All Things Digital from West Los Angeles College and Beyond.
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The Digital Design Studio at West LA College is a faculty resource center created to facilitate the development, production and distribution of educational media content. We provide faculty with the technical and creative support necessary to expand new media and technology usage in the traditional classroom and digital environment. The Digital Design Studio serves as a centralized knowledge base to facilitate campus collaboration, to provide access to digital tools and to innovate practices for teaching and learning with technology.
Discover TechConnect Cloud’s lesser-known service which provides streaming and video productions services to the California Community Colleges system. Learn about the streaming service TechConnect offers which allows you to expand your webinar without having to pay for a larger room, and see how TechConnect has made webinars and events have that polished look with its video production service.
TechConnect can assist in creating and updating conference rooms and classrooms to state-of-the-art Zoom rooms, and there is much more this service can do for the system. Learn about this “hidden gem” and what it offers in streaming and video production services and assistance to the CCC system.
Join us for this free, 45 minute webinar as we walk you through these features and how they can benefit you and your students! There will be time at the end to answer your questions.
Register today to reserve a seat and receive links to the recording afterwards to share with your colleagues.
CCC TechConnect projects, (TechConnect Cloud/3C Media Solutions, TechConnect Zoom/ConferZoom, TechConnect Online Teaching Conference), serve the 116 California Community Colleges, are funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and are hosted at Palomar College.
As you wind down the Winter session or gear up for Spring, I encourage you to take advantage of these Distance Education workshops facilitated by LAVC faculty.
How to Make Your Learning Objectives ‘Bloom!’ Led by Susana Marcelo, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist Monday, January 25th 11:15 am Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting
Interactive Video: VoiceThread Led by Deena Friedlander, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist Tuesday, January 26th 10:00 am Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting
Authentic Online Assessments Led by Wendy Bass Wednesday, January 27th 11 am – 12 pm Register in Zoom (you will be emailed the Zoom link once you register in Zoom)
Interactive Video: VoiceThread Led by Josh Miller, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist Wednesday, January 27th 12:30 pm Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting
Canvas Studio Led by Amanda Keating, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist Thursday, January 28th 12:30 pm Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting
Canvas HTML 101 Led by Gerry Clark, LAVC Faculty and Peer Online Course Reviewer Friday, January 29th 10:00 am Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting
m 102: Collaborative Documents This webinar will cover using collaborative students in Zoom. Led by Joanna Zimring-Towne Friday, January 29th 11 am – 12 pm Register in Zoom (you will be emailed the Zoom link once you register in Zoom)
For a complete listing of all of the CVC’s upcoming events and courses, visit events.cvc.edu.
Are you missing your students and concerned about how this lack of human connection might affect those who are the most vulnerable? Join us for this encore of the CVC-OEI/@ONE Humanizing Challenge, taking place January 20-22! You will discover helpful trauma-informed strategies that will help you cultivate a learning environment in which your students feel seen, valued and safe. The three-day Humanizing Challenge will engage you in inquiry about your unconscious biases and how they influence your online teaching. Using an asset-based mindset, you will see and improve barriers that prevent many of your students from achieving their full potential. By participating, you will gain knowledge of online teaching practices that support neuroscience and culturally responsive pedagogy and be more prepared to mitigate the effects of trauma on your students.
To participate in this three-day event, we invite you to register for free for the one-hour live sessions on days one, two, and three; plan to spend time each day completing the self-directed activities; and share your amazing work with your peers! To lean more, visit our Humanizing Challenge website. STAR-CA ONLINE TUTORING CONSORTIUM STRATEGIES Tuesday, January 19 / 11 AM – 12 PM
STAR-CA is a consortium of California Community Colleges offering excellent peer tutoring utilizing the Pisces platform. Participate in a brief demonstration of the STAR-CA student experience and then join a tutor panel for a discussion of important online tutoring topics. Register here for Star-CA Online Tutoring Consortium StrategiesPROMOTING ONLINE LEARNING SUCCESS THROUGH INCREASED ACCESS TO ONLINE STUDENT READINESS Thursday, January 21 / 1 PM – 2 PM
Online Learner Readiness programs address preparedness and success in online learning by providing supplemental resources and information. Learn more about CVC’s free readiness modules and how to incorporate them at your college. Register here for Promoting Online Learning SuccessONLINE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES FOR CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Providing health and mental health services and resources to the California community college student population is more important than ever. Learn how to adopt Wellness Central, a Canvas based program that offers a wide variety of health information in one place in a familiar venue for our students. Register here for Online Mental Health and Wellness StrategiesLEVERAGING CANVAS AND MULTIMEDIA TOOLS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN ONLINE FACILITATION Friday, January 29 / 1 PM – 2 PM
Are you looking to further develop your online course? Join this “learn by doing” workshop to practice using Canvas tools and adding visual and audiovisual elements! Come ready with your development shell and finish the workshop with a framework in place, Register here for Improving Efficiency in Online Education
We might not be able to help you with your goal to take more time for yourself, but if you resolved to learn something new every day and get more involved with your WCET community, we have you covered, starting with these two upcoming webcasts:
New Year, New NCOER Initiative
January 14 | 11:00 AM MST
Join WCET’s director of open policy, Tanya Spilovoy, to learn more about the new National Consortium for Open Educational Resources project. The webcast features representatives from each of the four regional higher education compacts to discuss efforts in their region:
Liliana Diaz, Policy Analyst, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Lindsey Gumb, Fellow, Open Education, New England Board of Higher Education.
Jenny Parks, Vice President of Policy and Research, Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
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The 60 Year Degree: Learning without Boundaries
January 21 | 12:00 PM MST
How do we in higher education support learners on a journey where knowledge and skill attainment takes place over an entire lifetime? Our panel will explore the shifting demands of learners and employers and the challenges and opportunities ahead for institutions. Dale Johnson, WCET executive committee member and director of digital innovation at Arizona State University, will be joined by:
Paul Marca, Principal, Parallax Global Advisors.
Michelle Weise, Author and Senior Advisor, Imaginable Futures.
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These WCET webcasts are free and open to all. The webcasts will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session. Live captioning for these events is provided by our sponsor, VITAC.
WCET is the leader in the practice, policy, & advocacy of digital learning in higher education. WCET is a member-driven non-profit which brings together colleges, universities, higher education organizations, and companies to collectively improve the quality and reach of technology-enhanced learning programs. Join us.
Thank you to the generous supporting members and sponsors who underwrite WCET events and programs.
Learn why sponsorship in WCET is a great investment and provides 12-months of ROI.
Come learn about Pronto and how it works within your Canvas courses. This tool not only helps you better communicate with your students, but also creates peer to peer mentoring and networking opportunities unlike any other tool currently available. Your Pronto Customer Success Managers will review the basics, provide a short demo, and discuss valuable use cases that have been shown to increase connection and student success!
Now more than ever in light of COVID-19, educators across campus roles are evaluating their practices and wondering how to best support students, in person or remotely. As you plan your professional learning for the new year, please consider Equity 101, an 8-week online course for educators from all areas of campus. Participants will build knowledge about some of the many teaching and learning perspectives for equity and reflect on how to advocate for social justice from where we are, as instructors, managers, or classified staff.
Three (3) post-baccalaureate units will be available for an additional cost ($300, or $100 per unit) from California State University-Dominguez Hills, College of Extended Education. Purchasing CEUs is completely optional, and not required for registration in the course. Course facilitators will provide more information about signing up for the units after the course has begun.
Please note that this course will require one synchronous meeting (day and time TBD by you). All other course assignments are asynchronous.
Additionally, we will offer Equity 102: Critical Reflection and Critical Action for Praxis: Finding our Way to System-wide Transformation and the Creation of Equitable College Ecosystemsfrom March 8th through May 2nd. Equity 102 is open to all who have completed Equity 101. Registration information will be emailed to all Equity 101 participants in late January.
Dear 3CSN Wayfinding Community, As the end of this nearly indescribable semester approaches, we are right here with you in the productive struggle. Our sessions this week will focus on providing space to think through final grading, presentations, and projects together. We will also offer much-needed space for mindfulness to support ourselves, each other, and our students. Our final Wayfinding session of the year will be an exciting spotlight on Grossmont College’s innovative Narrative Tutoring technique. While this will be our last week of Wayfinding Online sessions for the semester, we will be busy working on some exciting professional learning for you in the New Year! Join us in January for another amazing group of intensive Design Lab course prep sessions including:
Building a Student-Centered Canvas Course
Hello, Is it Me You’re Looking For?: Designing an ePortfolio-Centered Course
Ungrading in (and after) a Pandemic
We Can Do This: Learning and Teaching Online, through Crisis, and Beyond
Learn more about this week’s offerings as well as our January design labs and register below. We look forward to seeing you in the network (online for now)!
Come learn about an innovative technique Grossmont College is using to support students… Learning Assistance Spotlight The “Narrative Tutoring” Technique Niko Crumpton, Grossmont College Supervisor of Learning Assistance Friday, 12/11 3 PM to 4 PM
In this one-hour session, Grossmont College’s Supervisor of Learning Assistance, Niko Crumpton, will describe a strategy called, “Narrative Tutoring.” This is an educational technique adopted from medical doctors that use narratives to aid medical diagnosis. Peer educators will learn how to help the students tell their own story to learn where they’ve been and where they’re heading. You’ll build stronger connections and give more accurate advice when you know the student’s story. Participants are also invited to stay from 4:00pm – 4:30pm to further explore questions and applications. Register
Prepare for your spring courses with 3CSN and colleagues across the state… 3CSN Winter Design Labs
Ready for Spring 2021? Prepare for your classes with 3CSN.
This January, we will be providing intensive professional learning labs where you will intentionally design student-centered, equitable, and highly engaging courses.
Professional learning badges will be awarded for completion and may be used for flex credit (check with your campus for eligibility). Learn more and register below!
Join 3CSN’s Equity 101 online course beginning January 11th
Equity 101 January 11 – March 7, 2021
As you plan your professional learning for the new year, we invite you to consider Equity 101, an 8-week online course for educators from all areas of campus. Participants will build knowledge about some of the many teaching and learning perspectives for equity and reflect on how to advocate for social justice from where we are, as instructors, managers, or classified staff.
Three (3) post-baccalaureate units will be available for an additional cost ($300, or $100 per unit) from California State University-Dominguez Hills, College of Extended Education. Purchasing CEUs is completely optional, and not required for registration in the course. Course facilitators will provide more information about signing up for the units after the course has begun. Learn more and register
Thinking through final projects? Have questions or ideas to share? Join 3CSN coordinator Kelan Koning and students in this informal space to discuss ways to take final presentations online. Register
Prepping for final grading?
Shop Talk: Canvas Gradebook Wednesday, 12/9, 10 AM – 11 AM
Prepping for final grading? Join 3CSN Coordinator Nicole Bryant Lescher (College of the Redwoods) in this informal space to talk all things gradebook. Come with questions or ideas to share. Drop by or stay for the whole hour. All levels of experience are welcome. Register
Join your classified community for our last session of the semester!
Virtual Community Hour for Classified Professionals Wednesday, 12/9, 3 PM – 4 PM
Join 3CSN Classified Professionals Betina Vallin and Estela Miranda for this space specifically designed to support classified professionals as we navigate this virtual work environment together. Register
Have Canvas questions? Ideas to share?
Shop Talk: Canvas Thursday, 12/10, 12 PM – 1 PM
Join us in this informal space to “talk shop” about Canvas– what you’re experiencing so far, what you have to share, and what you need help thinking through– facilitated by 3CSN coordinator Kelan Koning. Great for all levels. Register
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Take good care of yourselves and others. We look forward to seeing you in our Wayfinding sessions this week.
In community, Deborah Harrington, Ed.D. Executive Director California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN)
GoReact is an assessment tool for coaching and feedback on student video submissions. The core disciplines that benefit from GoReact include Communication/Public Speaking, World Languages, Nursing/Healthcare, Counseling/Psych, Teacher Education, and Performing Arts. This GoReact training will go more in-depth on different assignment types, live video observations, student web conferencing, and instructor-provided video assignments.