Resources in Support of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program 

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a partner in the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN), a collection of organizations that provide free support and technical assistance to all grantees of the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recognized this expertise by funding OPEN for the TAACCCT grant.  For information about OPEN, visit

As a part of our support of the TAACCCT grantees, OLI, with contributions from the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning at Stanford University developed freely available resources to support the creation of high quality online courses.  Follow this link for Creating Effective Online and Blended Courses to access these resources (requires registration). 

In our initial release, six of the eight modules are available:

  • Introduction: How do I navigate these modules? What can I expect to get out of it? How are online courses different from on-campus courses? 
  • Course Organization: How can I structure my partially or fully online course? 
  • Learning Objectives: How do I formulate clear learning outcomes for my students? 
  • Assessment: How do I foster and measure student learning outcomes? 
  • Content Presentation: How can I most effectively use videos, HTML, and other media to present course content? 
  • Social Presence & Motivation: How do I build genuine community to keep students motivated? 

The remaining two modules will be released as they are built:

  • Activities: What activities (such as guided discussions, reflection exercises, simulations, and games) can I use to support learning? 
  • Iterative Design: How can I use platform data to improve my course over time? 

These resources are designed to help instructors develop online courses or incorporate online learning approaches in their on-campus classes, with a particular focus on 2- and 4-year higher education institutions. No prior experience online teaching experience is necessary. 

Additionally, OLI is working to develop a series of corresponding one-page “quick tip” documents that can be used to address a variety of instructional issues. The list of topics created to date and links to the PDF documents are outlined below.

Learning Objectives