Just wrapped up the first three days of a six day Making Across the Curriculum faculty development experience I’m facilitating, and that I designed in partnership with Carol Pepper-Kittredge from the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the folks at Hacker Lab, a local workspace for startups and makers.  A small group of dedicated faculty from a variety of disciplines and representing five regional Community Colleges – Yuba, Sacramento City, American River, Cosumnes River, and Folsom Lake – has spent three days learning, making and collaborating, with guest demonstrations and hands-on activities, including design thinking, soldering, 3d printing, and laser cutting, plus a surprise candle making activity!

A few choice photos:

Kicking off National Week of Making by mixing scents and pouring candles.

Malena is stoked.



More to follow, when the dust settles…

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)

Below are materials to support the DE Academy – Transitioning a Course to Hybrid/Online Workshop of 09.11.15:

Workshop slides

Hybrid/Online Course Redesign Checklist

Regular Effective Contact Resources

REC Checklist

Sample Communication Policy

Other Resources

Blended Learning Toolkit – https://blended.online.ucf.edu/

Blended Learning Simmons College – http://at.simmons.edu/blendedlearning/implement/simmons.php


Learn how to use Google Docs – a suite of free, web-based tools – to create, edit and share documents quickly and easily.  Google Docs is a great tool for department and committee document creation, storage and access, and for use with student groups.  You can access Docs from any Internet-connected computer, and most mobile devices.

Friday, September 24
10 – 11 AM
FL1-130 (Innovation Center) FL1-35 (Library Classroom)