Dear Faculty,

In response to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, there is now a concentrated Districtwide effort to ensure that our core mission of educating students can be maintained. Working with representatives from our faculty and staff, the District has created a response plan to address various scenarios that may arise during this public health emergency, including the potential closure of our colleges by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).

While Health Officials continue to advise that the risk to an individual remains low in Los Angeles County, LACDPH has also advised us to have plans in place for any disruptions to normal business operations and classroom education.  While are colleges will remain open as long as possible, we are being vigilant and proactive in our planning to transition all courses to an online format when possible.  I wish to thank the District Academic Senate, the LACCD COVID-19 Response Team and our Distance Education Coordinators for the quick response and assistance with these plans outlined below.

The District Academic Senate has approved a recommendation to provide all faculty with Canvas shells for their courses and the AFT Faculty Guild has temporarily lifted online training requirements during the coronavirus response. Canvas shells will be available to all faculty starting tomorrow morning, March 11. We are asking all faculty members to begin preparing for a potential move to online instruction. To do this, faculty are asked to learn the basic elements of Canvas, which will provide the ability to move course materials and assignments online, and/or provide synchronous lectures through Zoom-enabled Canvas. As we work to provide maximum flexibility to support our students, the following training materials are available to support your efforts.

Instructors–Resources for Using Canvas 

Options for Synchronous (Real-Time) Interaction through Web-Conferencing

  1. ConferZoom

·        Utilizing Zoom

·        Canvas Instructor Guide for Zoom

·        ConferZoom Video Tutorial–Setting Up an Account and Web-Conferencing 

2.      Canvas Conferences

·        Canvas Conferences Overview (Instructors)

·        Canvas Conferences Video Tutorial

·        Conferences Detailed (Instructors)

Additional information can be found at Canvas Help. The Vision Resource Center, accessible through the SIS landing page, also features Canvas training videos accessible by clicking on “Training Search,” and entering “Canvas” as the search term. In addition, the District will be working with each college to provide training through the college DE Coordinator. We recommend every faculty member begin to identify a means of converting their course materials, assignments and activities to modalities available in Canvas. To do so, please refer to the checklist below:

 1. Put your course materials online






I have a Canvas course for each of my courses that contains the most current course information.



I have a way to distribute assignments to my students online through the Canvas course site.



I use audio or video materials in class, and I know how to share these with my students.



I use the Canvas LMS to make materials available to my students.

2. Establish channels of communication with your students and colleagues






My students know how to contact me remotely if they have a question.



I have a way to facilitate discussion with groups of students remotely.



Students have a way to contact each other and collaborate online.

3. Establish ways to conduct your class at a distance






My students can read, listen to, and/or watch my lectures online.



My students can turn in homework and take exams online.



I have a way to respond to student work and securely publish scores online.



I know how to submit final grades to the Registrar online.

4. Set up remote access to important resources






I have a computer or laptop at home that has the software and Internet connectivity I need to work remotely.

Should you answer “no” to any of these questions, please refer to the training materials linked above and reach out to your college DE Coordinator if additional assistance is required. By moving materials to Canvas now, you will be assisting students who require flexibility due to illness and preparing should there be a need to convert courses to online modalities.

For activity, lab or other courses unable to move to online modalities, the District will be working with faculty and administration to determine means to support the continuation of instruction for these classes.

Thank you.

Dr. Ryan M. Cornner, Vice Chancellor

Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness


770 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017


Seats available in “Introduction to Teaching Online and Hybrid Classes”

Fully online class from April 6th – May 1st, 2020!

Transitioning from teaching in the classroom to online can be challenging.

Making the transition without understanding the unique online learning environment can result in a passive learning experience for students and leave instructors feeling inadequate.

This class examines how to design and teach an effective online course that is anchored in student-centered learning and organized around clearly articulated policies, procedures, expectations, and learning objectives.

Topics include:

  • Developing quality course content
  • Creating engaging online discussions
  • Designing authentic online
    assessment strategies.
  • Examining approaches to teaching

These effective practices have been integrated into
the design of this fully online course enabling you to
develop your own style and approach to teaching

To enroll please contact Ashley Jerro at (310) 287-4305 or email

Jim Marteney

Jim Marteney, experienced online instructor, Canvas certification & online pedagogy trainer will facilitate these courses.

OER Jan-Feb Newsletter

Welcome Back!

A belated Happy New Year! Whether you are weeks into the term, just starting, or you still have a few weeks off, it is not too soon to start thinking about using open educational resources in the future – or taking your use to the next level. And if any of these things are on your mind, please reach out to your local OER Liaison or directly to us for assistance. During the Spring 2020 term, we will highlight OER resources and approaches to OER use to, hopefully, inspire increased use.

  • OERI 2019 RFP Completed Projects – And 2020 Awards •

The finalized projects from our 2019 RFP are now in the hands of reviewers. We hope to be sharing these products by the end of February. We learned a lot through this process that will impact how we support our new awardees.

Our 162 Letters of Intent to Submit yielded 64 responses to the 2020 Request for Proposals. A review team was convened in mid-January to review the responses and, in the weeks since, we have been working to get clarifications on some proposals and are still in the midst of this process. But we are pleased to announce that we will be funding 24 of the proposals.

We will soon be determining how best to support these awardees and will be making professional development opportunities available to all of our faculty.

  • New OER for Your Consideration – Anthropology and Child Development/Early Childhood Education 

We’re pleased to share that “EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation To Biological  Anthropology” is now available for your consideration and adoption. ASCCC OERI supported the development of ancillaries for this text as part of the 2019 RFP, so additional resources will soon be available to facilitate your adoption.

In addition to “Child Growth and Development” (C-ID CDEV 100), College of the Canyons has now made a text titled “Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education” (C-ID ECE 130). Currently, both can be accessed at the College of the Canyons ZTC site or at LibreTexts where they can be customized.

  • OERI Weekly Webinars, Thursdays, 1pm-2pm 

OERI Weekly Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us! Please share with your colleagues

February 6, 2020 | Register Now!

ASCCC OERI Spring 2020 – An Update

The OERI formally launched just a year ago. What have we accomplished during that time – and what do we have planned for 2020? Join us for an overview of accomplishments, resources, and future directions.

February 13, 2020 | Register Now!

CCC “Marking” of No-Cost Course Sections – An SB 1359 Update

One semester after the requirement to mark no-cost course sections in our online schedules when into effect, the ASCCC implemented what would be a yearly survey to track the use of this designation. What do the Fall 2019 data indicate regarding local practices?

February 20, 2020 | Register Now!

Where did that come from? Ownership and Attributions in OER

Creating an OER does not mean you create something and put it out in the ether without any recognition of your authorship. All Creative Commons licenses require the inclusion of an attribution. Why is this important and how do you handle attributions when you are creating a new resource from a variety of existing resources?

February 27, 2020 | Register Now!

Open Forum

Questions? Ideas? Join us in this Open Forum where you direct the conversation.

Academic Senate  for California Community Colleges

One Capitol Mall, Suite 230, Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: 916.445.4753  fax: 916.323.9867

New Online English Lit Course at WLAC

Prof. Nuala (NuNu) Lincke is teaching this online course in Spring 2020: English 205, English Literature 1.  Learn with her about poetry, plays and novels from the Medieval Ages to the decline of Neoclassicism. And remember … NuNu NEVER times quizzes, tests or essays, and embeds literary terms in discussions of literary works, so the learning process is enjoyable, and not stressful–academically rigorous rather than arduous for students, especially students with LDs, who learn DIFFERENTLY, but not less proficiently, than students without LDs.

– NuNu

Anyone interested should register for the class!