I hope most of you have had a chance to log in to the new portal for CCCOnline. A complaint we received frequently from faculty was that, while we have a lot of information available for you, that information was scattered across too many locations. The portal has given us an accessible place to organize everything you need. Please let me know if something is missing or on a tab within the portal that is not relatively intuitive.
As part of this effort we have also set up a cccs.edu email address for each of you. The email is accessible from the portal (and from the web in general). This email address will give you a way to communicate with your students outside of D2L without involving your personal email addresses. While our preference is to have as much email communication with students as possible occur within D2L we know that isn't possible between terms.
And while I hate to worry overmuch about lawsuits and other student protests we have more students now than in the past and the risk is higher. In those cases it is much better when all communication with students happens on CCCOnline software and servers so that your own personal computers are not at risk in any way. Along those lines, we have also purchased a second tool from Turnitin (the anti-plagiarism company) called Markup. Markup allows you to grade papers online without ever downloading them to your personal computer. Information about Markup is available in the wiki at https://at.ccconline.org/faculty/wiki/Tech_Tools_-_D2L_-_Dropbox#Grade_Dropbox_Folders_with_Online_Markup.3F.
Please take a moment to set up your cccs.edu email address. We will begin to use that address to communicate with you this fall.
Thank you for all of the hard work you do!
Co-Exec. Director, CCCOnlineLisa.Cheney-Steen@cccs.edu