Promote and Offer Training
Advertise Centralized Training
You don’t need to do everything yourself! Provide your faculty with links to training calendars and libraries of recorded training webinars.
Conduct Online Training Locally
You don’t need to start from scratch! Search Canvas Commons for relevant course shells to use for local training.
Ensure Privacy in Zoom Sessions
- Zoom-Bombing: A “Zoom-bomber” is an uninvited attendee who shows up in your meeting with the intention of disrupting or derailing the meeting. Please read through these “Six tips to Deter Zoom-bombers” during your synchronous Zoom sessions.
- Zoom and FERPA Guidelines: This article provides guidance as you select the settings for recording your instructional TechConnect (Confer) Zoom sessions and FAQs related to FERPA guidelines.
Provide Instructional Support
Hold “Open Lab” Sessions with Zoom
Support faculty by hosting open lab Zoom sessions where faculty can unmute themselves to ask questions as they work on switching to an online course format. For inspiration, visit Foothill College’s virtual office hours webpage.
Answer Questions About How to Shift Difficult Topics to Online Learning
- STEM Lab Courses
- All California Community Colleges have access to Labster, a virtual lab environment, including expanded support and technical assistance for faculty. Labster has a dedicated faculty support page designed specifically for California Community Colleges.
- Crowdsourced list of virtual labs in different disciplines
- MyOpen Math Lab (free, open-source learning system for mathematics)
- The CVC-OEI hosts Math and Lab Sciences Communities of Practice. To join, please email Logan Murray.
- Fine Arts (e.g., music, dance, studio art)
- How to adapt Zoom settings for music rehearsals and instruction, Royal Academy of Music (UK)
- Guide to Remote Music Education, Christopher Bill
- Facebook Group for teaching studio art in an era of social distancing
- Clinical Courses (e.g., nursing, radiology)
- Clinical Practice ideas, The Online Learning Collective
- The CVC-OEI hosts a Communications Community of Practice. To join, please email Logan Murray.
- Foreign Languages
- Teaching Languages Online (scroll down to the discuss section to view the video by Joseph Harrington)
Answer Questions About Selecting Technology That Aligns with Pedagogical Needs
- Post local campus licenses (recommend listing by core function, followed by tech tool name).
- The CVC-OEI has a list of centrally-funded support tools that your college can take advantage of.
Help Faculty and Students Address Equity and Accessibility Issues
Help Faculty Check Remote Courses for Accessibility
- Has your campus installed the Ally accessibility checker tool? The CCC Chancellor’s Office centrally-funding Ally for all colleges. In order to set up an Ally account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help faculty check course materials for accessibility with other tools:
- PAVE – free, online PDF accessibility checker
- Microsoft Accessibility checker for Word, Excel and PowerPoint (built into Microsoft Office)
- Canvas content page accessibility checker (built into Canvas)
- Help faculty caption videos
- 3C Media – free video captioning and hosting – contact your campus Distance Education Coordinator or Disability Program staff for more information
- Add captions to YouTube videos if you use YouTube to host your videos
- Add captions to Screencast-o-matic videos if you use Screencast-o-matic to create your lectures (may require an individual or campus account)
Help Faculty Find Accessible Open Educational Resources
Promote Universal Design for Learning Practices
- Encourage faculty to provide materials in more than one format, if possible (e.g., lecture screencast, lecture slides with notes).
- Encourage faculty to allow students to show what they know in more than one way.
Propose Solutions to Increase Internet Access
(within the boundaries of the statewide shelter-in-place order)
- Share information about Internet Service Providers
- The CVC-OEI is maintaining a list of Reduced Cost or Free Internet Access.
- How Internet providers are supporting users during Covid-19
- Create a map or list of parking lot hot spots, drive-up Wifi locations, or “Hot Lots” on your campus(es) that provide Wi-Fi so users can access the internet from their cars while maintaining social distancing. Examples:
- U of Minnesota Hot Lots – map shows the range of the wireless
- U of Iowa Drive-up Wifi locations
- U of Indiana parking lot hot spots – a bullet list of parking lot hot spots
Communicate with Faculty and Students
- Create a local information and resource pages,
- Point to the CVC-OEI instructional continuity resource pages.
- Create regular global announcements with Canvas banners at the campus level.
Join a Community of Colleagues to Ask/Answer Questions
- If you are an official CCC Distance Education Coordinator, join and/or use the CCC DECO communication channel. For membership inquiries please contact the DECO team at email@example.com.
- Join the free community space, Keep Teaching: Resources for Higher Ed, by K-State Global Campus.
- Join the listserv for the Educause Instructional Design Community Group. This listserv has been responsive and innovative in addressing challenges related to the switch to remote teaching and learning.