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2017 - 2019 Executive Summary - Strategic Direction (Draft)

This document is in process and will be posted as soon as it is finalized (estimated July 1, 2017)


The Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association (OCCDLA) collaborates with multiple agencies and organizations throughout the state of Oregon. Our primary focus is on teaching and learning through the use of academic technology. Our strategic direction, initiatives and areas of focus are guided by the following stakeholders:
  • Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and Office of Community Colleges & Workforce Development (CCWD);
  • Student Success Advisory Committee (SSAC);
  • Oregon Presidents Council (OPC);
  • Chief Academic Officers (CAO);
  • Council of Instructional Administrators (CIA)


Our strategic direction supports student access, preparation, retention, completion and success, through the following statewide collaborative activities:


  • Textbook Affordability/Open Education Resources (OER)
    • Goal 1: Increase access to education by reducing costs through the use of OER and low-cost materials.
      • Activity: Support a coordinator of open educational library services who will increase the adoption of open educational resources at community colleges in Oregon by working directly with faculty, libraries, and other stakeholders.
  • Budget Sustainability and Consortial Licensing
    • Goal 2: Reduce higher education costs through consortial licensing.
      • Reduce travel costs and expand attendance for remote meeting capabilities for community college faculty and staff; support implementation of mobile strategy; collaborate for enhanced video repository capabilities; address compliance needs for accessible instructional media; increase access to quality instructional content.
      • Cost savings via consortial agreements with Blackboard Collaborate, Films on Demand, Kaltura, Quality Matters.
  • Quality Course Design and Professional Development
    • Goal 3: Reduce online student dropout rates and increase student completion rates by promoting quality course design and professional development for online instruction.
      • Activity: Collaborate on statewide license for Quality Matters. Support faculty training on this nationally recognized model for course design standards and professional development.
      • Activity: Support faculty and staff participation in NWeLearn conference.
      • Activity: Support faculty and staff participation in Quality Matters National Conference.
  • Operational Support for Statewide Initiatives
    • Goal 4: Share the work of OCCDLA in an open, collaborative and transparent nature
      • Activity: Collaborate and coordinate on statewide activities to support the initiatives outlined in our strategic direction statement. Administrative support coordinates all activities and supports cost savings by not having redundant efforts.
  • Emergent Technology
    • Goal 5: Support student success and retention by evaluating and recommending the use of new technology in the digital classroom.
      • Activity: Conduct analysis of new and emerging technology opportunities that may lead to future consortial agreements and cost savings.
  • Accessibility
    • Goal 6: Recommend best practices and solutions for facilitating accessible learning environments.
      • Activity: Coordinate statewide closed captioning initiatives.
      • Activity: Produce support resources that promote accessible learning for OCCDLA use.
      • Activity: Evaluate eLearning tools and platforms for degree of accessibility.


  • Student Completion and Retention/Analytic
    • Goal 7: Reduce online student dropout rates and increase student completion rates by promoting completion activities and data analysis. Disseminate student, instructor and institutional strategies which can help improve completion rates.
      • Activity: Host completion conferences for faculty and administrators. Develop and share a list of completion strategies.



2017-2019 Strategic Proposals and College Leads

NOTE: To be completed after funding proposals are submitted to CCWD and either approved or rejected


  • Textbook Affordability/Open Education Resources (OER)
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total


  • Budget Sustainability and Consortial Licensing
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total


  • Quality Course Design and Professional Development
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total


  • Operational support for statewide initiatives
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total


  • Emergent Technology
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total


  • Accessibility
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total


  • Student Completion and Retention/Analytics
    • Funding Proposal(s):
      • Proposal/College Lead/Budget Total



(April 2017)

Link to printable document


2015 - 2017 Executive Summary - Strategic Direction



The Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association (OCCDLA) supports the Office of Community Colleges & Workforce Development (CCWD), the Oregon Presidents Council (OPC) and the Council of Instructional Administrators (CIA). Our strategic direction supports the key areas of focus including equity, outcomes, transitions & barriers, investments as well as student retention, completion and success, through the following statewide collaborative activities:

  • Textbook Affordability/Open Education Resources (OER)
    • Goal 1: Increase student retention and access to education.
      • Activity: Support a coordinator of open educational library services who will increase the adoption of open educational resources at community colleges in Oregon by working directly with libraries and faculty.
  • Budget Sustainability and Consortial Licensing
    • Goal 2: Reduce higher education costs through consortial licensing.
      • Reduce travel costs and expand attendance for remote meeting capabilities for community college faculty and staff; support implementation of mobile strategy; collaborate for enhanced video repository capabilities; address compliance needs for accessible instructional media; increase access to quality instructional content.
      • Cost savings via consortial agreements with Blackboard Collaborate, Films on Demand, Kaltura, and Quality Matters.
  • Quality Course Design and Professional Development
    • Goal 3: Reduce online student dropout rates and increase student completion rates by promoting quality course design and professional development for online instruction.
      • Activity: Collaborate on statewide license for Quality Matters. Support faculty training on this nationally recognized model for course design standards and professional development.
      • Activity: Support faculty and staff participation in NWeLearn.
      • Activity: Support faculty and staff participation in Quality Matters National Conference.
  • Operational Support for Statewide Initiatives
    • Goal 4: Share the work of OCCDLA in an open, collaborative and transparent nature.
      • Activity: Collaborate and coordinate on statewide activities to support the initiatives outlined in our strategic direction statement. Administrative support coordinates all activities and supports cost savings by not having redundant efforts.
  • Emergent Technology
    • Goal 5: Support student success and retention by evaluating and recommending the use of new technology in the digital classroom.
      • Activity: Conduct analysis of new and emerging technology opportunities that may lead to future consortial agreements and cost savings.


2015-2017 Strategic Proposals and College Leads


  • Textbook Affordability/Open Education Resources (OER)
    • Linn-Benton Community College
      • OER Coordinator
      • OER projects and training

  • Budget Sustainability and Consortial Licensing
    • Portland Community College
      • Quality Matters
    • Blue Mountain Community College
      • Kaltura Video Streaming
      • Bb Collaborate
    • Chemeketa Community College
      • Films on Demand

  • Quality Course Design and Professional Development
    • Chemeketa Community College
      • NW eLearn conference
    • Portland Community College
      • Quality Matters training and conferences

  • Operational support for statewide initiatives
    • Umpqua Community College
      • Operations and infrastructure

  • Emergent Technology
    • Chemeketa Community College
      • Research and development
    • Portland Community College
      • Statewide coordination/promotion of research



(August, 2015)

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OCCDLA Initiatives, July 2014


Project: OER

Members: Steve Smith, Michael Weissenfluh, Kevin Steeves, Ian Coronado, Bruce Kauss.
  • Themes:
    • Outcomes
      • Increased retention rates
      • Increased access for students
  • Cost Savings
      • Documentation of cost savings to students
      • Textbook affordability
      • Savings in course development costs
  • Deliverables (Refer to Project Document)
    • Hire OER Librarian
    • Bring disciplines together
    • Compile data around impact



Project: Operations/Infrastructure: Website, Wiki, Google Doc

Members: Colin Stapp, Kellie Schellenberg, Kimberlie Veysey, Alba Scholz.
  • Themes:
    • Cost Savings
      • Allows for time-saving so that people know where information is located.
  • Deliverables
    • Make sure that everyone can access information.
    • Update the Website to make sure it uses current technology.
    • Website needs to clearly show our Outcomes, Collaboration and Cost-Savings Info.
      • Website – Outward facing.
      • Wiki – Internal Document Sharing.
      • Google Docs – Internal operations and document sharing.
      • Training once the Website is updated and reorganized.
      • Come up with the information architecture for the Website.
      • Clarify what the purpose is of each site.


Project: Professional Development and Course Quality/Delivery

Members: Pat Hockersmith, Greg Kaminski, Joan Campbell, Steve Beining, Beth Hale.
  • Themes:
    • Outcomes – reduce online failure rates, drop–out rates, and completion rates.
    • Collaboration – Colleges could work together.
  • Deliverables
    • Includes: Professional development events (NW eLearn, ITC Leadership Academy), Quality Matters, course quality, and course delivery.
    • Develop a statewide guideline on best practices.
      • Bring Portland Community College document to the fall meeting.



Project: Operations/Infrastructure: Consortial Licenses

Members: Sage Freeman, Kimberlie Veysey, Bruce Kauss, Kellie Schellenberg, Audrey Mills.
  • Themes:
    • Cost Savings
      • We need to document the collective cost savings.
      • Allows colleges to use the cost savings for other student success initiatives.
  • Deliverables



Project: Budget Sustainability

Members: Kellie Schellenberg, Ian Coronado, Paula Ascher, Wayne Fanno, Kirsten Horning.
  • Themes:
  • Deliverables
    • Developing a multiple-option budget formula
      • Long-term Projects
      • Consortial Agreements
      • Contracts
  • Develop Recommendations if:
    • We have line-item budget.
    • We have reductions.
    • We have zero statewide funds.



Project: Emerging Technology

Members: Paula Ascher, Ian Coronado, Steve Beining, Monica Marlo, Sage Freeman.
  • Themes:
    • Need to clarify how the work of the group ties into.
  • Deliverables
    • We explore emergent technologies identified by pertinent resources, such as the NMC Horizon Report and others, to inform Oregon Community Colleges about these technologies by producing recommendation and adoption guidance documents, and identifying or producing professional development resources to support their system integration and effective pedagogical use.
    • Maintain existing mission.
    • Have members from our media departments join.
      • Solicit topics to share at meetings.
        • Adaptive Learning
        • Gamification
        • Ditching the LMS
        • Share how we’re using common technologies.
          • Develop a way to share updates (Twitter, hashtags, other)