Online Education and Website Accessibility

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published a short webinar on YouTube titled “Online Education and Website Accessibility“.

Full URL: https://youtu.be/DCMLk4cES6A

The video is approximately 7 minutes long and covers basic institutional responsibility as well as why accessibility is a necessary consideration as colleges and universities are transitioning many classes and instructional resources to the online environment.

It does not tell you how to make your Canvas course accessible, but may be helpful to some in providing additional context for why accessibility is still a necessity even with these rapid changes in how we support students and our campus community.

CVC-OEI holding “office hours” for faculty with Canvas/Zoom questions

Have you always taught on-campus in the past and are now making the transition to temporary remote teaching? Do you have questions about using Canvas or Zoom? Could you use some help redesigning your classroom practices for online delivery?

The CVC-OEI/@ONE Instructional Design Team is here to help! Helen Graves, Cheryl Chapman, and Shawn Valcárcel are holding online “office hours” throughout the week. You can use the Zoom link https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/831127113 during the following hours to drop in and get answers to your questions:

Monday 4/6     12:00-1:00 PM     4:00-5:00PM
Tuesday 4/7     9:00-10:00 AM
Wednesday 4/8     12:00-1:00 PM     4:00-5:00 PM
Thursday 4/9     9:00-10:00 AM
Friday 4/10     9:00-10:00 AM     12:00-1:00 PM     4:00-5:00 PM

We at CVC-OEI are here to help you – and your students – succeed in these trying times. Find out more at cvc.edu/resources
#KeepTeaching  #InThisTogether

Labster installed in LACCD instance of Canvas

Greetings,

As you probably know by now, the state Chancellor’s Office recently signed a contract with Labster to provide access to its platform and entire library of science lab simulations to all CA community colleges through 12/31/20.  These simulations can help instructors offer biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering lab courses online.  The CCCCO has asked CVC-OEI to assist in the installation and implementation of this product.
I’m told by our Labster rep, Sam Butcher (copied on this email), that the LACCD had already installed the application via LTI in your District instance of Canvas before the contract was signed.  So, your district is ahead of the curve.
Labster has created this dedicated web page for all CCC faculty, to help them enable Labster in their courses if they so choose.
Also, the Labster faculty support team has been offering faculty training webinars and will continue to do so for the next few weeks.  Your faculty can determine which one fits in their schedule by visiting the CVC-OEI Events Calendar.
Please feel free to share this email with anyone at your college who might benefit (e.g., deans, department chairs, science faculty, PD/Flex committees).

More Training Opportunities!

Academic Senate Discipline-Specific PL Starting April 1 (more dates available)

3CSN Wayfinding Zoom Serie Starting April 1 (more dates available)

West’s Intro to Teaching Online and Intro to Canvas Starting April 6 (more dates available)

Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment April 9

Skillsoft, Lynda, and other Self-Paced Classes on the Vision Resource Center!

 

ASCCC: Governance, Remote Teaching, and Discipline Discussions

ASCCC: Governance, Remote Teaching, and Discipline Discussions

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to providing resources to the field to further empower and help our system move forward during this time of crisis. To that end, the Academic Senate has put together a series of professional development opportunities to address some of the most critical issues facing our students and faculty today. Part 2 of the professional development series is focused on topics of governance, remote instruction, counseling, library services, and remaining equity-focused in the midst of crisis. Below, you will find links to register for the upcoming webinars. The webinars will be recorded and archived. If you have any questions or suggestions on other topics to include, please email info@asccc.org. To view these on the ASCCC website, please click here.

Wednesday, April 1

  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM |  Canvas Q&A for Beginners | Registration
  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM | Creating Online Content for Beginners  | Registration
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Creating Accessible Content | Registration
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Humanizing Remote Teaching in Support of Equity | Zoom Link

Thursday, April 2

  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM | Open Educational Resources (OER) Licensing and Attributions | Registration
  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM | Canvas Q&A for Beginners | Registration
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Library Services During a State of Emergency | Registration
  • 2:00PM – 3:30PM | Governor’s EOs and the Brown Act for Academic Senates During a State of Emergency | Registration
  • 3:00PM – 4:00PM | Creating Online Content for Beginners | Registration

Friday, April 3

  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM | Canvas Commons and Open Educational Resources (OER) Basics | Registration
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM | Creating Online Content for Beginners | Registration
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM | ESL Remote Instruction | Registration
  • 1:00PM – 2:30PM | Keep Teaching with TechConnect Confer Zoom | Zoom Link 
  • 1:30PM – 3:00PM | Running A Senate Meeting by Zoom During a State of Emergency | Registration
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Canvas Q&A for Beginners | Registration
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM | LibreTexts to Canvas – Supplementing and Re-Mixing Open Educational Resources | Registration

Monday, April 6

  • 9:00AM – 10:30AM | Q&A re: Accreditation with ACCJC During a State of Emergency | Registration
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Open Educational Resources (OER) Basics | Registration

Tuesday, April 7

  • 2:30PM – 4:00PM | Chancellor’s Office Guidance during the State of Emergency | Registration

Wednesday, April 8

  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Equity Mindedness for Hiring in a Virtual Format during a State of Emergency | Registration
  • 3:00PM – 4:00PM | Where is Help Needed from the Chancellor’s Office and ASCCC Now in a State of Emergency? | Registration

Thursday, April 9

  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM | Counseling in the Remote Environment During a State of Emergency | Registration
  • 1:00PM – 2:30PM | Legislative Advocacy Message:  Webinar with the President of the ASCCC During a State of Emergency | Zoom Link

Friday, April 10

  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM | Noncredit Remote Instruction | Registration
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM | Equity Mindedness for Hiring in a Virtual Format during a State of Emergency Follow-Up, Q&A | Registration

ASCCC Communications 
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
One Capitol Mall, Suite 230, Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: 916.445.4753  fax: 916.323.9867
www.asccc.org

Live Canvas Training this Week From 3CN!

More info at http://3csn.org/

Wednesday, March 25th

*All sessions are one hour in length

 Date  Time(s) Session  Zoom Link
Wednesday, 3/25 9:00 AM Using Canvas Discussion Forums to Support Online Learning  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/625878696
Wednesday, 3/25 10:30 AM Canvas Gradebook  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/935896866
Wednesday, 3/25 11:30 AM Canvas 101  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/671716793
Wednesday, 3/25 12:00 PM Virtual Community “Brown Bag” Hour – Guided Writing  https://zoom.us/j/150241023
Wednesday, 3/25 1:00 PM Zoom 101  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/133753042
Wednesday, 3/25 2:30 PM Thought Partner Hour: Virtual Community Coaching (ESL/ELL/EFL Online Focused)  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/759310283
Wednesday, 3/25  4:00 PM Virtual Community Student Drop In Hour (Support for Students)  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/876207341
Wednesday, 3/25  5:00 PM  Virtual Mindfulness Daily: A Space for Heart Sharing  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/195476869

Thursday, March 26th

*All sessions are one hour in length

 Date  Time(s) Session  Zoom Link
Thursday, 3/26  9:00 AM Creating Feedback Through Online Tools  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/150691666
Thursday, 3/26  10:30 AM Canvas 101  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/538744973
Thursday, 3/26  12:00 PM Virtual Community “Brown Bag” Hour – Care Webs  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/639048890
Thursday, 3/26  1:30 PM Zoom 101  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/359444505
Thursday, 3/26  3:30 PM Peer Feedback Online  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/853483922
Thursday, 3/26  4:00 PM Virtual Community Student Hour (Support for Students)  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/876207341
 Thursday, 3/26  4:30 PM Virtual Community Coaching Hour  https://zoom.us/j/685960952
Thursday, 3/26  5:00 PM  Virtual Mindfulness Daily: A Space for Heart Sharing  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/195476869

Friday, March 27th

*All sessions are one hour in length

 Date  Time(s) Session  Zoom Link
Friday, 3/27 10:00 AM Using TED-Ed and Other Multimedia to Deepen Learning Online  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/991498309
Friday, 3/27 11:30 AM Using Screencast-O-Matic as an Online Learning Tool  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/653086052
Friday, 3/27  12:00 PM Virtual Community “Brown Bag” Hour – Mindfulness  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/639048890
Friday, 3/27 1:00 PM Zoom 101  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/133753042
Friday, 3/27 2:30 PM Canvas 101  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/671716793
Friday, 3/27  3:00 PM  Thought Partner Hour: Virtual Community Coaching  https://zoom.us/j/823238892
Friday, 3/27 4:00 PM Virtual Community Student Hour (Support for Students)  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/876207341
Friday, 3/27  5:00 PM  Virtual Mindfulness Daily: A Space for Heart Sharing  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/195476869

OpenStax Allies offer free access to learning technology as courses move online this spring

As several schools decide to move their traditional classes temporarily online, OpenStax Allies are supporting instructors with free access to their online homework and courseware.

David Harris and Courtney Raymond Mar 12, 2020

In an effort to support instructors and students who have to accommodate growing social distancing requirements as a result of COVID-19, we are pleased to share that a substantial number of OpenStax Allies have agreed to offer free use of their platforms through the end of the spring semester for new customers transitioning to online teaching as a result of the virus. These measures are being offered to new customers only, in an effort to support an unforeseen transition to remote teaching.

We know many classes are moving suddenly and unexpectedly online, placing strain on educators to not only support students, but to maintain continuity in their courses. We’ve been working over the past week with our OpenStax Allies to determine how we can provide further support to the community at this time. Our Allies offer learning technology like courseware and online homework alongside OpenStax content, and their partnership helps sustain our organization and keep us moving forward in our mission of improving access to education.

These educational technology tools can help you bring many analog components of your course online quickly, which is especially critical for those on campuses with new social distancing requirements. We are truly grateful to the following OpenStax Allies who have come together and are providing free access to their platforms for community members who need to move their courses online for the first time or who have not used distancing technology before. They are listed below with the OpenStax subjects they support.

Chem101

Online homework – Chemistry 2e, Chemistry: Atoms First 2e

With Chem101, instructors can push 3,000+ interactive problems to their students in real-time during lecture, assign homework, and provide easy access to OpenStax learning resources. Contact hello@101edu.co with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Classavo

Clicker/classroom engagement – all OpenStax subjects

Classavo provides a tool to create a customizable, interactive textbook with attendance, assignments, polls, and gives real-time analytics. Request a meeting at https://meetings.hubspot.com/classavo/30mindemo to inquire about their free offerings during spring 2020.

CogBooks

Adaptive courseware – College Physics, University Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Concepts of Biology, Introductory Statistics, Psychology, U.S. History

CogBooks’s adaptive learning system learns from each student’s actions and progress, creating a unique profile and personalized path. Contact hello@cogbooks.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

CriticalChem

Adaptive courseware – Chemistry

CriticalChem is a next-generation science course for non-majors introductory chemistry, centered on the real-world science of saving lives. The InSpark network is also sharing labs, lessons, simulations, and projects that promote active and personalized learning. Sign up at https://landing.inspark.education/teach for their free offerings during spring 2020.

eMath

Adaptive courseware – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Introductory Statistics

eMath’s customizable, adaptive courseware supports OpenStax books with tens of thousands of algorithmic questions, analytics, and personalized remediation. Contact support@emath.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Expert TA

Online homework – College Physics, University Physics, Astronomy, Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, College Physics for AP Courses

Expert TA is an online homework system that integrates with OpenStax, including access to end-of-chapter questions, textbook-independent supplemental problems, and interactive exercises. Expert TA will provide assistance and orientation to get new users started quickly. Contact main@theexpertta.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Hawkes Learning

Adaptive courseware – Psychology, Principles of Microeconomics 2e

Hawkes Learning is an interactive, mastery-based courseware platform with error-specific feedback for students. Instructors access customization options and detailed reporting and analytics. Visit www.hawkeslearning.com/freeaccess to request your free access code for spring 2020.

iClicker

Clicker / classroom engagement – all OpenStax subjects

iClicker’s market-leading, research-backed student engagement solution offers free geolocation attendance, flexible polling and quizzing, affordable student options and an easy 5-minute setup. Visit https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/rep/find-your-rep-institution to find your Macmillan Learning representative and inquire about their free iClicker offerings during spring 2020.

IntroMath by Vretta

Online homework – Algebra and Trigonometry, College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus

Award-winning IntroMath offers interactive lessons and algorithmic assignments to provide students with an engaging learning experience in mathematics. Contact shoeb.mozammel@vretta.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Junction Education

Adaptive courseware – Concepts of Biology, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Introduction to Sociology 2e, Psychology, U.S. History

Junction seamlessly integrates curated videos, practice activities, discussion boards, OpenStax textbooks, and best-in-class assessments into an easy-to-use interface available on laptops, phones or tablets. Contact derek@junctioneducation.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Knewton Alta

Adaptive courseware – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Chemistry 2e, Chemistry: Atoms First 2e, Introductory Statistics, Introductory Business Statistics, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e

Knewton’s Alta is accessible to all learners at $44 for two years of access and WCAG 2.0 AA-level ADA compliant. Alta integrates seamlessly into LMSs. Request access at https://secure.wiley.com/COVID19OpenWPAccess for their free offerings during spring 2020.

LabArchives

Lab manuals – Biology 2e, Chemistry 2e

LabArchives’ digital notebook and publishing platform are bringing science and students into the digital age while also increasing access to higher education. Contact labbuilder@labarchives.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lumen OHM

Online homework – College Physics, Chemistry 2e, Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Sociology 2e, Introductory Statistics, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Precalculus, Psychology, U.S. History

Lumen Learning’s OHM is a flexible math homework engine that uses OER content to provide the frequent practice and feedback students need to master quantitative subjects. Visit https://info.lumenlearning.com/transition-spring2020 for information on their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lumen Waymaker

Adaptive courseware – Biology, Concepts of Biology, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Introduction to Sociology 2e, Psychology

Lumen Learning provides simple-to-adopt digital course materials using open educational resources (OER). They are designed to improve learning and replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses. Visit https://info.lumenlearning.com/transition-spring2020 for information on their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lrnr

Adaptive courseware – Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, College Physics, Elementary Algebra, Prealgebra, Psychology, Introduction to Sociology 2e, American Government, U.S. History, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Biology for AP Courses, Principles of Macroeconomics for AP Courses 2e, Principles of Microeconomics for AP Courses 2e

Lrnr integrates OpenStax content, adaptive assessment, analytics, and authoring capabilities into a single easy to use environment integrated with your LMS. Contact aravind@LRNFAST.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Lyryx

Online homework – Principles of Accounting: Volumes 1 & 2, Introductory Business Statistics, Introductory Statistics, Calculus

Lyryx online homework features sought-after question formats, personalized grading algorithms, and an option for FREE student access. Contact tamsyn@lyryx.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Odigia

Content customization – all OpenStax subjects

With Odigia, instructors turn open educational resources into engaging learning experiences and help students learn like never before. Visit http://www.odigia.com/transferring-courses-online/ to get started with their free offerings during spring 2020.

OpenStax Tutor

Adaptive courseware – Biology 2e, College Physics, Introduction to Sociology 2e

OpenStax Tutor Beta gives college students easy-to-use online courseware and learning tools they need to complete their course the first time. Visit https://calendly.com/openstax_tutor/openstax-tutor-demo to set up your appointment to create a free course for Biology 2e, College Physics, or Introduction to Sociology 2e for spring 2020.

panOpen

Content customization – American Government, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry 2e, Introduction to Business, Business Ethics, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, Psychology, Introduction to Sociology 2e, U.S. History

panOpen provides peer-reviewed OER, tools for customization, assessment, and analytics, and a means of financially sustaining campus-based OER efforts. Contact dsantamaria@panopen.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Perusall

Adaptive courseware – all OpenStax subjects

Perusall’s social learning platform connects students to the material and each other and offers novel data analytics to automatically grade engagement. Perusall always has a free option. Contact support@perusall.com with inquiries about how to use their free offering.

Rover by OpenStax

Online homework – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Precalculus

Online math homework with step-level feedback to support your students and detailed analytics to support your teaching. Visit https://calendly.com/dfharris02openstax/30min to set up your appointment to create a free course in Rover by OpenStax for spring 2020.

Sapling Learning

Online homework – Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry 2e, College Physics, University Physics, Astronomy, Introductory Statistics, Principles of Economics 2e, Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, Principles of Microeconomics 2e, College Physics for AP Courses

Sapling Learning offers online homework, with a legacy of excellence that informs their approach to developing content with interactive teaching tools. Visit https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/rep/find-your-rep-institution to find your Macmillan Learning representative and inquire about their free Sapling Learning offering during spring 2020.

SimBio

Labs – Biology 2e

The open-ended experiments and built-in feedback of SimBio’s virtual labs and tutorials engage students in discovery-based learning. Contact sales@simbio.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Squarecap

Clicker / classroom engagement – all OpenStax subjects

Squarecap is the easiest way to track attendance, encourage class participation, and provide students with immediate feedback in class. Contact stephanie@squarecap.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

Varafy

Online homework – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, College Physics, University Physics, Introductory Statistics, Introductory Business Statistics, Principles of Accounting: Volumes 1 & 2, College Physics for AP Courses

An online practice and homework solution designed specifically for STEM and Business courses. Easily create your own questions – no coding required! Contact lbuchan@varafy.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

WileyPLUS

Online homework – Biology 2e, Concepts of Biology

The WileyPLUS Learning Space platform provides OpenStax users with homework, animations and adaptive learning to increase student engagement. Request access at https://secure.wiley.com/COVID19OpenWPAccess for their free offerings during spring 2020.

XYZ Homework

Online homework – College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Introductory Statistics, Introductory Business Statistics

XYZ Homework includes thousands of OpenStax book-aligned algorithmic questions with a professional team to help customize and set up your courses. Contact support@xyzhomework.com with inquiries about their free offerings during spring 2020.

High schools can contact support@varsitylearning.com for information on using Varsity Learning, a free high school version of the online homework courses.

zyBooks

Adaptive courseware – Precalculus, Calculus

zyBooks delivers OpenStax content the way students want it. Animations and learning questions present topics where text and figures fall short. Request access at https://www.zybooks.com/ for their free offerings during spring 2020.

If you need help contacting any of the above listed partners about their free offerings during this time, please email info@openstax.org and we can assist you. We have partners in subjects from accounting to biology to American Government. And while not all are able to offer free access to their platforms at this time, you can explore the full range of OpenStax Allies here.

OpenStax and our partners are here to help you in these challenging times. Please let us know how we can support you as you move your course online. You can learn more about OpenStax’s efforts to support instructors during this time here.