Faculty Support Services
Moodle Open Labs for All Moodle Users
Moodle open labs are offered nearly every week throughout the semester. Drop-in to discuss any Moodle questions including posting files, videos; organizing class pages; inserting images; combining files in folders; using Moodle tools, books, and student-created glossaries; drag ‘n’ drop functionality; setting up the gradebook, etc.
Spring 2016 Moodle Labs will be offered every Thursday beginning January 21st, 2016.
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: LC 170 (please note the new location)
For more information, contact MoodleHelp@marin.edu.
Turnitin open labs are no longer offered. If you need assistance with Turnitin or would like to schedule a training, please contact MoodleHelp@marin.edu.
Instructional Technology / Distance Education
Online and face-to-face help is available for faculty who would like additional guidance web-enhanced courses, Moodle, or other instructional technology tools. To schedule an appointment for personalized assistance, send an email to MoodleHelp@marin.edu, or contact Stacey Lince, Instructional Technologist, 415.485.9540.
Fall 2016 Flex Workshops
Check back soon for Fall workshop information! For past events, please visit the Archived News, Trainings, and Workshops page.
If you have a suggestion for future Distance Education workshops please contact Kathleen Smyth, Distance Education Coordinator.
Here are a few handouts with instructions on common tasks for instructors using Moodle whether teaching face-to-face or online:
- How to import courses (Previously referred to as rollover)
- How to display the Text Editor in Moodle
- How to post a document to your Moodle course
- How to send messages emails to your students using Moodle
- How to use Moodle to create a printable roster
- How to forward MyCOM email
- How to export your Moodle gradebook
- How to backup your Moodle 2.8 course
If you would like more assistance with Moodle, send an email to MoodleHelp@marin.edu with your questions.
Here are some resources and reminders to help as you prepare your course materials.
Online Education Initiative (OEI)
The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is an initiative of the CCC Chancellor's Office, funded by the California legislature in 2013 in support of Governor Jerry Brown's Online Education Initiative proposal. The OEI is one of three major initiatives—including the Education Planning Initiative and the Common Assessment Initiative—that are expected to integrate, improve, and evolve existing technology services on behalf of California's community college students.
The OEI developed the following rubric for online courses as a self-evaluation tool for faculty and course designers. We encourage you to download the rubric and use it as a guide to create and update your COM distance education and hybrid courses: Course Evaluation Rubric (OEI)
We had the pleasure of working with OEI Representative, Michelle Pilati, during Flex Week, Spring 2016. Michelle addressed the "State-of-the State," provided an overview of the OEI and the Course Evaluation Rubric, and discussed important accreditation issues in Distance Education. If you missed this informative session, please view her PowerPoint and the video of her presentation.
ADA Best Practices Reminders: Hints and Tips
Is your syllabus ADA compliant? Do you have Word documents that you use routinely in your online classroom? Download the following document for information on preparing Word and Adobe PDF documents using universal design practices: Accessible Course Documents
Does your Moodle course meet ADA compliance? To learn how to create accessible Moodle content pages, download these helpful tips: Accessible Moodle Courses
If you have questions about your online course content and ADA compliance, feel free to contact COM's Instuctional Technologist, Stacey Lince. Stacey can be reached at 415-457-8811 x 7540 or email email@example.com. elle Dimopolous is COM’s Assistive Technology Specialist. With your permission, Stacey and elle will evaluate your course documents to make sure they are userfriendly for students who may require special accommodations. elle Dimopolous can be reached at 415-457-8811 ext. 7551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping up With Moodle
- Attend a Flex week workshop
- All COM courses have an online component available through Moodle, COM’s adopted Learning Management System. If you have any questions related to previous courses materials posted in course studio pages or you need more information or training about how to use Moodle, contact MoodleHelp@marin.edu for further assistance.
- Login to MyCOM to access Moodle. In Moodle, you can view your course schedule, access your course home pages, communicate with your students, and post course-related materials.
- If you have technical issues or questions regarding your MyCOM username and password, please refer to the MyCOM FAQ.
- Visit the DE Student Support Services webpage to see student services that are available online to all students. Student support services information is also available on the Distance Education tab through MyCOM.
- The @One Project provides free and subsidized training for California Community faculty and staff in many areas including online pedagogy. The offerings include Desktop Webinars, Instructor-Led Online Courses, and Self-Paced Training.
For assistance with Moodle, please send a request to MoodleHelp@marin.edu