An UnCommon Learning Experience for UC’s Online Instruction Pilot Project: Decision and Direction

Webinar: Thursday, September 23, 2011 Noon – 1:30 pm

Mara Hancock, Director of Online Learning, OIPP


Since its inception, the Online Instruction Pilot Project has oriented itself towards the development of a so-called Common Learning Environment (CLE). The direction, too often mistaken for a massive central systems build, is intended to facilitate innovation. The CLE promises opportunities for the online project and the University as a whole, including:

  • a coherent experience for students who take courses taught by faculty on different campuses;
  • comparable data that are essential in evaluating the effectiveness of instruction and improving tools as well as approaches;
  • simplified, improved transactions both on and across campuses between learning environments and student information systems
  • cost efficiencies gleaned through a systemwide approach
  • a sharing of the most workable online tools and approaches for course development and integration
  • Over the spring and summer, the OIPP issued a request for proposals looking for a service provider able to support the project as a solution host and development partner. In August we concluded the RFP process and reached a decision about our path forward.

Mara Hancock, Director of Educational Technology Services at UC Berkeley and now OIPP Director of Online Learning, will present the direction chosen for our Common Learning Environment. She will speak more generally about the project’s approach to course design and development and about the potential efficiencies and research benefits stemming from our CLE approach. In her presentation, Mara will describe the implementation plan for the CLE as well as the long-term vision supporting it. She also will provide examples of the functionality and tools that users (faculty and students) can expect.