges Gear Up for Fall

CCC TechConnect was integral in helping community colleges ramp up for the fall semester by offering live online Zoom trainings for faculty and staff at no charge. Funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, TechConnect’s mission is to offer technology solutions and support to enhance the online learning experience and boost student success.

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December 2020

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CCC TechConnect and PlayPosit: Taking Learning to a New Level

Advances in technology are enabling faculty to better engage their students and create a richer learning environment that leads to a more satisfactory experience. A great example of this type of technology is PlayPosit 3.0, which allows instructors to optimize video content from TechConnect or other video platforms.

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Student Survey to Gauge Accessibility Need

 The CCC Accessibility Center is conducting a survey of California Community Colleges students to identify which applications they prefer to use on a regular basis. The survey asks about assistive technology and alternate media preferences. It is purely voluntary and no student personal information is collected as part of the survey.

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Reviewing Best Practices in Ransomware Defense for Colleges

Due to a recent rise in ransomware attacks on higher education institutions, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor's Office and the CCC Information Security Center delivered an October webinar where information security experts reviewed the current methods of ransomware attacks and the best practices for defending the college and district. 

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Winter Workshops to Focus on Information Security and Accessibility

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Information Security & Accessibility Winter Workshops, being held on January 11-12, 2021, allow the CCC Information Security Center and CCC Accessibility Center to connect with faculty and staff to offer effective strategies and practices for maintaining the security of student and college data.

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California Community Colleges Data Wins Best of California Award

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Data project was named winner of the 2020 Best of California Award for “Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs” by Government Technology Magazine.

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