- Bob Nash is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professional Development for the California Virtual Campus. Previously, Mr. Nash served as the Associate Dean of Distance Learning and Professional Development at Coastline College in Fountain Valley, CA. He has also supervised Coastline’s TEACh3 (teacher prep) program, the instructional design and faculty support unit, and teaches online student readiness courses. Bob is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a M.S.Ed. in instructional technology from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
- Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (ESU, PA) with teaching certificates in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. She received a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Technology, (emphasis in Instructional Design) from Misericordia University. In her current role as an instructional designer, Cheryl guides faculty through the course development and online facilitation process, to produce accessible, engaging, and relevant courses, while highlighting Universal Design.
Joanna Miller is the districtwide Dean of Distance Education for the 3-college district in Contra Costa County. She is a previous campus distance education coordinator and full-time faculty in Journalism. She serves as co-chair of the CCC California Virtual Campus Consortium, as vice president of the CCC Distance Education Coordinators Org., and is past chair of the CCC Distance Education and Education Technology Advisory Committee to the CCCCO. She completed her dissertation for her Ed.D. in Success in Online Education in 2012, and continues to advocate for student equity and inclusion through student access to OER and high-quality online classes.
- Joy Shoemate, Director of Online Education, at College of the Canyons supports instructors’ successful integration of technology into teaching and learning to promote student success, persistence and completion in online courses. She also oversees OER development and implements training on best practices in online teaching and learning. Joy serves on CCCOER’s Executive Council and as Co-Director of US Department of Education Open Textbook grant, California Consortium for Equitable Change in HSI OER (CC ECHO). More recently, Joy co-developed and co-facilitated the Open for Anti-Racism course to support CCC faculty with leveraging open pedagogy and OER to make their courses antiracist.
- My name is Xochitl (so-chee) Tirado. I am the Distance Education Coordinator for Imperial Valley College. I have served in that role for the past 6 years. I started my educational career in 1999 as a K-12 teacher. In 2007 I began my career at IVC as an English instructor. As DE Coordinator, my goal is to help other instructors design courses, understand online instruction, and coordinate professional development opportunities.
The pandemic offered an opportunity for colleges to amplify the value of their online programs in order to increase student enrollment, success, and completion, while reducing equity gaps in those metrics. This is especially relevant for programs that shifted rapidly to online formats for the first time. The California Virtual Campus (CVC) offers an ever-growing set of free and low-cost @ONE courses, webinars, just-in-time help aids, and other resources to help California Community College faculty support online students more effectively. This includes research-based strategies and tools to improve online course design and online teaching. Using a case study format, we’ll share what colleges have done to improve student engagement and outcomes. Let us share how you can take your online programs and courses to the next level!
- Identify free and low-cost professional development and training courses, help aids, and other resources that faculty can use to improve online student engagement and outcomes.
- Implement strategies and tools to improve student success, persistence, completion and reduce equity gaps in online programs.