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

Online Learning Student Support:
Support for Blackboard and Online Students 

support for studentsAs you introduce Blackboard in your classes, if you have students who need assistance with Blackboard or an online/hybrid course, please direct them to the Online Learning website at  http://www.chabotcollege.edu/online where they can submit a help request online. The Online Learning website provides students a wealth of information and resources, including steps for logging into Blackboard and using common tools within Blackboard, steps for setting up a preferred email account for Blackboard, as well as a self-paced Orientation to Online Learning. The orientation consists of video demonstrations and step-by-step instructions, as well as tips for student success with online learning.

Online Learning Student Support also offers an opportunity for students to drop-in to get in-person assistance on their online learning needs with an Online Learning Student Assistant. Working with an experienced online student, students can ask for assistance on a range of topics, including logging into Blackboard and getting started with their online/hybrid course. Hours and location are listed at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/online/DropIn/.

View your Blackboard Site from a Student Perspective

The "Student Preview" mode now takes the place of a Fake Student account. To go into Student Preview mode, simply click on the rotating arrows + circle icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the Blackboard page (in screenshot).
Student Preview Mode
You can use this Student Preview mode to view your course site from the student perspective at any time while logged in using your regular instructor account. When you enter Student Preview mode, the student preview bar appears at the top of every page. The bar displays the text "Student Preview mode is ON" and has Settings and Exit Preview functions easily accessible.

If you go into Student Preview mode and then Exit Student Preview mode, it will give you the option to “Keep the preview user and all data.” Selecting this option will keep the Preview User account active and make it so that you can log into that account separately (Example: Joe Chabot would have a Preview Account Username: jchabot_PreviewUser. The password will be the same password as your instructor account).

3C Media: Free Live Online Training

3C Media Solutions is the delivery system for distance education, training and meeting collaboration, linking the 112 campuses of the California Community Colleges System. 3C Media Solutions is funded by a grant from the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges and offers several services including 3C Media On-Demand, 3C Streaming Media, and 3C Media Event Coverage.

Faculty can request live online training from 3CMedia at http://www.3cmediasolutions.org/training

Respondus: Publish your Tests & Surveys to Blackboard

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/.

Faculty can request the new Respondus code through the Help Form at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/OnlineTeaching/Respondus/code/request.asp.

Highlights from theCOOL

The Committee On Online Learning (COOL) supports Chabot College (faculty, staff, administration, and students) as we develop and deploy hybrid and fully online courses. We encourage and assist in the creation of new online courses, helping to ensure they can incorporate proven pedagogical techniques for student success, and that they can be delivered with the highest quality possible. And with that process, we help to reinforce how hybrid and online courses are equivalent in rigor, expectations, and student participation to their on-campus counterparts. We share our expertise in online delivery modes with all faculty, in a collaborative review process that includes demonstrations by colleagues new to the world of online teaching and learning. We evaluate, share, and advocate for new technologies that help our students learn.

Looking to teach an online or hybrid course for Spring 2016? Get a head start by reading up on the Online/Hybrid Course Proposal Process as detailed on the COOL website. An email will be sent out containing the current proposal process timeline & deadlines.

The first meeting of the COOL for the 2015-2016 year will take place on Tuesday, September 1st from 12-1pm in Room 1801.

Volume 28, August 2015

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Blackboard Tips

Semester Startup:

green checkbox Request Blackboard Sites: Chabot instructors can use Blackboard for on-campus, hybrid, or online courses. Request sites by logging 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.

green checkbox Copy over content from a previous site:  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). The Course Copy process may take several hours. Once you've initiated the Course Copy, you will receive an email once the process is complete. Please wait for the email confirmation prior to attempting the copy process again to avoid duplicate content.

green checkbox Make your course site Available:  As students are now uploaded to Blackboard, once you are ready for students to access your course site please be sure to make your Blackboard site available to students: Go to the Control Panel area > Select Customization > Click Properties > Under the Availability option: select Yes > Submit. Your course is now available for students to access. You may want to send students an email as well so that they are aware the course site is available in Blackboard.

green checkbox Need instructions?  Step-by-step instructions for building content in Blackboard.

green checkbox Want to give a student TA or another instructor access to your course site? Course Site Access Request Form.

YouTube Mashup Now Functional:

The YouTube Mashup allows faculty to easily search and post YouTube videos within their course site. Due to recent changes with YouTube, the Mashup which allowed the search and adding of YouTube videos yielded an error message. Fortunately, the issue has been resolved and faculty can once again use the YouTube Mashup. Steps on how to use the YouTube Mashup.

Contact Us
Need Help? Contact Us!

Online Teaching & Blackboard Faculty Support Form

Request to Give Someone Access to Your Blackboard Site


Students Need Help?
Online Learning Student Support Form


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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