Statewide DE Resources

The Online Education Initiative (OEI)

The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses.

The OEI is sponsored by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, in partnership with the Butte-Glenn Community College District and its CCC Technology Center at Butte College as recipients of a $56.9 million five-year grant disbursed by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). The Online Education Initiative represents a comprehensive and collaborative program that leverages best practices and technology to significantly increase the opportunity for higher education degree attainment in California.

California Community Colleges may choose to participate in OEI activities by taking advantage of:  

  • Shared resources such as the OEI Course Design Rubric, Online Learner Readiness Tutorials and @ONE workshops OR
  • Shared resources and adopt Canvas as their course management system OR
  • Shared resources, adopt Canvas, and coming soon, participate in the OEI Consortium along with the Course Exchange.
Three levels of opportunity to participate in the OEI

Guiding Philosophy:

  • Always consider what is best for students.
  • Engage in “agile” project management.
  • Innovation is “messy”.
  • Consider the big picture.
  • Involve everyone in the process.


The State of California’s Online Education Initiative(OEI) has developed an innovative set of interactive tutorials and tools, which may increase student success in online courses. Included are videos on getting tech ready, organization, managing time, communication skills, career planning and more. Interactive tools are offered for calculating costs, testing your computer readiness, daily schedule calculator, and creating a study schedule.

  • Check out the FACULTY GUIDE if you want to see an overview of the tutorials, along with links for viewing or downloading them.
  • Check out the STUDENT VERSION of the links, and give this address to your students. Ask them to check it out and give you feedback.

The Course Exchange

The Course Exchange component of the OEI will provide a seamless pathway for students to register for online courses across participating colleges without requiring students to complete separate application and matriculation processes.

See more about the Course Exchange: