Budget Cuts Will Impact the Printing and Mailing of Credit/Noncredit Class Schedules
The college’s printing and mailing budget has been cut by $42,000 for FY 2012-13, which will require cost saving measures to be implemented for the production and mailing of the spring, fall and summer 2013 credit/noncredit class schedules. The goal of reducing costs in printing and mailing will be mitigated by significant improvements to the online course listings. Starting this fall semester the online credit/noncredit course listings include for the first time easily accessible catalog course descriptions. In recent years, the college website has been improved and students have been more frequently using the online credit/noncredit class schedule to register for classes. You may view the new online course listings featuring the addition of course descriptions online.
In order to reduce the cost of printing and mailing the credit/noncredit schedules, the page count will be reduced from112 pages to approximately 80 pages by eliminating course descriptions and editing other sections as well. All other course information, including course titles, units, hours, CRN, prerequisites, instructors names, dates, times, locations, material fees, transfer information and special instructions will continue to be included in the printed publications. Additionally, the fall 2013 and summer 2013 publications will be merged to a single document in order to save on printing and mailing. Thank you for your understanding and support of this effort. For more information contact Reprographics Supervisor Annie Ricciuti.
Instructional Technologist in Distance Education
For the fall 2012 semester, the college has fully adopted Moodle as its Learning Management System both to conduct Distance Education courses and to supplement traditional face-to-face credit, noncredit, and Community Education classes. To support this process, the college has established the position of the Instructional Technologist/DE to work with faculty, staff, and students to provide training and assistance on the use of Moodle for development and delivery of web-based classes and course materials. If you have any questions about using Moodle, please contact Interim Instructional Technologist/DE Alice Dieli, ext. 7540, Learning Resources Center Room 126, or MoodleHelp@marin.edu for assistance.
Moodle ABCs Workshops Scheduled!
Moodle ABCs workshops are designed to get instructors up and running quickly so you can access Moodle via the MyCOM Portal, post class materials online, and communicate with your students. Although Moodle is often used to deliver full online and hybrid courses, it also offers powerful tools that can be used by all faculty to support student success in face-to-face classes as well. Every COM course now has a Moodle course shell available for you to customize to fit your needs. Attend one of the hands-on workshops listed below and learn how to:
Please note: You’ll need to know your MyCOM Login (username and password) to access your Moodle shell. You may also wish to bring some course files and a picture of yourself on a flash drive to upload during the workshop. Feel free to bring your laptop to work on if you prefer. This training can be used to fulfill two hours Flex credit.
Hooked on Marin Speaker Series
With the collaboration of five local school districts and public agencies, a new speaker series called Hooked on Marin is being launched. College of Marin along with Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM); the Tamalpais Union High School District; and the towns of Larkspur, San Anselmo, and Corte Madera are working together to provide a series of moderated discussions centered around the Marin County experience and influence.
Seasonal Flu Shots
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. For most people, the flu lasts only a few days and includes symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. By getting vaccinated you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others. The College of Marin Health Center will be offering seasonal flu shots for $20. Clinic dates are as follows:
Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Plant Sale
College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus (IVC) Organic Farm and Garden will host a plant sale and open farm celebration on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at IVC, 1800 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato.
There will be live music performed by the local band Wagon and a variety of family activities, harvest bouquet making, face painting, and farm tours led by Marin Master Gardeners.
The College of Marin Athletics and PE Department is holding a bocce tournament and lunch on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marin Bocce Federation Courts. The courts are located at 550 B Street in San Rafael. No experience necessary—there will be tutorial at 9 a.m. with play following at 10 a.m. Registration is $45 per player or $225 per team of four to six players. The registration form is available online and needs to be completed by Friday, September 21. Proceeds benefit the College of Marin women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams. For more information contact Lindsay Bacigalupi@marin.edu.
College of Marin Drama Department Presents Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
October 4 pay-what-you-will preview at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students, COM employees, and alumni. For more information, call the box office at 415.485.9385.
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