OEI Accessibility Resource

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The Online Education Initiative has created some fantastic ADA informational modules for Canvas. Here is the link to self-enroll:


Included is information on how to create accessible materials (word documents, pdfs,  videos, PowerPoints, etc.) and a basic overview of the essential tools and techniques for ensuring your courses are accessible.

Take advantage of this great free resource!


@ONE Canvas Conference – Call for Proposals

As May brings more sun and glimpses of the end of the term, it’s also a great time to plan for summer and fall. Start preparing your proposal for Can•Innovate, our free online conference on October 26th; register for our summer line-up of online courses; and join us this week for our First Friday kick-off!

Friday, October 26, 2018 • 9 AM – 5 PM • Online

Save the date! 
@ONE is coordinating a free online conference for October 26, 2018 that will showcase all of the great ways Canvas is being used across our system to support student success. With a dedicated team of CCC faculty and staff, we are hard at work planning the details and setting the stage for you. To make it a memorable day, we need you to share the great work you are doing with Canvas. Submit your proposal today!

Learn More & Submit a Proposal

What’s in Your Summer Plans?

Basking on the beach in the warm California sun, hiking in the grandeur of the California redwoods, and learning with your network of peers in @ONE courses! The summer schedule is here, and you won’t want to miss it!

Register Now!

First Fridays Start This Week

Join @ONE and your CCC peers across the state on the first Friday of the month from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Each First Friday event will showcase a theme related to teaching and learning in the digital era and be supported by two 45-minute webinars. The first one is this week!

May 4 – How Can I Teach This Online? 

June 1 – Course Design Showcase: Interactions


OEI Course Design Academy – Get your class on the Course Exchange


Don’t Delay! Act Now! Time is running out for getting courses “exchange ready” for fall – not to mention summer! I encourage you to take a look at this timetable for Spring 2018 Course Design Academy:

Faculty Information Meeting 
(Link to Register)

Course Submission Form
(Link to Course Submission Form)

Interested instructors should register for an information meeting then follow up to get course(s) submitted by the due date.

As a reminder, steps to getting a course “review ready” include:

  *   Making a “Master Shell” copy of the most up-to-date version of the class in Canvas.

  *   Adding “info@onefortraining.org” to People in the course and assigning the role of Designer.

The complete Review Ready Checklist is pasted below for your convenience.

Finally, we have a lot of great information on Course Design Academy on our website, including quotes from instructors who have been through the process.

We look forward to working with them!

*Please note my new phone number below*

Autumn Bell
Chief Professional Development Officer
California Community Colleges’
Online Education Initiative (OEI)
Hosted by the Foothill-DeAnza District
Phone: (650) 949-7801


OEI Review Ready Checklist

Thank you for your interest in Course Review and in making your course available to students in the Online Course Exchange.  We have created this checklist to help you prepare your course for a timely and helpful review.

We encourage you to use this list as a personal reference. When all of the steps are done, please go to the Course Submission Form to complete the checklist form online and submit your course for review.

  • Make a copy of the most up-to-date version of your course in Canvas and name it using this convention:

(Example: MasterShell_MATH101_Bell)

At this time, we do not review live courses with students enrolled.

  • Add “info@onefortraining.org” to People in the Review Copy and assign the role of Designer.

At some colleges, permission to make course copies and add People are not turned on in Canvas. In that case, please contact your OEI Single Point of Contact or your college’s Canvas Administrator.

  • Be sure to publish:
    • The course.
    • All instructional content in the course (e.g. modules, pages, assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.).

The Reviewers will be looking at your course from a student perspective, so anything you would make available to students should be available to the Reviewers.

  • Create a separate folder in your Files area called “Accessibility Review” and add any files/documents—Word, PDFs, PowerPoint decks—that are currently being used in your course (so we can check for accessibility).
  • Choose a Home Page in the Master Shell.
  • Add the welcome letter/email you normally send to students to the Announcements OR placed it in a welcome module where the review team can find it.
  • Include all, or at least a sampling, of your announcements for the review team to see.
  • Include your plan for instructor-initiated contact (Rubric item B2) in the syllabus and/or as a note to the review team.
  • Complete the online Publisher Content Inventory
  • Submit your course by completing the Course Submission Form.


Reviews Begin the week of:

Tuesday, March 20

10:00-11:00 am

Monday, March 26

By 5:00 pm

Monday, April 2

Thursday, April 5

10:00-11:00 am

Wednesday, April 11

By 5:00 pm

Monday, April 16

Monday, April 16

1:00-2:00 pm

Monday, April 23

By 5:00 pm

Monday, April 30

Tuesday, May 1

1:00-2:00 pm

Monday, May 7

By 5:00 pm

Monday, May 14

Friday, May 18

10:00-11:00 am

Thursday, May 24

By 5:00 pm

Monday, May 28

Canvas Quick Source Learning Guides FREE for WLAC Faculty!


This 6 page, tri-fold, full-color, guide is an invaluable resource for anyone who uses the Canvas Learning Management System! In a clear, user-friendly, format, it contains step-by-step instructions, shortcuts, and tips on how to use the basic features of Canvas.

Features include:

  • Setting Notification Preferences
  • Creating an Announcement
  • Assignment Types
  • Creating a Module
  • Uploading Files
  • Editing the Syllabus
  • And much more!

If you are West LA College faculty you can pick up your guide from the Distance Learning office or contact Eric Ichon at ichone@wlac.edu


Read the full story and watch the video here!

In this 9-minute video, SRJC Math faculty Dr. Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg shows how she uses Canvas Commons to import sample course shells with free OpenStax content produced by and aligned with the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative’s course design standards.

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OEI Releases OER-Enabled Canvas Course Shells

OEI Releases OER-Enabled Canvas Course Shells

California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) is proud to announce the creation of 30 sample course shells with Open Educational Resources (OER) embedded directly into the OER-enabled Canvas course shells.

This grassroots project involved collaboration between instructional designers, librarians, faculty and OpenStax, a nonprofit educational technology initiative based at Rice University, Houston.

Newly released federal data shows that the number of college students enrolled in at least one online course continues to rise at U.S. institutions. Unfortunately, the Fixing the Broken Textbook Market Survey (2014) shows that 65 percent of students surveyed chose not to buy a textbook for their class due to high costs, and another 48 percent take fewer classes or choose a different class based on the textbook cost.

With this in mind, the OEI workgroup decided it was important to embed OER resources in each course shell.

“Adopting OER is a social justice issue,” said Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Chief Academic Officer for the OEI. “Students need access to their course materials on the first day of the class in order to be successful, not when their next paycheck or financial aid arrives.”

Designed by the OEI’s instructional designers, the course shells include a wealth of knowledge and innovative resources that can help faculty as they prepare to teach online. There are instructions for faculty on making their courses welcoming to students, creating captioned videos, and providing links to campus student services. There are instructions for students on how to navigate Canvas and how to be successful in the course.

“These shells will make using an open text even more convenient for faculty and students, thanks to the work of OpenStax adopters,” said Daniel Williamson, Managing Director of OpenStax. “We’re thrilled to see our books take on a life of their own. This kind of adaptation and enhancement is exactly what makes open educational resources so valuable. We’re looking forward to seeing how instructors take these course shells and adapt them to create materials that are perfect for their students.”

The 30 sample course shells are housed in Canvas Commons, and can be found using the following search terms: CCC, OEI, OpenStax, and OER. There is one blank so faculty can embed their own OER content. Each shell is WCAG 2.0 AA compliant and has a Creative Commons Attribution license with attribution to be given to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, funder of the OEI.

Andrea Hanstein is Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships for
the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative