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Fall 2011 Flex Week

It's just around the corner! Fall 2011 Flex Week offers a wide array of professional development opportunities. Support your colleagues by attending these workshops. [Flex Calendar]

Accreditation Kickoff

Join Renée Kilmer and Rory O'Brien to help launch the next accreditation self-study. Between now and the site visit in fall of 2013 we will be forming teams, coordinating research work and writing our report. The self-study is always a great opportunity to learn more about Cabrillo and to help assess our success as an institution in meeting the ACCJC's Accreditation Standards. Find out more details at the workshop on Monday, August 22.
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Blackboard NEWS

The TLC has been working hard to get ready for fall semester. Our final task is configuring SafeAssign, the plagiarism detection software. Special thanks to Kip Nead, Ryan Andres, and Barbara Durland who worked this summer to set up account activation, and migrate over 500 course sections to managed hosting.

Cabrillo began using WebCT (now called Blackboard CE8) in 1998. It was developed at the University of British Columbia. In 2006, WebCT was acquired by Blackboard and the name changed. The company then spent the last few years developing a single learning management system, Blackboard Learn (9.1), which provides twice as many tools to enrich the online learning environment for students. Cabrillo will begin teaching with version 9.1 beginning spring 2012.

Last January, 22 distance education faculty participated in a two-day Blackboard 9.1 training. We surveyed the group at the end of spring, and the majority of responses to the new version were quite positive. Additionally, the TLC developed a migration plan that will assist faculty in converting their courses this semester. For more details, visit the Blackboard 9.1 Upgrade site.

Flex week training on the new version (9.1) is encouraged. See the Flex Calendar listing for details. The TLC staff will conduct workshops throughout the fall, and schedule time to work with each faculty member who will be using Blackboard starting spring 2012.

Blackboard 9.1 Flex Workshop Series

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

Add the Library!

Add a link to the Library in your online instructional materials.

Better yet, browse their web resources by subject and consult with a librarian on the best way to embed information literacy into your curriculum. The Library also provides sessions that introduce students to information resources relevant to their studies.

TLC Services and more...

Parscore and Scantron

Do you use the Parscore software for Scantron answer sheets? When you are ready to give your first exam, remember 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.

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 Hours

Friday, 9am–1pm


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

Kyle, Kip, and Francine








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