Glossary of Terms

Advisory Committee: The Advisory Committee provides guidance and recommendations on CVC-OEI policies and procedures to the management team. Members of this committee are appointed by constituent organizations that represent faculty, staff, administrators and students at the statewide level. 

Application Program Interface (API): An Application Program Interface is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. 

California Community Colleges Identification (CCCID)A California Community Colleges Identification (CCCID) is a unique student-identifier generated when an student creates an OpenCCC account, enabling secure, single sign-on access to admissions applications, and other systemwide web-based services. 

Canvas: Canvas by Instructure is the Common Course Management System chosen through a participatory decision-making process. 

Course Management System (CMS): A course management system (CMS) is software that provides an online environment for course interactions. A CMS typically includes a variety of online tools, including areas to post class materials, discussions, grades, and assignments. 

Common Course Management System (CCMS): The Common Course Management System (CCMS) is the single course management software utilized by the 114 California Community Colleges.  

Consortium: The Consortium provides guidance and recommendations on operational and technical matters of the CVC-OEI and is comprised of Project Leads from the 57 CVC-OEI member colleges. 

Course Design Rubric: The CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric contains online course design standards and is intended to establish standards relating to course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, learner support, and accessibility in order to ensure the provision of a high-quality learning environment that promotes student success and conforms to existing regulations. 

Cross-enrollment: Cross-enrollment allows a student at a Home College to enroll in a course at a Teaching College without filling out a separate application. The student’s information is automatically transferred between the two institutions. Cross-enrollment is one components of the CVC Exchange. 

CVC Exchange: The CVC Exchange is comprised of three different functions: an online course finder, automated cross enrollment, and a listing of fully online programs (ADTs and COAs). 

Home College:  The California Community College where a student is enrolled. 

ExCEL: The CVC Exchange Cross Enrollment Link (ExCEL) is the initial campaign name for the cross-enrollment arm of the CVC Exchange. 

Finish Faster Online (FFO): Finish Faster Online (FFO) is the campaign name for the online course finder arm of the CVC Exchange. 

Improving Online CTE Pathways Grants: The Budget Act of 2018 (SB840) and trailer bill (SB843) appropriated one-time funds to the CVC-OEI to award grants to California Community Colleges. These Improving Online CTE Pathways Grants will support existing California Community Colleges in accelerating innovative online learning opportunities leading to increased employability and upward mobility for working Californians. 

Online Ecosystem: The Online Ecosystem is comprised of online student support services, including tutoring, proctoring, and counseling.  

Peer Online Course Review (POCR): Eligible courses and instructors may participate in the Peer Online Course Review (POCR), which includes working with a CVC-OEI instructional designer and two trained faculty reviewers. Courses are reviewed using the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric. 

Teaching College:  The California Community College where a course is currently being offered. 

Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC): Zero Textbook Course (ZTC) constitutes one of the following: a course that does not require a textbook, a course that lists its textbook as optional, or a course that makes its textbook available to students free of charge, through lending services or electronic book (e-book) databases.