The OEI's Approach Toward Access and Equity in the Online Classroom

As part of the Online Education Initiative’s (OEI) continued efforts to improve student success and completion rates among online students, the OEI has made the commitment to develop effective success strategies for closing the online student equity gap among a widely diverse student population. This presentation from the 2017 OTC conference identifies strategies for online instructors to use in maximizing learning opportunities for all students. It discusses learning opportunities for students whose needs may not be fully met in traditional face-to-face learning settings and how the online...

Can 'Unconferences' Improve Online Pedagogy? A Case Study from Santa Barbara City College

While demand for online courses is booming, faculty often are isolated from one another and thus limited in their ability to share information about effective teaching strategies. This presentation from the 2017 OTC conference covers the development and outcomes of a one-day 'unconference' on online pedagogy held at Santa Barbara Community College in February 2017. Given the explicit desire to increase collaboration among faculty, the unconference model allowed participants to structure the agenda through suggestion workshop session topics and facilitating them independently.

Creating a Library Presence in Canvas

As California’s community colleges adopt the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) as part of the state’s Online Education Initiative (OEI), librarians have new opportunities to bring library research and information literacy instruction into the online environment. Sponsored by the Council of Chief Librarians, Erin Daniels and Phyllis Usina, librarians at Santa Rosa Junior College, have prepared a guide that identifies ways in which commonly available library services, resources and programs can be integrated into Canvas. This guide, Creating a Library Presence in Canvas , contains...

Designing Your Online Student Services Support Centers

In spite of distance education being a thriving force for the past twenty years, its progress at many post-secondary education institutions has been challenged due to a lack of satisfactory online student support services. This presentation from the 2017 OTC Conference attends to the need of a student support services base that can suitably tend to the learning needs of students enrolled in distance education programs. Learn about the factors identified by the California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI), that are called for in the design and development of services that can...

Working Together: Evolution of the Common Course Management System

Made available through the Online Education Initiative, Canvas was chosen as the Common Course Management System in early 2015. Since that time, over 90% of the California Community Colleges have chosen to adopt Canvas as their sole CMS provider. This presentation from the 2017 OTC conference highlights ways colleges are working in partnership with Canvas to evolve the overall CCMS experience. Also included are ideas about making your voice heard and counted as we continue down this path of collaboration and progression.

Connecting Outcome Data with Demographics Using Canvas

During the spring 2016 semester, College of the Redwoods ran a small pilot to test both the technical aspects of Canvas data collection, as well the utility of the process from the instructor's perspective. At the end of the pilot it was clear that the Canvas outcomes tool streamlined the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) data collection process, connected assessment data with student demographics, and also simplified the housing of artifacts. This session from the 2017 Online Teaching Conference (OTC), discusses the collection of SLO data in Canvas for use by the institution in order to help...

Five Ways to Leverage Your LMS to Improve Equity

Gaps between online and on-campus retention and success tend to be wider when we look at disadvantaged socio-economic groups. Unfortunately, research primarily targets on-campus strategies for improving retention and success as they relate to student equity. Modern LMS’s now offer easy-to-use tools for applying some of what research tells us about helping disadvantaged students become more successful. This session from the 2017 OTC conference highlights the top five ways of using a learning management system to improve retention and success, particularly among students from disadvantaged...

What Have We Learned About Canvas?

A few months after Canvas by Instructure was selected to be the common course management system for the Online Education Initiative, the @ONE program began offering the course: Introduction to Teaching with Canvas. Gregory Beyrer co-developed the class and has helped hundreds of colleagues learn how to use this system. At this presentation from the 2017 OTC conference, Gregory shares what they have learned about Canvas, from how to click more efficiently to nuggets on teaching with Canvas in face-to-face and online classrooms. This resource includes the PPT presentation as well as the live...

Using the Canvas Editor to Help Improve Accessibility

This presentation from the 2017 Online Teaching Conference includes considerations and tips for creating accessible content. When you use the tools in the Rich Content Editor in Canvas you can help ensure your online content is more accessible to all your students. This resource shows how to fix some of the most common and easily solved accessibility concerns just by using the tools provided in Canvas. You’ll learn some helpful tips you can implement right away. This resource includes the PPT and session recording. Canvas Accessibility Tips - Presentation

What Does Your Competition Look Like?

eLearning Module Resource Description The Course Exchange, the California Virtual Campus, the new Student Portal – all of these will make it clear to CCC students that they can choose to take their online courses from any college in the system. How will your college stack up to the competition? This session from the 2017 OTC conference shows you how to use available data to see where your strength lies, where you might be missing key courses, and/or where to find an unfilled niche that would attract students to your programs.