1.  D2L, Canvas, and the OEI
  2. FLC DE Planning
    1. Data – https://drive.google.com/a/apps.losrios.edu/file/d/0B9Q_tYywFzhLV2RJUV9mbElIOWM/view?usp=sharing
    2. Draft Vision – https://docs.google.com/a/apps.losrios.edu/document/d/1kfPOylrMTbti2pNmgEd0ovdEH7foEJyE15zax0PJ3IE/edit?usp=sharing
  3. NMC Horizon Report 2015 (http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2015-nmc-horizon-report-HE-EN.pdf)
    1. “When assessing the quality of courses, researchers pinpointed clarity, authenticity, unity, suspense, economy, depth, proportion, vividness, brilliance, sensitivity, emphasis, authority, flow, and precision as the ultimate benchmarks.”

  1.  Update on LMS Work Group
    1. The LMS Work Group derives its authority from LRCCD R-7145 (see 4.1.1 http://losrios.edu/legal/Regulations/R-7000/R-7145.pdf). FLC is being represented on the work group by Zack Dowell, Gary Hartley, Jennifer Kraemer and Ian Wallace.  Zack Dowell is also the LRCFT representative on the work group.
    2. At the first meeting of the work group, the body decided to look at Instructure Canvas not in a vacuum, but within the larger context of the Online Education Initiative, which includes a suite of free and reduced-cost services, including tutoring and support (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1HizVK87qvsbHZvUGRVOVBPNHc/view?usp=sharing).
    3. The committee is currently reviewing “DRAFT Los Rios LMS Selection Criteria” (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1HizVK87qvselY0Q0VZMzlZSkU/view?usp=sharing) which will be used to evaluate Canvas.
  2. Update on DE Subcommittee of Curriculum
  3. Lightboard example: https://youtu.be/ZR-hf-KJ0_4
  4. Other topics of interest
  • LMS Workgroup
    • Criteria
  • DE Subcommittee DE Planning
  • DRAFT Vision Statement:
      1. The College is committed to ensuring quality education, effective support services, and accessible learning materials in its distance education courses and services as it does in all of its courses and services.
        1. The learning outcomes and rigor of distance education offerings are the same as those of traditional offerings.
        2. Through distance education, Folsom Lake College strives to expand the delivery of quality education by:
          1. utilizing technology to create an educational opportunity that is independent of time and place,
          2. expanding access for students challenged by distance and schedule,
          3. increasing accessibility for students with physical limitations,
          4. enabling students who prefer to learn through alternative instructional methods,
          5. supporting faculty innovation,
          6. integrating distance education into the existing college processes, systems, and structures,
          7. ensuring that the Distance Education infrastructure is capable of supporting online degrees and certificates.
  • Canvas Update
    • Zoom?

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 http://d2l.losrios.edu 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/Advanced (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)

1.  New Dean – Molly Senecal – Hurray!

2.  Distance Education Strategic Plan – Spring 2016?
Revisit SWOT analysis from 2012?

3.  Crash Course – May 21 and 22

4.  Library Lyna
Our Mission – To host the largest collection of high quality educational 3D models to foster learning of the blind and visually impaired.

5.  Full-time Adaptive Media Design Specialist

6.  Amara.org for subtitles

7.  Email from D2L – Summer 2015

Topics we discussed:

OEI Decision and What it Means for FLC

New Dean of Research & Planning, DE, Innovation Center and Equity

Regular Effective/Substantive Contact
Readiness tool
REC Widget
Recommendations for syllabus

DSP&S Review of Courses for ADA Compliance

Crash Course May 21 & 22

Firefox Hello
Doesn’t work in iOS.  Works fine with MacOS.

1.  D2L Data

For Spring 2015:

  • 432 course sections, or 61% of all course sections are linked to D2L course accounts
  • 6,534 (unduplicated) students, or 84% of all students are enrolled in courses linked to a D2L course account
  • 157 faculty from 65 disciplines are using D2L course accounts
  • Approximately 57% of faculty (full and part-time) are using D2L to support online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses

2.  Dean of DE

3.  Adaptive Media Design Specialist

The Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist supports faculty in the development of effective online learning environments for online, hybrid, web-enhanced course sections, and in-person courses to ensure that all content and media meet approved web accessibility standards and the principles of Universal Design. The position serves as the main point of contact for support of the college’s *Web Accessibility plan. The position will also develop and deliver training incorporating Universal Design principles for college faculty and staff.


  • Consults with instructional divisions and other departments on standards and best practices for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) AA standards for instructional materials and principles of Universal Design.
  • Works with individual faculty members and departments to design accessible online courses and course components, including assessments
  • Develops materials and resources that promote the principles of Universal Design and web accessibility
  • Provides technology based training sessions to individual faculty and small groups as appropriate
  • Serves as main point of contact for college-wide Web Accessibility plan.

4.  Innovation Center/Media Services Video Program

5.  ARC’s Instructional Technology Center’s Accessibility Series: Caption Your Videos

6.  Changes to Socrates and the DE Subcommittee of Curriculum

7.  OEI Chooses Instructure Canvas as Systemwide LMS

8.  Regular Effective/Substantive Contact Update