Initial Assessment: Online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses are provided primarily through Desire-to-Learn (D2L), Moodle, and some publisher learning management systems (LMS). In May 2016, the district’s LMS Work Group recommended to the District Academic Senate that all Los Rios colleges join the CCCCO Online Education Initiative, including adopting Canvas as the sole Los Rios online, hybrid, and web-enhanced course LMS platform.  The recommendation was accepted by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees approved the necessary contracts.  Despite information in the class schedule regarding individual class section requirements/expectations for use of online, hybrid and/or web-enhancements, many students are unaware of those requirements/expectations when they register for the classes.  District and college research offices lack efficient access to course modality information to produce required enrollment and student outcome reports to meet local, accreditation, state, and federal requirements with reasonable levels of time and effort. 

Plans:

  1. Transition all Los Rios online, hybrid, and web enhanced courses, as well as the online student college orientation and student club and organization sites from their current LMSs to Canvas by January 1, 2018. 
    1. Lead(s): DOIT Production Services and college LMS Coordinators
    2. Funding Sources: California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for Canvas contract,  one-time Program Development Funds for consultant assistance to DOIT for initial set up and to compensate faculty for course transitions
    3. College and District Roles: DOIT will configure and maintain Canvas with input from college LMS coordinators.  LMS coordinators will provide guidance to faculty with the transition process.
  2. Provide professional development for all faculty transitioning courses to Canvas and classified staff who support students and faculty in their use of Canvas.  Provide student orientations to Canvas either prior to enrolling or within assigned courses.
    1. Lead(s):  College LMS Coordinators
    2. Funding Sources: District one-time-only Program Development Funds support for initial transition and ongoing college professional development funds
    3. College and District Roles: District and colleges will provide funding to support professional development for college faculty and staff.  Colleges will provide faculty and staff with online and on-ground professional development activities.
  3. Define the roles and responsibilities for ensuring compliance with ADA technology accessibility laws, including how to appropriately select and use 3rd-party learning tools and other interfaces to the Canvas environment.
    1. Lead(s): College LMS Coordinators and TBD Technology Accessibility Experts
    2.  Funding Sources: Existing resources and Program Development Funds as needed
    3. College and District Roles: District and colleges will provide access to professional development activities to address technology accessibility issues.
  4. Develop additional methods to consistently provide needed information to prospective students regarding the level of online activity required for each class section and provide enhanced access to modality data needed by college and district Research Offices to meet internal and external reporting requirements.
    1. Leads: College Instruction Offices, DOIT Application Services, and District Research
    2. Funding Sources: Existing resources and Program Development Funds as needed
    3. College and District Roles: Faculty will ensure course modality options are current in the Socrates curriculum management system.  College Instruction Offices ensure each class section’s modality is accurately entered in the class schedule.  With input from college instruction and college and district research offices, DOIT will create and implement processes to display the proportion of online components required or optional for each class section for all classes by fall 2018 and provide Research Offices better access to data needed for required internal and external reports. 

Indicators of Success:

  1. All online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses are transitioned to Canvas by January 1, 2018.
  2. Online student college orientation and student club and organization sites are transitioned to Canvas by January 1, 2018.
  3. Roles and responsibilities to address technology accessibility issues are documented and implemented as appropriate.
  4. Class schedules consistently indicate proportion of online components required or optional for each class section for all classes by fall 2018.