Developing the Local Peer Online Course Review (POCR) Program at Contra Costa College

Contra Costa College, San Pablo CA

Prior to receiving the CVC-OEI Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant, there was a need to improve the quality of our CTE and GE-related online courses. Our professional development offerings, DE-related positions, and opportunities for peer review and collaboration to support this endeavor at the college were lacking.

Homepage for Local POCR Course Shell in Canvas

Upon receiving the grant, our project goal was to improve the quality of online CTE courses and programs by aligning 15-20 existing online CTE and CTE-related GE courses to the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric by developing our own local POCR program, as well as a districtwide Peer & Mentoring Review program with our sister colleges, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College.

Sample Mentee Resources available in Local POCR Course Shell

Course alignment to the OEI rubric is very work intensive. Funding to continue our local POCR program is necessary for mentors, mentees, a POCR lead, and to support faculty professional development. An obstacle that we are facing is norming our local POCR program with the districtwide POCR so that courses are well-prepared to move onto the state level and become OEI quality review badged.

Students at Contra Costa College should know that more and more of CCC’s online CTE and GE-related CTE courses are undergoing a comprehensive peer review process to significantly improve the quality of our online course offerings. These improvements in quality directly support the success of our CCC students.

CCC’s local POCR program has aligned 15 courses to the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Rubric and this fall 2020, will align 7 more.

Michael Kilivris
Faculty; POCR Lead

Anthony Gordon
Faculty; POCR Lead

Maritez Apigo
Distance Education Coordinator

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District or those of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.