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TLC Summer Hours & Blackboard Academy

The TLC will be open during summer session, Monday–Thursday: 8:30––5 and Friday: 9–1.
We will be closed May 29-June 6, and August 4-15.

Reminder to Instructors

Please remember to download your Grade Center data and store on your computer. The TLC does not keep grade records, so in the event of a grade challenge, you will need that spreadsheet you saved. Go to Grade Center > Work Offline > and download as a .csv file.

Blackboard server upgrade is scheduled to start on May 29th at 12:30am.  It should be complete on or before 12:30pm the same day.

Summer Blackboard Academy

July 9 & 10 AND August 20 & 21

This is a two-day academy designed to provide novice and experienced users 4–6 hours of instruction. Faculty new to teaching online or hybrid courses are required to participate in the 2-hour Cabrillo Distance Education Orientation.*

Learn what the regulations are for teaching online, best practices, and how to design your course to improve instructor/student interaction. Novice users will learn the basics of a learning management system. Blackboard accounts will be given to those who have completed the Blackboard for the Novice: Part I session.

Experienced users are encouraged to learn about successful strategies with assessment tools, and ways to motivate students to stay engaged with video and web conferencing options.

Register online at:


  • 8–10am, *Cabrillo Distance Education Orientation
  • 10:30am–12noon, Blackboard for the Novice: Part I, Understanding and Building Your Course
  • 1:30–4pm, Blackboard for the Novice: Part II, Communicating and Collaborating


  • 8–10am, Blackboard for the Experienced User: Successful Strategies with Assessment Tools
  • 10:30am–12noon, Creating Video Assessments and Online Episodes
  • 1:30–4pm, Blackboard Collaborate: Web conferencing tips and tricks

Fall 2014 Flex Week

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

The Cabrillo College Fall 2014 Flex Calendar is now mobile using Guidebook! This year, Precision Wellness Center is giving away two 3-month memberships to Cabrillo employees who download the mobile app below. Use it to create My Flex Schedule, submit workshop evaluations using the mobile app, and upload photos from your favorite events.

To enter the raffle, click on the Enter Raffle button in the mobile app. You can also access the same information via our mobile-friendly website at

Online Teaching Conference

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!
$235 regular (April 12-June 6, 2014)
$270 on-site (After June 6, 2014)

For more information, view the conference newsletter.

ATTN: Distance Education Instructors
Statewide DE Faculty Satisfaction Survey

The Chancellor’s Office (CO) for the California Community Colleges (CCC) in cooperation with Cabrillo College and other community colleges in the System is conducting the CCC 2014 Spring Term Distance Education Faculty Satisfaction Survey. You have been selected to help provide important information about your level of satisfaction and experience teaching a CCC distance education course.

When you are contacted by the Chancellor's Office, it is important to note that information gathered in this survey will not be used in the teaching evaluation process. Faculty evaluations are governed by your CCFT contract.


Distance education instruction is growing at a very rapid rate in the CCC System. This year nearly 27% of all CCC students will take at least 1 distance education course. The Chancellor’s Office and Cabrillo College want to make sure distance education courses are meeting the needs of students and are committed to looking for ways to make the educational experience better. One of the best ways to do that is by asking faculty directly about their teaching experiences in distance education courses. The survey of distance education faculty will help provide information that will contribute to improved student experiences and instructional outcomes.


In the next week or so you will receive an email with a link to the CCC 2014 Spring Term Distance Education Faculty Satisfaction Survey sent on behalf of the COCCC from SurveyGizmo. Follow that link by clicking on it to access the survey about the distance education course that you have just completed teaching at Cabrillo College. All of your responses are confidential and will not be shared with anyone beyond the Chancellor’s Office or Cabrillo College. All responses are summarized and reported as a group.

Thanks in advance for your participation in this important survey of distance education faculty teaching distance education in the California Community Colleges. Remember all you have to do to participate is click on the link in the email.


Video of the Month! The Magic Pen Tool (SmartBoard)


@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. 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 is now processing Blackboard shell requests for Fall 2014 term. 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.

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
Samantha Rutherford
Eric Ralston



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