Canvas Updates from Team OEI

Happy New Year from your Customer Success Team!

One of our resolutions this year is to give our existing newsletter a bit of a makeover. We’re hard at work planning away, and would love your feedback! If you have a minute or two to spare, we invite you to fill out this GoogleForm to offer your opinions on content for the Team OEI Monthly Newsletter. For those of you who’ve already filled this out, THANK YOU! While that makeover is underway, we wanted to be sure we shared some updates with you……

We’re excited to explore the upcoming enhancements to Canvas this year, some highlights include updates to:

Below are a few recent changes that have occurred in Canvas recently. You can view the Canvas release notes for additional information.

  • The Arc media recorder now has video quizzing in open beta for Arc+Canvas users. This feature needs to be enabled by a CSM, please let us know if you are interested.
  • In the card view of the Canvas Dashboard, users can now move and sort their course tiles.

Are you looking for training resources for the new year? We have excellent options in Canvas Commons, details can be found here:

  • Be The Hero – This course is perfect for new admins, or as a refresher!
  • Growing With Canvas – Self paced training for teachers who want to know more about Canvas.

InstrucureCon 2019 presentation proposals are currently being accepted. If you are interested in presenting please submit your proposal before February 22nd. Notifications will go out by March 20th letting you know of your acceptance. 

Please reach out to us at if you have questions or need any assistance. In the meantime, we wish you all the best! 


How to Enable NameCoach in Canvas -WLAC

NameCoach is a really cool app available in Canvas this Spring.

Check out this video for more information on the app:

NameCoach-HD (2)-HD from Praveen Shanbhag on Vimeo.

Here’s a video that shows you how to enable NameCoach in your Canvas course:


It’s Here! The New Canvas ConferZoom

The new interface emulates Canvas, is easier to view and navigate, along with the new features described below.  

  • An exciting new feature for Appointment Booking gives instructors the ability to offer appointments with students.
    • Offer designated time slots for online office hour, counseling, and tutoring appointments, or private meetings with a student.
    • Students can reserve an available appointment, with only one reservation per time slot.
    • Instructors and students can view the appointment calendar.
  • Instructors and students can view all upcoming events using the ConferZoom Event calendar.
  • A new email functionality offers instructors and students the option to set personal preferences for email notifications about upcoming events and appointments.
  • Calendar integration allows instructors and students to have their events and appointments appear in their personal calendars such as Outlook and Google.


Detailed articles are available on our support pages at 

Please contact CCC Confer Tech Support with your questions.

CCC Confer Tech Support
Tel: 760-744-1150 ext 1537 or 1554

OER Training at WLAC!

Take the “Introduction to Open Educational Resources” online course, which is offered from (Jan 14th to Feb 3rd).  You can complete at your own pace within the timeframe.

If you haven’t already, please consider adopting open educational resources as an alternative to costly, traditional textbooks. If you have additional questions, want to get involved, or need support, contact Cyrus Helf (

NEWS FLASH: Since 2011, College of the Canyons has seen a nearly 98 percent increase in the number of students graduating. Chancellor Diane Van Hook cites increased textbook affordability through OER adoption as a major contributing factor. Read the story here

ASCCC Formally Launching OER Initiative!



During Spring 2017, the ASCCC established the ASCCC Open Educational Resources Task Force. Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials freely available in the public domain. A definition of OER from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is: “OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others.”

The ASCCC will be formally launching its OER Initiative (OERI) in the spring 2019 term. The ASCCC OERI received funding via a trailer bill during the last budget cycle and proposed that the ASCCC would create an initiative that serves to:

   coordinate OER activities in the CCCs, including content curation, review, modification, and development;

   engage in ancillary resource curation and development; and

   provide support to address copyright, accessibility, technical, and other related issues (e.g., print on demand).

 In an effort to prioritize the OER work, there is a need to determine what OER is currently in use in our system and what the perceived needs are. In order to approach this in a manageable way, we are piloting information collection from select disciplines. It is our goal to gather as much general and specific information from faculty in the identified disciplines as possible. If you are in any of these disciplines, we look forward to your participation. If you are not, please share this with all appropriate faculty. At the present time, we are gathering information from faculty teaching courses in the following disciplines:

1. Child Development (Early Childhood Education)

2. Communication Studies

3. Computer Science

4. Cybersecurity

5. English

6. Math

7. Psychology

8. Sociology

 The ASCCC OER Task Force would appreciate if you would spent 10-15 minutes of your time completing this survey designed to inform our work. 

OER Discipline Survey

Thank you for your time, it is greatly appreciated.  

Miguel Rother 

C-ID/OER Program Manager

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

One Capitol Mall, Suite 340

Sacramento | CA | 95814

916 445 4753 | ph

916 323 9867 | fx  

NameCoach tool allows students to easily share their name pronunciation and gender

NameCoach is excited to announce their partnership with the Foundation for the California Community College System and the Online Education Initiative! NameCoach is a new tool provided by the OEI to California Community Colleges that nurtures inclusion campus-wide. It is now available to all OEI consortiums colleges at no cost and available to all CCCs at a discount.

Can•Innovate: NameCoach for Equitable Classrooms

Please join NameCoach’s CEO Praveen Shanbhag to learn about how NameCoach helps build a more inclusive and equitable classroom.

 Friday – October 26 – 12 PM Pacific


 NameCoach provides students with a simple way to record a pronunciation of their name and convey their gender that is easily shared with their instructor and student peers. In this webinar, you will see NameCoach in action and hear how Foothill College has used it in Canvas and for commencement to foster belonging and address equity gaps.

 **If you are not able to attend the webinar but interested in receiving a recording of it, simply register here and we’ll deliver it directly to your inbox.**

 NameCoach can be used in conjunction with a variety of campus technologies to provide on-demand playback of student name pronunciations wherever they may be needed. The core features of NameCoach solve many of the challenges universities face with building inclusive campus communities.

NameCoach Resources

Discover More About NameCoach: Explore Our Website


Ritika Dewan 

Director, Partner Community Development

NameCoach  || Hear the name, Say it right || Direct line: 408-414-7514

More Helpful Webinars from the OEI!

The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative invites you and members of your College Implementation Team to attend an upcoming Notebowl Implementation Webinar to introduce the service, explain the benefits for student success, and review the implementation process for your college, and provide an important service to your students with the support of the CVC-OEI.  All are welcome!   

Notebowl Implementation Webinar

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 7 from 1:00PM – 2:00PM.  

Please use the following link to join us:

The webinar will be recorded and sent to participants with captions after the live session. For real-time captioning services, please contact Karen Oeh ( at least 7 business days prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at



Karen Oeh, M.A.

Program Coordinator – College Support Representative

California Virtual Campus Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI)

(650) 949-7814

Visit us online at

The OEI is funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office