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Creating Online Orientations for Your Campus Don Nickel October 18, 2007 For audio call Toll Free and use PIN/code
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Agenda Online instruction at De Anza College What makes good CMS software What content should be in an orientation to college course COUN 100 tour Considerations and Resources
Who I Am Online Student Services Specialist Counselor COUN 100 Coordinator Teach Coun 100 online each quarter since Fall Teach C100 in the classroom also What are your questions?
What About You? How many of you are counselors? How many of you teach online? Does your college offer an online orientation to college course? Are you the one who teaches it? Please ask you questions
Online Instruction at De Anza De Anza has supported WebCT and ETUDES Beginning Fall 2007, De Anza supports only Moodle called Catalyst at De Anza Fall 2007: 67 online courses with 1980 students 96 distance learning courses and 3302 students
Course Management Software Are any significantly better than the others? New versions are released every few years What you like is usually what your college supports and what you get used to Which CMS does your college support and why did it choose that one?
Why WebCT De Anza paid discounted licensing fees; CVC paid for hosting Training was available both at conferences, on campus and online Easier to learn new version than to switch to another CMS Little competition at the time (2001)
Why Moodle Able to customize – called Catalyst at De Anza Ease of Use Open Source (No license fees per student) ADA compliance (better than ETUDES and WebCT) Huge worldwide user base We evaluated many different systems, settling on four finalists: Moodle, WebCT, ETUDES and Angel. Based on the above factors, and many others, Moodle came out on top!
COUN 100 at De Anza About 100 – 110 sections each year Most F2F; 4-6 online each year Mandatory but not enforced 12 hours long; Pass/NoPass/.5unit College policy and procedures, placement test info, GE patterns, degree options, major selection, transfer requirements and considerations, campus tour, SEP for 1-2 quarters and strategies for registration for new students Information overload!!!
What does a new student need to know? Different colleges have different ideas Many colleges: how to pick classes and register for the upcoming semester How to get on an individual educational track How to find major and GE requirements How to obtain transfer information Some colleges include study skills and college success strategies All faculty would benefit as part of new hire orientation
COUN 100 Online Provides timely information to student and captures the student now. Ex. Offer sections both at beginning and end of quarter. Prevents competition with F2F schedule Traditional distance ed reasons: working student, single parent, rich course content Supports De Anza goal to provide comprehensive online student services
Challenges Unique to Online Instruction More administrative tasks: adding students, forgotten passwords, adjusting the settings – release dates for content and quizzes Sending s to students: reminder to log into the course and how to log in High attrition rates – even more s to students Updating course content that changes Learning curves for new CMS versions or switching to another CMS
To log into my online orientation to college course Go to https://catalyst.deanza.edu/https://catalyst.deanza.edu/ Select COUN 100 – Nickel Orientation to College Username – dnickel Password – moodle Will leave open until October 25.
Philosophical Considerations It is more work to teach (and maintain) a course online than it is to teach in the traditional classroom
Philosophical Considerations First time college students will benefit more by completing an orientation in a classroom rather than online
Philosophical Considerations Counselors can make just as effective student connections online versus F2F
Resources for information, demo classes and training using Moodlehttp://remote-learner.net/ The Moodle Partners are a group of service companies guided by the core developers of Moodle.http://moodle.com/ resources for using Moodlehttp://moodle.org/ Instructional design for online courses Web accessibility initiative Accessibility color wheel
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