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The Cabrillo College Staff Development Committee thanks all the wonderful presenters who made Flex Week (and Pre-Flex) a great professional development experience. If you have resources you would like to share from a workshop, please send them electronically to the TLC and we will post on the Staff Development website.

For example, Claudine Wildman provided handouts from Helping Students Succeed with Social Service Supports. [pdfs]

TLC Workshops

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

  • Wednesday, 9/18, 1–2pm Prezi Workshop
    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.
  • Thursday, 9/26, 10–11am
    Blackboard's Interactive Tools Try the YouTube video tool in Blackboard to create your own video announcements, and use a blog or wiki to create a shared document.
  • Monday, 9/30, 4–5pm
    Create Your Own YouTube Channel Videos engage students...period. Learn how to set up your own YouTube channel, edit videos within YouTube, and easily caption them.
  • Wednesday, 10/9, 12noon–1pm
    Prezi Workshop 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.


Remember to drop non-participating students from Blackboard.

In addition to dropping students in WebAdvisor, you must remove them from your Blackboard course. Go to the Control Panel > Users & Groups > Users > Remove users from course. This will delete any work the student has done.

Students in distance education courses are required to ‘attend’ class and participate just as if they were in a face-to-face course. Attendance is based on documentation from “regular effective contact.” Instructors establish guidelines for how much each lecture, reading assignment, discussion or project qualifies as a meeting during the course of a week or course learning module. (Ed Code, Title 5, Section 55200)

Blackboard Shell Requests

The TLC processed 553 requests for fall 2013 course shells serving 9439 users! We need your help getting those requests in on time. I will continue to send email reminders but perhaps it would easier for some to remember when the new Schedule of Classes is available, that should be your cue to request shells for the following semester. Just an FYI, Blackboard training is required for ALL new instructor accounts. More detailed information...

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.

In the News

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.

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.

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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