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The MCO facilitates activities and convenings that provide value to the membership.  The projects listed below are initiatives directed by the MCO Representative Council to address the MCO Goals.  See the information below to learn more about each initiative.

MCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative

The MCO OER Initiative provides a space and process for faculty and staff at Michigan community colleges to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute Open Educational Resources.  The project is guided by the MCO OER Steering Committee.  Members of the steering committee include faculty, librarians, distance education administrators, chief academic officers and other staff from the MCO member institutions.  The committee manages the platform for hosting open educational resources; selection of projects at the colleges to be funded; creation of policies/procedures; and training and marketing of the opportunities available at the MCO Repository.  

Student Savings -  Each semester, colleges will report the level of OER usage on their campus.  Please use this template to report the number of courses using open textbooks for the semester. Click on the link below to see reports for that semester.

MI OER Summit

OER Steering Committee

  • September 25, 2019
    • Agenda
    • Meeting Notes
    • Meeting Recording
MCO Accessibility Community of Practice


Background - Early in 2017,  the United States Access Board published a final rule updating requirements for information and communication technology that is covered in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Those requirements went into effect on January 18, 2018.  The original intent of Section 508 deals with accessibility at the federal level.  However, because public institutions of higher education receive some form of federal funding, it is widely accepted that these requirements should be acknowledged and addressed by colleges and universities. 

Accessibility Community of Practice - Anyone tasked with, or involved in, the accessibility of Michigan community colleges' web presence meet to share best practices with accessibility in higher education.   To join please send a request to Ronda Edwards at


To assist with the sharing of knowledge, MCO has set up a listserv for the Accessibility Community of Practice.  To join, please send a request to Ronda Edwards at 

MCO Accessibility Activities

  • This Google doc highlights activities taking place at Michigan Community Colleges that are focused on the accessibility of digital materials.  Members are encouraged to update the document with information from their institutions.
  • Accessibility Resources for Faculty provides tutorials, cheatsheets, and websites with information on how to make instructional materials accessible.


MCO Collaborative Programs Initiative

The Collaborative Programs Initiative allows colleges to extend their certificate and degree opportunties within their communities at little or no cost to the institution.  By partnering with other Michigan community colleges, the costs for the program are shared equally among the colleges in the program - thus providing a stable and manageable option for many high-cost and lower-enrolled programs still needed within the college community.  Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) and Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)  provide oversight, infrastructure and act as fiscal agent for the Collaborative Programs Initiative.

To learn how to become a member of the Collaborative Programs Initiative - click here to view How to Become a Member.

New programs are considered for the Collaborative Programs Initiative, once the Program Scoping document has been submitted.  Contact Dr. Amy Lee for information on how to get this process started.

The Michigan Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialties (MiRIS) Consortium is the first of the Collaborative Programs Initiatives and is focused on imaging modalities in the health field. Click here to review a presentation on how Collaborative Programs work.

The following programs are currently running:


For more information on these and other options within the Collaborative Programs Initiative - please contact:

Dr. Amy Lee
Director of Collaborative Programs/MRI Program Director