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The MCO works collaboratively with Michigan community colleges to produce tools and resources that are used by faculty and staff in the development and delivery of online courses and programs of study.

MCO Developed Curriculum Tools

MCO Online Program Assessment Plan and Rubric  - While the MCO serves as the facilitator for the accreditation of the online delivery of courses and programs, each institution is responsible for their individual assessment processes. This plan focuses on the issues that colleges should address during the assessment of an online program of study currently being offered.

MCO Online Course Guidelines and Rubric - The MCO Online Course Guidelines and Rubric were designed to assist member institutions with developing online courses of quality. Member institutions may elect to utilize these guidelines in a variety of ways. This instrument may be used as a self-assessment tool by faculty when developing courses for offering online, or used as a guide to review courses already developed. The instrument can be also used as a tool for peer-to-peer review of courses within an institution or with other institutions.

Higher Learning Commission

Faculty Resources

MCO Resume Bank

Michigan community colleges regularly have openings for adjunct faculty in various disciplines - particularly prior to the start of each semester.  Occasionally, full-time positions are posted.  Colleges also have job openings for full and part-time technical staff to support distance and online learning. 

Current postings and the "resume bank" can be found here.

Technology Purchasing

Michigan community colleges often find that by leveraging their combined purchasing power, it's possible to obtain advanced technologies at reduced cost. Michigan Colleges Online has negotiated preferred pricing on products and services from the following vendors:

  • BlackBelt Help - IT Help Desk services for students, staff and faculty to augment existing institution help desk services and provide 24/7/365 service.  Detailed information can be found here.  Contact Ronda Edwards for more information.
  • FitFaculty - Faculty qualifications management software.  MCO has negotiated a collaborative discount of 10% off the annual subscription rate for the first year.  Contact Jessica Snyder at 616.970.2223 or
  • Kaltura- Video management and creation tools that integrate with many of the leading LMSs, social business, CMS, and marketing automation platforms. Staff and students can easily create, upload, edit, caption, manage, publish, discover and deliver high quality video to any device, live or on demand. Key facts about this MCO agreement:
    • Choose from 3 pre-negotiated licensing options with Early Bird Pricing available until December 31, 2019
    • EXTRA 2018 BONUS:  Professional Services fee will be waived if you sign with Kaltura prior to December 31, 2018
    • Save 35% off standard pricing until December 31, 2019 and 25% off after the Early Bird Pricing deadline.
    • For more information, please contact Brenda at
  • MiCTA - Technology Solutions for Members Nationwide
  • NetTutor - US based online tutoring service for all students.  MCO negotiated discount is 15% off standard pricing.  Click here for more information.  Contact Ryan Mizner at 616.438.2178 or rmizner@link-systems. com.
  • ReadSpeaker - A text- to-speech technology that gives a voice to websites, online courses, digital books, etc.  Aligning with ADA accessibility guidelines, ReadSpeaker enhances the learning experience for all students and assists those who are dyslexic, ESL, learning disabled, ADHD, non-traditionals and poor readers.  MCO’s collaborative statewide purchase reduces cost by leveraging a combined FTE.  Colleges will get a savings of 25% off standard pricing. Click here for current pricing structure.
  • TechSmith - Digital learning tools and video platform
    • Snagit and Camtasia, on-campus licenses for all faculty, staff and students with home use licenses rights for faculty and staff.
    • Relay video platform with storage, analytics, LMS integration and auto captioning license.
    • Three years of software maintenance included.
    • Consortium price will see a savings of 80% over purchasing licenses individually.
    • Contact Matt Dennis for details.
  • ZOOM -  Cloud based video conferencing service