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Fall 2015 Flex Workshops

Moodle 2.8 Upgrade: New Features and Gradebook– dates/times coming soon!

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

The University of Wisconsin-Madison KnowledgeBase has also provided a quick guide to the new features of Moodle 2.8. To view the article, click here.

Moodle Basics – dates/times coming soon!

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 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.

Date: Thursdays
Time: Noon to 1 PM
Location: SMN 130

For more information, contact Kathleen Smyth, Distance Education Coordinator, 415.485.9578

Turnitin open labs are no longer offered. If you need assistance with Turnitin or would like to schedule a training, please contact

Keeping up With Moodle

Best Practice Reminders: Hints and Tips from Kathleen Smyth

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 documents using universal design practices: Documents and Universal Design Practices

For additional ADA best practices and external links to resources, click here.

If you have questions about your course content and ADA compliance, feel free to contact To have your course or course materials reviewed for accessibility, contact Kathleen Smyth, the DE Faculty Facilitator. Matthew Dimopolous is COM’s Assistive Technology Specialist. With your permission, Matthew will evaluate your course to make sure it is userfriendly for the DSPS students. Matthew can be reached at 415-458-8811 ext. 7551 or


Moodle How Tos

Here are a few handouts with instructions on common tasks for instructors using Moodle whether teaching face-to-face or online:

If you would like more assistance with Moodle, send an email to with your questions.


The Faculty Distance Education Committee has its own Moodle site.  When in Moodle, under "My courses," DEC members will see the course "group.DEC." Choose that link and take a look. This is a convenient place for communication, agendas, minutes etc. and a useful source of information on DE. For more information, contact Kathleen Smyth, the DE Faculty Facilitator.

Trainings and Workshops

At College of Marin

Recommended CCCCO Sponsored Training

The At One Project provides webinars, online, and self-paced training targeted for Community College instructors

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