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The Online Learning Link
A publication for Faculty about Online Learning at Chabot College

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The Online Learning Link includes important information and announcements about Online Teaching & Learning and Blackboard at Chabot College.
Article: 6 Ways to Be a Better Online Teacher
Campus Technology recently released an article describing "6 Ways to Be a Better Online Teacher." Author Paul Beaudoin uses the expertise of online teaching trainers and instructors to put together a list helpful for online faculty at any level of experience. While there are many attributes of a good online teacher, these are 6 of the "tried-and-tested strategies" for online teaching. This engaging article can be found at: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/03/26/6-ways-to-be-a-better-online-teacher.aspx?=ct21

EduStream Transition
The streaming video service EduStream is now transitioning to 3C Media. "As of July 1, 2014, the Telecommunications and Technology Program (TTIP) will no longer fund the EduStream project. However, supporting the multimedia needs of the California Community Colleges remains a priority for the program and EduStream accounts and services will be encompassed into the 3C Media Solutions collection of services" (Technology and Telecommunications Unit, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office). If you are a current user of EduStream, you will have received an email describing how to get the videos you have uploaded to EduStream transferred to 3C Media. If you are interested in learning more about 3C Media, visit http://www.3cmediasolutions.org/

Online Learning Support Available for your Students

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 and receive a response within 24 hours. In addition to the online help form, Online Learning Student Support also offers an opportunity for students to drop-in to the Online Services lab (downstairs in 700, Room 709) to get in-person assistance on their online learning needs with an Online Learning Student Assistant. Current hours for this in-person service are listed at http://www.chabotcollege.edu/online/DropIn/.

Highlights from theCOOL:
A spotlight on the activities of the Committee On Online Learning.

The COOL is currently reviewing 18 proposed online or hybrid courses. The committee is in the process of approving the Proposal part of the process and will soon move on to Course Demonstrations.  Course Demonstrations are only required for new online or hybrid instructors. Faculty who have already taught an online or hybrid class are consider "fast track" and need only complete the proposal part of the process.

The committee is excited to review proposed courses for a variety of subjects from all divisions - Business, Computer Application Systems, Computer Networking Technology, Communications, Geography, Kinesiology, Math, Music, Political Science, and Psychology-Counseling.
Volume 18, March 2014

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Retain Student Grades even after Dropping:

As the Withdraw deadline is fast-approaching, keep in mind that once you drop a student (or a student drops) their scores will no longer appear in Blackboard. Therefore, it is important to save a copy of their grades before they are dropped: 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. Note that in the event of an accidental drop, the student's grades and coursework will re-appear in Blackboard once the student is re-enrolled in the course.

How to do Extra Credit in the Blackboard Grade Center:

Applying Extra Credit in the Grade Center depends on how you are calculating your total grade. If you are using a Total column (running total of points possible), you can simply make the Extra Credit assignment/ quiz, etc. worth 0 points. Then, any points earned will be "extra" for the students who complete the assignment (those who do not complete it will not be penalized).  If you are using a Weighted Total, make sure to make the assignment, quiz, etc. worth at least 1 point. This is so that it gets factored into the Weighted Total Calculation. Also, make sure that the column or assignment is set to be included in your Weighted Total.  Note that if you are using "Random Block" for a quiz, the extra credit option does not apply. Instead, you should exclude the quiz column from Grade Center calculations. Create a new Grade Center column as the Extra Credit column for that quiz, and make it worth 0 points possible. You can then copy student's quiz scores into this column manually.

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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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