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Collected by Pat James with thanks to Michelle Pakansky-Brock


















Welcome to the Resource Site for Effective Practices in
Online Teaching and Learning brought to you by @ONE!

The resources contained in this site are offered to assist you in becoming an exceptional online teacher. We, at @ONE, hope you will find them useful! The resources are organized at the left of this screen as follows:

swirlPolicies:Items you need to have in place when your course opens on day one; policies that will keep you sane; how to plan a learning unit, etc.
swirlPlanning:Information that is important to teaching online in California Community colleges
swirlCourse Design: This page provides information about structure and some links to check-lists and rubrics that will help you consider your course design.
Communication: Writing effective discussion questions, using email wisely, student blogs, etc.
swirlTools: Here you will find links and descriptions of a variety of free or low cost web tools that you can use to create content for your course and links to many other resources that are helpful to online teaching and learning
swirlProjects: Listed here are a variety of CCC and other initiatives devoted to your success as an instructor.

What does it mean to be an online instructor for the California Community Colleges?

In the California Community College system, almost every student who applies, is admitted to college. Many of our students are well prepared and take to our courses easily, however, many others are either returning to update old or gain new skills or are first-time college students. As we teach them the content of our disciplines, we also teach them how to be successful students. There is no other place where that is more apparent than in the online environment. As a CCC online instructor, you have a great responsibility and opportunity to provide students with both content of your course and with a solid model of the online learning paradigm.

What and how students learn from you will establish their success in achieving whatever goals they have established. With that in mind, pay close attention to the design of your course, make sure someone who is not familiar with your course checks it for usability before you offer it to students, keep up with technology updates and with new tools that may make your content more accessible and comprehensible.