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

Academic Integrity in Online Courses  

The WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies), part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education recently released an article on "3 Steps You Can Take Now To Improve Academic Integrity." The article focuses on academic integrity in online courses, stating that "The truth is that there is no research to support the claim that online students cheat more than students who take traditional brick-and-mortar classes." This is a common concern on college campuses, and often leads to debate among faculty and administrators.

The article also offers three steps to improve academic integrity in your own courses:
1. Inform and Educate
2. Prevent and Protect
3. Practice and Support

Read full details of the article at  https://wcetblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/empowering-practices-3-steps-you-can-take-now-to-improve-academic-integrity/

It is Now Easier than Ever to Check for Plagiarism within Blackboard

The SafeAssign plagiarism prevention service is now even easier to use as it is integrated into the Blackboard Assignments feature. Instructors can create assignments that are submitted through Blackboard and student submissions are scanned for plagiarism. SafeAssign checks all submitted papers against the Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Chabot's own Institutional document archives of previously submitted files, and a Global Reference Database of Blackboard client institutions. For a video demonstration of how SafeAssign can be used in Blackboard, visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QId2Xza_95k . Learn more about SafeAssign.

The Online Education Initiative (OEI)

Funded by the California legislature in 2013 in support of the Governor's Online Education Initiative Proposal, the 56 million dollar California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) aims to dramatically increase the number of CA community college students who obtain associate degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges by providing online courses and services. The OEI is currently working to provide resources to faculty and students to help increase the number and quality of online courses in the CCC system. The various resources the OEI hopes to provide include a common course management system, instructional design support, 24/7 help desk support, orientation for students, professional development for faculty, standards for design, and standards for qualifications, mentors, coaches and student services. While the details and costs to the colleges are still undetermined, the OEI is making great progress on choosing systems that can be used by the CCC system. In addition to selecting Link-Systems for online tutoring services, the OEI team recently chose Instructure's Canvas as the Common Course Management System.  We look forward to the release of information regarding further opportunities for colleges through the OEI.

Highlights from theCOOL

The Committee On Online Learning (COOL) has resumed meeting for the Spring 2015 semester. One of the first actions from the committee is to clarify the Online Course Approval Process to help instructors complete the process. Stepping in for Wanda Wong this semester, new COOL co-chair, Scott Hildreth recently sent out an email to all faculty regarding the updated process:

COOL Letter Sp2015 

The COOL members are a great resource for learning more about online teaching, how to get approved to teach online, and Blackboard teaching tips. For a list of the COOL members, visit http://www.chabotcollege.edu/cool/members/ .

Volume 25, February 2015

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Blackboard Tips

It's Not Too Late to Request Blackboard Sites for Spring 2015!

Whether you are teaching an online, hybrid, or face-to-face course, you can request Blackboard sites at any time 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. Detailed instructions for requesting sites.

New to Blackboard? Requesting Blackboard sites will also create your Blackboard account. You will then be contacted with information for getting started with Blackboard.


Student Preview Mode:

Blackboard now offers a new "Student Preview" mode which 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 (circled in screenshot below).

Student Preview

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. Learn more about Student Preview.


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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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