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.

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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

Folklore and Cultural Films Database

Screen Shot 2018-10-18 at 11.06.24 AMThis is a great database for independent documentary films on traditional American cultures.  Check out their library of films:

And while you are visiting, take a look at the feature documentary done by the Director of the Digital Design Studio, Scott Kecken.

We Are Arabbers | Folkstreams

We Are Arabbers follows the horse-and-wagon produce vendors along the streets of Baltimore, Maryland as they struggle to make a living and maintain their unique culture.


OER Webinars for Specific Subjects

I’ve been attending these every Friday and learning something new each time. If you or someone you know are interested in Open Educational Resources these webinars from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges are an excellent place to start.

Register Today!

Open Educational Resources Webinar

 In preparation for launching its own statewide OER initiative, the ASCCC is hosting weekly OER webinars on Fridays at 9:30am. Each of November’s webinars will focus on the available OER resources for a specific discipline, with faculty sharing their OER-adoption experience. Each webinar is designed to provide information, share resources, and hear from you. All will be recorded for later viewing or use and posted on the ASCCC website.

Click the link below to register for one or all of the upcoming webinars.  

Register HERE!                                                                                                

English – Friday, November 2, 9:30 – 10:30 am                               

Child Development/Early Childhood Education – Friday, November 9, 9:30 – 10:30 am                                                                                       

Counseling – College Success/Personal Growth/Career Counseling – Friday, November 16, 9:30 – 10:30 am                                                       

Biology – Friday, November 30, 9:30 – 10:30 am                            

Communication Studies – Friday, December 7, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Please forward this message on to all interested parties.

Simonson Video on Distance Education

During the 2011 Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Dr. Michael Simonson was interviewed by Cynthia Burfield about current trends and future issues in the field of instructional technology and distance education.

Simonson on Trends in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Michael Simonson on Vimeo.



Embed Free OER Interactive Lessons in your courses from Softchalk Cloud!

From the SoftChalk Team

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We’re here to highlight the wonderful work educators, like you, are doing at your institution. Each week we select a standout, top notch, lessons from SoftChalk Share and feature it across our social media platforms.

These lessons are interactive, engaging and cover a wide variety of subjects. Through these, you can see the endless possibilities SoftChalk has to offer and learn something new in the process.

Simply click the title of the lesson or picture to view it in its entirety. If you like it, share it!


Anna Grau
DePaul University
The objectives of this lesson are to be able to distinguish between the various citation styles, format Chicago-style bibliography citations and to format Chicago-style footnotes.


Doug Mossengren

Van Buren High School

In this lesson, students learn about different species concepts including ecological, evolutionary and phylogenetic. They also learn about the issues with the various concepts and why we don’t know the exact number of species.

Wendy Arch
Indianola High School
This lesson discusses how authors use figurative language to reveal the hidden meanings embedded in the words and phrases used to write their stories. Students learn to define and identify examples of similes, metaphors, personification, imagery, and symbolism.


Rachel Dorn
Yakima Valley College

This lesson serves as an overview of the organization for an ART 150 class, including individual and planning assignments, project requirements and due dates, creative problems, and project ideas.

More great Professional Dev from @ONE


Change is in the air.

From proposed changes to Title V to restructuring of the technology grants that support our system, the 2018-19 academic year is already shaping up to be a watershed year for online education. With big changes comes a greater need for communication. In this newsletter, we’ll highlight some of the most important changes impacting online education this fall, including:

The 2017 Distance Education Report from the Chancellor’s Office
Proposed Changes to Title V: Distance Education
Upcoming @ONE Courses
Guided Pathways
First Friday Webinars

2017 Distance Education Report

The first change we’d like to spotlight is the most recent Distance Education Report from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, which highlights some of the advancements we, collectively, have made in online course quality and student success. These gains were accomplished through a combination of strategies to support both students taking courses and faculty teaching those courses. Online support services for students is central to gains in both retention and successful completion.

Our First Friday webinars for October highlight some of the tools that provide the support ecosystem for our students, including online tutoring, online counseling, and the Quest Readiness program. If you care about student success, you won’t want to miss any of the October webinars. See below for more information.

Changes to Title V

The second big change is a draft document that captures proposed changes to Title V as it relates to distance education. Proposed changes affect:

  • Definitions of distance education;
  • Course quality standards;
  • Teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction;
  • Course approval (specifically focusing on regular effective contact and accessibility);
  • Professional development and training for online teachers.

Upcoming Professional Development

The revisions to Title V and the recommendations of the 2017 DE Report support course quality and student success, so they are positive changes worth discussing, but they also mean that online instructors and those that support them will need more tools in their online toolkit! Here are just a few courses you can take to help you plan and prepare for these changes:

Introduction to Course Design: Designing a quality online course begins with good planning. This 4-week class walks you through a backward design process tailored for developing online  courses in Canvas that align to the OEI Course Design Rubric.

Register for ICD
Session 2, 10/8/18 thru 11/3/18
Session 3, 11/5/18 thru 12/8/18

10-10-10: Communication That Matters: Creating a learning community that supports both teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction requires course design that builds in interaction from the first 10 minutes in the course. This fun and engaging class will have you looking at your course from your student’s perspective–it’s a 10!

Register for 10-10-10
Final Fall Session, 11/5/18 thru 12/8/18

Dynamic Online Teaching: Online courses don’t need to be static or boring! Expand your repertoire with techniques for creating a dynamic learning environment that engages your students and encourages them to be active participants in the learning process.

Register for DOT
Final Fall Session, 10/8/18 thru 11/3/18

Humanizing Online Teaching: Online education should not be “distant.” In this course, you’ll focus on infusing social presence–both instructor and student–into your online class.

Register for Humanizing
Final Fall Session, 10/22/18 thru 11/17/18

Digital Citizenship: Digital divides. Digital footprints. Digital technology. This course explores what it means to teach and learn in the “digital” era.

Register for DigCiz
Final Fall Session, 11/5/18 thru 12/1/18

Creating Accessible Course Content: Ensuring all students have access to course materials is a shared responsibility involving your entire campus. Online instructors, however, need to be informed about not only their own responsibility to ensure the content and activities they create in Canvas are accessible, but also to be able to verify that other resources they are using in their course are accessible, too. This enlightening course will empower you to build access into your course, supporting the needs of every student.

Register for CACC
Final Fall Session, 11/12/18 thru 12/8/18

Guided Pathways

In addition, we’d like to highlight the third and fourth pillars of Guided Pathways, which help students stay on the pathway, and ensure the pathway leads to outcomes. In individual classes, these two pillars hinge on providing students with a variety of formative assessments that offer rich feedback about their learning and help instructors insert early intervention and help when needed (formative assessments can identify who needs online tutoring, for instance!).

In online classes, our formative and summative assessments are lifelines of communication between students and teachers. In Assessment in Digital Learning (ADL), you’ll explore the myriad ways a robust assessment plan, well-designed activities and assignments, and carefully crafted rubrics can help you build Pillar Three and Four within your course. Register now for our last fall section of ADL beginning on October 22nd.

First Friday Webinars

October 5 – CCC Tools to Support Student Success

The California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) provides faculty and staff with an array of digital tools that have been fully vetted for accessibility and FERPA compliance. These tools enable our system to provide unparalleled support for all students, but are especially important for our growing population of students who learn online. Join us for this First Friday webinar series to learn more about online tutoring, online counseling, and our interactive online student readiness program.

Each session requires free, online registration.


Friday, October 26 – 8:15am – 4:45pm

20 sessions・30 speakers・3 Ways to Attend

Join in for a free, one-day online conference designed for CCC Canvas users. Pick up new tips and tricks, equitable teaching practices, and don’t miss our keynote speaker, Natalie Miller, a recent graduate from College of the Canyons. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CanInnovate18.

3 Ways to Attend

  1. Online (from anywhere). Register for each session you plan to attend.
  2. From a regional hub: American River College, Clovis College, De Anza College, Mt. San Antonio College, Palomar College.
  3. From an on-campus viewing room (find out which colleges are participating or add yours to the list!)

View the full Can•Innovate program and register now.