Fantastic Canvas Course on!

In my previous post I raved about how great is and how wonderful that all CA Community College workers now have free access to this fabulous learning resource. Well, the hippie love fest continues as I see that they’ve recently added an amazing course on using Canvas.

Learn Canvas 2016 is a 2 hour course taught by Oliver Schinkten that covers all of the basics. About Oliver… “He is an expert in learning and teaching, specializing in supporting educators as they work to empower their students.” – bio

Course Welcome Video

Even if you are familiar with Canvas there’s a lot you can learn in this course including creating rubrics, adjusting grading schemes and the ins and outs of group discussions. I highly recommend it.

As with all courses, you can skip around to the parts you need if you do not wish to view the entire course sequentially.

If you don’t have your free account yet, you can read my previous blog post or watch this video that shows the short registration process.

  Enjoy! free for all Community College Workers!!!

download is an excellent resource for in depth training on all kinds of software.

The Professional Learning Network, supported by the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initative (IEPI), is now providing unlimited access to for all California Community College employees at no cost. is an online library of courses on software tools and skills. To learn more, we suggest that you watch the introductory movie about the service, and watch How to use

Here are just a few of the benefits to using

• Courses include a wide variety of technology and disciplines

• Up-to-date content helps to keep your skills current

• New courses are added every week

• Access to instructors’ exercise files let you follow along as you watch tutorials

• Closed captioning and searchable, timecoded transcripts for increased comprehension

• Beginner to advanced courses to learn at your level

• Watch complete courses or individual tutorials as you need them

To create a profile, navigate to the
Learn Academy of the Professional Learning Network. Next, login or register (if you are a first-time user) then click on the link for

Please note that if you have been a previous user of and would like to transfer your previous training history, playlists, and bookmarks, you must select “yes” when asked, “Are you a current or former member of” In selecting yes, it will prompt you to type in your old username and password.

If you have any questions regarding signing up for through the Professional Learning Network, please contact

Best regards,

Michelle DuBreuil

Project Manager, Professional Learning Network (PLN)

Equity in Education

Colleagues who are interested in equity should definitely check out this presentation made by Darrick Smith last April at West LA College.

Thinking about Equity

Presentation by Dr. Darrick Smith, University of San Francisco
at the Annual College-Wide Leadership Retreat
West LA College, Culver City, CA
April 29, 2016

Open Mic – Ask Questions about Canvas – Webinar



This session is designed to not only go over some of the main areas of Canvas, but it is also a chance for you to ask question to make your transition go a little smoother. 


Meeting Details

Title: Faculty Orientation: Canvas Review

Meeting Type: Meet & Confer

Meeting Link:

Meeting Passcode: 293043

Start Time 06/24/2016 09:00 AM

End Time 06/24/2016 10:00 AM

Is Your Computer Ready?

How to Connect with Your Mobile Device

Dial your telephone conference line: 1-913-312-3202*

Participant Passcode: 293043 

*Toll free number available: 1-888-886-3951

Participant Conference Feature

*6 – Mute/unmute your line


CCC Confer Client Services – Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: 1-760-744-1150 ext 1537 or 1554


Professor Cranon-Charles

Distance Education Chair/Coordinator

Etudes to Canvas July Training Update

Space is filling up fast for the July Canvas certification course taught by the benevolent guru, Jim Marteney. Jim uses a hands on, step by step approach that shows you the similarities and differences between Etudes and Canvas. This method makes it much easier to transition from one system to the other. I just took the course myself and found it very informative and fun.

The next course runs for 3 weeks and begins July 11th. There are 3 face-to-face Monday sessions with Jim, but most of the work can be done online at your own pace.

MONDAYS July 11, 18, 25th 12:00 – 3:00

To enroll, please be a West Los Angeles College instructor and contact Cyrus Helf at

For more information check out the official training flyer.