The MCCVLC facilitates activities and initiatives that provide value to the membership. The projects listed below are strategies that address the MCCVLC Strategic Plan. See the information below to learn more about each initiative.
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.
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.
The MCCVLC Advisory Council has directed the MCCVLC to seek authorization from those states that require such authorization when enrolling out-of-state students.
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.
MCCVLC 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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Orientation - Thanks to Professor Dan Holt from LCC for providing this link to a good orientation in Second Life (SL) : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Oxbridge/92/197/27/ . 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.
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.
The MCCVLC Course Quality Assurance Project is an inter-institutional process that utilizes the MCCVLC 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 MCCVLC 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:
Freeware Project - The LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications of Dallas County Community College District recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) to explore the concept of open courseware. Through its Dallas TeleLearning operation, the LeCroy Center has invited MCCVLC member institutions to participate in the Freeware project.
MCCVLC Help Desk Initiative- A sub-group of the MCCVLC Advisory Council is working on a Help Desk Collaborative, to assist colleges with the task of providing technical support for online students.
MCCVLC Open Textbook Project
This project provides resources for faculty and instructional designers who are interested in providing affordable options for course texts. Training sessions provide information on how to discover, adopt, use and adapt open textbooks.
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:
K-12 Initiatives - The Michigan CoOp
MCCVLC Online Program Development Project - This project involves the collaborative design and development of specific programs of study that will be available for all Michigan public community colleges to use in whatever fashion is most appropriate for them.
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: https://cewd.box.net/shared/f3b2za3mah
May 4, 2011 Online Trading Day informationat http://www.ivefinancial.com/get.php?q=online/trading/days
June2011 STEM VE Conference in New York information and online registration can be found at http://www.ive.cuny.edu/2011conference/
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.
http://vimeo.com/18748591 (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: http://www.ivefinancial.com/get.php?q=handbook Webinars on how to use the tools, are available at: http://www.ivefinancial.com/get.php?q=ive/webinars/out
Here is an article of one of the Online Trading Days (including a video from a Belgian TV station): http://www.ive.cuny.edu/viewarticle.php?sid=154
Tons of other "stuff" (curriculum docs, webinar on models for course adoption, PPTs, evaluations studies, grant proposals, publications, etc.): https://cewd.box.net/shared/vix02j99o7