eLearning Blog

New Workshop highlight: Course Design for Integrating Online Technology into your F2F course

One of our exciting new workshops for this May/June is called Course Design for Integrating Online Technology into your Face-to-face Course.  The description of this workshop goes something like this:

In this workshop we will showcase and discuss examples of how various online tools (including those in D2L) have been integrated successfully into face-to-face courses. Bring your questions, and your own examples to share with the group.

This workshop is for you if you are thinking about adding some D2L component(s) to supplement or enhance your face-to-face course, but aren’t sure where to begin.  Or if you have already started using D2L for some things, but aren’t sure where to go from where you are.  It’s also for you if you are wondering what kind of online tools, aside from D2L, might support your students in achieving specific course outcomes, or if you are looking for new ways to deliver some of the activities in your course.

Come with your questions and ideas, and be ready for a dynamic discussion and showcase of examples for you to try out!  Note that examples and (information) will be posted on our D2L Community of Practice site which you will be given access to after attending the session.

To register for this, or any of our other workshops running this May/June, go to http://web.camosun.ca/cetl/de-workshops.

D2L Tip of the week: The D2L On-Demand Training course

If you are a Camosun faculty member using D2L to support your course, you can get help using D2L tools anytime you need it.  Just log into D2L (http://online.camosun.ca) and look at the My Courses widget on the My Home page.  Click on the Student button (see below), and you will see our D2L v10.3 On-Demand Training course site.

My Home - Accessing On-Demand Training site

In the D2L v10.3 On-Demand Training course site, you will find videos and documentation giving step-by-step instructions on how to use all the tools in D2L.  To find these videos, click on the On-Demand Training Tools drop-down menu, and select Training Videos (see below).  Then explore.

Finding On-Demand Training Videos

Remember, we still recommend that you attend our D2L workshops or arrange for a one-on-one consult to learn the tips and tricks for using D2L and its various tools.  But the On-Demand Training course is great when you need a quick reminder of how to use a tool at 2:00 am when there is no one around to help you!

Note that if you do NOT see the D2L v10.3 On-Demand Training course in the My Courses widget, contact desupport@camosun.ca, and you will be set up with access.

Drop-in Sessions reminder for this week

Don’t forget our Instructional Design drop-ins this week.   Come with your questions to CC235 (Interurban) on Tuesday from 12-1, or to LLC156 (Lansdowne) from 12-1 on Wednesday.

Planning your SD for May and June?  We will be available during the drop-in sessions to help you determine which DE Spring workshops will benefit you the most.

Not available on these days/times?  No problem.  Email desupport@camosun.ca to get linked up with an instructional designer for a one-on-one consult at a time that works for you.

Spring Workshop Series open for Registration


The Distributed Education Spring 2015 Workshop Series is up and open for registration!

The Distributed Education (DE) Workshop Series is designed to assist faculty (beginner to advanced) with incorporating various educational technologies (including Desire2Learn (D2L) and Camtasia) into their teaching.  Make sure to register for the session(s) you would like to attend (click on the links below to view the sessions, and then on the Register Here button at the bottom of the page) so that we can notify you if there is a room change or cancellation.

Note:  This schedule is subject to change.  Please check back to confirm dates, times and locations for the workshops.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Contact DE Support (desupport@camosun.ca) to book a consult with an Instructional Designer.

Go to DE Workshop Series – Spring 2015 for more information, and to register.

Planning for SD?

Are you planning for SD?  Wondering what Distributed Education will be offering this Spring and what to attend?  Come to a planning information session and plan your SD with DE!

Description:  Designed for both experienced and new instructors, these information sessions will help you determine which sessions in the Distributed Education Workshop Series in May/June will benefit you the most.

No need to register – just come on out, and someone will be there to help you! If you do have any questions, or if these days/times don’t work for you, contact Emily Schudel at schudele@camosun.ca.

Dates and Locations:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 12:00-1:00pm, LLC156 Lansdowne Campus
  • Wednesday March 4, 12:00-1:00pm, CC235 Interurban Campus
  • Tuesday, March 10, 12:00-1:00pm, LLC156 Lansdowne Campus
  • Wednesday March 11, 12:00-1:00pm, CC235 Interurban Campus

Community of Practice on Teaching and Learning Using Online Technologies

Announcing a new Community of Practice (CoP) at Camosun College:  Community of Practice on Teaching and Learning using Online Technologies.

This peer-based Community of Practice (CoP) is for faculty and other members of the Camosun community interested in using online tools (including, but not restricted to, Desire2Learn) to enhance their face-to-face teaching, to teach blended courses, or to teach fully online.  This CoP will provide a forum for us to share questions, experiences, best practices, and lessons learned associated with the use of online technologies in teaching.  The agenda for our gatherings will be driven by members’ needs, interests and questions.

The CoP on Teaching and Learning Online will be enhanced with a D2L course site designed to provide a space for participants to discuss their practice outside of the face-to-face community, as well as a place to share ideas and resources with a broader community of practitioners.

(from http://web.camosun.ca/cetl/content/current-communities-practice)

For more information on this CoP, or to find out how to get involved in any of the many Communities of Practice at Camosun College, go to http://web.camosun.ca/cetl/content/communities-practice.

Introduction to BC’s Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG)

I just thought I would make a plug for BC’s Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG), because not everyone knows about it even though it’s been around for 20 years (and I’m on the Steering Committee, so I am always trying new ways to get the word out!)

To quote ETUG’s website:

The Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) is a community of BC post-secondary educational practitioners focused on the ways in which learning and teaching can be enhanced through technology. Our community is diverse and members include:

  • post-secondary professional staff (e.g. instructional designers, media developers, technical support)
  • instructors and learners
  • academic and technology administrators

ETUG runs two face to face workshops a year, and also runs numerous online events related to teaching and learning with technology throughout the year.

To find out more about ETUG and what it can offer you, go to http://etug.ca/

Last 2 weeks for January workshops

You can still register for workshops for January!  

The DE Workshop Series is designed to assist faculty (beginner to advanced) with incorporating various educational technologies (including Desire2Learn (D2L) and Camtasia) into their teaching.

Go to Winter 2015 Distributed Education Workshop Series to check out the remaining offerings for this January.

We also offer Instructional Design drop-in sessions every week.  This fall, our drop-ins are as follows:

Interurban Campus: Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00pm (January 7 – April 8) – CETL Lab, CC235

Lansdowne Campus: Every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm  (January 6-April 7) – Teaching and Learning Centre Training Room (LLC156).  Please bring your laptop if you have one.

Days and times don’t work for you?  No problem.  We are happy to design customized sessions for you, for you and your colleagues, or even for your Program or School.  Simply contact desupport@camosun.ca to request an instructional design consult.

We look forward to working with you this Winter!

Welcome to Distributed Education at Camosun College

Welcome to Distributed Education at Camosun College.  We will be using this blog site to keep you up to date on the latest updates for Desire2Learn, and also on updates on training and workshop sessions for Distributed Education.

You can also visit our website at:  http://web.camosun.ca/cetl/distributed-education