New version of Catalyst starting Fall 2013
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.
Beginning in Fall 2013, we will implement a new version of the software on which Catalyst is based, namely Moodle. All classes using Catalyst from Fall on will use version 2.3 of Moodle. Classes in Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 will continue to use the current version of Catalyst (i.e. Moodle 1.9).
Training during the transition from Moodle 1.9 to 2.3 will be different than usual:
- VERSION 1.9: In May, there will be one more full set of training workshops for version 1.9 for those faculty who must use Catalyst for the first time this summer.
- VERSION 2.3: In June, there will be one full set of training workshops for version 2.3 for those faculty who will begin using Catalyst in the fall.
- WHAT'S NEW: From late May onward, there will be What's New in Catalyst workshops to show faculty who are already trained in the use of Catalyst what is different in the new version everyone will be using starting this fall.
- Catalyst Open Lab Hour: From June onward, Dave will be available for drop-in questions and assistance in MLC 243 at specified times (individual appointments are also available).
So, what should I sign up for?
- New to Catalyst, must use it Summer 2013: May Catalyst Basic and Assessment workshops
- New to Catalyst, can wait until Fall 2013 or later: June or later Catalyst Basic and Assessment workshops
- Experienced with Catalyst: What's New in Catalyst workshop
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 course any time. Please contact David Garrido (email@example.com 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 (current version for Summer 2013)
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Part I: Online Teaching with Catalyst Basic (new version for Fall 2013 onward)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 2:30 PM - 4:30 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 (current version for Summer 2013)
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Part II: Catalyst Assessment Tools (new version for Fall 2013 onward)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 2:30 PM - 4:30 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.
What's New in Catalyst
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday, June 14, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
This two-hour workshop for experienced Catalyst users will show the new features Catalyst will gain in the fall including drag-and-drop file transfers and conditional release activities.
Catalyst Open Lab Hour
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday, June 21, 2013, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
You don't need an appointment--just drop by and talk with Dave about the new version of Catalyst, the transition, changes to your classes, or anything else related to Catalyst. You're always free to schedule an individual appointment as well (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8970).
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. DVD's of 2011-2012 presentations are available in the Distance Learning Center from David Garrido (email@example.com or 408.864.8970). Live presentations will resume in the fall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 408.864.8970.