Instructional Design News

Bianca Rowden-Quince & Andrea Fuentes - March 2023

Course Shell Conversation: Tuesday, April 4, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

The look, the feel, and the sequence of course shells are important elements of student that support engagement. Join CTTL Instructional Designers to talk about Canvas Course Shells. Get some tips to get ready for next summer or fall, or snag some cool templates. Drop in on Zoom or in 5-134.

Want to know more? Read the article, Benefits of implementing Course Templates in Your Department.

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Revisiting HOW and WHY to Humanize Courses

When we teach online, it is easy to think of students simply as names on a screen. But our students are capable, resilient human beings. Learn more about fostering that human connection and addressing emotional isolation in this post-pandemic world with this quick read from Michelle Pacansky-Brock. And if you want to dive deeper, feel to reach out to Andrea or Bianca.

@One Article - How and why to Humanize your Course


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Brand Identity: How to be the Brand Students Remember (March 23, 8-10 AM)

CVC/@ONE is offering a free webinar series introducing video tools and demonstrate how they are supporting equitable teaching and learning at a distance across the state. After looking through the offerings, we suggest the session on Brand Identity as it is a good pair for the humanizing course considerations.

Are you an educator who values creativity in teaching, networking, and empowering students through effective communication? Then this session is for you! LaTonya Washington will demystify what personal branding is, how it can work for you, and provide techniques and resources to support your goals.

Thursday, 03/23/2023 8-10 AM Registration Link

Self-Paced Microcourses Just for You

Can you set aside an hour or so to dive into quality instruction? Would you like the chance to learn in small doses on your own time? SMCCD’s Instructional Designers have worked together to create short, self–paced learning modules in Canvas.

Learners will receive a badge and credit for flex hours.

Self-Enroll any time and explore at your own pace! You can choose from:

Questions? Contact Bianca Rowden-Quince or Andrea Fuentes.


Video recordings, articles, templates and materials are available in the CTTL Faculty Repository for topics you may want to explore.