Mark your calendars for these upcoming Online Educators meetings and DE Academy Workshops.

Online Educators – 10-11am in FL1-130 (Innovation Center)
Please join the FLC Online Educators for tea and conversation.  We get together to share ideas, talk about technology and teaching, and experiment with new ways to connect with students.  Hope to see you there!
November 13 & December 11

DE Academy Workshops – RSVP
November 20 – Transitioning a Course to Hybrid or Online
Thinking of offering a hybrid or online course, but don’t know where to begin?  Start here.
10-11AM in FL1-130 (Innovation Center)

December 4 – D2L Crash Course
If you plan to spend your Winter Break working on your online or hybrid class, and want a crash course in D2L, this is the workshop for you.  The first half will be useful if you’re a beginner, and the second half if you’ve already got the basics down and want to do more.  If you plan to attend, please request a D2L course account (no later than 72 hours before the workshop) so you’ll have a place in which to work. Request a course account via the D2L Faculty Request Interface. Once you’ve completed your course account request, it’s important that you check to be sure the course is there prior to attending the workshop.  Note – these workshops will be repeated as part of Spring Flex activities on Thursday, January 14th.
9-11AM in FL1-35 (Library Classroom)
D2L for Beginners (9-10AM) – The basics:  D2L interface, content, requesting courses, support, etc.
D2L Intermediate/Advance (10-11AM) – The rest:  Quizzes, communication tools, etc.

December 11 – Beyond the LMS: Tools for Increasing Student Engagement & Success
9-10 AM in FL1-35 (Library Classroom)

With the accreditation team visit scheduled for the week ending October 9, 2015, the information below might help to jog your memory if visiting team members ask about DE issues, including Regular Effective Contact and Accessibility:

Regular Effective Contact/Regular Substantive Interaction

  • Title 5 defines REC, and stresses the importance of “instructor initiated” contact with students in DE courses.
  • REC is the thing that distinguishes DE courses from correspondence courses. FLC does not offer correspondence courses.
  • REC is required in both hybrid and online courses. That is, the face-to-face time you spend with your students in a hybrid course does not count as “contact” for the purposes of REC, and you should also maintain contact with your students for the online parts of your course.
  • The college has a set of guidelines for online, hybrid and web-enhanced instruction:
  • The district “audited” REC in online and hybrid courses last semester, using the metric of 1 contact per unit per week. For a 3 unit, 100% online course, this would be a minimum of 3 contacts per week. In most courses audited, the contact was evident. In some, contact occurred but was not visible to the auditors, and DO requested additional information from faculty teaching those courses.
  • REC can be accomplished in a variety of ways and using a variety of tools, including but not limited to email messages to students, responses to discussion postings, news items, and other forms of feedback.
  • The DE course checklist linked below might help you assess REC in your course:
  • @One offers a very much more in-depth rubric entitled “Standards for Quality Online Teaching” that you may find helpful:


  • While it isn’t perfect, D2L as a platform is considered generally accessible to students with disabilities.
  • The law states that all video files in your online and hybrid courses should be captioned.
  • The law states that you should provide a transcript for all audio files in your online and hybrid courses.
  • If you have content in your online or hybrid courses that doesn’t meet accessibility guidelines, it’s important to be aware of and work toward compliance.
  • For more information about captioning, you may wish to view this desktop seminar from @One:
  • 3C Media Solutions has a grant-funded captioning service, and you can request captioning for videos that you upload:
  • The college will soon be hiring a .6 Education Media Design Specialist, a permanent position working out of the DSP&S office to assist with accessibility issues.

Here are the D2L usage figures for Fall 2012:

D2L Sites = 350
Graded Components (FLC course sections linked to D2L Sites above) = 426
Faculty Using D2L = 150
Student Enrollments = 12,643

The difference between D2L Sites and Graded Components indicates that some faculty maintain a single D2L site for multiple sections of the same class.  For instance, if a faculty member teaches 3 sections of Nutrition 300, they might choose to set up a single D2L site for all three sections.

Here are charts showing FLC’s D2L usage across the above four dimensions from Summer 2008 (when D2L first became available) to the present: