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horseFall 2013 FLEX WEEK, August 26–30
Responding to Change and Moving Forward

The Cabrillo College Staff Development Committee has prepared a great program for Fall 2013 Flex Week with a wide array of professional development opportunities.


All College Day is MONDAY, August 26th!

8–8:30am, Morning Refreshments, outside the Crocker Theater

8:30–11:45am, All College Day presentations in the Crocker Theater


11:45am–1pm, "No Reservations!" lunch, quad outside the Crocker Theater.
Furnished by two local mobile restaurants. (Food trucks are a culinary craze.) Lunch tickets will be distributed to attendees following the ceremonies.

Support your colleagues by attending these workshops. Note: several events are held the week before Flex Week, and Department Specific events are listed on their own page.




Blackboard Academy

This is a two-day academy on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22, 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. For more information, visit the Fall 2013 Flex Week online calendar and reserve a spot.

Our Gang Discovers Our Inner Otters!

On Saturday, August 24, Our Gang will explore the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. They will visit the interpretive center and have a docent speak. Much of the activity will require participants to walk, kayak, and get their hands muddy in the wetlands of the Monterey Bay. For more information, visit the Fall 2013 Flex Week online calendar and reserve a spot.


Beginning of the Semester Blackboard Checklist

Use this checklist to get your course ready after copying the content over from the last time you taught it. More detailed information...

  1. Update your syllabus and Salsa directory listing
  2. Send a welcome message to students through WebAdvisor
  3. Update assignment and test due dates
  4. Check all course links and make sure they work
  5. Create a new welcome message to students in the Discussion Board and invite them to respond and introduce themselves

LATE Blackboard Shell Requests

The TLC has processed over 380 requests for fall 2013 course shells. Late requests (those coming in now) may not be ready for the start of the term. However, new faculty hires have priority and their Blackboard requests will be completed first pending training. Blackboard training is required for ALL new accounts. More detailed information...

Blackboard Shell Request Deadlines

Please remember to request shells before you leave for winter/summer break.

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.

Interested in teaching an online or hybrid course?

The new Distance Education Faculty Handbook, produced by the Distance Education Committee, contains information about faculty preparation for online and hybrid courses, course quality standards, and state and local distance education policies.

Distance Education Faculty Handbook

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

Making web pages accessible to students with disabilities

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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