July 17-19
Pasadena, CA

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Pre Conference Workshops

Monday, June 17, 2019 | Hilton Anaheim

Scroll down for details and descriptions of our Pre-Conference Workshop offerings.

Click here for WORKSHOP REGISTRATION (from this link, you can register for the workshops listed below as well as regular conference).

Need to request funding approval from your college or institution? Download, customize and submit the OTC’19 Attendance Justification Letter.

Full-day Workshops
Distance Education Coordinators Retreat
8:00am – 4:30pm
By invitation only

Includes breakfast and lunch

Retreat attendance is free, but is limited to CCC DECO members. Individual membership is $25 per year. Institutional membership is $100 for up to 5 people at your institution. In order to become a member, or to renew your membership, please download the 2019-20 Membership Registration Form, complete and return it with payment as indicated.Once your DECO membership fees have been paid, you will receive registration link from DECO and be able to register for the DE Coordinators Retreat event at OTC.Please email membership@cccdeco.org with any questions.NOTE:  DECO membership dues are only required to register for the DE Retreat – it is not required to pay DECO dues in order to register for the conference.

Registration for the conference is open and can be found here: Register for OTC’19.

Accessibility for Canvas and the Online Environment – Beginner Level
Instructors: Liezl Madrona & Sean Keegan
9:00am – 4:00pm

The accessibility of instructional materials is a core principle to supporting diverse learning styles and engaging all students, including students with disabilities. Join us as we discuss best practices and strategies for building accessibility into the online classroom. This workshop will offer participants hands-on activities and address a variety of accessibility topics related to your Canvas course, including the accessibility of documents and media content. Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) and be ready to do some work in your online courses!

$285 (Includes breakfast and lunch)

Advanced Techniques with Canvas – Advanced Level
Instructors: Greg Beyrer & Cheryl Chapman
9:00am – 4:00pm

The course management system is a critical piece of effective online learning, but Canvas can seem like a mystery. This workshop will demystify some of the hidden nooks and crannies of Canvas, and illuminate why effective use of the CMS is correlated with improved student success. We’ll explore strategies for using Canvas tools to support course design, enhance student interaction, and develop robust assessments and activities to support student learning. By the end of the day, you will have a handle on advanced techniques for using modules, adding visual flair using the Rich Content Editor, and managing assessments. Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC).


To Discussions and Beyond! – All Levels
Instructors: Brianna Kuhn and DJ Hawkins
9:00am – 4:00pm

Interaction (or the lack thereof!) can make or break an online class. In this workshop geared for novice-to-intermediate Canvas users, we’ll focus on using the Canvas discussion tool to create engaging discussions with effective and targeted rubrics, but we won’t stop there! We’re headed beyond! We’ll also explore strategies, apps, and tools that can boost student interaction and foster community and critical thinking. Come ready to rock your discussions and send your online class interaction into the stratosphere! Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC).

$285 (Includes breakfast and lunch)

Equity in Online Teaching: Starting with the Syllabus – All Levels
Instructors: Fabiola Torres, Lené Whitley-Putz, and Michelle Pacansky-Brock
9:00am – 4:00pm

Building an equity-minded online course starts from the planning stage! In this workshop, we’ll explore how your teaching presence and course design lay the foundation for an equity-minded course. You’ll have the opportunity to put what we learn into action as you develop an equity-minded syllabus. You’ll leave the workshop with both an online syllabus created with Google Sites ready for your next term’s classes and a pocketful of ideas for incorporating equity throughout your course. Bring your on laptop (Mac or PC).

$285 (Includes breakfast and lunch)

8 Secret Strategies You Didn’t Know About Effective Course Design – All Levels
Instructor: Helen Graves
9:00am – 4:00pm

There’s a direct link between the design of your course and your students’ success. But have you ever thought about how your design methods can impact your experience with the course as well? Using Canvas as our backdrop, this workshop will show you eight sizzling strategies for making your course design faster and easier (and dare we say, more fun!). You’ll leave the day loaded with tips, ideas, and resources for your “instructional design toolbox,” including streamlining your files, getting the most from Canvas’ ability to duplicate items, and branding your course (just to name a few!). Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC).


Half-day Workshops
Cloud 101 for Online Educators – Amazon Web Services (AWS Educate) – Beginner
Instructors: Grant Irons & Mike Berman
9:00am – 12:00pm

What exactly is cloud computing? And how can educators introduce students to the possibilities of cloud technology and the various career opportunities available? This interactive session introduces educators to AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to support cloud learning and workforce development. Educators will have an opportunity for hands-on exploration of various AWS tools and services and self-guided activities, with a focus on integrating them into online teaching environments. Membership and all resources on AWS Educate are provided at no cost to institutions, educators or students. Participants should bring a laptop to this session.

No longer available

LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com Content: Enhancing Your Teaching and Learning Strategies – All Levels
Instructors: Laurie Burruss and Ryan Zervakos
9:00am – 12:00pm

In this half-day workshop, explore how faculty are using Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning to:

    • Build their professional development and teaching skills,
    • Complement their teaching and learning with the Lynda.com Online Video Library,
    • Gain insights into how we learn and how to teach our students to learn as they prepare for 21st century career readiness.

The first hour focuses on the content that supports the professional development of any online teacher; the second hour explores how to create and share playlists for learning paths that culminate in badges. collections focused on careers, and enhanced project-based learning; the third hour takes a deep dive into the neuroscience learning – how we learn and how to teach your students to learn. Utilizing LinkedIn’s data insights allows the instructor to maximize students’ transition from school, to graduation, to the workplace. It’s all about using their LinkedIn Profiles to serve as a lifelong learning portfolio! Bring your laptop, tablet or phone.

$185 (Includes breakfast)

Prep, Shoot, Edit! Learn how to Create Video with Tools you Already Have (Single Camera Use) – All Levels
Instructor: Chris Brown
9:00am – 12:00pm

Creating videos does not have to be difficult or complicated. All you need to get you started is a device with video capabilities (mobile, DSLR or hand-held camera). Attend this pre-conference workshop and learn how to prep, shoot, and edit video using simple techniques and tools you already have! Lighting, microphones, storytelling, backgrounds, scripts, and simple edits are some of the topics we’ll discuss. Walk away from this workshop inspired to easily and inexpensively create video for your classes, students or any audience.  Bring your own device.

$185 (Includes breakfast)

The Canvas Success Resolution – Using Canvas Assignment, Grades and Rubric Tools – Beginner to Intermediate Level
Instructor: Eric Wilson
9:00am – 12:00pm

Canvas has a suite of tools to help bring success and satisfaction to your course. Those tools are Assignments, Quizzes, Grades, and Rubrics/Outcomes. In Canvas lingo, Assignments are anything that is measurable. In this workshop, you will learn how to make assignments for projects, online graded discussions, and different quizzes practices (including Proctorio). The on-going updates of Canvas Grades make grading assignments snap, super comfortable with a variety of handy built-in tools. Also, you will learn how to use the SpeedGrader, which is an amazing online interactive grade system, allowing you to mark, comment and score essays, term papers, and projects. Canvas Outcomes and Rubric system will enable you to make various kinds of rubrics, which can be used repeatedly or for specific assignments. Many four-year colleges use rubric systems more than ever. Canvas simplifies the process. Finally, learn how you collect analysis from the tasks and how to comply with ADA laws.

$185 (Includes breakfast)

Live Mobile Video Production – A Production Studio in a Backpack (A Hands-On Experience) – All Levels
Instructor: Joseph Parente
1:00pm – 4:00pm

There are many ways to use single cameras and iOS smartphones as recording devices where the material is later edited. It is also possible, in some cases, to livestream a single camera or iOS device. However, there are many situations that call for multiple cameras being live switched for either recording or live streaming. This workshop will demonstrate some of the solutions which are used for recording and streaming of multiple cameras and iOS devices when a single camera is not enough. This workshop is designed to show a simple setup and things that can be done to expand that set up. Yes, a full production studio that can fit in a backpack, yet have the production capabilities of a studio costing many thousands of dollars. This workshop will allow participants to have hands on experience with these solutions and take part in a live “studio” broadcast. Bring your laptop, tablet and/or phone.Who should attend?

  1. Educators responsible for staff Professional Development.
  2. Educators who use video as part of their Hybrid Classes.
  3. Educators who are looking for creative ways to assess student learning.

$185 (Includes lunch)

TechConnect Services that Support Student, Faculty and Staff Throughout the CCC System at No Cost!  – All Levels
Instructors: Heather Schmidt, Donna Gustafson & Mirla Garcia
1:00pm – 4:00pm

This workshop will provide a demonstration of the features and benefits of CCC TechConnect (a grant-funded project of the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office that provides technology services at no cost to CCC faculty and staff). You will learn more about using 3C Media Solutions to create your own video repository and how to use the Canvas LTI to embed your videos in your course. Additionally we will provide hands-on training for ConferZoom enabling you to easily host online course, record lectures, and hold online office hours. Our Appointment Booking feature makes it easy to schedule sessions, show you how to use the Canvas LTI for ConferZoom. Participants will need to bring their own device for this workshop. Audience: This workshop is specifically for faculty and staff from the California Community College System.

$185 (Includes lunch)

Zero Textbook Cost Degrees: Pathways to Student Equity and Achievement  – All Levels
Instructors: Una Daly, Kelsey Smith, James Glapa-Grossklag, Ron Oxford & Liz Yata
1:00pm – 4:00pm

The high cost of textbooks is a well-documented barrier to student success with a disproportionately adverse effect on traditionally underrepresented students. Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degrees provide a complete pathway of classes where textbooks have been replaced with open educational resources (OER) or zero cost materials which can save students up to 25% of the cost of degree completion. This workshop will cover the basics of OER and zero cost materials, and how to plan for implementing ZTC degrees, including links to Student Equity and Achievement efforts on your campus. You will also learn about open licensing and searching for OER. Select case studies will be shared about the 28 California Community Colleges who are currently implementing ZTC degrees. Bring your own laptop (OER search and Vision Resource Center browsing).

$185 (Includes lunch)

Workshop SPECIAL!
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile – All Levels
Instructors: Laurie Burruss and Ryan Zervakos
2:30pm – 4:00pm

Whether you’re just starting out, or well on your way, your professional portfolio is key to new opportunities – giving you credibility, building your professional network, and driving your voice among educators. Join this session, to explore the 6 simple steps to “rock your profile.”Develop a stellar LinkedIn profile with skills and accomplishments that represent you, what you stand for and what you are passionate about. Grow your professional skills, build your online brand, and publish your thoughts, research, and views. Bring your laptop, tablet or phone.

$99 (No meal included)

Click here for WORKSHOP REGISTRATION (from this link, you can register for the  workshops listed above as well as regular conference).

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