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Jumping Into the Deep End: CCCS' Success At Moving CTE Courses to Blended Courses

Brenda Perea (Colorado Community College System, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 9:10am
Blended Models and Course Design
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Community Colleges
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Plaza Ballroom D
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 4
Virtual Session

CCCS converted 120+ courses to blended learning within the last year. Attendees marvel how grant requirements forced 16 colleges to rethink how they delivered content.

Extended Abstract

Research has shown that today's student demands different college course experience than students demanded 5 years ago. In the disciplines of career and technical education, students and industry certifications demanded more than just offering some content online. These courses require us to rethink how we delivered certificates such as Electrical Lineman, Wind Turbine Technician, Process Technologist, Solar Voltaic Tech, Mine Safety and Hazard Certification, Welding, and Emergency Medical Responder courses.

In the spirit of embracing student engagement, Colorado Community College System received 3 Department of Labor TAACCCT grants with the stipulation of converting F2F courses to hybrid or online. TAACCCT 1 grant concentrated on courses within energy certificates, TAACCCT 2 is converting healthcare courses to blended learning, and TAACCCT3 is converting advance manufacturing courses. As of today, we have converted 122 energy courses and 35 advanced manufacturing courses to blended courses. We have also been successful in creating and sharing content between the 13 system colleges and 3 independent colleges.

This session will present Colorado Community Colleges' success in converting courses to blended courses, while promoting sharing of course content across colleges. By the end of the session, each attendee will understand the challenges and successes in converting career and technical education courses to blended format, while acknowledging instructor acceptance was not always enthusiastic.

Key Points

1. Review strategies of choosing courses to convert to hybrid

o Certificates with high enrollment
o Courses which could be "flipped", delivered online, used simulations, authentic assessment was needed for certifications
o Student enrollment locale
o Could course content be shared between colleges

2. Concerns and specific challenges that were faced.

3. Share stories of recent sharing and discuss benefits to individual colleges, the system and the students.

4. Moving courses to hybrid: what works, what doesn't and when to walk away!

Expected Outcomes:

  • As a result of this session attendees will be able to:…

o Understand the challenges and successes of converting career and technical education courses to blended format

o Develop a plan for starting a conversation about taking certificates/courses to blended and use of OER for publishing content

Lead Presenter

Brenda M. Perea is the Instructional Design Project Manager for TAACCCT 1 and 3 Grants at Colorado Community College System ensuring CCCS’s grant projects are both collaborative and inclusive, while benefiting post-secondary and workforce partnerships. She has spent the last 15 years in the instructional design field, with projects spanning academia, corporate and government/military. Her current projects include providing instructional design training and technical assistance for 300 hybrid and online course developments, while serving as a central resource for publishing grant material to OER. As a personal viewpoint, she believes that credentialing and “badging” is starting to be more valued in the academic area, similar to how the credentialing movement has overtaken the corporate and government/military realms. Additionally, to improve her skills in developing hybrid and online courses and use of OER, she is a certified Quality Matters Peer reviewer and a certified Merlot OER Peer Reviewer.