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The Online Learning Link includes important information and announcements about Online Teaching & Learning and Blackboard at Chabot College.   

@One Webinar: Your Online Course Usability - 10 Ways to Kick it Up a Notch

The @One Project recently held a series of Webinars, including "Your Online Course Usability - 10 Ways to Kick it Up a Notch." This upbeat webinar was an idea sharing session on how to implement Universal Design for Learning principles in your online course. During this webinar not only will you be introduced to some practical tips for enhancing the usability of your current online course, you’ll also learn about ways to design with usability in mind for future content development. An archive of this webinar is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTogzQ9bsTY .

Respondus Training

Respondus is an easy-to-use software application for creating and managing tests that can be published directly to Blackboard. After some formatting of your existing tests (*.doc, *.rtf, or *.txt files), you can use Respondus to convert and publish your test to Blackboard, saving you hours. You can view the steps for obtaining the software and importing your tests at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/Respondus/.

Respondus is also offering instructor training webinars during the months of May and June. These 45-minute webinars demonstrate how to use Respondus 4 to create and manage exam content. The training is free. The complete listing of training sessions can be found at www.respondus.com/webinars. New dates are added frequently so faculty can look for an upcoming date that works best for their schedule.

Online Education Initiative (OEI) Updates

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) is making progress on a number of fronts including online tutoring, online learner readiness tools, the online course exchange, and the common Course Management System.

Colleges can now take advantage of Link-System International's (LSI) platform for online tutoring called WorldWideWhiteboard, provided for free by the OEI. This system would allow each college to have their own tutors to work with students through WorldWideWhiteboard. Colleges can also contract tutoring through NetTutor, which is provided at a volume discount through the OEI. For more information on the OEI's progress on online tutoring, visit http://ccctechedge.org/news/miscellaneous/521-online-tutoring-services-offered-systemwide .

The OEI is also working on providing online student readiness modules to be shared system-wide. These resources, which will help students gauge if online learning is right for them, should be available to all colleges by the end of the year through both the OEI instance of Canvas as via website.

The Online Course Exchange aspect of the OEI, which allows students to take online courses from any college, will enter the pilot phase in January 2016. Note that the Online Course Exchange is meant to meet the needs of students who cannot get the "bottle-neck" courses they need at their home institution. Currently, the OEI is figuring out details of business processes and pilot agreements that "Exchange" colleges will be using. Once the pilot agreements have been created, the OEI will work with the pilot colleges' IT staffs to implement the needed parts for students to be able to enroll in classes system-wide.

The OEI common Course Management System, Canvas is in the final contract phase and details and an implementation timeline are expected to be released soon. The OEI encourages colleges to start having in-depth conversations about whether or not to change to the common CMS. For detailed information visit http://ccctechedge.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=531&Itemid=24 . For a resource site on the OEI instance of Canvas, visit https://ccconlineed.instructure.com/courses/90/pages/home .

Highlights from theCOOL

The Committee On Online Learning (COOL) has received course proposals for 8 hybrid and 5 fully online courses in the subject areas of Electrical Systems, Computer Networking Technology, Anthropology, Business, English, Geography, Kinesiology, and Political Science. Review teams are currently reviewing each proposal individually and providing feedback as per the proposal approval process posted at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/cool/process/ .

In addition to the online/hybrid proposal review process, the COOL has held discussions on several topics related to online learning, including State Authorization & the Online Education Initiative, and committee members have shared aspects of their courses as well. The COOL schedule of meetings along with minutes can be found at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/cool/meetings/201415/

Volume 26, April 2015

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Blackboard Tips

Blackboard Grader App - Grade on your iPad!

Many instructors use iPads for online course needs. However, up until now, grading on an iPad required users to switch to Screen Reader Mode. Blackboard has now released the Blackboard Grader App, which provides an easy way to grade student work.

Features of the Blackboard Grader App include:
- Inline viewing of student submissions
- Support for audio-based and video-based feedback
- Seamless integration with Bb Learn
- Stay on top of students' progress (Retention Center-like functionality)

To learn more about the Blackboard Grader App, visit http://www.blackboard.com/bbgrader

For a video demonstration of this app, visit http://www.youtube.com/embed/6Me8Z0YSkn0?autoplay=true

Request Summer & Fall Sites:

As you are finishing up the Spring term, remember that you can request your summer & fall Blackboard sites at any time.

To request Blackboard sites, simply log into CLASS-Web, click on the Menu for Faculty Staff & Advisors, scroll down to the Blackboard Course Site Request link, and get started by selecting the semester and campus. Click here for detailed instructions.

Once your course sites have been setup and appear in Blackboard, you can use the Course Copy tool to copy over your content from a previous site (view steps on how to use the Course Copy tool). This can be done at any point after sites are in Blackboard, but we recommend that you do it early and only one time (to avoid repeated items).

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The Online Learning Link is a publication by the Chabot College Online Learning Staff
Minta Winsor, Distance Education Coordinator
Lisa Ulibarri, Instructional Designer/Developer


View previous editions of the Online Learning Link at:   http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/newsletter/default_conv.asp

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