College Technology

California Community Colleges

State Recommended or Provided Tools & Resources

As part of my final project for the California Community College CISOA (Chief Information Systems Officers’ Association) Certification, I found myself researching State provided solutions for Instructional Technologists.  There were so many things that I did not know existed and were available freely to our colleges.  After completing my presentation I knew I needed to expand the project into a website so everyone could benefit.  This is an unfunded, hobby project built on my personal time and not directly associated with the State Chancellor’s Office.

The website has multiple sections:

  • Search all 114 Community Colleges: A consolidated google search that only returns results from the 114 california community college websites.
  • Accessibility: A listing of state-provided accessibility tools & sites
  • .EDU Email Perks: A listing of discounts available to students, faculty & staff with .edu email addresses
  • Instructional Technology: A listing of technology resources focused on teaching and learning.
  • State-Created Services: The State Chancellor’s Office is sometimes faced with initiatives or unique challenges that require the development of new and innovative solutions to be developed from scratch.
  • State Discounted Tools: Listing of solutions vetted by the State Chancellor’s Office who provide discounts to California Community Colleges based on state negotiated pricing.
  • State License Software: Software purchased by the state and made available to you for free or subsidized.
  • Support Resources: Documentation, Training, and Communities for Higher Education Solutions.
  • News: Parsed feeds of TechEdge and Chancellor’s Office Newsletters
  • College Technology Plans: A listing of all 114 California Community Colleges and their technology plans (for the ones that I could find).  Each plan is indexed using Natural Language Processing APIs, that allow you to automatically and intelligently parse chunks of text into groups.  It can extract names, organizations, products, etc… into individual “entities” and then you can link the “entities” to Google’s knowledge graph to quickly pull description data and even trends.  At a glance, you can quickly see which colleges tech plans are updated, what the overlapping themes are and find out which technologies each college is using.