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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 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.