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Want Students To Watch Your Videos?

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At InstructureCon 2021 , I attended Kona Jones’s session, How to Get Students to Watch Your Videos. I’m a big fan of Kona’s. She is Director of the Teaching & Learning Center at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL, adjunct professor of Statistics and formerly of Developmental Psychology, and a Canvas Community Coach. I’ve attended her…Continue Reading Want Students To Watch Your Videos?

Canvas Studio Updates at InstructureCon 2021

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InstructureCon 2021 I attended the InstructureCon online conference yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 7. To be honest, I wasn’t that excited about it this year for some reason; however, their badging system got me really into it, and I’m so glad I attended. I heard inspiring keynotes from Dr. Knatokie Ford and Will.I.Am; learned some really helpful…Continue Reading Canvas Studio Updates at InstructureCon 2021

Make Your Online Course Exemplary This Year!

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This is a guest post by Faculty Distance Learning Coordinator Carol Impara You’ve been teaching online for a while now.  Do you ever wonder if your course is all it could be?  If you are teaching a fully online, asynchronous course, Mt. SAC’s Distance Learning program invites you to have your course “quality reviewed” to…Continue Reading Make Your Online Course Exemplary This Year!

Welcome Home: Course Card & Home Page Tips for Humanizing

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Photo by LeeAnn Cline on Unsplash The Presentation This fall, I signed up for CVC and @ONE’s Fall into Humanized Online Teaching: A Pathway to Equity series. The series consists of bi-monthly sessions on Fridays from September to November. The remaining sessions may be taken a la carte with no deadline to register. What’s more, a la…Continue Reading Welcome Home: Course Card & Home Page Tips for Humanizing

Six Tips for Smooth Sailing in Completing Your SPOT Course

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Guest post by Catherine McKee, Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator at Mt. SAC Sailing through SPOT: Six Tips for Completion Want to get your SPOT course in top shape when you submit? Avoid time-consuming revisions with these suggestions from the Assistant DL Coordinator who manages SPOT!   1. Read every page in the SPOT 2.0 course The…Continue Reading Six Tips for Smooth Sailing in Completing Your SPOT Course

Welcoming Students Back

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The Class Welcome Message Sending students a welcome message reminds them that the course is beginning and they are enrolled, calms anxieties for some students, opens communication, and prompts others to pay attention to the tasks they need to do to get on track as the term begins. It can also be an important step…Continue Reading Welcoming Students Back

One Term Ends, Another Begins

With finals just around the corner, I’d like to shamelessly plug our faculty survey (hehe) and point out two pages in our Canvas Faculty Center with helpful information for ending the current term and starting an upcoming term. You’ve probably noticed the Canvas announcement on your dashboard about our faculty survey. We’d love to know…Continue Reading One Term Ends, Another Begins

Flip It, Flip It Good! Humanize with Flipgrid

Are you teaching an online asynchronous course? Do you want to add a video-based humanizing element to your course? Have you been wanting to try Flipgrid? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this post is for you! What is Flipgrid? In case you haven’t heard of Flipgrid, it is a video…Continue Reading Flip It, Flip It Good! Humanize with Flipgrid

SPOT FAQ

SPOT: Frequently Asked Questions This is a guest post from Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator and SPOT Facilitator, Catherine McKee. This post is for the many professors currently working to finish SPOT, otherwise known as Skills and Pedagogy for Online Teaching, the certification required to teach online courses beginning in Fall 2021. FOMAR is no longer…Continue Reading SPOT FAQ

Storing and Sharing Zoom Recordings Long-term

Hosting Zoom Recordings on Platforms We now have quite a collection of video tools that can host Zoom video content. These all involve a few steps but are pretty easy to accomplish. Which one you use may depend on a few factors: which tool you prefer, how you want to manage captions, and what you…Continue Reading Storing and Sharing Zoom Recordings Long-term