Teaching Online at FRC
- - Getting Started at FRC
- - Requesting a Course Area in Moodle
- - Canvas Replacing Moodle
- - Canvas Training Schedule
FRC currently uses Moodle to deliver online course material and to interact with students.
To request a course area in Moodle use the Request a Course Area on the left menu of this page. Include the term you will be teaching the course, your course subject, number, section number, and title (Fall 2015 PSY 102-01 Introductory Psychology). Your course should be available in about 48 hours. You will receive an email confirming when your course area is available.
The Distance Education Faculty Handbook (see the link below) contains detailed information about regulations, guidelines, how to start managing your course area, contacting students, and other tips about teaching online courses at Feather River College. It also has links to valuable resources in the Appendix. The handbook will be distributed in hard copy at the faculty development "Flex" meetings in the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters.
The entire California Community College system is in the process of moving to a common Learning Management System called "Canvas." This will eventually replace our use of Moodle. FRC began implementing Canvas in October of 2015 and we expect to be running Canvas in parallel with Moodle through the fall of 2016. Training in the use of Canvas will begin Spring 2016. It should be available for faculty to use during March 2016 and it is hoped that most faculty will be able to develop their courses for Fall 2016 in Canvas. Course materials from Moodle can be imported into Canvas or new courses can be created.
Here's a link to guides for instructors in the use of Canvas:
Here's a link to a PDF of the Course Design Rubric produced by the Online Education Initiative. These guidelines will be used by reviewers to determine if a course meets the requirements to be offered through the OEI.
The consensus of users who were surveyed during the selection of Canvas is that Canvas has more features than Moodle, as many as Blackboard, and is easier to learn than either one.
To find out more about Canvas and the Online Education Initiative, go to: http://ccconlineed.org/ .
FRC Training in Online Education Using Canvas
You can receive free training in the use of Canvas for online teaching if you are currently an FRC instructor or in the pool of Associate Faculty members available for teaching at FRC. The training is based on the @One training materials developed with support from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Successful completion of this training certifies you as prepared to use Canvas to teach online courses in California Community Colleges.
Courses last 4 weeks and will require an estimated 10 hours of time commitment a week. You must complete the course with an 80% success rate on graded materials to earn a certificate. The courses are free and do not require official registration at FRC. The course will not appear on a college transcript nor earn you college credit. Contact the Dean of Instruction at FRC in advance of the course to arrange this training to count for professional development credit.
Contact Mick Presnell via email at email@example.com for details and to request to participate in Canvas training. Dates and course availability listed below are tentative and subject to change.
March 7 through April 9 (pilot course)
June 6 - July 2
July 11- August 6
September 4 - October 8
October 10 - November 5