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Equity Resources: Teaching from the ‘HIPS’ (High Impact Practices)

It can be a challenge to think of specific things we can do using educational technology to ensure success for our impacted students as well as Gen Z. High-Impact Practices (HIPS) are tried and true means for engagement that can push the needle forward for student achievement. Here are just a few resources that can…Continue Reading Equity Resources: Teaching from the ‘HIPS’ (High Impact Practices)

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

Using Technology to Alleviate Student Stress

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EDUCAUSE recently published an article by Jill Anderson called “Out of Crisis, Compassion: Using Instructional Technologies to Alleviate Student Stress.” This article points out how professors have upped their technology skills not just to move content into the online environment, but to extend compassion to their students. The article defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of…Continue Reading Using Technology to Alleviate Student Stress

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

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

Let’s talk Distance Learning Amendment Forms

This post was created in collaboration with Mt. SAC Distance Learning Coordinator Carol Impara. In April 2020, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) announced that all classes offered online starting Summer 2020 would be considered distance education — even classes offered because of an emergency campus closure. As a result, Mt. SAC needs all…Continue Reading Let’s talk Distance Learning Amendment Forms

SPOT Training: What is the SPOT Pre-Check? And how do I pass it?

This guest post is by Mt. SAC’s Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator,  Catherine McKee.  As the Assistance Distance Learning Coordinator at Mt. SAC, I facilitate SPOT (Skills and Pedagogy for Online Teaching), Mt. SAC’s certification process for professors planning to teach courses online at our college. If you have signed up for SPOT or you are interested in completing…Continue Reading SPOT Training: What is the SPOT Pre-Check? And how do I pass it?