Ready to "Play" POCR?
While the DE Mentor Program is geared toward faculty who are beginning to teach online, the POCR (Peer Online Course Review) Program is geared toward faculty who are experienced in teaching fully online for a while and are willing to invest the hours of intensive revision of their course to align with the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric's 44 criteria. Below is the call for POCR applicants from Michael Kilivris, CCC's POCR Lead.
It's a new semester and there's another round of POCR to play! Peer online course review, that is. CCC's POCR program is designed to help CCC faculty develop high-quality online courses that are effective, equitable, and accessible, and thus better promote online student success. Given this important work, faculty will receive $2000 for participating in the POCR program this semester. Please read on for more information, including about how to apply!
CCC's POCR Program
The POCR program at CCC is designed to help faculty improve the quality of their online courses by aligning them to the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric, a set of standards developed by California Community Colleges for content presentation, interaction, assessment, learner support, and accessibility. Faculty participants ("mentees") will work on-to-one with trained CCC faculty mentors to align their course to each standard of the rubric, meeting several times over the course of the semester. The larger goals of the program include:
- Helping CCC faculty develop effective, equitable, and accessible online courses
- Increasing success rates and closing equity gaps among CCC’s online students
- Building a community of practice around high-quality online teaching at CCC
Depending on your experience and comfort level with online teaching, aligning your course to the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric can take time. In general, it will take anywhere from a few to several hours per week to get your course to where it needs to be. Please also note that the process as a whole, from mentorship to official CVC-OEI approval, can take up to a year to complete. Of course, you will have plenty of support from your mentor as well as your fellow mentees, the POCR Lead, Accessibility Specialist, and DE Coordinator, along the way. Please expect to:
- Meet approximately 4 times with your mentor
- Attend 4 monthly cohort meetings with all mentees and mentors, along with the POCR Lead, Accessibility Specialist, and DE Coordinator
For more information, including testimonials from former participants, here is a recording of the Flex workshop on the POCR program from this semester. I recommend fast-forwarding to part where former mentees share their experiences!
How to Apply
All CCC faculty, including part-timers, whose courses meet the requirements below are welcome and encouraged to apply. Faculty of color are especially encouraged to apply.
- The course you would like to align is a fully online course
- You have taught this course fully online for at least 1 full term
- Your course is part of an ADT (Associates Degree for Transfer), CTE (Career Technical Education) program, or General Education Transfer Pattern (ex: CSU or IGETC)
To apply, just complete the POCR Mentee Application by next Friday, February 5th. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns or would like more information, feel free to reach out to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register Now for the 4CD Open Ed Symposium: Creating ZTC and Open Equitable Resources on Feb. 19, 2021, 9am-12pm
Why are open resources critical to equity and student success? How do I implement OER resources in my classes? How do I make my classes zero-textbook cost (ZTC)? Join us for this exciting 4CD event on Friday, February 19, 2021, 9 am to 12 pm. Flex credit is available, and part time faculty will be compensated for 3 hours at their OAS rate. Register now on GROW@4CD.
9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome & Icebreaker
9:05 –9:25 am OER Student Impacts - James Glapa-Grossklag
9:25 – 9:45 am OER for Antiracism Initiative - Una Daly
9:45 –10:30 am How Textbook Costs Affect Students - Student Panel
10:30 – 10:35 am Break
10:35 – 10:45 am OER Student Success Research from LMC - Scott Hubbard
10:45 – 11:05 am Success Stories with OER/ZTC - 4CD Faculty Panel:
- CCC - Nooshi Borhan, ESL
- DVC - Andrea Sorce, Economics
- LMC - Paul West, Chemistry
11:05 – 11:55 am Hackathon: Implementing OER in Breakouts by Disciplines and Interests
11:55 am – 12:00 pm Conclusion
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