Nine community colleges and one district are included in projects awarded a combined $8.5 million in funding to support professional development and the redesign of online science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses across the California Community Colleges, California State University and the University of California systems.
Funding was awarded by the California Education Learning Lab, a division of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in response to the Learning Lab RFP. The RFP called for projects that incorporate learning science and adaptive learning technology into curriculum and pedagogy, to improve learning outcomes and close STEM equity gaps. A community college was included in each of the winning proposals, in collaboration with California State University and University of California campuses for project implementation.
Following are the 10 award recipients:
One-third of students attending a California community college take at least one course online. Digital courses hold significant potential to improve access to STEM education among nontraditional students and California students from marginalized groups. In alignment with the Vision for Success, ultimately these projects will help increase overall associate degree completion and transfer rates and support the development of our future workforce.
According to Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation at California Virtual Campus - Online Education Initiative, “The Education Learning Lab grants will foster unparalleled collaboration across California’s higher education systems. Faculty will have the unique opportunity to test new online course design and teaching strategies to identify how to cultivate meaningful and successful online learning experiences for our STEM students. This funding shows California’s commitment to serving our diverse student population, as well as supporting innovations in online teaching and learning.”
Full descriptions of the awarded proposals are available on the California Education Learning Lab website.