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Keep reading to learn how to use the new MyMathLab (MML) widget.

The MML D2L widget provides:

(1) a single sign-on with the unified w-ID and password
(2) automatic synching of students
(3) the ability to pull grades back from Pearson into the D2L gradebook (under your specification and control)

Please note, you are advised to wait until you have the MML widget to request a MML class with Pearson. According to district IT, this is the only way to merge MML with the D2L classlist. If you have already requested a MML class directly through Pearson and want to use the D2L widget, you will need to request a class again through the widget.

Widget Instructions

Go into D2L course.

1. Scroll to bottom of page and click on Pencil icon (lower right corner). If you can’t find the pencil icon click Edit Course| Homepages | and click your active homepage (blue text)
Image of the pencil icon

2. Click Add Widgets
Add widgets button

3. Check the box next to Pearson MyLab and click save
Image showing box to be checked

4. Click Save and Close
Image of Save and Close button

5. Click Course Home to get to your course homepage. Scroll down to see the Pearson widget. Click Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering (Grey Text) to set up MML.
Pearson Widget

NOTE: If you click on Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering and nothing happens you will need to disable your pop-up blocker

Firefox Example:

popup blocker warning in Firefox 

Chrome Example:

Popup blocker warning in Chrome

Creating Accessible PDF Documents with MS Word and Acrobat Pro

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12:00pm (pacific time)

Learn what makes a PDF document accessible, and discover the easiest and most efficient way to create your own accessible PDF documents. Basic concepts of access and usability will be explored in the process of creating an accessible syllabus in MS Word, and then converting the syllabus to PDF. Discover the essential considerations and required tools for creating top-quality PDF documents that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Your Online Course Usability:
10 Ways to Kick It Up a Notch

Friday, April 24, 2015
12:00pm (pacific time)

Participate in this fun and upbeat webinar hosted by Rechelle and Katie for an idea sharing session on how to implement Universal Design for Learning principles in your online course. But wait… there’s an added bonus because many UDL principles align with various sections of the Online Education Initiative’s Course Design Rubric.

During this webinar not only will you be introduced to some practical tips for enhancing the usability of your current online course, you’ll also learn about ways to design with usability in mind for future content development and how all of these enhancements can lead to exemplary scores in the OEI Course Design Rubric. Come check out some practical examples and share some ideas of your own.

Evaluating Web Content for Accessibility

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
12:00pm (pacific time)

One of the great parts of teaching online is the ability to enrich courses with resources from the Internet. Learn about the basic considerations for accessible content, and discover tools to help you evaluate the content you bring into your course. Explore options for dealing with content that is not accessible, and consider how critical information can be made available to all of your students.

Creating Accessible Online Presentations

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
12:00pm (pacific time)

Creating accessible presentations for online learning is not always intuitive, and it can sometimes be impossible, depending on the tool you are using. Learn about the basic considerations for creating accessible online presentations, and discover different options for creating and sharing digital presentations. Find out what can be done to ensure that the information you share through digital presentations can be enjoyed by all of your students. PowerPoint, Prezi, and VoiceThread will all be discussed.

Captioning Considerations

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00pm (pacific time)

Learn about captioning web-based video and the different resources available to help you get captioned video into your online course. Find out how to caption YouTube videos, including videos that belong to other people. Explore the reasons why captioning is required and good for education, and discover how to format and present captions in video to enhance comprehension for everyone.

To register and for more information,

SCC is a member of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) therefore you qualify for the course below. This will fill up quickly and Begins March 30th, 2015.

Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators (WAMOE)
Register to Attend!
March 30, 2015 Start Date
ITC is collaborating with Portland Community College and  to bring a free MOOC to ITC members and the online education community.

The Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators, WAMOE is now open for registration and is set to begin on Monday, March 30, 2015.

WAMOE is facilitated by Karen Sorensen, accessibility advocate at  Portland Community College, and Barry Dahl, senior community manager at D2L.

Registration is open to employees at ITC member institutions and attendees at ITC’s eLearning 2015 conference (held Feb. 18-21, 2015 in Las Vegas). Other interested individuals may apply on a space-available basis.

The MOOC is geared toward those who teach and support online courses, including instructional designers, instructional technologists, and accessibility coordinators. Most of the course is designed to be activity-based learning about making online course components more accessible.  The major course goals are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Build the personal knowledge base in Web accessibility for each participant
  • Goal 2: Create Accessible Photo Images, Diagrams, and Charts for Online Courses
  • Goal 3: Create Accessible Audio and Video for Online Courses
  • Goal 4: Create Accessible HTML Content for Online Courses
  • Goal 5: Create Accessible Course Content in Other Formats

This second offering of WAMOE will be limited to 500 registrants. In October 2014, more than 1,500 participants registered for the first offering of WAMOE. Here is what some of the WAMOE certificate holders had to say:

Testimonial #1: “This course was extremely well run and the communications were timely and informative. I can’t think of anything to improve! Great job and PLEASE OFFER IT AGAIN!! I have told many people about this MOOC and how beneficial it was, personally and professionally. THANK YOU for a job well done!”

Testimonial #2: “This course was incredibly informative. I learned so much that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. I really encourage you to offer it again, it was the best professional development opportunity I have ever had. I greatly appreciated Barry’s active participation in my discussion posts, and follow up on questions I posed about particular aspects of the activity.”

Testimonial #3: “The course was very well done. I appreciated the level of detail, and the consideration this was intended for working individuals who might not have had a great deal of time to devote to it. The module level outcomes were well done. Karen’s presence was evident in the material. I think her position is an emerging role. It was also obvious she looked at accessibility through a web developers eyes.

Save the date!

Get ready for accreditation!

Come learn about accessibility!

What do I need to know about accessibility?: An Intro to Section 508 with expert Gaeir (rhymes with “fire”) Dietrich from the High Tech Center Training Unit.

This will be a fun overview of what you need to know to ensure your courses are accessible and accreditation ready.

Who: Everyone is welcome to attend either session.

When: May 8th, 2015

  • Session 1 (Faculty focused) 10-11:30AM
  • Session 2 (Administrator focused) 1-2:30PM

Where: The SCC COVE in the LRC (1st Floor, near restrooms)

Map of SCC with the LRC circled and an arrow pointing to the parking lot directly south of the LRC. The cove is on the first floor of the LRC near the restrooms.

This guide will help you use D2L to assess student engagement in your distance education course.

(Step 1) Start by logging into D2L and clicking on a course.

(Step 2) On the “Course Home Page” in the “Links for Instructors Only” box, click on “Class Progress Dashboard.”

this is a screenshot of the Links for Instructors Only widget in D2L. The Student Tracking Column contains the Class Progress Dashboard.

(Step 3) Click on a student name to view that student’s total interactions with D2L and with your course.

a screenshot of the student name and ID number from the class progress dashboard

(Step 4) Use the links on the left hand column to view specific data about student visits to content, quizzes, and other sections of your course. The login history link will display the date the student last accessed the course.

Screenshot of student user progress. Login History is selected and the user logins over the last 30 days are shown along with the date they last accessed the course.

Log in to D2L and select a course

Click on Grades |Click on Setup Wizard | Click Start

Click on grades

SetupWizard screenshot

Click on Start

Step 1: Select a System: Points is the most commonly used. Weighted is also common and simple to set-up. For this guide we will use Points. Click Continue

Step 1 Screenshot

Step 2: Select how to treat ungraded items. Check Automatically keep final grade updated. Click Continue

Step 2 Screenshot

Step 3: Keep default and click Continue (No screenshot)


Step 4: Enter a 2 and click Continue

Step 4 Screenshot 

Step 5: Enter a 2. Check Display Final Grade. Click Continue

Step 5 Screenshot

Step 6: Click Finish

Step 6 Screenshot

Next, create categories and grade items. For this example we will make a category called tests and individual tests.

Click Create a New Grade Category

Screenshot of Grade Setup Wizard Summary






Enter the name for the category. Enter a short name (this will help you keep your gradebook from expanding far across your screen).Screenshot of category settings as described above.



In this example, all of the tests are worth 20 points so you would check to box for Distribute points across all items and enter 20 for points. Save and Close.


 Next, you will create the individual tests in your gradebook.


Click on Manage Grades | New | Item

Screenshot showing click on manage grades, new, and item.




Click on Numeric

Screenshot of Selecting grade item



Screenshot of new item settings.Name your Test and give it a Short Name. Select the category you created.


Click Save and Close or Save and New to make additional tests in your gradebook.






Screensgot showing user clicking on grades and the switch to spreadsheet or standard view buttonTo Grade Students click Grades and Enter Grades. You can click the button to toggle Standard View and Spreadsheet view.


Screnshot showing where to enter student grade in spreadsheet view

Use Spreadsheet view to enter grades


Image showing icon next to point total in gradebookUse Standard view to view grades or grade discussion posts or dropbox items by clicking on icons by the score.




Monday, November 17, 2014

12:00pm (pacific time)

COOLforEd ( was established through California state legislation seeking to make higher education more affordable by providing faculty and students with access to open and low-cost instructional materials. Working with the California Open Educational Resources Council (COERC), COOLforEd features peer-reviewed open textbooks for the 50 highest impact college courses. In addition, best practices of instructors and their students who have successfully adopted open textbooks in these courses are captured in multi-media faculty showcases.

Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the statewide effort to curate and promote open educational resources (OER) for the highest enrolled college courses and learn how to get involved in this project. Discover peer-reviewed open textbooks that you can adopt to ensure that all of your students have access to instructional materials on the first day of class.

COOLforEd is a service of the California State University-MERLOT program. Partial funding provided by the State of California, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Una Daly

Picture of Una DalyUna Daly is the OER Library Services Manager for the California Open Online Library (COOLforEd), a repository of low-cost, peer reviewed open textbooks for the top 50 college courses built by the California State University system. She is also the Community College Outreach Director at the Open Education Consortium where she promotes awareness and adoption of open educational practices to enhance teaching and learning and expand access at community and technical colleges.

Prior to joining the consortium, she was the Director of the College Open Textbooks Collaborative promoting adoption of open, accessible, and affordable textbooks and a part-time faculty in Computer Information Systems at Foothill Community College. Her expertise also includes the use of ePortfolios for learning assessment in health licensing and engineering. She worked as a software manager and engineer at Apple Computer and Motorola before earning her Masters degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Do you teach an online or hybrid course at SCC?

If you do, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the engaging and informative online courses offered by @One!

We have a limited number of coupon codes available for SCC faculty and staff to participate in four @One courses:

  • Introduction to Online Teaching & Learning
  • Building Online Community with Social Media
  • Designing Effective Online Assessments
  • Creating Accessible Online Courses

These 4-week courses require 4-10 hours a week of your time. In return, you walk away with invaluable knowledge that you can put to work right away in your courses .

If you complete four @one courses, you will be eligible to receive a certification. Learn more here:

Take a look at the schedule below. If you are interested in participating, please see our contact information below.

  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (SP151)
    1/12/15 – 2/6/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (SP152)
    1/12/15 – 2/6/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Building Online Community with Social Media (SP151)
    2/23/15 – 3/20/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Designing Effective Online Assessments (SP151)
    2/23/15 – 3/20/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Creating Accessible Online Courses (SP151)
    2/23/15 – 3/20/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Building Online Community with Social Media (SP152)
    4/6/15 – 5/1/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Designing Effective Online Assessments (SP152)
    4/6/15 – 5/1/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Creating Accessible Online Courses (SP152)
    4/6/15 – 5/1/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (SP154)
    4/6/15-5/1/15 (Pacific Time)

To sign up, please call (916) 558-2635.

Do you want your students to see the classlist and use it to e-mail classmates?

1.  First, click Edit Course.

Edit Course Image

2.  Next, click Navigation & Themes

Course administration image

3.  Do you have a copy of the SCC Navbar on your list? If not, make a copy by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the SCC Navbar. Select copy from the list.

Navbar list

4.  Make the copy your default navbar. Scroll up to Active Navbar and select the copy. Click Apply.

Active Navbar Image

5.  Click on the SCC Navbar – Copy. Click Add Links.

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6.  Check the box by Classlist and click Add

Classlist box image

7.  Classlist should now be listed. Click Save and Close and check your homepage.

Save and Close Image