About the OEI

“The California Community Colleges are at the forefront of online education in California, more so than any other segment of higher education in the state.” -Hans Johnson, a Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Senior Fellow
Welcome to the official web site for the Online Education Initiative.

The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses.

The OEI is sponsored by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District as the recipient of a $56.9 million five-year grant disbursed by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). The OEI represents a comprehensive and collaborative program that leverages effective practices and technology to significantly increase the opportunity for higher education degree attainment in California.

The OEI is composed of high- quality online courses, resources for online students, and technology resources:

The OEI is composed of high quality online courses, resources for online students, and technology resources.

California Community Colleges may choose to participate in OEI activities by taking advantage of:  

  • Shared resources such as the OEI Course Design Rubric, Online Learner Readiness Tutorials and @ONE workshops OR
  • Shared resources and adopt Canvas as their course management system OR
  • Shared resources, adopt Canvas, and coming soon, participate in the OEI Consortium along with the Course Exchange.
Three levels of opportunity to participate in the OEI

Guiding Philosophy:

  • Always consider what is best for students.
  • Engage in “agile” project management.
  • Innovation is “messy”.
  • Consider the big picture.
  • Involve everyone in the process.

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© Chancellor's Office,
California Community Colleges
OEI main office
12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599