2021 Archives

April 2021

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Adopting Accessibility Board Policies

A virtual workshop hosted by the California Community Colleges Accessibility Center outlined one college’s process to adopt accessibility board policies and administrative procedures, and the resources that are available to colleges undertaking a similar effort.

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COVID-19 Sparks Massive Surge of Zoom Users in the California Community College System

To meet the dramatic increase in demand for help, TechConnect’s Support Services implemented a training program for users consisting of recorded trainings available in its online knowledge base, which the staff keeps current with the latest information, frequently asked questions, best practices and videos for users to access at their convenience.

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CCC TechConnect Provides Technology Solutions to the CCC System

Funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, CCC TechConnect’s mission is to offer technology solutions and support to enhance the online learning experience and boost student success — which as previously mentioned in this issue — has helped facilitate 8 million meetings throughout the system, including courses, meetings, and conferences.

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Faculty Leverage Course Design to Start the Accessibility Conversation

In a January virtual workshop hosted by the CCC Accessibility Center, college representatives discussed how course development has been the starting point for creating a culture of accessibility on their campuses.

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Social Engineering Attacks and How to Avoid It

A social engineering attack is when an individual attempts to take advantage of an unsuspecting person in order to obtain confidential information or the means to access that information. In a January virtual workshop, Omer Usmani covered the most common social engineering methods and what to do if you suspect you have been targeted.

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An Inside Look at CCC Data

As a systemwide service supporting local efforts, CCC Data provides researchers at colleges, districts, and the CCCCO with access to these data sources, where critical data may be used to support institutional decision-making aligned with the Chancellor's Vision for Success.

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May 2021

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Leveraging Technology Tools to Improve Student Equity

With equity in mind, the California Community Colleges system, in partnership with CCC TechConnect, is finding new ways to leverage technology to make learning more accessible to all students, while giving faculty the tools they need to teach in interactive and compelling ways.

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Quick, Easy Student Accounts in CCC Technology Center Release

Streamlined and enhanced student account creation is the focus of the Spring 2021 release of the California Community Colleges Technology Center’s Student Success Suite. Student account creation through OpenCCC has undergone a major overhaul to remove obstacles to account creation and modernize and enhance student account security.

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Systemwide Technology Access Collaborative Benefits Campuses Through Institutional Pricing

The Systemwide Technology Access Collaborative (STAC) is a systemwide collaboration between the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the Foundation for California Community Colleges' CollegeBuys program, and the California Virtual Campus designed to streamline the procurement of digital access tools. 

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Virtual Workshops to Explore Security, Accessibility Practices in the CCC

Coming in June, two back-to-back virtual workshops will delve into important and timely issues around the security and accessibility of information technology, data and learning materials in the California Community Colleges (CCC).

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New Path to Vision Resource Center/Cornerstone Integration Offered

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is financially supporting integration for all colleges through June 30, 2021. To ensure that all colleges and districts can seize this opportunity, and recognizing the challenges they have faced over the past year, the Phased Integration path was created to give colleges and districts until June 2022 to integrate the platform and launch it to employees.

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CVC Offering Free, Self-paced Online Mental Health Course for Clinicians

In response to a growing mental health issue among California Community College students, the California Virtual Campus (CVC) is offering a free, self-paced Online Mental Health Course for Clinicians course. The course is intended for mental health clinicians and provides a close look at the growing trend of distance mental health services and their importance for community college students. 

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September 2021

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CCC MyPath Helping to Bring Students Back to the Classroom

With enrollments down statewide — largely attributed to the COVID pandemic — California’s community colleges are exploring new ways of utilizing the CCC MyPath (MyPath) student onboarding tool to engage prospective students who might need extra assistance.

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Chancellor's Office and Tech Center Implementing Improvements for Combating Virtual Fraud

Numerous sectors have transitioned to a virtual environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with this shift comes a greater opportunity for fraudulent activity across all industries and government operations, including higher education.

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CVC Partnering with the Student Centered Design Lab for Iterative Redesign of the Systemwide Online Course Exchange

Over the past 18 months, the California Virtual Campus (CVC) has been partnering with the Student Centered Design Lab to gather student feedback about the CVC Online Course Exchange.

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Fall into Humanizing Online Teaching: A Pathway to Equity

This fall, the California Virtual Campus (CVC) is hosting a professional development series designed to prepare you for designing and teaching more equitable online classes. The series, called “Fall into Humanizing Online Teaching: A Pathway to Equity” runs from September through November and is open to all California community colleges faculty and staff.

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The Benefits of Signing Up for a Zoom Subaccount

Zoom subaccounts offer more control, access to a multitude of productivity apps and an updated and more intuitive Canvas integration.

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CCC Data Warehouse Expands Data Sources

A wider variety of data sources now feed the California Community Colleges Data Warehouse, allowing college Researchers and the Chancellor’s Office access to data in support of institutional improvement and decision-making.

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CENIC Network Upgrade Supports CCC Bandwidth Needs

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) is modernizing its high-speed research and education network to support the growing and evolving needs of members statewide, including the California Community Colleges.

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November 2021

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Zoom Language Interpretation Provides for More Equitable Online Classrooms and Meetings

 Many students who are simultaneously learning the English language may find English-only classes a barrier to learning and make them feel as if they don’t belong in the class. The Zoom language interpreter technology can help to provide an inclusive learning environment to all community college students in California. 

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Student Success Suite Fall Release

The final pilot phase for the new student account system will be deployed in November. During this time, the new student account system will link to other products in the Student Success Suite (SSS): CCCApply’s Standard, International, and California College Promise Grant student applications, as well as the CCC MyPath’s student onboarding system.

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Application, Enrollment and Financial Aid Fraud Mitigation Efforts

Fraud attempts against public sector entities have seen a dramatic increase since government initiatives began helping people struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. This past summer, the California community colleges noticed an increase in frequency and sophistication of fraud attempts.

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CCC Workshops Address Security, Accessibility of Information

Hosted by the CCC Information Security Center and CCC Accessibility Center, the 2022 Winter Workshops will be held January 10-11, 2022. Subject matter is geared toward information technology, disability services, faculty training, and procurement professionals, but all California community college personnel are welcome to attend.

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December is the deadline to Integrate with the Vision Resource Center at No Cost

Time is running out for districts that have not. After December 2021, colleges/districts that wish to integrate will have to do so at their own expense, which could cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.

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CENIC: Expanding Internet Access Across California

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office works in partnership with the California Community Colleges Technology Center and CENIC to provide internet connectivity to all California community colleges through the CalREN network. Through this partnership with CENIC, the Chancellor’s Office is able to provide access to online education and distance learning services for all students.

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