OEI Summer Professional Development Opportunities (Course Review)

Dear Faculty,

Summer will be here soon and it may be the perfect time to update your skills, learn new techniques, and refresh your online courses.

We have two opportunities this summer for engaging in OEI Peer Online Course Review, where you will have a chance to learn:

–       Current best practices in online course design.

–       Tips for getting the most out of the tools and features in Canvas.

–       Strategies to enhance student success.

If you teach any online, transfer-level, CI-D designated course in Canvas, we invite you to join us for an online Information Meeting to learn more about the course review process and how it can benefit you and your students. We currently have room in our June and July Course Review Cohorts, so register today to learn more!

Go here to register for one of our upcoming Information Meetings: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=5a7a635b88d845ada33ed1da661c136f

•      Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 pm

•      Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 9:00-10:00 am

•      Friday, May 12, 2017, from 2:00-3:00 pm

•      Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 pm

•      Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 9:00-10:00 am

•      Friday, June 16, 2017, from 2:00-3:00 pm

Thank you and we look forward to supporting you!


ETUDES 60-Day Reminder: Annual Purging & Archiving of Old Sites

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On July 1, 2017, Etudes will conduct their routine archiving and purging of old course sites.

From Etudes:

As per our data retention policy, a year and a half of course sites are available ‘live’ (with student data) on myetudes.org for Etudes customers. Content from two additional past years are available in archives. Archived courses do NOT include student records. Content from archived course sites can be retrieved via ‘import from site’ >> Import from Archives.

The data retention policy does NOT apply to development sites, project sites, or My Resources. These remain ‘live’.

Users of colleges that remain clients of Etudes can expect the following actions on July 1, 2017:

  • 2016 and 2017 Etudes course sites will remain live (accessible on myetudes.org or my.etudes.org)
  • 2015 course sites will be archived (their content will be accessible via import from site)
  • 2014 course sites will remain in archives (their content will be accessible via import from site)  
  • 2013 archived courses will be purged.

To preserve the content from a 2013 course that is scheduled to be purged, you can request a development site and import its content into it to preserve it. Dev Site Request: http://etudes.org/help/site-request/

If you would like to retain student grades, course activity, or assignment submissions from old term sites before they get archived, you can download the relevant spreadsheet reports from the Gradebook, Activity Meter, and AT&S.

For more information on the Etudes Data Retention Policy, please see:


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in our Users Group faculty support forums.

New Canvas Certification Courses Added

Two sections of Canvas training have been opened for July 2017.   

Training info:


If you are interested in using Canvas I encourage you to enroll now as there are limited seats available.  

If you are a West Los Angeles College instructor email me a helfco@wlac.edu for a code which will waive the registration fee. Register now at http://onefortraining.org/online-courses

How do I open this *$#%! file???


It happens every semester. A student or two submits a paper ending in .pages or .wps or some other cryptic file format that you’ve never seen before. You try opening it and your computer gives you some “not supported file type” message. You google for an answer and are hit with a million how to’s that seem more complicated than a Rubik’s cube.

Stop the unsupported file type madness I say!

There’s a great little website I’ve discovered called Cloud Convert to help you do just that. https://cloudconvert.com/

This nifty tool lets you “convert anything into anything” with just a couple clicks. The website boasts that it supports 215 file types (as of this posting) so good luck trying to “stump” it.

A befuddled instructor just sent me a document that a student created on some software that was discontinued a decade ago. I uploaded it to cloud convert and within seconds it spit it out as a shiny new, easily openable pdf file.

The best part about this website is that there is no membership to sign up for or conversion software to download, it all takes place in the cloud. And it’s not just documents, the website can convert images, videos, spreadsheets, presentations, archived files and many more.

Here’s a little demo video I made for just for you…

Enjoy converting those files!

Open Education Resources Summit


Want to learn about free textbooks for your students and other “Open Educational Resources?”

Come to the OER Summit at College of the Canyons. All WLAC Faculty are welcome to this free event!

Mileage will be reimbursed, by submitting a Conference Request Form to Eric Ichon: ichone@wlac.edu

More information on this awesome event can be found here – https://www.canyons.edu/Offices/DistanceLearning/OER/Pages/default.aspx#


8 am to 2 pm

College of the Canyons – Valencia Campus
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Room: University Center (UCEN) 258