Teaching Online at FRC
FRC will be begin Fall 2016 using Canvas as the standard platform for online courses rather than Moodle (see below).
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. The examples in the current edition refer to Moodle, but there is still much information that will apply to teaching any online course. 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 replace our use of Moodle. FRC began implementing Canvas in October of 2015 and we expect to be using primarily Canvas by fall of 2016. Training in the use of Canvas began Spring 2016. Course materials from Moodle and most other Learning Management Systems can be imported into Canvas.
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.
September 4 - October 8
October 10 - November 5