Incorporate Online Learning into Your Teaching
Whether your classes are face-to-face, web-assisted, hybrid, or fully online, you can enhance your teaching with online resources. Start by putting your syllabus, handouts, lectures, videos, website links, and other resources online. Then use face-to-face time with students for more active and engaging learning activities.
Resources for Creating an Online Presence for your Courses
- WebAccess is the online learning environment (learning management system) for SMCCD. It is an online classroom where students can submit assignments, take surveys or other assessments, engage in discussions, and participate in collaborative activities.
- Web repositories - Put course materials online by using WebAccess, your own SMCCD web folder, Google Sites, or other free repository.
- Streaming servers - Put video, audio, PowerPoint or other large files on a streaming server, and link to them from your course homepage.
- 3C Media Solutions is a media delivery service for distance education, training, collaboration, and is funded by the CCC Chancellor’s Office. They provide a streaming server available to all California community college faculty and staff. To use the service, request an account. They also provide a free podcasting system for creating and distributing your own podcasts (3CRSS).
- iTunes U can also be used as a server for streaming audio and video files. (Please contact Jane Rice for an account.)
- Captioning - All videos put online must have closed captioning. A grant from the CCC Chancellor's Office provides funding to caption videos used in online learning. If your videos need captioning, please contact Jane Rice.
- Originality checking - SMCCD has a subscription to the originality checking service Turnitin. There are two ways you can use this service:
- Create Turnitin assignments in WebAccess. The Turnitin-Moodle integration handles the setup on the Turnitin server. You and your students don't need to log in to the turnitin.com web site.
- Log in to the turnitin.com website. You will need to create an account, set up your classes, add students, and create assignments where students submit their work. See the Instructor Quick-Start Guide and the Instructor User Manual.
- Internet and telephone conferencing - CCC Confer allows you to set up regularly-scheduled online office hours or hold special online meetings with your class. It provides a web interface and telephone conferencing system with many features, such as the ability to share documents, take polls, and archive meetings. It is completely free for California community college faculty, staff, and students.
- CIETL - Participate in technology training and other faculty development activities sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
- MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) - Explore this collection of peer-reviewed online teaching materials for higher education.
- Free Web 2.0 Technologies - Explore these technologies to supplement your classroom teaching (list developed by the Distance Education Advisory Committee)
Contact Jane Rice, Instructional Designer and Distance Education Coordinator for Cañada College, for further information and assistance.