WVC Online News – September/October 2022

In This Issue
  • Adding Pizzazz to Canvas Pages
  • WVC POCR (Peer Online Course Review) program
  • Congratulations to Faculty Winners WVC IFF-y Awards
  • WTF - Webinars and Trainings for Faculty
    • Friday WOWs (WVC Online Workshops)
    • @ONE webinars and courses

Adding Pizzazz in Canvas Pages

Now that you are comfortable with Canvas, it’s time to have some fun and create Canvas pages that POP! All it takes is learning a bit of html and cutting and pasting into the Canvas Rich Content Editor (RCE) while in html mode.

For more on how to do this, visit the HTML Coding Snippets module in the WVC Online Faculty Resources Canvas course shell. For access to this Canvas shell, email wvc.onlineFREEWEST_VALLEY%20

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WVC POCR Program

Congratulations to Jess Lerma (ENGL 001A), Syl Arena (ARTS 062C) and Laura Plunkett (MATH 010), and their faculty partners Tejal Naik, Serkuang Chen and Andrew Cardamone for transforming three online asynchronous courses to meet the high standards of online course design, the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric.

As the first group in the WVC POCR (Peer Online Course Review) program, these courses were taken through a rigorous year-long process of review and revision. The courses will be submitted to @ONE for review to earn a “Quality Reviewed” badge on the CVC Exchange, where the courses will be featured with higher priority.

Why Align Your Course to the CVC Rubric?

Aligning your course translates to improved student success; Quality-Badged courses produce student success rates 4.9% rates higher than the statewide average for online courses! The CVC Rubric covers best practices in content presentation, student and instructor interaction, assessments, and accessibility, plus our local review will provide guidance and feedback on equity practices -- all proven course design features that support students’ success in your courses.

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Winners of WVC IFFy Awards

In Spring 2022, the inaugural WVC Faculty Instructional Film Festival was live-streamed on April 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. This interactive event showcased 20+ instructional videos that display the creativity of our WVC faculty. Here are the winners!

  • “COMM 020 Excerpt” by Jared Fujishin, Communication Studies
  • “Narrative Exercise” by William Clay, Theater Arts
  • “Welcome to Semester” by Leslie Hotta, Child Studies
  • “Welcome to Library Services” by Susan Ma, Library
  • “Celery Juice Experiment” by Laura Plunkett, Math

You can also view all of the submissions on the Faculty Instructional Film Festival Program page. You’ll see we’ve got some really creative colleagues!

Webinars and Trainings for Faculty
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Do you need training to satisfy the requirement to teach online/hybrid? Per the WVMFT faculty contract, faculty scheduled to teach an online or hybrid course must either have:

Faculty teaching online (synchronous and asynchronous), hybrid or hyflex in Spring 2022 must have met the course requirement outlined in Article 51.

Friday WOWs (WVC Online Workshops)
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Back by popular demand, the WVC Friday Wows (WVC Online Workshops) will be on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

All WOWs are held via Zoom, and recordings of the sessions can be found in the WVC Online Faculty Resources Canvas course shell. Contact the WVC%20Online%20Team if you’d like to be added to this Canvas course!

To register for upcoming Friday WOWs, go to the Vision Resource Center available in the WVC Portal! You may find this VRC Tutorial helpful.

Topic Dates Cost
*Introduction to Teaching with Canvas September 10 – October 8
October 29 – November 26
*Introduction to Course Design September 24 – October 22 $85
*Introduction to Asynchronous Online Teaching and Learning October 22 – November 19 $85
Introduction to Live Online Teaching and Learning October 22 – November 5 $45
Equity and Culturally Responsive Online Teaching October 1 – October 29 $85
Creating Accessible Course Content November 5 – December 3 $85
10-10-10 Communication that Matters October 8 – November 5 $85
Assessment in Digital Learning October 15 – November 12 $85
Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning November 5 – December 3 $85
NEW! Advanced Techniques with Canvas September 24 – October 22 $85
Equitable Grading Strategies October 8 – November 5
November 5 – December 3
* Online Teaching & Design September 10 – December 3
September 24 – December 17

Courses with * qualify for Article 51 training requirement. To register for a course or for more info on courses, go to the @ONE course catalog.

@ONE also offers several FREE self-paced courses too!

  • Accessibility Basics
  • Accessibility in Canvas
  • Intro to Designing for Accessibility
  • Microsoft Word: Accessibility
  • PDF: Accessibility
  • Powerpoint: Accessibility
  • Videocaptioning: Accessibility:
  • Popetech Instructor Accessibility Guide
  • Introduction to Alternate Media

Contact the WVC Online Team

Max Gault

Max Gault

Academic Affairs
Instructional Technology Analyst

(408) 741-2627
Fox 214

Jennifer Keh

Jennifer Keh

Language Arts, Social Science and WVC Online

(408) 741-2592

Whitney Clay

Whitney Clay

West Valley College Online
Instructional Designer

(408) 741-2619
Language Arts and Social Science 1B

Janis Kea

Janis Kea

Professor, Economics

(408) 741-2538

WVC Online Faculty Resources Canvas Group

The WVC Online Faculty Resources Canvas course shell also has the video recordings of previous Friday WOWs, with links to resources that were shared at each session. If you don’t see this course on your Canvas Dashboard, just email the WVC%20Online%20team so that we can add you into the course shell.

To join 290+ of your colleagues in this Canvas group and access the collection of resources curated specifically for WVC instructors, email wvc.onlineFREEWEST_VALLEY

Last Updated 9/9/22