Online Education Initiative (OEI)

Update on progress towards a Fully Resourced Distance Education Program, December 2016

Online Support Ecosystem
  • Online Readiness (Quest Program) in pilot Spring 2017.
  • Coordinated Online Library services listed in Canvas.
  • Online Test Proctoring Plagiarism Detection, Proctorio piloting Spring 2017
  • Accessibility Support and Universal Design, In conjunction with DSPS, courses checked for accessibility, ongoing.
  • Online Tutoring, Net Tutor, In conjunction with the LRC implemented in Fall 2016.
  • Embedded Support for Underperforming Students, in development
  • Online Counseling Network and Platform, in development
  • Professional Development and Course Design Rubric, Course Design Rubric used in the IOTL.



Update on the OEI, November 2016


OEI Course Exchange

Course Design Rubric (post-Nov. 2016)

Course Exchange

The Online Education Initiative (OEI) course exchange includes 24 colleges in its pilot phase through Fall 2017.  During the Spring and Fall of 2017, the pilot colleges will be offering online courses through the exchange.  The initial list of courses are all C-ID courses.  This list of courses will be expanded as early as December 2016 to include other C-ID courses, a necessary requirement to insure a smooth articulation process for the students. CCSF may join the consortium as early as Spring 2018 and at that point, the exchange will accept applications from CCSF instructors. To prepare for joining the consortium, CCSF is encouraged to

  • complete the adoption of Canvas,
  • implement external applications such as NetTutor, Proctorio, and Quest,
  • familiarize instructors with the OEI course design rubric, and
  • encourage faculty to become Peer Online Course Reviewers.

CCSF Progress to Date

  • All courses will be on Canvas by Summer 2017.
  • Completed implementation of NetTutor.
  • Implementation of Proctorio and Quest in progress for Spring 2017.
  • OEI course design rubric is used in the instructor training course, Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (IOTL).
  • Two faculty are certified Peer Online Course Reviewers.

Course Review Process

The process to have a course reviewed for the OEI course exchange is being streamlined. The first two steps are to fill out a Faculty Interest Form and complete a self check with the OEI rubric. CCSF instructors will not be able to submit an application form until January 2018, but they can familiarize themselves with the OEI rubric and get their course as exchange ready as possible in the meantime.


CCSF joins the Online Education Initiative

As of July 1, 2016, City College of San Francisco has joined the State of California's Online Education Initiative.  Training, resources and support for faculty in the transition from Insight (Moodle) to Canvas including a timeline for the adoption are updated here.

Learning Management System Review

In Fall of 2015 and Spring 2016, the Educational Technology Department conducted a review of the Learning Management System.  The task force documented the process and the conclusion to switch from Insight (Moodle) to Canvas in the Recommendation Report

Resolution passed by the CCSF Faculty Senate

On Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, the Academic Senate passed the following resolution: 


Resolution: Adoption of Canvas Learning Management System - PASSES

Whereas, The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI) has created, for the first time, a system-wide consortium of online leaders and experts to implement standards and improve the experience and quality of online courses for students; and

Whereas, Students and faculty have struggled with Moodle idiosyncrasies that require a disproportionate amount of attention on technology; and

Whereas, Largely because of its intuitive interface, Canvas has been selected but the OEI, after an exhaustingly thorough, intensive review process that included students, faculty, staff, and other experts throughout the state, as the recommended Learning Management System (LMS) for California Community Colleges by the OEI; and

Whereas, the Educational Technology Department conducted an evaluation of Canvas (report:; and

Whereas, the CCSF Educational Technology Department ran its own pilot with Canvas in spring 2016 and students preferred it to Moodle (survey:; and

Whereas, Canvas has a “History of strong completion and success rate for students” (; and

Whereas, Faculty user adoption rate at colleges [using Canvas] is significantly higher than other systems (; and

Whereas, Colleges that have adopted Canvas report significantly fewer support calls and less need for faculty LMS training; and

Whereas, Moodle costs approximately $60,000 per year, and Canvas will be free at least through the 2018-2019 school year, saving the District approximately $120,000.

Whereas, After 2019, the “OEI is optimistic that this level of support [i.e. free] will continue.” Even if Canvas is not free, the cost is expected not to exceed $20,000 per year; and

Whereas, The OEI provides the opportunity for a college to implement Canvas as per our own identified timeline with a suggested 15-month implementation cycle (3-month implementation process, 9 months of running Canvas in parallel with a legacy system while the last 3-months are used to sunset the legacy system)

Whereas, The current contract with Remote-Learner will expires in June 2017 which makes May 1, 2016 an appropriate time to begin the implementation process with Canvas to incorporate the 15 month conversion cycle;

Therefore: Be it resolved, that the Academic Senate at City College of San Francisco support beginning implementation of Canvas beginning May 1, 2016  and will be transitioning over a 15-month period, to Canvas; and        

Therefore: Be it further resolved, that in accordance with the ASCCC and the recommendation from the OEI, associated savings from the transition to Canvas stay within the DE program for projects such as providing Canvas training and compensated LMS transitional support, ensuring that all DE courses meet OEI standards such as Section 508 accessibility, and enhancing the DE programs and in order to support students success at City College of San Francisco.