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Creating Online Orientations for Your Campus. Don Nickel October 18, 2007 For audio call Toll Free 1 - 888-886-3951 and use PIN/code 765494. Housekeeping. Maximize your CCC Confer window. Mute your phone (*6) if you have visitors or noise in your office.

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Creating Online Orientations for Your Campus

Don Nickel

October 18, 2007

For audio call Toll Free 1-888-886-3951

and use PIN/code 765494


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  • Online instruction at De Anza College

  • What makes good CMS software

  • What content should be in an orientation to college course

  • COUN 100 tour

  • Considerations and Resources

Who I Am

  • Online Student Services Specialist Counselor

  • COUN 100 Coordinator

  • Teach Coun 100 online each quarter since Fall 2001. Teach C100 in the classroom also.

  • [email protected]

  • 408 864-5423

  • What are your questions?

What About You?

  • How many of you are counselors?

  • How many of you teach online?

  • Does your college offer an online orientation to college course?

  • Are you the one who teaches it?

  • Please ask you questions

Online Instruction at De Anza

  • De Anza has supported WebCT and ETUDES

  • Beginning Fall 2007, De Anza supports only Moodle called Catalyst at De Anza

  • Fall 2007: 67 online courses with 1980 students

  • 96 distance learning courses and 3302 students

Course Management Software

  • Are any significantly better than the others?

  • New versions are released every few years

  • What you like is usually what your college supports and what you get used to

  • Which CMS does your college support and why did it choose that one?

Why WebCT

  • De Anza paid discounted licensing fees; CVC paid for hosting

  • Training was available both at conferences, on campus and online

  • Easier to learn new version than to switch to another CMS

  • Little competition at the time (2001)

Why Moodle

  • Able to customize – called Catalyst at De Anza

  • Ease of Use

  • Open Source (No license fees per student)

  • ADA compliance (better than ETUDES and WebCT)

  • Huge worldwide user base

  • We evaluated many different systems, settling on four finalists:  Moodle, WebCT, ETUDES and Angel. Based on the above factors, and many others, Moodle came out on top!

COUN 100 at De Anza

  • About 100 – 110 sections each year

  • Most F2F; 4-6 online each year

  • Mandatory but not enforced

  • 12 hours long; Pass/NoPass/.5unit

  • College policy and procedures, placement test info, GE patterns, degree options, major selection, transfer requirements and considerations, campus tour, SEP for 1-2 quarters and strategies for registration for new students

  • Information overload!!!

What does a new student need to know?

  • Different colleges have different ideas

  • Many colleges: how to pick classes and register for the upcoming semester

  • How to get on an individual educational track

  • How to find major and GE requirements

  • How to obtain transfer information

  • Some colleges include study skills and college success strategies

  • All faculty would benefit as part of new hire orientation

COUN 100 Online

  • Provides timely information to student and captures the student now. Ex. Offer sections both at beginning and end of quarter.

  • Prevents competition with F2F schedule

  • Traditional distance ed reasons: working student, single parent, rich course content

  • Supports De Anza goal to provide comprehensive online student services

Challenges Unique to Online Instruction

  • More administrative tasks: adding students, forgotten passwords, adjusting the settings – release dates for content and quizzes

  • Sending emails to students: reminder to log into the course and how to log in

  • High attrition rates – even more emails to students

  • Updating course content that changes

  • Learning curves for new CMS versions or switching to another CMS

To log into my online orientation to college course

Go to

Select COUN 100 – Nickel Orientation to College

Username – dnickel

Password – moodle

Will leave open until October 25.

Philosophical Considerations

It is more work to teach (and maintain) a course online than it is to teach in the traditional classroom

Agree or Disagree

Philosophical Considerations

First time college students will benefit more by completing an orientation in a classroom rather than online

Agree or Disagree

Philosophical Considerations

Counselors can make just as effective student connections online versus F2F

Agree or Disagree


  • for information, demo classes and training using Moodle

  • The Moodle Partners are a group of service companies guided by the core developers of Moodle.

  • resources for using Moodle

  • Instructional design for online courses

  • Web accessibility initiative

  • Accessibility color wheel

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