The Online Consortium of Oklahoma: From Grassroots to Greatness
Published by: WCET | 10/19/2023
Today we continue the 2023 WOW Awards series here on Frontiers!
If you missed the first post in our series, check out the post about RIOPACT from Rio Salado College.
This week, we’re joined by Brad Griffith, Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Brad outlines the history of the Online Consortium of Oklahoma and how this group collaborates within the state to impact student success. Thank you Brad for today’s great post!
Enjoy the read,
Lindsey Downs, WCET
The role of online learning in postsecondary education has never been more crucial. For our state, the Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO) has evolved from a grassroots initiative to a model of what can be achieved when institutions come together to address the challenges and opportunities of digital education. We are excited to dive into the key strategies and initiatives that have made OCO a success story, offering insights that could benefit other state systems of higher education or similar member-driven consortia.
Founded in 2018, OCO was established to foster collaboration and innovation in online learning across Oklahoma. The consortium now collaborates with 26 member institutions, each contributing its unique strengths to create a robust and diverse body of resources and expertise. The collective aim is to enable all member institutions to provide high-quality, accessible, and flexible educational opportunities for students across the state.
In September 2020, OCO, in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, launched OCOlearnOK.org. This platform serves as a one-stop-shop for resources related to online education, including OER, digital accessibility guides, and an extensive library of on-demand webinars. It also features a calendar of upcoming professional development events and new digital credentialing opportunities.
OCO’s membership dues enabled the State Regents to hire a full-time staff member to serve the consortium in October 2019. Support from the state level has been essential for the success of the Consortium, particularly in communication of the value of online learning to key stakeholders. In July 2023, OSRHE established a new Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation position. In this role and with my team, we are responsible for helping the consortium set and achieve its goals. The vision and commitment of OCO’s members have accelerated the quality, capacity, and scope of online learning in Oklahoma.
The Online Consortium of Oklahoma serves as an adaptable model of what can be achieved through collaborative effort and visionary leadership. As we continue to innovate and expand, we are deeply honored to have been recognized by the WCET community with the 2023 Outstanding Work Award. This accolade holds special significance for us, coming from a community that has been instrumental in supporting our journey toward achieving the outcomes described in this post. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to WCET and its members for this recognition and for their ongoing commitment to advancing the quality and reach of digital learning programs. Together, we continue to define new benchmarks and create transformative educational experiences for every learner.