students at work

What is Title V?

Title V logo, Closing the Completion Gap

Title V is part of the Higher Education Act administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low income students. This five year grant will enable Cabrillo College to expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality, and technology-driven student support services.

As Activity Coordinator for Cabrillo's 5-year Title V grant, I will be managing the implementation of a student portal, design and develop active/collaborative learning spaces (classrooms and mentor labs), and work with faculty to convert high demand transfer-level courses to hybrid/active learning delivery. It is a great opportunity to act as a full-time designer/trainer in distance pedagogy, collaborate with IT on distance technology upgrades to serve students, and provide mentor-based faculty professional development. Visit our websites listed below.

Title V website

Title V Website

Title V Faculty Site

Title V Faculty Development Website


Canvas data dashboard website

Data Dashboard Training, a self-paced Canvas Module


Canvas training website, equity-based teaching practices

Equity-Based Teaching Practices, a self-paced Canvas module.

Websites designed by Francine Van Meter

Flexible Calendar Coordination

Cabrillo Professional Development is a college-wide initiative to promote growth as an educational community. Professional development opportunities promote and support excellence in teaching and learning, technological advancement, institutional effectiveness, and student support.

Since 1997, I have been coordinating Cabrillo College's Flexible Calendar Program, with support from the Teaching & Learning Center. To learn more about Flex Week, Flex Fridays, and other PD opportunities, go to our website.

Cabrillo Professional Development website

Cabrillo Professional Development


Designing a Hybrid/Active Learning Course

Why redesign your course for hybrid delivery? While online courses are available to students, not everyone is comfortable taking (or prepared to take) courses fully online. Hybrid courses allow for more flexible options for students, while also providing face-to-face engagement with the instructor and other students.

why teach like this (traditional lecture), when learning is like this (more active)

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The main focus area of the Title V grant addresses enrollment bottlenecks. This means maximizing access to transfer level courses and reducing time to degree, thus improving graduation rates. Our course redesign process emphasizes both hybrid delivery (1) enabling students to complete general education requirements for an associate degree with less "seat time" and more flexibility, especially for working students and/or parents, and (2) more active learning experiences in newly redesigned classroom spaces..

Online Learning

For the purposes of this project, we define hybrid to mean 25–50% of student contact hours takes place online. There are always students who will, through no fault of their own, be unable to attend a traditionally scheduled on campus class.

Student learning activities will be facilitated via the Canvas learning management system and meet the standards of the Online Education Initiative's Course Design Rubric. Faculty also have the option to "flip the classroom." According to A Study of the Flipped Classroom and Its Effectiveness in Flipping Thirty Percent of the Course Content, 2016:

"The philosophy behind the flip is that teachers can spend time working with students who need their help in the classroom and students can work together to solve problems"

Active/Collaborative Learning

Higher education looks very different than it did even ten years ago. Students eschew buying textbooks, they Google for answers to their questions, and expecting their attention for a lengthy traditional lecture is unrealistic.

The positives of teaching in active learning spaces is it includes increased learning gains and students report high satisfaction with the learning environment. Problem-based learning, case studies, use of clickers, and leveraging students' prior experiences, skills and strengths, are examples of active learning strategies.

"Getting students involved in 'active learning' is one of the main reasons why faculty members converted their traditional courses into hybrid courses."  


About Me

Francine Van Meter

I share granola bars.


MA in Education, Instructional Technology, San Jose State University
BA in Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
AS in Dental Hygiene, Cabrillo College


2016 – present
Title V Activity Coordinator, and Flex Coordinator

Project Management
Recent Presentations
  • I'm Not Just a Data Point: The Classroom Experience Through an Equity Lens, with co-presenters Adela Najarro, Lori Chavez, and Rachel Mayo (2018)
  • Equity-Based Course Design (Cabrillo workshop and self-paced online tutorial)
  • Data Dashboard (Cabrillo workshop and self-paced online tutorial, and CanInnovate, American River College 2017)
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
  • Cabrillo Project Leader, Online Education Initiative (OEI) Consortium, and OEI Equity Work Group
  • DETCHE (Directors of Educational Technology in California Higher Education)
  • Member, CCCDECO (California Community Colleges Distance Education Coordinators Organization)
  • Member, 4CSD, (California Community Colleges Council for Staff Development)
Recent Professional Development
  • OEI Exchange-approved instructor, DM1, Introduction to Digital Media
  • Building a Culturally Proficient Campus Climate
  • Accelerated Teaching Techniques, Cabrillo College
  • Teaching Men of Color in Community Colleges, Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement, professional development series, January 2017
  • Making Learning Spaces Work, March 2016, EDUCAUSE


Random Fun Stuff

2006 to 2016, and 1997–2005
Director, Teaching & Learning Center, Cabrillo College
Distance Education, Technology Training and Support, Staff Development, Digital Media Instructor, Program Chair (2011 to present)

  • design and implementation of myCabrilloPD (professional development)
  • implementation of the Canvas learning management system

Program Chair, Digital Media, Cabrillo College

  • coordinated the Digital Media program
  • taught introduction to web design and graphic design online

Online instructor with @ONE, a technology training project funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office

Director of Enrollment Services
Coordination of the Enrollment Services Center project.

Dental Hygiene Instructor, First Year Clinical Coordinator