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Accessibility & Video in Online Math Courses

I recently attended two sessions by the Online Network of Educators (@ONE): one on accessibility for online math courses and the other on using video in online math courses. There were lots of great resources and tools shared at these sessions which I’ll highlight below. Students First! Accessibility for STEM (Math) This session was led…Continue Reading Accessibility & Video in Online Math Courses

Student Connect: Virtual Appointment Booking Using Canvas

Are you tired of the hassle of scheduling 1-on-1 appointments with your students through email? Look no further, as Student Connect has got you covered! The FCLT has recently introduced the LTI tool “Student Connect” into Canvas, which makes booking virtual appointments with teachers more convenient for students. Many of you might remember that our…Continue Reading Student Connect: Virtual Appointment Booking Using Canvas

Being Creatively Predictable for Online Student Success

RSI with Creative Predictability The “regular” in regular and substantive interaction (RSI) emphasizes that courses taught online are best organized in a predictable way. Distance learning professors probably know this already quite well. A predictably organized course helps online students even more than those in face-to-face classes, and especially those in asynchronous classes, because of…Continue Reading Being Creatively Predictable for Online Student Success

Sometimes The Best Things in Life are Free

Today marks the end of the annual Open Education Week – a time of global awareness-raising, training and outreach about Open Educational Resources (OER). At Mt. SAC we have a several initiatives that support the adoption and creation of OER, so let’s take some time to briefly go over why OER are critical for student…Continue Reading Sometimes The Best Things in Life are Free

Worth 1,000 Words: Image Tips & Resources

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I love using imagery to bring content to life, and I’m so grateful for the plethora of free resources available these days. In this post, I will highlight image tips and resources with considerations not only for aesthetics but also for accessibility and DEISA∞. Image Tips from @ONE Watch this Byte-Sized Canvas video from @ONE’s…Continue Reading Worth 1,000 Words: Image Tips & Resources

Are sleep inequities affecting your students’ learning?

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I recently came across this NPR Life Kit podcast episode about sleep, more specifically Revenge Bedtime Procrastination. I’m guilty of this, so I listened. There were helpful tips, but what really struck me was when they talked about how socio-economic factors create sleep disparities which can lead to more serious health disparities. I had never…Continue Reading Are sleep inequities affecting your students’ learning?

Unpacking Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI)

RSI (regular and substantive interaction) is a key part of teaching online courses. Our local distance learning policy (AP 4105) interprets the federal and state education codes, where RSI is a critical requirement that distinguishes distance education courses (which students can take using federal financial aid) from correspondence courses (which do not qualify for such…Continue Reading Unpacking Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI)

News Bytes Weekly | Issue 8

What’s inside this issue? Find Out Fridays: Course Design 101 (Nov. 18) Regular & Substantive Interaction One-on-One Appointments Cool Learning Opportunities Blog Spotlight: Welcome Home – Course Card & Home Page Tips for Humanizing Appointments for Instructional Design and RSI Help for Distance Learning In Case You Missed It…Continue Reading News Bytes Weekly | Issue 8

News Bytes Weekly | Issue 7

What’s inside this issue? Find Out Fridays: Canvas Modules 101 Canvas In-Line Help Is Here! Cool Learning Opportunities Blog Spotlight: Teaching & Learning Experts @ the FCLT Appointments for Instructional Design and RSI Help for Distance Learning In Case You Missed It…Continue Reading News Bytes Weekly | Issue 7

News Bytes Weekly | Issue 6

WHAT’S INSIDE THIS ISSUE?  Find out Fridays: What, Why and How? OER 101  Canvas In-Line Help/Easier Access to Canvas Support  Blog Spotlight: Creating Collaborative Moments that Engage Students   Appointments for Instructional Design Help  In Case You Missed It  1. FIND OUT FRIDAYS: WHAT, WHY AND HOW? OER 101  Join Monika Chavez this Friday, 10/28 at…Continue Reading News Bytes Weekly | Issue 6