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CSU Online Learning Initiative Moving Forward

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A new executive director will work closely with faculty, staff and administrators at all the campuses.

“CSU Online,” an online learning initiative that will address California’s expanding workforce needs and increase access to high quality education, is making progress with the recruitment of an executive director. The new executive director will work closely with faculty, staff and administrators at all the campuses in executing the vision for the online learning initiative ensuring the project continues in a broad-based, collaborative manner.

The initiative began in 2010 and is sponsored by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC), a subset of campus presidents that provides advice and recommendations to the chancellor about major technology initiatives. The process has included a CSU Online Working Group composed of Distance Learning management, faculty representation and Academic Senate members. The Online Working Group managed a consulting firm hired to conduct a detailed analysis of online learning at the CSU. The consultants held meetings with a large number of CSU constituents and advisory groups, and held hundreds of interviews with faculty, students and administrators at several campuses.

Following the consultant’s work, the Technology Steering Committee drafted an overview document that outlines a plan for the CSU’s online learning initiative. The first step is to hire a CSU Online executive director. Interviews are in process and a candidate is expected to be announced in the next several weeks.  Once the executive director is hired, a broad based consultative process will begin to give shape and focus to the online initiative.

Background, documents and detailed information on the initiative are available here.

Read more from the Oct. 12 CSU Employee Update.