Teaching Online at FRC
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.
Canvas Will Be Replacing Moodle
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/ .