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News Bytes Weekly | Issue 5

WHAT’S INSIDE THIS ISSUE?  Accreditation Forum: Distance Learning & RSI  New Accessibility Tool in Canvas! Alternative Formats  Easier Access to Canvas Support  Discussion Alternative: Perusall + OpenStax Texts  Blog Spotlight: Pope Tech – Expand your Accessibility Arsenal  Appointments for Instructional Design Help  In Case You Missed It  1. ACCREDITATION FORUM: DISTANCE LEARNING & RSI  Join…Continue Reading News Bytes Weekly | Issue 5

SensusAccess is Here! Alternative File Formats in Canvas!

What is SensusAccess, AKA Alternative Formats in Canvas? SensusAccess is a new tool recently integrated into Canvas, joining our current suite of accessibility tools such as UDOIT and Pope Tech. SensusAccess is integrated into our Canvas instance under the name “Alternative Formats” and like many tools within Canvas, it is accessed through the course navigation…Continue Reading SensusAccess is Here! Alternative File Formats in Canvas!

Pope Tech: Expand Your Accessibility Arsenal

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Accessibility is important to us here at Mt. SAC. Our local technology and support units are always looking to implement useful methods, or simple-to-use tools and that help with the task of ensuring our content is accessible to our audience. This week we rolled out the latest installment on the list of accessibility tools available…Continue Reading Pope Tech: Expand Your Accessibility Arsenal

Accurate Video Captions: Tips for Completing SPOT

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Guest post by Catherine McKee, Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator at Mt. SAC Wait. Shouldn’t that be “See Spot run.”? Yes, it should! In this blog post, we’ll address another challenge commonly faced by faculty going through the SPOT certification process: accurate captioning of videos. (If you missed it, the first challenge was using accessible headers.)…Continue Reading Accurate Video Captions: Tips for Completing SPOT

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!

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

Canvas Insider: Design Tools by Cidi Labs!

Cidi Labs Updates

Canvas Insider is a regular blog series from FCLT News Bytes that highlights changes coming to Canvas and Canvas tools at Mt. SAC. Many of the technology tools you use at Mt. SAC offer software updates and releases. These updates can serve multiple purposes, but the two primary purposes of these updates are to fix…Continue Reading Canvas Insider: Design Tools by Cidi Labs!

Otter Streams Captions in Live Zoom Sessions

They did it! They really did it! This week’s blog post is going to be short and sweet, seeing that it is going out on the first day of the Spring 2021 semester and our audience is undoubtedly busy with many fun and exciting start-of-term things. And for this very reason, we considered not making…Continue Reading Otter Streams Captions in Live Zoom Sessions

Getting A-HEAD on Headers in Canvas: Tips for Completing SPOT

This post includes SPOT Tips from Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator & SPOT Facilitator Catherine McKee.  TRUE or FALSE: The best way to create headings in Canvas is by adding formatting to the heading text such as bold, underlining, or typing text in all capital letters.   The answer is False! Read on to learn more about…Continue Reading Getting A-HEAD on Headers in Canvas: Tips for Completing SPOT