Design Academy Release Time/Stipend for GCC Faculty

Faculty interested in participating in the OEI Design Academy for Release Time (full-time) or Stipend (part-time): Please fill out the below application form (bottom of this page) to be considered by the Dean of Library, DE Coordinator and DE Faculty Development Coordinator.

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The CVC-OEI - Finish Faster Online Initiative:

The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-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.

How it works: All ADT/AA/AS/CTE transfer fully-online courses are offered through Finish Faster Online. A student searches for a course, applies to the college, and then takes the online course to 'finish their degree/certificate faster'. If the online course is cross-listed in the OEI, the student does not need to apply to the college in order to take the online course - therefore, 'finishing their degree/certificate even faster!'

What is the Course Design Academy?

OEI Design Academy 1-6 Steps

This Release Time/Stipend will be granted to complete the OEI Design Academy and create an Online Education Initiative (OEI) approved course for use in the Course Exchange.

Release Time/Stipend for the OEI Design Academy is meant to provide Faculty with the necessary "time" to go through the process developed by the OEI Design Academy for approving an instructor and course to be offered on the OEI Course Exchange...thus, this Release Time/Stipend opportunity cannot be taken as overload.

It is now required that your online course be partially aligned to the yellow sections of the OEI Course Review Prep Form before submitting to the Design Academy. 
a. Please make sure your online course is partially aligned to the OEI Course Review Prep Form prior to submitting this Application for Release Time or Stipend. If you need assistance in aligning your online course, please contact the DE Faculty Development Coordinator at and visit the GADER webpage for workshop/trainings.

The following criteria will be considered in approving RT/Stipend for the Design Academy:

1. Instructors must:
a. Get Informed: Register and complete the Design Academy Faculty Information Meeting.
b. Be DE certified at GCC and DE instruction eligible.
c. Have taught the course in question as an asynchronous fully-online course at GCC for 1> semester.
d. Propose a course that is IGETC/Cal-state transferable/C-ID or Non-C-ID and that could apply towards a fully online AA/AS or ADT degree at GCC.
e. Obtain written permission from their Division Chair since 1) RT/Stipend cannot be taken as overload, 2) all parties must agree to run the approved OEI Design Academy course (with instructor) in the OEI. This application cannot be considered without the support and approval from your Division Chair.
f. Give online course access to the DE Coordinator and DE Faculty Development Coordinator to ensure that the course is partially aligned to the OEI Rubric. This way a plan to give ample support during the Design Academy process can be established to ensure success :-)

2. Instructors must understand that the Release Time/Stipend opportunity of 20% is for:
a. One term only to approve one fully-online class through the Design Academy for possible inclusion in the OEI Course Exchange.

b. The approved Design Academy class will be eligible to run during the first GCC OEI opportunity.
c. Only one course per term is granted to complete the Design Academy and complete an 'OEI Ready' course.
d. The Design Academy approved course to be shown with the respective Division and colleagues as an example of DE Excellence.

3. The instructor must notify the DE Coordinator when the Design Academy approves their OEI Aligned Course by sending the Design Academy Badge or Certificate via email so that this information can be noted.
a. RT/Stipend will not be approved for an additional Design Academy course submission/term until documentation is received and verified for the current Design Academy course.
b. Design Academy approved course will run in the OEI at a mutually agreed upon time.

Application must be received and approved during the term prior to the term for which RT/Stipend is being requested. Two (2) opportunities will be available to adjunct faculty for Stipends per fall/spring semester.

After you have reviewed the above 3 Steps and have completed (or are registered to complete) a Design Academy Faculty Information Meeting, please submit:

Release Time/Stipend Application for the OEI Design Academy


The DE Coordinator will email you within 72 hours of application receipt to inform you of the next steps. Your Application will be reviewed by the Dean of Library, DE Coordinator, and DE Faculty Development Coordinator to determine eligibility and acceptance.