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

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The next Blackboard upgrade will soon take place in early 2016. On Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5pm, Blackboard will be upgraded from the Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 release to the October 2014 release. While this is not a major upgrade, it includes some changes to the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool (the interface is much cleaner and users won’t have to download and install Java-reliant files in order to use the tool). The spell check feature is fixed to check spelling as you type as well. See the Blackboard Tips column in this newsletter for more information about requesting Blackboard sites, copying over content from a previous course site, and when Spring 2016 students will be uploaded to the Bb system.

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Are you interested in creating high-quality videos for your courses? @One recently presented a webinar on "Simple Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Videos!" This webinar will "show you easy to implement tips for creating a professional quality video." Access the webinar archive free!

Be sure to check out the latest schedule of desktop webinars, instructor-led online courses, self-paced training, and the online certification program available from @ONE. Classes fill up quickly! Find out more information and sign up at the following link: http://www.onefortraining.org/.

Lynda.com for Technology Training

You can now access technology training videos at any time through Lynda.com! Lynda.com is an extensive collection of training videos for Word, Outlook, Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Illustrator, and many other programs. Access to Lynda.com is free for all CLPCCD employees using their college-provided email addresses. For more information on how to access Lynda.com, please visit http://www.clpccd.org/tech/documents/Instruction_lynda.com.pdf

Online Education Initiative (OEI) Task Force Update

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) is focused on making online learning opportunities better and more accessible to students. The project is contains a number of resources for students and faculty, which are available to all colleges. The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has formed a district-wide task force will be formed soon to "explore, investigate, and research the OEI and make a recommendation to the Chancellor about which aspects of the OEI - if any - are appropriate for CLPCCD participation.”

The CLPCCD OEI Task Force met during the last week of classes for an initial kick off meeting to ensure that all members understood the goals of the task force:

> Review findings of the three OEI pilots: Common course management system, Online student resources/tools, and the Online Course Exchange.
> Compare costs of Canvas vs. Blackboard.
> Identify/compare features in the OEI's implementation of Canvas to the current and future versions of Blackboard.
> Identify and evaluate the effects of the course exchange on Enrollment Management, Curriculum, Library, Student Services (Admissions & Records, Tutoring, Counseling, Financial Aid), etc.
> Review the OEI's contract with Canvas, and identify effects it might have on the colleges and district.
> Investigate separate contracts with Canvas to determine if additional services are needed.
> Explore the OEI's online student support tools and plans, and compare them to what the colleges can offer.
> Explore if and how the OEI projects would impact our Faculty Association contract; for example, offering courses as part of the Online Course Exchange.
> Make a recommendation to the Chancellor about which aspects of the OEI - if any - are appropriate for CLPCCD Participation.

The OEI task force will resume meeting in early February 2016.

Highlights from theCOOL

The Committee On Online Learning (COOL) had a productive semester reviewing 20 online/ hybrid course proposals, all submitted and reviewed through a newly piloted web-based proposal process using Google Docs & Apps. Online and hybrid delivery plans were submitted for courses in Anthropology, Business, English, Environmental Science, Humanities, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology Counseling, Religious Studies, Spanish, and Tutoring. Of those 20 proposals, 8 delivery plans were submitted by faculty new to online/hybrid teaching at Chabot, and those faculty were also required to conduct a course demonstration. During the development of their course, instructors are asked to use the Online/Hybrid Course Review Checklist as a guide, which includes a list of best practices for developing an online course site.

If you are planning to submit an online/ hybrid course proposal in Spring 2016, please visit www.chabotcollege.edu/cool for more information and the latest updates. You'll note that the first component in the process is your own skills development and research. If you are planning to teach your proposed course using Blackboard and have never taught with Blackboard before, please be sure to check out the resources for Getting Started with Blackboard.

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from Online Learning and the COOL!

Volume 29, December 2015

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Blackboard Tips

Save a Copy of your Grade Center:

To download a copy of your Grade Center into Excel: Go to the Grade Center (Full Grade Center) and in the top, right corner, click on "Work Offline" and select "Download." On the next page, leave the options to their defaults and click Submit. You will be prompted that the data has been saved. You can then click the "Download" button to choose to Open the file (in Excel) or Save the file.

Email Students Outside of Bb:

If you have the need to email your students outside of Blackboard (such as in the weeks before a new semester) you can do so through CLASS-Web. Log in to CLASS-Web > Click on the "Menu for Faculty, Staff & Advisors" > Scroll down to the additional options and click Faculty Class Roster > Select term > Select CRN > Click on the Email class button to open an Outlook email with student emails in the BC area OR scroll down to the list of student emails to copy/past to Outlook.

Request your Spring 2016 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.

Copy Over Course Content from an Existing Site:

Instead of re-creating content for your Spring 2016 sites, easily copy over the content from a previous site using these simple steps.

When Will Students be Able to Access My Sites?

Students will be uploaded to the Blackboard system about one week prior to the first day of the semester. Once students are uploaded to the system, you will still need to make your course site available in order for students to access it. Use the same steps to make old course sites unavailable.

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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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