Week of October 26, 2020 

Focus Topic: Tricks & Treats

Many of us store tension in our neck, shoulders and upper back.  After a few hours seated in front of a computer screen, you may begin to feel discomfort in your neck and upper back.  Check out this yoga stretch video.  No tricks with Yoga by Adriene.  All treat!!!

scary jack o lanternGrading can be really scary.  Although we can’t help with student submissions, we’ve got some tricks for making that experience a little less frightening.  Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for Mary’s sage advice with how to make your grading experience in SpeedGrader much more efficient with grading by question!    

Professional Development:

Upcoming professional development courses:

eCampus is proud to offer these three-week CVC-OEI adopted courses to help you further your online teaching skills.  Pre-registration is required.

  • Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning - November 2 - REGISTER
    • Research shows that students are more engaged in class when they feel like the instructor cares about them and their success.  In this class you’ll learn how to develop humanizing practices that help build community, collaboration, and relationships that lead to student success.
  • Ohlone Online Teaching Capstone - November 30 - REGISTER

Census Reminder for late Start Courses

As you get ready for your late start courses to begin, please remember to include a low stakes assignment (such as a syllabus quiz, introduction, or watching an orientation video) that must be completed prior to the third day of class. This will ensure that students have successfully entered your course and have engaged with the content. The census date for your late start course should be listed on your WebAdvisor roster. When in doubt, please talk with your Dean.

eCampus Inspirations – Continue to Learn With Us

 eCampus Inspirations banner - invite, ignite, inspire

Rethinking Assessment

When we think about assessing our students to see what they have learned, do we include a focus on learning or on assessment?  A properly designed assessment can be a part of the learning process as well as an appraisal of the quality of learning that the student has achieved.  The ultimate goal is to determine whether the achieved learning outcomes align with the desired learning outcomes all the while improving student learning.  The INSPIRATION workshop this week will provide you with some various strategies of assessment and an opportunity to engage in what promises to be a robust discussion of the topic with your peers.  Can’t make the session but want a little more information?  Read this article from the K. Patricia Cross Academy on Learning Assessment in Online Courses.

Day Date Time Facilitator Zoom Link
Friday 10/30 8:30 - 9:30 am* eCampus Meeting Link
Wednesday 11/4 12:00 - 1:00 pm eCampus Meeting Link

*Please note new time: Fridays from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Grab your morning beverage and join the fun!

General Office Hours

Open sign

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

The eCampus Virtual Office is open again. You’ll find us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm October 20 through November 24.  You may also schedule one-on-one support with someone from the eCampus by submitting a Canvas IT ticket.  Be sure to include the following information: a few days/times you are available, and specific tasks/questions you would like assistance with. Your success is our primary concern! 

Minimum Qualifications Training (MQT) – November 9,10, and 12

The next MQT session is scheduled for November 9, 10, & 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Any instructor scheduled to teach in the fully online and/or hybrid format must complete this 6-hour training.  Talk with your Dean if you are unsure of the action to take.  REGISTER HERE.

Those of you who have already completed the training, remember the wealth of resources available:

Distance Education Addendum Update

You’ve done a tremendous job getting those DE addenda in place.  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.  If you still need to add the DE addendum, no worries.  Additional Approval proposals can still meet the approval deadline if submitted by November 2.  Ask your Dean if you have any questions about the status of your courses.  

Notes from Mary

So how about some tips to spice up your grading.  Did you know that you can sort your student submissions in SpeedGrader based on alphabetical order of student name, first to submit, or by submission status?  Next time you’re in SpeedGrader, click the Settings or gear icon in the upper left and pop-out the “Options” menu. 

SpeedGrader upper left corner to change order of student list.  1. Click the gear. 2. Click Options.

In addition, SpeedGrader in quizzes now has an option to grade question by question.   This short video (opens in new window) gives you a preview of the feature.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.   

Hope you enjoy our tricks and treats!


cartoon of eCampus team in Halloween costumes

Happy Howl-oween from your friends at eCampus!

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