New Directions:Online Learning & the University of California’s       A-G Subject Area Requirements                     Mo...
Overview Policy background The “a-g” course lists & course update process New “a-g” review process for online courses ...
Policy Background
UC and Online Learning University of California priority: accessibility of a broad  range of high-quality, rigorous colle...
Highlights of Policy Revisions UC “program status” requirement for online entities has been  eliminated New policy focus...
A-G Course Lists &Course Update Process
A-G Course Lists UC and CSU admissions requirements include satisfying a  15-course pattern of college-preparatory “a-g” ...
A-G Course List Update Timeline                                New courses     New courses                                ...
New A-G Review Process for     Online Courses       (effective 2013-14)
Online Course Publisher vs. Online School UC now differentiates between an online course publisher  and an online school ...
Review of Online Courses                              (effective 2013-14)                                      Assess the ...
Step #1A: CLRN Certification Effective for:   – Online course publishers serving public institutions   – Public online sc...
Step #1B: Self-Assessment Effective for:   –   Online course publishers serving only private institutions   –   Private o...
Step #2: UC A-G Course Review Only CLRN-certified or self-assessed online courses can be  submitted to UC during the cour...
Adding A-G Online CoursesAccess UC’s “a-g”          Indicate intent toOnline Update              add previouslywebsite    ...
Policy Implementation:Challenges & Successes                          16
Challenges Shifting the focus from UC “approving providers” to UC  approving courses Identifying expert reviewers of qua...
Successes The appropriate experts are reviewing online courses:   – CLRN ensuring quality online delivery   – UC ensuring...
New Directions Elimination of principal certification for non-UC-approved  online courses   – Not acceptable for online c...
http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/index.html          Click to edit Master text styles                                         ...
Resources Helpful links:   – California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)   – http://clrn.org   – International Associatio...
Thank YouTo provide feedback on this session, please go to:               http://bit.ly/SV7xcf                            ...
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University of California | Office of the President

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  1. 1. New Directions:Online Learning & the University of California’s A-G Subject Area Requirements Monica H. Lin, Ph.D. Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions University of California | Office of the President e-Learning Strategies Symposium December 7, 2012
  2. 2. Overview Policy background The “a-g” course lists & course update process New “a-g” review process for online courses Policy implementation: challenges & successes 2
  3. 3. Policy Background
  4. 4. UC and Online Learning University of California priority: accessibility of a broad range of high-quality, rigorous college-preparatory courses UC keeping pace with the changing landscape of online learning – Facilitate students’ access to “a-g” online courses – Encourage online educators to uphold promising practices of online learning for student success Revised policy to offer improved guidance and more efficient process of satisfying UC admission requirements 4
  5. 5. Highlights of Policy Revisions UC “program status” requirement for online entities has been eliminated New policy focuses on quality assessment of online courses for “a-g” purposes – Flexible to accommodate differing types of online courses – Addresses UC faculty online learning guidelines Policy revisions incorporate national quality standards for online courses and programs Partnership between UC and the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) 5
  6. 6. A-G Course Lists &Course Update Process
  7. 7. A-G Course Lists UC and CSU admissions requirements include satisfying a 15-course pattern of college-preparatory “a-g” courses – High school courses must undergo “a-g” review and approval to appear on the “a-g” course list The “a-g” course list is an important component of the applicant review process – All “a-g” course lists must be updated each year to maintain accuracy for applyUC and for UC’s comprehensive review Updates to the “a-g” course list are submitted using the UC Online Update website: – https://doorways.ucop.edu/update 7
  8. 8. A-G Course List Update Timeline New courses New courses New courses submitted on submitted on submitted on or New update Submit new or before or before before Update cycle courses andcycle opens on other course June 1: August 1: September 15: closes on February 1 September 15 list updates up to 2 only 1 no resubmissions resubmissions resubmission allowed allowed allowed 8
  9. 9. New A-G Review Process for Online Courses (effective 2013-14)
  10. 10. Online Course Publisher vs. Online School UC now differentiates between an online course publisher and an online school – Online course publishers develop their own curriculum and sell or license their online courses for delivery by a teacher within a high school or district – Online school is a credit- or diploma-granting institution that offers courses strictly through Internet-based methods, with time and/or distance separating the teacher and learner Institutions that act as both an online course publisher and online school will follow the procedures for online schools 10
  11. 11. Review of Online Courses (effective 2013-14) Assess the online course Submit online against the iNACOL Standards STEP 1 course to for Quality Online Courses and CLRN for CA content standards review* CLRN-certified OR Self-assessed Conduct subject- Submit online specific review STEP 2 course to UC Approve course for “a-g”? against UC for “a-g” review faculty’s content YES criteria Add course to online publisher’s or*If not eligible for CLRN review, the online course must be online school’s “a-g”self-assessed by the online publisher or school. course list; approval expires in 3 years 11
  12. 12. Step #1A: CLRN Certification Effective for: – Online course publishers serving public institutions – Public online schools A CLRN-certified online course must: – Meet at least 80% of CA Content or Common Core Standards – Fulfill all 15 “power standards” from the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses – Satisfy at least 27 (or 80%) of the remaining iNACOL Standards Courses not aligned with a set of standards must be self-assessed (Step #1B) To submit a course to CLRN: – http://clrn.org/elr/index.cfm?event=publisher.login 12
  13. 13. Step #1B: Self-Assessment Effective for: – Online course publishers serving only private institutions – Private online schools – Any online courses not aligned with state standards – 2014-15 school year: Non-online high schools, districts, and programs Institution conducts self-assessment against iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses Self-assessment will be incorporated into the course submission process for UC “a-g” review 13
  14. 14. Step #2: UC A-G Course Review Only CLRN-certified or self-assessed online courses can be submitted to UC during the course list update cycle – Open annually, February 1 through September 15 Basis for “a-g” course review and approval: – “a-g” course evaluation guidelines – Subject area course requirements All courses are reviewed by a subject area analyst – “Blind” reviews – Goal: new CLRN-certified online courses reviewed within 2-4 weeks To submit a course to UC: – https://doorways.ucop.edu/update 14
  15. 15. Adding A-G Online CoursesAccess UC’s “a-g” Indicate intent toOnline Update add previouslywebsite approved online course(s) Certify that program/school/district will satisfy UC’s online learning guidelines and policy for online courses to receive “a-g” approval (once per annual update cycle) Select online Add online course course to add to to “a-g” course list “a-g” course list 15
  16. 16. Policy Implementation:Challenges & Successes 16
  17. 17. Challenges Shifting the focus from UC “approving providers” to UC approving courses Identifying expert reviewers of quality online delivery Sheer volume of “homegrown” teacher-created online courses Definitions of online entities are not always clear-cut 17
  18. 18. Successes The appropriate experts are reviewing online courses: – CLRN ensuring quality online delivery – UC ensuring quality “a-g” content Improved efficiencies in seeking “a-g” approval for online courses Anticipated increase in “a-g” online course offerings – Broader access to “a-g” courses – Greater preparation for UC admissions Enhanced quality of online learning for students 18
  19. 19. New Directions Elimination of principal certification for non-UC-approved online courses – Not acceptable for online courses completed in 2013-14 academic year and beyond Re-evaluation of policy regarding online courses in laboratory science and in visual & performing arts – Under current policy: – Online science courses OK but require supervised, on-site wet lab – Online VPA courses not allowable UC encourages educators to incorporate promising practices for excellence in online teaching and learning 19
  20. 20. http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/index.html  Click to edit Master text styles 20
  21. 21. Resources Helpful links: – California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) – http://clrn.org – International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) – http://inacol.org – UC Doorways websites: – “a-g” Course List website – https://doorways.ucop.edu/list – Online Update website – https://doorways.ucop.edu/update Contact High School Articulation in UC systemwide Admissions: – E-mail: hsupdate@ucop.edu – Phone: (510) 987-9570 21
  22. 22. Thank YouTo provide feedback on this session, please go to: http://bit.ly/SV7xcf 22

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