Faculty Support Services
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
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 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.
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 MoodleHelp@marin.edu.
Keeping up With Moodle
- All COM courses have an online component available through Moodle, COM’s adopted Learning Management System. If you have any questions related to previous courses materials posted in course studio pages or you need more information or training about how to use Moodle, contact MoodleHelp@marin.edu for further assistance.
- Login to MyCOM to access Moodle. In Moodle, you can view your course schedule, access your course home pages, communicate with your students, and post course-related materials.
- If you have technical issues or questions regarding your MyCOM username and password, please refer to the MyCOM FAQ.
- Visit the DE Student Support Services webpage to see student services that are available online to all students. Student support services information is also available on the Distance Education tab through MyCOM.
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 MoodleHelp@marin.edu. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few handouts with instructions on common tasks for instructors using Moodle whether teaching face-to-face or online:
- How to import courses (Previously referred to as rollover)
- How to display the Text Editor in Moodle
- How to post a document to your Moodle course
- How to send messages emails to your students using Moodle
- How to use Moodle to create a printable roster
- How to forward MyCOM email
- How to export your Moodle gradebook
- How to backup your Moodle 2.8 course
If you would like more assistance with Moodle, send an email to MoodleHelp@marin.edu 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.
At College of Marin
- Save the Dates...Flex Workshops for the NEW Moodle version 2.6...August 13 & 14.
- By popular demand: Thursday Moodle Open Labs! will resume in the fall. See the top of the page for more details.
- The @One Project provides free and subsidized training for California Community faculty and staff in many areas including online pedagogy. The offerings include Desktop Webinars, Instructor-Led Online Courses, and Self-Paced Training.
For assistance with Moodle, please send a request to MoodleHelp@marin.edu