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SPRING 2014 FLEX WEEK :: Call for Proposals

Tuesday, 1/ 21 – Friday, 1/ 24
Friday, 1/17 is SLO Assessment Day

Getting Today's Students Excited About Learning!

Spring 2014 Flex Week provides us an opportunity to share teaching best practices, including observing other instructors' methods and skills. It's also a time to learn how to get students connected with support services and extending the learning experience outside the classroom using technology.

The Staff Development Committee invites faculty and staff to develop proposals that illustrate what works to get students excited about learning, and under what set of conditions. We are especially looking for proposals that can help us link student support services and/or technology and instruction, breaking out of our usual silos to improve our ability to help students persist and succeed.

The DEADLINE to submit Flex Week proposals is Monday, November 4, 2013, 5:00pm.


TLC Workshops

All workshops are held in room 1096 in the Teaching and Learning Center.

  • Wednesday, 10/23, 1–2pm Prezi Workshop
    Try this online tool for creating engaging presentations in half the time it takes to create a PowerPoint slide show, and no files filling up your quota on the web server in Blackboard.
  • Thursday, 10/31, 10–11am Blackboard's Interactive Tools
    Try the YouTube video tool in Blackboard to create your own video announcements, and use a blog or wiki to create a shared document.
  • Monday, 11/4, 4–5pm Create Your Own YouTube Channel
    Videos engage students...period. Learn how to set up your own YouTube channel, edit videos within YouTube, and easily caption them.
  • Tuesday, 11/5, 12noon–1pm Introduction to CCC Confer Web Conferencing
    Contact Francine Van Meter to reserve a spot. This workshop is entirely online and may be taken from your desktop.


@ONE Online Courses

  • These online courses last four to five weeks and are taught by experts in the Community College system. Each course is $65 to California Community College faculty and staff. Sign up online.


Distance Education News

Online Teaching Certificate Program

@ONE is offering an Online Teaching Certification Program that will help you excel in the digital age. It’s extremely affordable, comprehensive and easy to fit within your busy schedule.

Out-of State Student Enrollment in Distance Ed Courses

Background: The accrediting commission as part of its standards process requires colleges demonstrate compliance with State laws for it to offer distance education in another State. Colleges are expected to comply before July 1, 2014. The Chancellor's Office is currently representing the State of California in discussions related to establishing an agreement that would reduce the need for individual colleges to apply in some states. However, more justification and details are needed before the implementation of the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). For example, will there be fees for authorization in some states, what's the definition of physical presence, and what metrics need to be developed for reporting.

Solution: Cabrillo has chosen an interim plan that is cost beneficial given the small number (0.7%) of out-of-state students who enroll in distance education courses. That plan is to block out-of-state student registration in all distance education courses on a semester-by-semester basis until such time the college decides to participate in the Chancellor's Office statewide agreement. Students will be able to petition A&R for an override if their residency status has changed.

NEW CCFT Negotiated Contract Language Related to DE Distance Education Prior to their initial distance course assignment at Cabrillo, faculty are required to participate in an orientation organized by the distance Education Coordinator. A regular or contract faculty member may teach up to sixty percent of their load online. Under special circumstances, and for a limited time period, the load limit may exceed sixty percent with prior approval from the unit Dean and Vice President of Instruction.

Distance Education Faculty Handbook

The mandatory policies and procedures that relate to distance education courses, best practices in distance education, and how these best practices may be incorporated into course design and delivery, are found in the Distance Education Faculty Handbook.

Distance Education Faculty Handbook


Blackboard Shell Requests

The TLC will begin processing Blackboard shell requests for Spring 2014 term as soon as the Schedule of Classes is available. Just an FYI, Blackboard training is required for ALL new instructor accounts. More detailed information...

Blackboard Learn Mobile App

Find out how make your course materials more accessible. Using the mobile app, students can respond to discussion posts, look up grades, and read documents via their mobile devices.

Blackboard User Notifications

Postini has occasionally intercepted our messages regarding Blackboard. Because over 200 faculty use Blackboard, we prefer to send some messages just to those who have accounts. Please update your Postini settings to accept anything from and/or Blackboard Admin.

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TLC Services and more...

Parscore and Scantron

Do you use the Parscore software for Scantron answer sheets? To reserve the Parscore computer workstation during heavy testing periods like midterms and finals, sign up using the online Scantron Calendar. NOTE: We have a NEW Parscore machine. Come in and take it for a test drive.

CCC Confer

Ever considered using webinar technology for your office hour, or simply to record an on screen demonstration of a lesson? Learn how to use CCC Confer to create and archive a recording for students to access.

IT HelpDesk Frequently Asked Questions

Check out IT's HelpDesk page for resources such as how to configure your email on mobile devices, change your network password, and anti-virus info for Macs and PCs.

To the Cloud!

Learn more about Google docs, Google calendar, and Google sites. Settings for iPad are also available.


TLC Hours

Friday, 9am–1pm


TLC Staff

Francine Van Meter, Director
Thomas Lightfoot, Help Desk Support Assistant
John Bejarana, Student Assistant, Blackboard Helpline



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