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Fall 2011 Flex Week

The Cabrillo College Staff Development Committee has prepared a great program for Fall 2011 Flex Week with a wide array of professional development opportunities. Support your colleagues by attending these workshops. [Flex Calendar]

NOTE: There is still room in Academy for College Excellence's Faculty Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)
Summer 2011: June 13-17, 2011

The FELI is a 5-day institute that teaches core ACE curriculum around communication, reflection, working styles, and leadership techniques. Participants can learn new skills, renew themselves professionally and experience an educational approach similar to the methods used to teach students in the ACE program. The FELI is the first step in becoming an ACE instructor. Go to and click on events for more information and registration or contact Fran Guerrero at 477-3343. Spaces are still available for the June FELI.


Blackboard CE8 (current version)

Dear Faculty,

Please remember to save your grades from Blackboard. You can export them directly from the GradeBook. Please contact the TLC if you need assistance. Student access to spring '11 Blackboard sections will continue through June 7. All sections will be backed up and archived on Friday, June 3.


Blackboard 9.1 Flex Workshop Series

The college will be transitioning to the latest version of Blackboard Spring 2012. This workshop series is for all faculty currently using Blackboard. There will be a general introductory session on Tuesday, and repeated on Wednesday. Additional sessions will delve deeper into communication tools, assessment and student performance.

Taught by Micah Orloff, Educational Project Coordinator, @ONE Project, Mt. San Jacinto College, and Francine Van Meter

Get hands-on experience with:

  • the new navigation/editing features.
  • content creation tools to effectively design online course navigation
  • communication/collaboration tools to maintain regular effective contact and establish community
  • assessment and evaluation tools to efficiently monitor student performance
Tuesday, August 23    
8:30am-12noon Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 rm 507
1–4:30pm Enhancing Communication in Bb Learn rm 507
Wednesday, August 24    
8:30am-12noon Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 rm 507
1-4:30pm Assessment and Student Performance rm 507

Contact the TLC for more information. Training on the current version of Blackboard (CE8) can be arranged by appointment. 831-479-5030


What's new in Blackboard 9.1 and what can I expect to happen in the next 6 months?

For a preview of what's happening with the Blackboard upgrade, visit our website which includes the transition timeline.

Also, view what's new in 9.1 and peruse a series of short video tutorials demonstrating the tools available.

The TLC invites you to jump right in and look at Blackboard from a student's perspective. See how course information is organized, and navigate through the Student Blackboard Orientation. Just send us an email, and we'll send you a guest login/password.

Blackboard Student Orientation


TLC Services and more...

Parscore and Scantron

Do you use the Parscore software for Scantron answer sheets? To reserve the Parscore computer workstation, sign up using the online Scantron Calendar.

Edustream On-Demand Video

Cabrillo is now an Edustream partner, and faculty and staff can upload video content to the web for streaming, and access educational video content produced by Dallas Telelearning and soon, Ambrose. Edustream is a video-on-demand service funded by the Chancellor's Office through the 3C Media Program and is no cost to participating community colleges. EduStream's proprietary content is grouped according to categories including Subject (broadest), Discipline, Course Description, Topic, Clips (narrowest). Edustream gives the instructor a URL to post on their college webpage, in Blackboard, or on a Library web page. The three servers are "referrers" and the links only work when placed on a page hosted on one of those three servers. (In other words, you cannot email a link to students to watch the video. They must access it through a link on the web.) Contact the TLC for more information on accounts for new users. All accessibility rules apply. Proprietary content is already closed-captioned.

Firefox 4

Firefox just released a version 4 that has a new look! A cool new feature is the "Awesome Bar" that allows you to type terms into the location bar and it will find matches based on your browsing history, bookmarked sites, etc. In many circumstances, it saves time spent Google searching. FF 4 is also supposed to be 3.5 times faster than the version 3.6. Your site tabs are now on the top, you can put frequently visited sites into a single button at the top, and bookmarks are in a single button. You can also now reload a page from the location bar. Other features like password manager, managing pop-ups, and a pulldown menu from the search bar makes finding resources easier. Georg Romero, Library Director, brought to my attention the cursor focus issue in Blackboard went away. Ahhh...the little things that make us happy.

...more information on Firefox

Big Discounts for Faculty, Staff and Students on Office 2011, Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop

Discounted software for faculty, staff and students at

Stay up-to-date on standards for online media and web design

Making web pages accessible to students with disabilities

To the Cloud!

Click here to learn more about Google docs, iTunesU, adding captions to YouTube videos, and how to use blogs.

Vocaroo is a free voice recording service that allows you to create an audio file with one click and then send via email or post on the web. It's still in BETA, but for simple voice files, this is one cool tool. Language faculty, check it out!

Cabrillo Faculty Inquiry Network (FIN)

Learning about teaching & teaching about learning. This social networking site provides Cabrillo faculty tools to collaborate and discuss matters of teaching and learning. Investigate questions about the way your students are learning. For more information, contact Craig Hayward or Rachel Mayo.

TLC Summer Hours

Monday, June 13 – Friday, July 29, 2011

8:30am–5pm (closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch)
Friday, 9am–1pm

The TLC will be closed June 6–10, 2011 and August 1–12, 2011.

TLC Staff

Francine Van Meter, Director
Kip Nead, Help Desk Support Assistant
Kyle McCarthy, Student Assistant, Blackboard Helpline



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