📣 Coming Soon in Canvas: The New COMET SUPPORT HUB!

I completed this over winter break and am excited to introduce you to the (🥁drumroll...) COMET SUPPORT HUB soon to be live in Canvas any day now! Through this virtual portal located in the Canvas Global Navigation Menu, current students now have easy access to all of CCC's online support services and resources, including counseling, A&R, library, tutoring, and much more. Big thank yous to the entire Student Services Division and Technology Systems Manager James Eyestone for collaborating with me to develop and implement this important resource for our students.

Be sure to point your students to the Hub in your welcome letter, syllabus, and orientation module. To assist with that, I've updated the Orientation Module Template to include the Hub on the "Student Support Resources" page. If you don't want the entire Orientation Module Template for your courses, then you can copy and paste only the single template page contents and download my screenshot image, which contains a red arrow directing students to it. See below:

DE Spring Summit 2021 on Tues. Jan. 19, 9am-4pm with the DE Team

Get ready to teach online this spring! View the full descriptions on my Online Teaching Essentials Canvas repository. Registration is open now at GROW@4CD (direct links are below). Earn flex credit for participating. All sessions will be recorded and the recordings are always housed in my Online Teaching Essentials at bit.ly/CCCOTE.

To register, click the title links in the agenda below, log into InSite, and then repeat these steps in GROW@4CD for each session you wish to attend:

  1. Click the “View Details” button.
  2. Click the “Request” button.
  3. To confirm your registration, you will receive an Outlook Calendar invitation with the Zoom link. You can also access the Zoom links by clicking on the “View Training Details” button. All the sessions have the same Zoom link.


9-9:50am • Beautifying Your Canvas Course • Monica Landeros

10-10:50am • Student Video Interaction with Flipgrid • Maritez Apigo

11-12:30pm • Increase Student Engagement on Zoom • Lauren Nahas

1-1:50pm • Pronto for Text Messaging and More • Maritez Apigo

2-2:50pm • A Strong Start to Your Spring Classes • Lauren Nahas

3-3:50pm • POCR (Peer Online Course Review) • Michael Kilivris

4CD Open Ed Symposium: Creating ZTC and Open Equitable Resources on Feb. 19, 2021, 9am-12pm

Why are open resources critical to equity and student success? How do I implement OER resources in my classes? How do I make my classes zero-textbook cost (ZTC)? Join us for this exciting 4CD event on Friday, February 19, 2021, 9 am to 12 pm. Flex credit is available, and part time faculty will be compensated for 3 hours at their OAS rate. Register now on GROW@4CD.


Zoom meeting link

9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome & Icebreaker

9:05 –9:25 am OER Student Impacts - James Glapa-Grossklag

9:25 – 9:45 am OER for Antiracism Initiative - Una Daly

9:45 –10:30 am How Textbook Costs Affect Students - Student Panel

10:30 – 10:35 am Break

10:35 – 10:45 am OER Student Success Research from LMC - Scott Hubbard

10:45 – 11:05 am Success Stories with OER/ZTC - 4CD Faculty Panel:

  • CCC - Nooshi Borhan, ESL
  • DVC - Andrea Sorce, Economics
  • LMC - Paul West, Chemistry

11:05 – 11:55 am Hackathon: Implementing OER in Breakouts by Disciplines and Interests

11:55 am – 12:00 pm Conclusion

Join the CVC-OEI Humanizing Challenge on Jan. 20-22, 2021

Are you missing your students? Are you concerned about how this lack of human connection might affect your vulnerable students? Join your guides Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Fabiola Torres, Maritez Apigo, and Jennifer Ortiz for this encore of the CVC-OEI/@ONE Humanizing Challenge! You will discover helpful trauma-informed strategies that will help you cultivate a learning environment in which your students feel seen, valued, and safe.

What is humanizing?

Humanized online teaching ensures the affective dimensions of learning are addressed through instructor-student relationships and community, allowing trust, connection and empathy to drive engagement and rigor. The 3-day Humanizing Challenge will engage you in inquiry about your unconscious biases and how they influence your online teaching. Using an asset-based mindset, you will see and improve barriers that prevent many of your students from achieving their full potential. By participating, you will gain knowledge of online teaching practices that support neuroscience and culturally responsive pedagogy and be more prepared to mitigate the effects of trauma on your students.

To participate in this 3-day event, we invite you to register for free for the 1-hour live sessions on days one, two, and three; plan to spend time each day completing the self-directed activities; and share your amazing work with your peers!

I’m in! How do I register?

Click on the “Day 1,” “Day 2,” and “Day 3” links and select the Register button below each session description.

💬Pronto Training Webinars

In addition to CCC's Pronto training offered at the DE Spring Summit on Jan. 19, 1-1:50pm, Pronto is offering additional sessions open to all California community college faculty and staff. Come learn about Pronto and how it works within your Canvas courses and on the free app. This tool not only helps you better communicate with your students, but also creates peer to peer mentoring and networking opportunities unlike any other tool currently available. Your Pronto Customer Success Managers (Ben, Brant, Matt, and Sione) will review the basics, provide a short demo, and discuss valuable use cases that have been shown to increase connection and student success!

Pronto in Canvas Training Webinars

  • Tues. Jan. 19 @ 9-10am
  • Thur. Jan. 21 @ 2-3pm

Zoom Meeting Info

Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 972 7557 4782, Passcode: 020604

📖 Hypothesis at CCC

Do you assign readings in your course? If so, you'll want to check out Hypothesis, a user-friendly social digital annotation tool seamlessly integrated into Canvas that supports students’ reading by allowing them to have conversations in the margin of texts. Hypothesis is an effective platform for facilitating reading comprehension, student-to-student interaction, instructor-to-student contact, and social connections. It can be implemented with PDF files and websites and can be applied in on-campus, hybrid, and online courses. I'm happy to announce that I have led CCC in the purchase of Hypothesis in Canvas for the next 2.5 years! Stay tuned for Hypothesis trainings coming this spring. For now, feel free to access the resources on my Hypothesis resources website to learn more.

Here's an example of the layout of Hypothesis:

📌 Reminder: Email Students Your Welcome Letter on Mon. Jan. 18

As a friendly reminder, the CCC Regular and Effective Contact Policy outlines that for part of Title V compliance, faculty should "send a welcome email 1 week prior to the course start date to help establish contact between instructor and student and guide the students to start the course. Make sure to archive your welcome letter in your orientation module and/or announcements for late add students." Emailing it out on Monday, Jan. 18 would be ideal. Use the roster function on InSite to send it, as not all students will know how to access their Canvas Inbox yet. Here are some great items to include in your welcome letter:

  1. A welcome greeting—Employ a welcoming tone and invite the students in. Make it friendly! This is part of establishing a community (student) centric class.
  2. A brief overview of the course, including the course name and course number, as well as a sentence on content.
  3. Class start dates and dates you will open (publish) the course to students.
  4. Any Zoom (synchronous) meeting dates and times. Don't forget to include your Zoom invitation. Indicate if they are required or optional.
  5. Instructions on where and how to find their class on Canvas.
  6. Information on any required textbooks or materials.
  7. Include a link to Quest for Online Student Success and strongly encourage students to complete this self-paced, 2-hour training so they can be ready for success in online learning this spring. You might consider making it an assignment or offering extra credit when students submit their certificate of completion. The link for students to enroll in Quest is the same: bit.ly/cccquest
  8. Access to student support services including DSPS and how they can access technology including Wi-Fi and Chromebooks, such as CCC’s technology loan program and CCC’s new Student Support Hub.
  9. Your contact information and response times

Don't forget to make your links are readable/descriptive for accessibility.

Reminder: New RCE in Canvas Becomes the Default on Jan. 16

I announced this change to the new Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas last month in Issue 11 along with resources. Below is the New RCE Video Tour in case you missed it or would like to review it.

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