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. One of the highlights from the launch included a redesigned CVC homepage.
The CVC worked with the Student Centered Design Lab to conduct student usability testing to determine the ease of navigating the online course finder. The usability testing revealed opportunities for the product team to increase student understanding through clearer landing page copy, improved search functionality and a simplified enrollment process.
One of the most exciting features of the redesigned homepage is the enhanced streamlined search process. Students will now be able to search for online classes at all California Community Colleges using a single search engine. ASSIST data is integrated into the platform so students can search for courses by CSU GE Areas, IGETC Areas, substitute courses and keyword. When a student clicks through search results, courses eligible for cross enrollment will be marked with Add Class, while others will display the word Apply.
In addition to a relaunched homepage, the CVC worked with the Foundation for California Community Colleges on a series of short videos highlighting the system’s online resources, which were designed to help alleviate uncertainty for students who are unfamiliar with online learning.
The series of four videos includes a general online learning overview, the online tools and platforms students might experience in an online class, support services offered by campuses such as online tutoring and online health and wellness resources. All videos are currently available at cvc.edu/keeplearning/, and colleges are encouraged to share these videos directly with their students.