Monday, September 29, 2008

Just In Time!

If you weren't able to join us for Ralph Newby's Webinar on Podcasting or if you were there and now can't wait to try it, check out this great tutorial and resource that Lisa Marie Johnson created for us on using Gabcast. You can check it out directly from here or visit the information on the wiki .

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fall Session 2 Rosters available

Your Fall session 2 class rosters are now available.

Please go here,

Login using your SID and Vista Password.

After logging in please click on "Online Roster"

You can find student e-mail addresses on the roster. Please remember that most colleges have moved to the system e-mail address for students, so we are dependent on students remembering to check their system e-mail account or forward that account to another external e-mail address.

Please contact myself or Frank Vazquez,, if you have any trouble accessing your roster.


Webinar Training Today!

Join us for the Cast Away! Podcasting Webinar today!

Session is scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2008 and will be facilitated by CCCOnline's very own Ralph Newby! The session's focus in on tools and best practices for getting started with podcasting in your course.

FRIDAY, September 26, 2008 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Mountain)
Click here to access the session (opens Elluminate).
OR, access from the FRCC Elluminate page by going to the following link and clicking on the date: September 26, 2008:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Look - Another Survey!

As part of the revision of the Colorado Model Content Standards the Colorado Department of Education is seeking broad input from various constituencies to better understand how stakeholders perceive the definitions of 21st Century Skills and Abilities, School Readiness, Postsecondary Readiness, and Workforce Readiness.

The Colorado Model Content Standards exist for each Core Academic Discipline: Civics, Dance, Economics & Financial Literacy, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading & Writing, Science, Theatre, Visual Arts, and World Language.

It is important that community colleges provide input to CDE on these 3/4 important considerations. Please help CDE define what skills and abilities must be included in the revision of Colorado’s Model Content Standards.

Please go to: and complete the short survey (it takes about 5 minutes). The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2008.

Thank you-

Dr. Geri J. Anderson


Colorado Community College System


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Student Authentication Webcast

Rhonda Epper is moderating a webcast on Student Authentication today at noon. Unfortunately schools only get one hook-up each, so to watch you have to join us at the Lowry offices for a brown-bag lunch. (I guess that isn't really an "unfortunately". We're generally polite to guests.....)

From Rhonda:

FYI -- This webcast is on the Student Authentication provisions of the Higher Ed Act. We will have it showing in the CCCOnline conference room at noon tomorrow (Wednesday).
Rhonda M. Epper
Co-Executive Director, Learning Technology
Colorado Community College System
9026 E. Severn Place, Building 967
Denver, CO 80230
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CDE Needs Our Help

The Colorado Department of Education needs our assistance! CDE is currently accepting applications from Colorado citizens to review P-12 academic standards in Mathematics, Reading & Writing, Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Science, Economics & Financial Literacy, Civics, History, Geography, World Language, and Physical Education. Each committee will be about 18-23 in size. In order for the review to be successful, CDE will need demographic and ethnic diversity. Each committee will meet four times and more in virtual space, if needed. Unlike previous reviews this review will evaluate gaps based upon a completed analysis, international benchmarking, grade articulations and 21st century skills.

This is an exciting time for education in Colorado and we need the participation of the community college faculty and administrators to craft the educational standards for the next generation of students! Please encourage faculty and staff –especially our rural colleges—to access the online application at The deadline to receive applications has been extended to September 29, 2008.

Answers from CDE to Frequently Asked Questions:

Notification: Applicants will be notified of their status by October 24, 2008.

Time Commitment:
Depending on the content area, we anticipate holding 3 to 5 full-day meetings on Saturdays over the next year. There will also be necessary “homework” in preparation for each meeting. Meeting dates will be determined once subcommittees are formed. Phase I to begin this Fall will include Reading/Writing, Music, Mathematic, and Science. Phase II will begin in January 2009 will include Civics, History, Geography, Financial Literacy & Economics, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Art. Phase III will begin in March 2009 will include World Language and Physical Education.

Meeting Locations: Meetings will be held Statewide based on the level of participation from each region. Locations will be announced once subcommittee members have been selected.

Reimbursements: While service on these subcommittees is voluntary, CDE will reimburse subcommittee members for mileage to and from each scheduled meeting.

If you have additional questions, please email Angela Norlander at

Thank you so much for getting the “word” out- CDE is especially in need of reviewers for the arts (theater and dance), social studies (civics and geography), physical education and world languages.


Dr. Geri J. Anderson
Colorado Community College System

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Register today for the Faculty Conference!

Come Celebrate the Harvest with us at the CCCOnline Faculty Conference on October 17th at Arapahoe Community College.

Check out the day's schedule of action packed presentations and get directions at the CCCOnline Faculty Wiki. We have some great door prizes including software from Softchalk and Techsmith.

Registration is now available on our wiki, or you can access our registration page directly at When filling out the form, please note that your name and affiliation on your name badge will appear exactly as you enter it in the form. Please put your school affiliation in the place of "Company".

I look forward to seeing you all there! Please contact me with questions at .

Monday, September 15, 2008

Upcoming Training Opportunity

Believe it or not Fall of 2008 is already here! Our Faculty Conference is just around the corner, and this month we have a training credit opportunity on Podcasting with CCCOnline's very own Ralph Newby. The session's focus is on tools and best practices for getting started with podcasting in your course.

Joing us for our Cast Away! Podcasting Webinar on Friday, September 26, 2008 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Mountain) Click here to access the session (opens Elluminate).
OR, access from the FRCC Elluminate page by going to the following link and clicking on the date: September 26, 2008:

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Course Designer Position

Hi Everyone-
We have a course designer position open at CCCOnline. If you have questions that are not answered below contact

Course Designer

The Colorado Community College System is the state’s largest system of higher education, comprising 13 state community colleges, career/technical programs in more than 150 school districts, and program oversight for seven other post secondary institutions. Each college offers a blend of core courses for the university-bound as well as career programs that meet local employers’ needs. Our high school programs are designed to increase the number of qualified entry-level and skilled workers for the Colorado economy. Altogether, we serve over 117,000 for-credit students per year. CCCOnline also serves secondary and continuing-ed constituents, increasing the total number of students served. We are a national model for utilizing advanced technology to deliver state-of-the-art academic and career education across the entire secondary through post-secondary continuum.

Job Summary:

This position reports to the Director of Instructional Design. Provide support to faculty in the development and maintenance of online courses and the redesign of existing online courses for CCCOnline. Consult with faculty or other educators regarding development and delivery of educational and/or curricular materials for effective online courses. Develop appropriate instructional materials through interaction with faculty in both one to one sessions and via faculty development workshops.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Membership in CCCOnline Design Team. 

  • Assist faculty in the development of new courses. 

  • Assist faculty in the redesign of current courses. 

  • Communicate with designers and faculty through the design/development process
  • Collaborate with designers and faculty through the design/development process
  • Manage course-development project processes between faculty and chairs
  • Monitor courses for accessibility standards to ensure quality
  • Participate in training faculty when necessary
  • Develop instructional and presentation materials.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s of Art degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field (e.g. instructional design, multimedia, web design).
  • A minimum of one year of experience with online courses .
  • A minimum of one year of experience working with faculty, preferably at a distance (online or hybrid setting).
  • A minimum of one year of experience working with HTML and CSS standards and protocols.
  • Experience working with computers and the internet.
  • Knowledge of the BlackBoard© Vista learning management system, or another LMS
  • Knowledge of the following software applications; Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver or other web-design software, and various assessment applications (e.g., Respondus, ExamView, etc.)
  • Knowledge of graphics programs; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or alternative software.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Motivated and self-directed to work with multiple projects and people simultaneously
Preferred Qualifications:
  • One year of experience teaching online in a post-secondary setting.
  • Experience in working with faculty developing online courses.
  • Experience in working with and developing educational materials and various online applications.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $38,000-$42,000 annually
Excellent Benefit Package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement.

Application Process:

Submit a current resume, list of three professional references and your three most recent supervisors, copies of your transcripts (unofficial are acceptable as part of the application process – official copies will be required prior to hire) and cover letter addressing the position requirements to:

Fax: 303-620-4030

Or mail to:
Director of Human Resources
Colorado Community College System
9101 E. Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications as related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer - The Colorado Community College System is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of the ADA. Written inquiries may be referred to the Director of Affirmative Action, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230-6011, or by phone at 303-620-4000.

Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

This position may require irregular hours, including nights and weekends, as well as working more than eight (8) hours per day at certain times.

Candidates must successfully pass a criminal background check prior to hire.

Dupe Process

We are initiating a few small changes on the process for your receiving new sections for Fall 2. As you know, when a course has been requested by your chair, it goes through several steps in creating the course and assigning the content, but it ends with an email to you notifying you of its availability. This email has changed now to include some further instructions. Please read it and follow those instructions.
Basically, you will have a place to track your sections through the process and let both your chair and AT know when you have verified that you got the correct course and then also when you are ready for the semester. This should help increase communication at all levels. So, please do read the email notice as they come along between now and the beginning of the semester. It will provide you with a URL where you can login with your S# and password to view further instructions. Eventually, we will be combining various instructor logins for dupe, roster, surveys, etc to make it easier for you to keep track. For now, the email will be your reminder of where to go to provide needed feedback.
The emails and courses will start appearing over the next few days and continue until the beginning of class on September 29.
David Chatham
Dean of Academic Technology

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Call for Proposals ends Sept 12th

Hi Everyone,
As the weather begins to signal fall is here, I am getting very excited about the once a year opportunity we have to collaborate and see my colleagues in person. You may have seen our call for proposals but wondered what you could present on...well I know many of you are doing wonderful things in your online classrooms, and we want to hear about them.

Are you creating or using study aides? Podcasts? Blogs? Have you rewritten assessments to better meet outcomes? Are you having students generate content for your course? Are you using new resources like Elluminate or other synchronous tools, Web 2.0 technology or Open Content? Is there one thing you've tried this year that really had an impact on student learning or your teaching? Do you have a lot of experience managing student personalities or your own on line? Whether these or other techniques you've tried succeeded or failed, you have knowledge we want you to share with us in a 45 minute session or round table discussion!

I know that you are cutting edge and creative, share your secrets and experiences with us. The first step is to mark your calendar for OCT 17th, at Arapahoe Community College, then submit your proposal . The last day to submit proposals is September 12th, I can't wait to hear from you!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Reporting No-shows

Dear CCCOnline Faculty;

Welcome to Fall Semester!

We have a new procedure this term for reporting students who are “no-shows” and are asking for your assistance in identifying and reporting “no show” students in your courses.

A “no-show” student is any student who has not yet logged into their course or communicated with you in some way, either through e-mail, phone or in the course itself before September 9. If a student has logged into your course once but made no postings, either through e-mail or discussions, or submitted no assignments or other course work, they can be considered a “no-show”. If you have any questions about the status of a particular student, please feel free to contact me.

The deadline for reporting “no-show” students is September 9, 2008.

Once you have reported a student as a “no-show”, they may be dropped from your course, however, not all colleges drop “no-show” students, so some students may remain on your roster. These students will need to be given an appropriate grade, probably an “F”, at the end of the term.

To report a student as a “no-show”, please follow the steps below.

  1. Go to your class roster here,
  2. Enter your Username and Password (the same you use for logging into Vista)
  3. Select the course from the list (if a course is missing, please contact Frank Vazquez at
  4. Find the correct student
  5. Place a check in the box under the “No Show” column, there is no “submit” button, you can just check the box
  6. Return to the home page to select another course is appropriate

This information will be reported to the student’s home college.

**Some colleges will then drop the students, but not all colleges drop no-show students, so some students may remain on your roster.

If a student comes back after you have reported them, just send me an e-mail and I will update the student’s record.

Thank you for your time and your support!!

John H Schmahl

Director, Student Services