Faculty Support Services
Moodle Open Labs for All Moodle Users
Moodle open labs are offered nearly every Thursday 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.
Time: Noon to 1 PM
Location: SMN 130
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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Matthew Dimopolous is COM’s Assistive Technology Specialist. With your permission, Matthew will evaluate your course documents to make sure they are userfriendly for the DSPS students. Matthew can be reached at 415-457-8811 ext. 7551 or email@example.com.
Thank you to all who attended the Fall 2015 Flex workshops! If you were unable to attend, a summary of the workshops offered is listed below. For more information about Flex Workshops and registration, visit the Professional Development webpage. If you have recommendations for Spring 2016 Flex workshops on Moodle, Accessibility, or Online Learning topics please contact Alisa Klinger, Interim DE Coordinator.
Designing Accessible Student Materials and Courses
Increasingly, instructors are using online articles, course readers, YouTube videos, and other rich media to accommodate multi-modal learning. These can be great resources in the classroom, but it is important to keep accessibility in mind because you may have students with learning disabilities in present or future classes – and it’s the law! View the Workshop PowerPoint Presentation and download the documents from the ADA Best Practices Reminders: Hints and Tips located on this page.
New to Moodle or would like a refresher course? Attend this workshop for an overview of the most readily used features and hands-on practice setting up your course.
Moodle 2.8 Upgrade: New Features and Gradebook
COM will be upgrading from Moodle 2.6 to 2.8 on June 8th, 2015. This workshop will focus on the version 2.8 improvements, new features, and a thorough review of the gradebook. For a brief overview of the new and improved features in Moodle 2.7 and 2.8, download the following PowerPoint presentation: Moodle 2.7-2.8 New Features and Improvements
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