New version of Catalyst for 2014-15
Catalyst is the course management system that De Anza College has adopted as its standard. While faculty are free to use other systems, most choose to use Catalyst because of the training and support the college provides.
De Anza faculty and staff are invited to sign up for the hands-on workshops below.
All hands-on workshops will be hosted in the faculty and staff computer lab (room MLC 243 on the second floor) in the new Media and Learning Center (MLC) building, adjacent to the Flint Center parking garage.
Online Teaching with Catalyst
Faculty can use Catalyst to supplement their traditional face-to-face courses, or offer hybrid and/or distance learning courses. If you intend to use Catalyst in your teaching, you are required to complete training first. Interested faculty can contact the Distance Learning Center for details.
Catalyst training starts with an online portion that covers basic Catalyst features as well as information and policies around course development. You can request an account and participate in the online portion of training any time. Please contact David Garrido (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8970) to sign up for training.
Catalyst training continues with two hands-on workshops. Here are the workshops for this quarter:
Part I: Online Teaching with Catalyst Basic
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This hands-on workshop is part of the required training for any De Anza faculty who will be using Catalyst. In the workshop you will learn to create course content, add resources and activities, and use communication tools.
Part II: Catalyst Assessment Tools
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This second required workshop focuses on assignment, quiz and gradebook features in Catalyst. It is recommended to take the Basic workshop before the assessment tools workshop unless you have prior experience with Moodle.
Effective Practices Showcase
The De Anza Online Teaching and Learning Effective Practices Showcase is your opportunity to see other De Anza faculty give quick demonstrations of teaching ideas and technology they are using successfully in their online, hybrid, and Web-enhanced classes today. In just 90 minutes, you'll walk away with ideas you can apply to teaching your classes. DVD's of previous presentations are available in the Distance Learning Center from David Garrido (email@example.com or 408.864.8970).
If you'd like to be a presenter, please contact David with your 10-minute idea. The showcase will take place in the distance learning classroom in the new Media and Learning Center building, room MLC 255.
Topic: Embedding Basic Skills Support into Online Courses.
Over 70% of students who attend De Anza are in need of basic skills education. As many of them enroll in transfer courses, integrating “just in time” learning modules in a course is an effective teaching and learning practice. Students can focus on achieving competency in the specific skills they need and, at the same time, engage in learning course content.
Workshop attendees will explore a selection of (mostly) open educational resources for online and/or hybrid courses in order to assist students in developing or enhancing their skills while achieving course outcomes.
Spring 2015 Showcase date: Wednesday, May 6, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Snacks will be served before and after the workshop in the Staff Development Office, MLC 246. Please come and enjoy some snacks and friendly conversations after 12pm. For this special event, RSVP to distance learning supervisor April Qian, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About our speaker: Dr Barbara Illowsky is currently Director of Basic Skills and Open Educational Resources for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative. Barbara recently completed two years, 2012 – 2014, at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office overseeing the California Basic Skills Initiative, Middle College High School grants, as well as writing OER policy. Barbara has been a mathematics and statistics professor at De Anza College since 1989.
Barbara advises colleges on strategies for evaluating and increasing success in their developmental education programs, integration of basic skills support into general education courses and career technology programs, and open educational resources (OER). In 2013, the Open Education Consortium awarded Barbara its top international award, the Educator ACE Award, for her contributions worldwide in promoting, training, authoring, and advocating for Open Educational Resources.
1 + 1 Incentive Program (NEW!)
The De Anza College Distance Learning Center (DLC) has a new incentive program for faculty. If you attended the March 5 (Winter 2014) or June 11 (Spring 2014) Effective Practices Showcase, or if you attend a Showcase this 2014-15 year, you're eligible! See this flyer for more detail. For more information or to sign up, please contact Dave.
Consult these online tutorial pages any time for instructions on performing common tasks in Catalyst.
Contact David Garrido for faculty training and support questions or to sign up for workshops. Email him at email@example.com or call 408.864.8970.
Building: MLC 250