This guide will cover the must-know tech in the classroom details for new instructors.
Welcome to SCC!
Before your classes begin, think about the kind of technology you want to use in the classroom. Most SCC instructors use the Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system but you are not required to use it. There are other options such as WordPress, Moodle, Google Apps, etc. However, most SCC students are familiar with D2L, reducing the student learning curve. If you would like to explore other options, please contact us to schedule an appointment and we can help you find what works best for your classroom. Note: we are currently transitioning to Canvas.
Next, go to sleep. When you wake up tomorrow morning your courses will be waiting for you. While you wait, take a few minutes to look at this video for a brief overview of D2L. Then check out the workshop or drop-in schedule for in-person D2L support. The D2L QuickStart is another great resource!
When it comes time to submit midterm and final grades, you do that using the intranet.
We recommend using D2L as a place to input student grades. This allows students to always know where they stand (if you update grades regularly). You may also use Los Rios Google Apps to securely store your grades (Google Sheets). Never use your personal Google account or another cloud-based service outside of the district’s control.
You may keep student grades in your Los Rios Google Drive. Google has contracted with Los Rios to maintain the privacy of these accounts and comply with obligations under FERPA. Do not keep grades in a personal Google drive.
Some of your students may not be aware that they have an e-mail account. Please remind all students at the beginning of the term to log-in weekly to their Los Rios Gmail. All of your communication with them via e-mail or D2L will go to this account. Students may also set up a forwarding email address if they wish to use a different primary e-mail account.
For information about classroom technology such as projectors and smart classrooms please see media services.
Audiovisual equipment reservations are coordinated through the Instructional Media Center in LR-144 (1st Floor of the Learning Resource Center).
Is your computer working? Do you need software installed? Call IT @ 2222
We are available at SCC for D2L in-person support in LR-114.
Drop-ins are welcome Monday-Friday between 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm during fall and spring semesters. Other hours/dates by appointment.
GET HELP VIA PHONE OR EMAIL
We are available from the 2nd week of August through the last week of May.
WHEN WE’RE NOT AVAILABLE
Please contact the Los Rios Help Desk: