Online Learning, Las Positas College, November 2018 Volume 1, Number 6

                 New Toys Coming To Canvas           
   Santa with NameCoach, Proctorio, and NoteBowl toys

Just in time for the holiday season, the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative is bringing Canvas instructors three more tools to use with their students:
  • NameCoach provides students with a simple way to record a pronunciation of their name and convey their gender that is easily shared with their instructor. This student equity tool helps build an inclusive campus community.
  • Proctorio is a tool is designed to ensure academic honesty while students are taking exams. Among other feature options, Proctorio allows you to record audio and video, along with disabling copying, printing, opening new browser tabs, and right-clicking. It only works in the Chrome browser, so you and your students will have to use Chrome, which is the preferred browser for Canvas anyway. Also, Proctorio only works on desktop computers and laptops; it won't work yet on mobile devices.  
  • NoteBowl is a social learning tool that integrates with Canvas to increase engagement and collaboration. With an interface similar to Facebook, NoteBowl includes a bulletin board and discussion board that you can use instead of the Canvas Announcements and Discussions features. 
Because of the upcoming final exams, Proctorio is actually already installed in Canvas. NameCoach and NoteBowl will be installed in time for the Spring 2019 semester. Training will be provided. Use of the 3 tools is optional.

             Distance Education News & Notes

                                                          Distance Education at Las Positas College logo
What better way to brighten the holidays than to catch up readers of this highly acclaimed newsletter with what's going on in DE at Las Positas. So hold on to your Santa hats!
  • The revised DE Handbook was approved by the Academic Senate on Nov. 14. It is divided into 8 sections that tell you everything you need to know about the college's distance ed efforts: Introduction, Legal/Accreditation Requirements, Policies/Guidelines/Agreements, Online Instruction, Classroom Management, Professional Development, DE Governance, and Support. View the handbook.
  • The state's Title 5 regulations for DE were updated to include regular effective contact not just between the instructor and students, but also among students. This new stipulation applies to both online classes and DE hybrids (those over 50% online).
  • The ACCJC has changed its procedures for Substantive Change Proposals for DE. Based on answers provided in an application from a college's ALO, it can approve programs with over 50% of its offerings at a distance very quickly. This happened Oct. 16 when the ACCJC approved 21 of our programs. View the approval letter.
  • The OEI Course Design Rubric has been updated. Sections D and E on web accessibility have been combined, and relatively minor changes were made to Sections A-C. View the updated rubric.                  

             Can•Innovate Recordings Available

                                        Can Innovate
For those who could not participate in the Oct. 26 Can•Innovate online conference sponsored by the CVC-OEI, recordings from the sessions are available for viewing. Can•Innovate highlights emerging, creative practices shared by CCC faculty, staff, and administrators. Over 2,500 people registered for the event.

Among the sessions archived are: A Student's Perspective on Education Empowerment, Google + OER = Better Canvas, From Blah to Bling: Building an Equity-Minded Syllabus, The New Canvas Gradebook, Incorporating Oral Presentations into a Fully Online Course, Canva for Canvas: Make Beautiful Banners for Your Canvas Course!, and Using ConferZoom Video Meetings to Support Pedagogy & Course Design. 

View the Can•Innovate recordings.

  Accessibility logo         

How to Use Headings in Canvas

You should already know that one step in making Microsoft Word documents accessible to students with disabilities is to use heading styles. You need to do the same in Canvas. Headings add structure and meaning to pages by organizing content into sections and indicating the relative importance of those sections. Screen-reading software for blind or low-vision students presents a list of headings that allows the student to jump to individual headings and establish the importance of content categorized under the headings.

In Canvas, the title of the page is automatically styled under Header 1, so you can't choose that in the Rich Content Editor. Use the headers in order beginning with Header 2. Do not skip any of the header levels (e.g. using only Header 2 and Header 4). The Paragraph style is used for regular text. You will not use Preformatted. To create headings (in edit mode), highlight text, and select a style from the Paragraph drop-down menu.

Rich Content Editor in Canvas

View a 7-minute video titled Chunking Content & Using Headers to Design Accessible Content Pages in Canvas.

If you need one-on-one help with web accessibility, you can make an appointment with LPC's Instructional Technology Specialist Wanda Butterly, aka The Wizard of Accessibility. Known for her Magic Wand(a), she can help you ensure that all of your Canvas materials are accessible to all of your students.
                                                                  Wanda Butterly, the Wizard of Accessibility

  Canvas logoCanvas Tip: Restoring Deleted Items

The next time you accidentally delete anything in Canvas, you won't have to spend so much time re-creating it while frowning and muttering expletives; you can quietly and quickly use the Canvas “undelete” command. Aside from helping to keep your blood pressure under control, this command allows you to restore items that you previously deleted. Learn how to restore deleted items.

                   Restore deleted items
Canvas Instructor Guides
Contact Us
Canvas-What's New
Copyright © 2018 Las Positas College  |  Online Learning Newsletter archives