Transitioning to Online Training

Canvasing for Greater Inclusion

Building an Anti-Racist Learning Environment

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will offer videos for you to review at your convenience from July 24 – August 26. He will then offer 2 open space dialogues and coaching sessions from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on August 10th and 27th. These spaces are designed to address any questions, concerns or insights raised from the videos. Additionally, this space is designed to help you feel prepared to start “Canvasing for Greater Inclusion”.

Reviewing the videos are not required for participation in the August coaching and dialogue sessions. However, it will help and inform the space. *Note: Each dialogue session will have a focus, but there will be space during each session for general questions and discussion.

These dialogue sessions are pre-approved for flex if you are scheduled to teach at West Valley in the fall and will earn you up to 2 hours. Once registered, you will receive an invitation to join a Canvas course.

Doing “Self Work”: Developing My Anti-Racist Lens

August 10 Dialogue Session

This session will specifically address what it takes to do the “Self Work” needed to build an Anti-Racist Lens. It will address definitions and language, socialization and present day impact offer raced journey.

Exploring Unconscious Bias and Micro Aggressions

August 27 Dialogue Session

This session will specifically address manifestations of race and racism in the academy. It specifically will explore ways to uncover and explore when unconscious bias is present. It will also offer tools for addressing and recovering from micro aggressions.

WVC Online Academy

We are excited to announce the Fall 2020 WVC Online Academy courses that are being offered fully online in Canvas. Two sessions are now open for registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course focuses on effective practices in online course design. It is a great opportunity to prepare for your fall classes, meet and connect with other faculty, and satisfy the AFT Section 51 one-unit requirement for teaching online/hybrid which will be required of faculty to continue to teach online after Fall 2020.

In Fall 2020, the WVC Online Academy is a three-week asynchronous online course, and there are no required specific days/times that the class meets.

The course will be conducted on the WVC Canvas platform. The course takes a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach, where faculty participants engage in building two course modules (an orientation module and a one content module) using the WVC Canvas Course template and the WVC Accessible Syllabus template. You will utilize Canvas tools, videos, and apps to promote student engagement and student learning, and you will be well on your way to building a course that aligns with the high standards of the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric.

Depending on your skill and knowledge of Canvas, online practices and pedagogy, and tech tools, the course can take anywhere from 30-40 hours (or about 10 – 13 hours each week) to review all reading and video materials, and complete graded assignments and quizzes.

No, the course involves assignments with due dates in order to keep your learning on track. Your facilitators, Janis Kea and Whitney Clay, will be active in their facilitation and available to support you throughout the course.

No letter grades will be given, and only a pass/no pass will be used. Successful completion requires that all assignments and quizzes be completed, and a minimum of 80% of all possible points for the course.

Yes, those who successfully complete the course will be provided with a certificate of completion.

Attached is the section of Article 51 from the AFT contract. The language indicates that the course can be used for PG&D credit, but this needs to be confirmed with the PG&D District Committee.

Training and Support Updates
  • Continue to communicate and over communicate with your students. All Canvas courses now have a link to the West Valley College website. In addition, students can contact Max%20Gault via email to help with any questions they may have
  • Please use our email address, wvc.onlineFREEWEST_VALLEYif you have specific questions or any suggestions for future training.
  • Continue to use your fellow faculty, chairs, and deans as resources.
  • Stay up to date and find resources on the West Valley College COVID-19 page. Don’t forget to share the Quickguide: Student Support for Converting to Online Instruction with your students.
  • The WVC Online team has created a Proctorio module you can import into your course. It contains getting started guides for faculty and students and a practice test you can give to your students so they can get familiar with Proctorio before using it with an official quiz. See video instructions for how to import the Proctorio Information and Practice Test Module into your course in Canvas.
  • Learn how to prevent Zoom Bombings. Please take action on the preventive measures. In addition, you received an email about updating the Zoom application.
  • Thanks to Max Gault, we have integrated Labster into Canvas; Dr. Laura Hyatt has taken the lead to assist faculty with the implementation.
  • Thanks again to Max Gault we have implemented Proctorio into Canvas.
  • The training PowerPoint for the Distance Education (DE) Observation Form is available for review in the DE Observation tab on this page.

Many instructors have never taught online and our trainings have focused on getting started (Level 1). To solidify your knowledge and to take it to the next level, please use the following resources.

How to Sign Up for ConferZoom

If you plan to use ConferZoom, be sure that you have a ConferZoom account and can access it. If you do NOT have a ConferZoom account, register for an account ASAP:

Here's a video on How to Sign Up for ConferZoom

  • To upgrade from a basic account, do one of the following:

Zoom Trainings and Resources

The following videos and documents are designed to help students and teachers get up and running with Zoom.

How to Present a Remote Whiteboard Lecture

Using the Distance Education (DE) Observation Form Presentation

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To support you and your students with the use of Proctorio, the WVC Online team has created a module you can import into your course. It contains getting started guides for faculty and students and a practice test you can give to your students so they can get familiar with Proctorio before using it with an official quiz.

Proctorio Information and Practice Test

View Proctorio Training

Student Equity and Access Issues with Proctorio

Proctorio has limitations that can present serious problems for students:

  • Students cannot take an exam on a phone or tablet. They must use a desktop or laptop. (Chromebooks are OK.)
  • Students need their computer to have a web cam and microphone.
  • Students must use the Chrome browser.
  • Student must install the Proctorio Chrome browser extension.

Faculty need to be prepared to accommodate any student who does not have the proper setup for using Proctorio – this may mean creating an extra copy of your exam in Canvas just for that student.

Last Updated 8/5/20