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The MCO facilitates activities and initiatives that provide value to the membership.  The projects listed below are strategies that address MCO Strategic Initiatives.  See the information below to learn more about each initiative.

MCO Open Educational Resources Repository Project -

The MCO OER Repository Project provides a space and process for faculty and staff at Michigan Community Colleges to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute Open Educational Resources.  The project is guided by the MCO Repository Project Steering Committee.  The committee will assist with selection of the platform for hosting open educational resources; selection of projects at the colleges to be funded; creation of policies/procedures; and training and marketing of the opportunities available at the MCO Repository.  Members of the steering committee include faculty, librarians, distance education administrators, chief academic officers and other staff from the MCO member institutions.

Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) Collaborative Programs Initiative -

The Collaborative Programs Initiative provides the structure and return on investment for colleges to share in high-cost and low-enrollment programs that are critical to their communities.  The focus for most of the Collaborative Programs Initiative is in the health careers field where instructional costs are high and the demand for graduates is less than a full cohort of students each semester.  By joining together, colleges are able to provide the graduates needed in their communities and share the costs of a program - making the ROI a more attractive option.    Michigan Colleges Online and Michigan Community College Association provide oversight, infrastructure and act as fiscal agent for the Collaborative Programs Initiative.

State Authorization Project -

The MCCVLC Advisory Council has directed the MCCVLC to seek authorization from those states that require such authorization when enrolling out-of-state students. 

Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) Project -

The MCCA established a task force of presidents to review current services of MCCVLC and in light of new innovations in the market, provide recommendations to the MCCA Board of Directors on moving forward.  Those recommendations included a renewal of the Collaborative, with tools for faculty and college engagement, and upgrades in infrastructure that take advantage of the technology now available.

Project Goals -

Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-study (Project GOALS) is a nationwide initiative, funded by FIPSE, to improve web accessibility in higher education for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. The current focus of work is to develop materials and processes useful for administrative personnel to make the decision and commitment to engage in system wide web accessibility. GOALS is a national consortium with members including web accessibility experts, regional education compacts, postsecondary systems, and a regional accreditor of colleges and universities.

MCO is a member of the Project GOALS initiative.  The following colleges have begun work with the Benchmarking and Planning tools - moving their institutions forward to complete web accessibility:

  • Bay College
  • Delta College
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Kirtland Community College
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Oakland Community College
  • St. Clair County Community College
  • Washtenaw Community College

The following links provide helpful information regarding the project:

For more information on how to become a participant, contact Ronda Edwards at:

Higher Learning Commission -

The Higher Learning Commission has changed the definition of distance delivery courses and programs as well as their reporting and approval processes.  Below are links to helpful information for colleges involved in a distance education course audit and approval.

MCCVLC Second Island -

The Collaborative has acquired a private island in Second Life for instructional use by faculty at member institutions.  For more information and the surl, please contact Ronda Edwards at

  • Orientation - Thanks to Professor Dan Holt from LCC for providing this link to a good orientation in Second Life (SL) : . Just open the web page, then click on "Join Now, it's free!" and follow the instructions for creating an account and avatar for Second Life. Once you've downloaded the viewer, your avatar should rez (materialize) at the Caledon Oxbridge Orientation Area. Go through the orientation presented, reading all of the signs and completing all of the activities. It should take one-two hours. As you complete the orientation, you'll find some free stuff you can take for your avatar.

Carnegie Mellon Community College Online Learning Initiative 

Community college courses developed online by Carnegie Mellon University and provided free of charge for colleges to use.  Currently the courses available are in Psychology, Statistics, Biology.

MCO Course Quality Assurance Project -

The MCO Course Quality Assurance Project is an inter-institutional process that utilizes the MCO Online Course Development Guidelines and Rubric with inter-institutional peer review of courses to certify the quality of online courses offered at our member institutions. The major objective of the MCO Course Quality Assurance Project is to provide a credible and valid process that will assure participating colleges, as well as students, that online courses offered by our member institutions have been reviewed and determined to be of high quality. Courses that go through the peer-review process will receive recognition of excellence.

Archives of Past Initiatives:


  • MCCVLC Non-Credit Task ForceCharge: The Task Force will develop business models to support the sharing of non-credit curriculum (MCCVLC Strategic Goal #2). This includes two distinct yet similar opportunities:


  • The Virtual Enterprise Project

    The City University of New York (CUNY) Institute for Virtual Enterprise (IVE) is a unique technology-driven, student-centered simulation in a wide variety of educational settings and disciplines. IVE incorporates active learning strategies that combine both academic and applied learning online as well as face to face.

    IVE's mission is to enhance student engagement and success by building awareness in Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Environmental Preservation within a context of Sustainable Development. The MCCVLC is facilitating the training of faculty interested in utilizing the IVE in their classes - on-campus or online.

    IVE employs simulations, case studies, events, colloquia and scenarios to transform both teaching and learning into a global community comprised of students, educators, businesses and community leaders.

Presentations and related documents from April 8, 2011 Seminar can be found at:

May 4, 2011 Online Trading Day informationat

June2011 STEM VE Conference in New York information and online registration can be found at

This webinar will provide information for faculty and administrators on the mission of the Institute for Virtual Enterprise - and how it can be adopted and adapted to curriculum at your institution.

Webinar Recording
: (Password: DEMO2011)
Webinar PPT and Video Source file:

Intro Videos about VE (Start with these videos before listening to the webinar for the first time):

The MarketMaker Handbook can be accessed at: Webinars on how to use the tools, are available at:

Here is an article of one of the Online Trading Days (including a video from a Belgian TV station):

Tons of other "stuff" (curriculum docs, webinar on models for course adoption, PPTs, evaluations studies, grant proposals, publications, etc.):



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