How can I participate in the Course Design Academy?

Participating in the Course Design Academy is as easy as 1-2-3 (4-5)!

Step 1: Connect with your CVC-OEI Project Leader and your Dean.

Each college in the consortium has a Project Leader. This person can answer questions about your eligibility and provide resources to help you with course review and alignment.

Scheduling of courses in the CVC Exchange rests with your college, so you will also need to contact your Dean and/or department chair to discuss possible future scheduling of your course in the CVC Exchange.

Step 2: Determine if your course is eligible. 

The current version of CVC Exchange (2.1) only allows for the exchange of courses with C-ID designation. However, in anticipation of software updates that may allow for non-C-ID courses beginning in 2019, we now welcome faculty who teach courses without C-ID to participate in Course Design Academy. We cannot offer a guarantee that your course will be scheduled in the CVC Exchange, but we can guarantee a robust and rewarding Course Design Academy experience, along with badges and certificates showing your course meets the highest standards of design quality in the CCC system!

Before submitting a course to Course Design Academy, be sure that:

  • You have taught the course online, in Canvas, for at least one full term at a CVC-OEI Consortium College.
  • You have taught it as a fully online class - with the possible exception of in-person proctored exams.
  • The course is part of an ADT (Associates Degree for Transfer), General Education Transfer Pattern (CSU or IGETC), or CTE (Career Technical Education) program. If you are not sure your course meets this criterion, please consult your CVC-OEI Project Leader, campus articulation officer, or local curriculum committee.

Step 3: Attend an online CVC-OEI Faculty Information Meeting.

These online meetings are held twice a month on varying days/times to accommodate busy faculty schedules. In the 45 minute meeting, we show how participating in Course Design Academy can benefit you and your students, the steps of the review process, and additional professional development you can access as a participant.

Register now for an upcoming information meeting.

Step 4: Prepare your course.

Begin by printing and checking off the steps in our Review Ready Checklist. By following these steps, you ensure that your review team will have access to all of the relevant content in your course so they can do a thorough and helpful review.

NOTE: The CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric will be helpful as you prepare your course for review.

Once you have completed the steps in the review ready checklist, you are ready to Submit your course.

Step 5: Submit your course

Fill out your online Course Submission Form.


Register for an upcoming online information meeting or contact Stacey Carrasco at