Free Web Accessibility MOOC (SCC instructors/staff)

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 andPLEASE 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 focussed) 10-11:30AM
  • Session 2 (Administrator focussed) 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.

Are my online students participating?

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.

Setting up your gradebook in D2L

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 shortname (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.




Discover Free and Open Textbooks with the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd)

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.

FREE @One training for online and hybrid faculty

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) 
    1/12/152/6/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (SP152) 
    1/12/152/6/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Building Online Community with Social Media (SP151) 
    2/23/153/20/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Designing Effective Online Assessments (SP151)
    2/23/153/20/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Creating Accessible Online Courses (SP151) 
    2/23/153/20/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Building Online Community with Social Media (SP152) 
    4/6/155/1/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Designing Effective Online Assessments (SP152) 
    4/6/155/1/15 (Pacific Time)
  • Creating Accessible Online Courses (SP152) 
    4/6/155/1/15 (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 or submit a support ticket here

D2L: Make the classlist visible

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.

Add Links Image

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


D2L Intelligent Agents

Use D2L Intelligent Agents to send automated messages to a students based on certain levels of activity or inactivity in a course.

With Intelligent Agents you can:

  • Send a reminder to a student that hasn’t logged in to D2L in several days to let them know that accessing D2L regularly is important in the course.
  • Notify students who receive a low grade on assessments to seek help.

To access Intelligent Agents log into a course and click on Edit Course on the grey nav bar.


Scroll down to Intelligent Agents under Communication and click on it.

Intelligent Agents Button

Click the New button

New Agent Button

To create a reminder to log-in

  1. First, give it a name and type in your description. Then check Agent is enabled.

    Agent description text

  2. Under Agent Criteria and Course Activity check the box next to Take action…and select User has not accessed course for at least..” Enter a number in the field.

    Agent scheduling

  3. You may select either choice under Action Repetition however always select the Use Schedule box under Schedule to prevent students from receiving e-mails after your class has ended. Click Update Schedule.


  4. The screenshot contains suggested settings. Click Update to save changes when you are done.


  5.  Lastly, to send the e-mail to the student who has not logged in put {InitiatingUser} in the To field. If you wish to send yourself a copy of the e-mail, enter your own e-mail address in the Cc or Bcc field. Add a subject and the message. Click Save and Close.


 To notify students to seek help

  1. Create a New Agent

    Agent description box

  2. Use Release Conditions


  3. Click Create and Attach to create a new condition. You will have many options but if you wanted a quiz score to trigger the e-mail, you would click Score on a Quiz as the Condition Type. Grade Value on a Grade Item may also be chosen.

    Attachment selection box

  4. Choose the condition type and then set the condition details. In the example below, students who score less than 70% on the orientation quiz will receive an e-mail.

    Condition details

  5. Select the first option under Action Repetition. Check the box next to Use Schedule. Click Update Schedule and set the date agent to run for the dates around the quiz due date. Click Update.


  6. Adapt your e-mail to the situation and click Save and Close.


Foothill College FREE Online Tech Conference

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Foothill College & Innovative Educators invite you to participate in the 3rd Annual FREE Leveraging Technology to Support Students, Faculty and Staff Conference on 

October 23 & 24, 2014.

This year’s conference is 100% virtual- so no travel expenses- all 24 webinars will be presented online, live- allowing for audience participation. Opening keynote speaker, Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons will kick off the conference Thursday, October 23, 2104 at 11am (Eastern Daylight Time).

Take this opportunity to hear about the CCC Online Education Initiative, new and proven student support services technologies, mobile apps, open educational resources, online professional development and much more.

Download the Conference Program!  Register now!

We hope you will be able to join us!