SB 520, as introduced, Steinberg. California Virtual Campus: leadership stakeholder meetings: representatives.
Existing law, until January 1, 2014, establishes the California Virtual Campus to facilitate ongoing collaboration and joint efforts relating to the use of technology resources and high-speed Internet connectivity to support teaching, learning, workforce development, and research. Existing law, until January 1, 2014, authorizes the California Virtual Campus grant recipient to convene at least 4 leadership stakeholder group meetings annually comprised of representatives from the State Department of Education, the California Technology Assistance Project, and other related programs administered through the department, including adult education, local education agencies, the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, independent colleges and universities, the California State Library, and representatives from community-based organizations to ensure the efforts affecting segments represented are appropriately meeting the needs of those segments.
This bill would extend the provisions establishing the California Virtual Campus until January 1, 2017. This bill would require the representatives in the stakeholder group meetings from the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California to include, but not be limited to, faculty members from these institutions. This bill would make additional nonsubstantive changes in these provisions. By requiring faculty members from community college districts to attend these meetings, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 78910.10 of the Education Code is
2amended to read:
(a) (1) The California Virtual Campus, pursuant
4to funding provided to the Board of Governors of the California
5Community Colleges for this purpose in the annual Budget Act,
6may pursue all of the following purposes, to the extent funding is
8(A) To enrich formal and informal educational experiences and
9improve students’ academic performance by supporting the
10development of highly engaging, research-based innovations in
11teaching and learning in K-12 public schools and the California
12Community Colleges, the California State University, and the
13University of California.
14(B) To enhance the awareness of, and access to, highly engaging
15online courses of study, emphasizing courses of study that support
16a diverse and highly skilled science, technology, engineering, and
18(C) To support education research, the implementation of
19research-based practices, and promote economic development
20through the use of next generation advanced network infrastructure,
21services, and network technologies that enable collaboration and
22resource sharing between formal and informal educators in K-12
23public schools, the California Community Colleges, the California
24State University, the University of California, independent colleges
P3 1and universities, public libraries, and community-based
2organizations at locations across the state.
3(D) To increase access to next generation Internet services, 21st
4century workforce development programs, and e-government
5services for students and staff served or employed by education
6entities and students served primarily online through partnerships
7with public libraries and community-based organizations.
8(E) To enhance access to health care education and training
9programs to current or future health care workers.
10(F) To manage digital assets and develop contracts for services
11necessary to provide the technical and management support needed
12to maximize the benefits of the high-speed, high-bandwidth
13network infrastructure available to public higher education entities
15(G) Through the aggregation of demand for network enabled
16technologies and related services from public education entities,
17and through partnerships with the private sector, to provide
18education entities with access to technical support and staff who
19can facilitate statewide efforts that support innovations in teaching
20and learning that are necessary to provide for a well-educated
21citizenry, and economic and 21st century workforce development.
22(2) To accomplish the purposes of paragraph (1), the California
23Virtual Campus may partner with local educational agencies, the
24State Department of Education, the 11 regional California
25Technology Assistance Projects, the California Community
26Colleges, the California State University, the University of
27California, independent colleges and universities, public libraries,
28and community-based organizations to facilitate ongoing
29collaboration and joint efforts relating to the use of technology
30resources and high-speed Internet connectivity to support teaching,
31learning, workforce development, and research.
32(3) Efforts conducted as a result of this chapter shall not prohibit
33or otherwise exclude the ability of existing or new educational
34technology programs from being developed, expanded, or
36(b) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the
38(1) “Online courses of study” means any of the following:
39(A) Online teaching, learning, and research resources, including,
40but not necessarily limited to, books, course materials, video
P4 1materials, interactive lessons, tests, or software, the copyrights of
2which have expired, or have been released with an intellectual
3property license that permits their free use or repurposing by others
4without the permission of the original authors or creators of the
5learning materials or resources.
6(B) Professional development opportunities for formal and
7informal educators who desire to use the resources in subparagraph
9(C) Online instruction.
10(2) “Online instruction” means technology enabled online real
11time (synchronous) interaction between the instructor and the
12student, near time (asynchronous) interaction between the instructor
13and the student, or any combination thereof.
14(c) The California Virtual Campus grant recipient may
15accomplish all of the following:
16(1) Convene at least four leadership stakeholder group meetings
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18Department of Education, the California Technology Assistance
19Project, and other related programs administered through the
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including adult education,
21 the California Community Colleges, the
22California State University, the University of California,
23independent colleges and universities, the California State Library,
24and representatives from community-based organizations to ensure
25the efforts affecting segments represented are appropriately meeting
26the needs of those segments. The leadership stakeholder group
27shall also coordinate and obtain assistance with the implementation
28of efforts delineated in this article, to identify and maintain an
29up-to-date list of the technology resources and tools that are
30necessary to support innovation in teaching and learning, and to
31identify opportunities for leveraging resources and expertise for
32meeting those needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
37(2) Lead efforts to make online courses of study available across
38the state that include, but are not limited to, the following:
39(A) Developing online courses of study that are pedagogically
40sound and fully accessible, in compliance with the federal
P5 1Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336), by students
2with varying learning styles and disabilities.
3(i) The development of K-12 online courses pursuant to this
4subparagraph shall be achieved in partnership with local education
5agencies and the California Technology Assistance Project.
6(ii) Online courses developed for grades K-12 pursuant to this
7subparagraph shall be aligned to the California academic content
8standards and guidelines for online courses.
9(B) Overseeing the development of at least 12 model online
10courses of study that, collectively, would allow students to meet
11the requirements of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer
12Curriculum (IGETC) and at least two courses that support basic
13skills education courses in English, English as a second language,
15(C) Encouraging the entities listed in paragraph (1) to do both
16of the following:
17(i) Make accessible to each other their courses of study that are
18funded by the state.
19(ii) Allow their
courses of study to be accessible to the general
20public if they determine access would not inhibit their ability to
21provide appropriate protection of the state’s intellectual property
23(3) Ensure that the learning objects created as part of the
24California Virtual Campus online courses of study with state
25General Fund revenues are linked to digital content libraries that
26include information about course content freely available to
27California educators and students.
28(4) Develop formal partnership agreements between the entities
29listed in paragraph (1) and the California Virtual Campus, including
30course articulation agreements that allow qualified high school
31students to accelerate the completion of requirements for a high
32school diploma and a two-year or four-year degree and agreements
33that provide opportunities for part-time faculty teaching online to
34obtain full-time employment teaching online.
35(5) Develop formal partnership agreements with the entities
36listed in paragraph (1) and others to enhance access to professional
37development courses that introduce faculty, teachers, staff, and
38college course developers to the conceptual development, creation,
39and production methodologies that underlie the development of
40online courses of study and support students’ successful completion
P6 1of those courses. The professional development opportunities may
2include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
3(A) Addressing issues relating to copyright, permission for the
4use or reuse of material, use of resources in the public domain,
5and other intellectual property concepts.
6(B) Accessibility for students with disabilities.
7(C) Factors to ensure that content is culturally relevant to a
8diverse student body.
9(D) Delivery options that incorporate multiple learning styles
11(6) Develop formal partnership agreements with entities,
12including, but not limited to, those listed in paragraph (1), to ensure
13access to online professional learning communities that incorporate
14the use of Internet-based collaboration tools and to support joint
15discussions between K-12 educators, higher education faculty and
16staff, and others to examine student performance data, student
17learning objectives, curriculum, and other issues that relate to
18students’ academic success and preparation for the workforce.
19(7) In partnership with entities, including those listed in
20paragraph (1), develop an e-portfolio system that allows
21participating students to demonstrate their attainment of academic
22learning objectives, skills and knowledge that relate to their career
23interests, and completion of prerequisites for participation in
24courses or training programs. The e-portfolio system may do all
25of the following:
26(A) Ensure that student privacy is protected in accordance with
28(B) Comply with accessibility laws for students with disabilities.
29(C) Be designed in a manner that supports the use of e-portfolio
30content in the accreditation requirements of schools, colleges, and
32(8) In partnership with entities, including those listed in
33paragraph (1), identify opportunities to enhance students’ access
34to medical education and medical services through the use of
35high-speed Internet connections to the campuses, and opportunities
36for education programs and services to support the telehealth efforts
37taking place within the state.
38(d) The lead agency for the California Virtual Campus, in
39consultation with the leadership stakeholder group described in
40paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) if that group is convened by the
P7 1California Virtual Campus grant recipient, shall contract with an
2independent third party with expertise in online teaching, learning,
3and the development of online courses of study, as approved by
4the board, to evaluate the California Virtual Campus. The
5evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of
6the number of faculty, teachers, consortia, informal educators, and
7students that use the online courses of study, the quality of students’
8experiences, student grades earned, and the cost of the online
9course content, comparing the online course content with traditional
10textbooks. The board may require additional information that it
11determines to be necessary to evaluate the effectiveness and
12viability of the California Virtual Campus. This evaluation shall
13be submitted to the Legislature no later than three years after the
14enactment of this act.
Section 78910.30 of the Education Code is amended
This article shall remain in effect until January 1,
begin delete 2014,end delete and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
19statute, that is enacted before January 1,
begin delete 2014,end delete deletes or
20extends that date.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
22this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
23local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
24pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
254 of Title 2 of the Government Code.