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Start Thinking About Fall 2014 Flex Week

Fall 2014 Flex Week is August 25–29, 2014
All College Day will be on MONDAY again.

The call for proposals begins Monday, March 24, 2014 and a separate email to go out with a link to the proposal form.

Deadline for Flex Proposals is Monday, April 21, 2014.

Online Teaching Conference Keynote Announced

Martha J. Kanter, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University (former Chancellor of Foothill-DeAnza CCD and Under-Secretary of Education for the US Dept of Education), will be a keynote speaker at the Online Teaching Conference in San Diego this June. The conference takes place June 20 and 21.

Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird price!

$198 Early Bird (through April 11, 2014)
$235 regular (April 12-June 6, 2014)
$270 on-site (After June 6, 2014)

For more information, view the conference newsletter.

Stanford Workshop for Community College Instructors

Humanitarian Intervention: Crisis and Practice, Saturday, March 15, 2014

There is an upcoming professional development workshop for community college instructors on March 15, 2014, at Stanford University. The Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative works with community college instructors who wish to internationalize and incorporate human rights topics into their courses. The workshop, "Humanitarian Intervention: Crisis and Practice," features a discussion with Stanford faculty as well as a focus on pedagogical approaches to teaching and critically assessing human rights topics.

For more information and to register, visit their website at:

TLC Workshops

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

  • Prezi Workshop
    Wednesday, 2/26, 4–5pm
    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.
  • Introduction to CCC Confer Web Conferencing
    Wednesday, 3/5, 10–11am
    Contact Francine Van Meter to reserve a spot. This workshop is entirely online and may be taken from your desktop.
  • Blackboard Interactive Tools
    Monday, 3/10, 4-5pm
    Learn how to engage students using graded discussion topics, blogs, journals, and wikis.
  • Going Mobile
    Wednesday, 3/19, 11-12noon
    Find out how students can stay connected to your class by accessing mobile accessible content. Learn about tools such as Blackboard's mobile app, how to provide video and audio resources via iTunesU, and create accessible and mobile friendly content as PDFs.

Video of the Month! Captioning Video

Produced by San Diego Community College District, how to use YouTube captioning tools to accurately caption a video.

@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 Resouces

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.

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 Summer 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.

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

Student Assistants
John Bejarana
Samantha Rutherford
Eric Ralston



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