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New Directions: Online Courses & 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 Available online at: http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/get-help/trainings/index.html.

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New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

New Directions:Online Courses & the University of California’sA-G Subject Area Requirements

Monica H. Lin, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

University of California | Office of the President

Available online at:

http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/get-help/trainings/index.html

California Consortium for Independent Study (CCIS) Conference

January 31, 2013


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

Overview

Policy background

The “a-g” course lists & course update process

New “a-g” review process for online courses

Policy implementation: challenges & successes


Policy background

Policy Background


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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)


A g course lists course update process

A-G Course Lists &Course Update Process


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

*2013-14 update cycle will open March 1, 2013

A-G Course List Update Timeline


New a g review process for online courses

New A-G Review Process for Online Courses


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

Assess the online course against the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses and CA content standards

Submit online course to CLRN for review*

STEP 1

CLRN-certified OR

Self-assessed

Conduct subject-specific review against UC faculty’s content criteria

Submit online course to UC for “a-g” review

STEP 2

Approve course for “a-g”?

YES

Add course to online publisher’s or online school’s “a-g” course list; approval expires in 3 years

*If not eligible for CLRN review, the online course must be self-assessed by the online publisher or school.

Review of Online Courses


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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

  • 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


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

Access UC’s “a-g” Online Update website

Indicate intent to add previously 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 course to add to “a-g” course list

Add online course to “a-g” course list

Adding A-G Online Courses


Policy implementation

Policy Implementation


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

Challenges & Successes

  • Definitions of online entities are not always clear-cut

  • 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 require supervised, on-site wet lab and online VPA courses not allowable

  • UC encourages educators to incorporate promising practices for excellence in online teaching and learning


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/index.html


New directions online courses the university of california s a g subject area requirements

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 UCOP High School Articulation:

    • E-mail: [email protected]

    • Phone: (510) 987-9570


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