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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 Learning and Blackboard at Chabot College.

The Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year:
If you're among the many that want to incorporate online tools into your course but aren't sure where to start, this article from Edudemic.com presenting The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year can help. These online tool recommendations have already been used by educators, so you can be assured that they are viable, tested options. The list of tools ranges from a student response system to file submission tools and is available at:

Online Course Design: Tips for Teaching Students with Disabilities:
Accessible course design does not have to be a daunting task. This interesting article from GetEducated.com, explains 8 simple tips for designing accessible online courses for students with a range of learning needs. Stemming from universal design principles, these tips can not only help make your course accessible to those students with special needs, but also help your other students to easily access content and navigate the course.
Read the full article at: http://www.geteducated.com/elearning-education-blog/online-course-design-8-tips-for-teaching-students-with-disabilities
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Online Learning Student Support:
Send us 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. 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/ .
Highlights from theCOOL:
A spotlight on the activities of the Committee On Online Learning.
Under the leadership of Wanda Wong (Business Faculty) and Minta Winsor (Distance Education Coordinator), the COOL held their first few meetings and established some important goals for the 2013-2014 academic year:
  • Sharing of innovative and successful teaching strategies in online or hybrid courses.
  • Demonstrating effective use of technology tools for enhancing student learning.
  • Streamlining committee processes using technology (email, CCCConfer, etc.).
  • Clarification of Online/Hybrid Courses in Catalogue and Schedule.
  • Ensuring that the college is providing equivalent online access to student services and resources.

Throughout the year, the committee will continue work towards meeting these goals. Future committee discussions may include the topics of online tools, clarification of schedule information regarding online courses, and online counseling. The COOL looks forward to a productive year!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Volume 12, September 2013

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How to Reorder the list of courses on your My Institution page.

Want to change the order of the courses listed on your My Institution page?

Steps:  On the My Institution tab in Blackboard, click on the Edit icon (a pinwheel shape that appears when you mouse over the My Courses module). Once you click on the Edit icon, it will open a page where you can edit which courses show on the My Institution module. On this page, you can also re-arrange the order that the courses appear by using the drag-and-drop function. This will allow you to order the course sites in the order you prefer, rather than the default alphabetical structure. Click Submit at the bottom to save your changes.

Using an iPad for Grading:

Want to grade on your iPad?
To get the Grade Center to function properly on an iPad/iPhone use the Screen Reader Mode. Open Safari, log in to Blackboard and click into your course site, go to the Full Grade Center, click on the Screen Reader Mode link (at the top, left of the page). This will open a mobile-friendly version of the Grade Center, which will allow you to grade exams, assignments, etc. on your mobile device!


How to Embed YouTube Videos

For an easy way to embed YouTube videos, and more, into your Blackboard site use Mashups. The YouTube Mashup option displays a preview image, making it clear to students that this is an embedded video and not just a link.

Follow these simple steps to add a YouTube video: Go into the content area or folder where you want to place the video. From the blue Action Bars (at the top), click Build Content > (under Mashups) select YouTube Video. In the Search box, enter part of the video title (i.e. "Accounting Basics"). You could also search by key word or URL. Click Go. From the list of videos provided from the search, click Preview or Select. (Optional) Enter a description or instructions for students. Click Submit.

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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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