Weekly Update

This Week on the Ohlone eCampus 

Week of December 13, 2021 

Focus Topic: Time to Unplug from Tech and Teaching

As the semester winds down, it is time for you and your students to do the same - wind down, that is.  After the grades are submitted, please consider taking time to unplug from academia and plug into your family and friends, but more importantly – YOU.  

During this final week, take time to reflect on the successes and challenges you experienced online this fall. This is the best time to make changes for next semester while the memories are still fresh in your mind. Here are a few suggestions for the end of the semester:  

  • As you are grading final exams, make notes of what you want to change. Better yet, open your spring Canvas shell and make changes right away.  

  • Consider including an anonymous end of semester survey asking students what you should keep in the class and what you could do without. (Contact eCampus for examples.) 

  • Look at your assignments and exams and evaluate what you are really assessing.  

  • Think about how you might make one or two small changes to add a personal, human touch to your spring Canvas shell.  

Here's a more comprehensive end of semester check list to help you cross your t’s and dot your I's. 

Then, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and congratulate yourself on successfully completing the semester! 

Teaching Tip: The OEI Rubric – B6: Participation Levels

We’re finishing the exploration of the OEI Course Design Rubric with item B6: Participation Levels. 

A course that aligns in this section will have clear guidelines explaining the required levels of student participation.  Students will benefit from knowing how many posts they need to make in a discussion forum, and what the expectations are for an acceptable post.  Providing an example of an exemplary post helps students see what you are expecting. Being very clear up front with students explaining what they need to do to succeed in the class or on an assignment will help students know that they, in fact,  can succeed.  

Now that we’ve gone through all the rubric criteria over the past six weeks, you may feel ready to jump in and try to align your asynchronous course with the rubric and submit it to the Local Peer Online Course Review team for quality reviewed badging.  If you are jumping up and down saying “yes, yes, yes!” we’ve got a great opportunity for you.  Join us for the inaugural Ohlone College POCR Training course and enjoy support from eCampus, a mentor and a cohort as you work toward course alignment and subsequent badging. The six-week facilitated course begins on January 10. If you are intrigued or are ready to register, contact Robin Kurotori for more information. 

Ohlone College Peer Online Course Review Quality Badge - gold stars in an arch above and a gold ribbon with the words "quality badged" in green.Inaugural POCR cohort beginning January 10, 2022 

Be part of the inaugural Peer Online Course Review (POCR) cohort and work with eCampus and your peers to align your fully online, asynchronous course with the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric. After aligning your course, our local POCR team will confirm alignment with the rubric and award you and your course with the Local POCR Quality Reviewed badge.  The course will be submitted to the California Virtual Campus (CVC) for badging at the state level.  Are you ready? 

The first cohort will run January 10 – February 13. This six-week course will include a weekly synchronous meeting where you will share ideas, celebrate successes, and work through challenges.  In addition to the weekly synchronous sessions, it is expected that you will work asynchronously throughout the week to align your course with the rubric criteria covered that week.  (All are encouraged to participate but you need to have taught the course in a fully online, asynchronous manner for at least one semester in order to submit the course for CVC badging.) 

Interested but not 100% sure?  Join us for an Information Session on Thursday, December 16th from 12:00 –1 :00 pm via Zoom.  Can’t make the informational meeting? No problem.  Contact Distance Education Coordinator, Robin Kurotori, with questions.  

Ready to jump in?  Register today! 

Professional Development

Hand with water dripping onto a green sprout. A quote is on the left "When a flower doesn't bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower." Alexander Den Heijer

Equitable Online Teaching – Free Online Workshop Series 

The California Virtual Campus Online Network of Educators (CVC-@ONE) are planning a new series of engaging virtual courses to encourage faculty to adjust their instructional practices to focus on and celebrate the diversity of our student body. This four-week facilitated online course will address asset-based teaching and provide an opportunity to critically evaluate how you grade your students. You may attend one or all the sessions.  Registration is required but it is free. 

  1. January 22, 2022.  10:00 – 11:15 - Ungrading for Learning & Equity with Susan D. Blum, editor of the book, Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead).  Register

  1. March 4, 2022.  10:30 – 12:00 – Get the ‘F’ Outta Here: Challenging the Oppressive Status Quo by Equitizing Our Grading Practices with Bri Brown, Dave Dillon and Fabiola Torres. Register

  1. March 16, 2022.   1:00 – 2:15 - Simple Teaching Strategies for Fun, Community-rich Zoom Classes with Jason Kalchik, Mesa College. Register

Also available for a limited time, the CVC is offering a 25% discount on @ONE courses that start between now and March 31, 2022. Here are some examples of courses that might interest you: 

To receive your discount, enter the coupon code PD4U-2022 on the final registration screen.  If you have already registered for an @ONE course during that time period, email support@cvc.edu and they’ll arrange for you to receive the discount. 

Another consideration for your continued professional development in online teaching, the @ONE webinars provide faculty and staff with the opportunity to learn more about a particular topic with minimal time commitment.  

  • Collaborative Online Group Work in English; Wednesday, January 19 at 2 PM 

  • Two Powerful Tools to Humanize Your Online Course with Video: Thursday, February 10 at 11 AM 

  • Collaborative Online Group Work in English Courses: A Strategy for Corequisite Support; Friday, February 11 at 3 PM 

  • Meeting Students' Diverse Needs: Universal Design for Learning. Tuesday, March 8 at 2 PM  

If you can't make a specific date or time, our webinars are available on-demand via YouTube

Mindful Minute

This semester has moved by at a frantic pace, drawing me right along with it.  I can’t wait for winter break and for time to slow down a bit.  But what if I didn’t have to wait?  What if I could slow time down right now – amid the craziness of the end of the semester? Wouldn’t that be wonderful! 

Being fully present in the moment provides an opportunity to drink in all that the moment holds and get back in touch with the childlike wonder of seeing something for the very first time.  Pausing immediately after waking up to enjoy the sun rise over the rooftops and feeling the winter morning chill as you stare out the window can remind you that a new day filled with opportunity is dawning. Try to stop momentarily in the evening and fully appreciate the sparkling lights on your neighbor’s house or pause and drink in the smile of a loved one.  Listen to the crunch of leaves underfoot as you walk from your car to your office. Use all your senses and pay attention to every little thing going on at this unique moment. Pausing to reset can help train your mind to deal with the changes life throws at us.  It helps us build compassion and understanding, for ourselves and for others, and cultivates an appreciation for the wonders that surround us.  When we pay attention, we are reminded of how truly extraordinary life can be.  Not only that, but the holidays are a time for joy.  As Willem Kuyken writes “Joy has its roots in wholehearted appreciative attention.  

This article by Oyinda Lagungu, “3 Ways to Find Calm in the Holiday Rush” provides more examples for how you can regain and protect your emotional wellness during the holidays. 

eCampus Office Hours 

 Office hours

The eCampus is going to take some time to winterize our garden.  This will be the last week of Office Hours until January.  Join us Monday from 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 – 10:30am in the Garden Shed. Bring your trowel and let’s dig in together. 

Tech Tip

Flyers, flyers, flyers – you may have noticed one (or a few) in Canvas lately. These global Canvas announcements were intended to be short text-based blasts. Hence, we are limited in how they render, especially on a mobile device. If you would like to have a flyer posted, please save the file as a .png at 800 pixels in width. We also ask that you provide a plain text version of the information on the flyer for accessibility purposes. Finally, include the announcement title you would like to have posted and the time frame (less than 2 weeks) for posting.  

The most recent flyer appears on the top of the list until the next flyer is posted. We have no control over which flyer is “on top”. You may also want to consider that students using their phones to access Canvas see only an icon indicating that there is an attachment.  

Oh, and lest we forget...there’s a new Zoom update. We’re now on 5.8.7. Encourage your students to update their devices as well!

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