Distance Education Newsletter

Kapi‘olani Community College | 1 February 2022

Show You Care in February

With Valentine's Day at its heart, February is a great month to show you care. The enforced isolation of the COVID era can be hard to overcome, but what better time to reach out to your students, your colleagues, and your friends & family? Just letting them know that you're thinking of them, that you're invested in them, can make a huge difference.

---Data to Ponder---

Data dimensions, transforming conversations around research and results, wonder, worry, wish.

Answer Your Own Research Questions with the Spring 2022 Enrollment Dashboard.


Online courses had the highest fill rates at KCC for spring 2022, which matches the preferences of our student survey takers in fall.


Want to dive more deeply into a specific subject or course? View the dashboard.

Kapiolani CC spring 2022 enrollment, finalized january 9, 2022.

---Professional Development Opportunities---

TOPP 2022 Is on the Horizon!

Our award-winning Teaching Online Prep Program (TOPP) will return in 2022 in three modules and will be facilitated by your faculty colleagues who are experienced online teachers:


  1. Tech Basics - March 4-18, 2022 (Spring Break)

  2. Course Planning - May 23 to June 3, 2022

  3. Building an Online Classroom - June 6 to July 1, 2022


If you need to sharpen your basic technology skills or design & build an SLO-aligned and engaging online learning space for your students using Laulima and Web 2.0 tools, please join us for one or more TOPP modules! Be on the lookout for announcements regarding registrations in the coming months.

Excellence in Education Is Back! Save the Date!

The UHCC System campuses are banding together to bring back a systemwide day of professional development for all UHCC faculty, staff, and administrators.


Excellence in Education (previously known as HISSI)

March 4, 2022 (Friday)

8:30am - 12pm

Via Zoom


UHCC System professional development sessions will be held in the morning. Some campuses are planning campus-specific activities for the afternoon. Details forthcoming.


Willing to Help? Contact your campus UHCC Professional Development Consortium representative if you are interested in volunteering to be a Zoom Room Host for the workshop sessions. Hosts are highly encouraged to have their own Zoom Pro license and will be responsible for greeting workshop attendees, taking attendance counts, and recording sessions.


Want to present a workshop? Solicitation for Excellence in Education workshops will be sent out this week. Watch the Bulletin!


Questions? Contact your UHCC PD Consortium representative for more info. For Kapi‘olani CC, that's Leigh (ldooley@hawaii.edu).

Free 4-part Series on Copyright and Fair Use

Join librarians from Hamilton and Richardson Law Library in a 4-part series designed to address copyright and fair use for librarians and faculty in instruction


Feb 4: Introduction: Copyright for the Instructor, Librarian, and Author

Feb 11: Copyright Exceptions: Fair Use and the Classroom

Feb 18: Fair Use: Maps & Geospatial Materials and Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) of Whole Books Still under Copyright

Feb 25: Fair Use: AV Media, Music, Videos, Streaming Content, Recorded Live Performances, and Works of Visual Art


More Info & Registration

The Magical Unicorn: Tips to Enchant and Enhance Your Online Class

Looking for more resources to help you be the best online instructor you can be? Check out the University of Hawaii Online Innovation Center’s Resource page. You’ll find tutorials and resources for online teaching created by the amazing team with the UHOIC and instructional designers across the UH system. Included on the site are Laulima tutorials, Google resources, syllabus and course map templates, third party online tools resources and more. If you missed one of their informative workshops and webinars, you will also find recordings and resources there too.

Webinars, Webinars, Webinars

Currently, Kapi‘olani CC has a subscription with Go2Knowledge, which offers Kap‘olani CC faculty and staff free access to dozens of Innovative Educators webinars, both live and on demand (pre-recorded). Many of them are quite good! Here's a sampling to pique your interest:


Upcoming live webinars:

  • 5 Ways Faculty Can Use Online Resources to Improve College Knowledge & Close Skill Gaps (Monday 2/7, 8:00 - 9:00 am HST)

  • Building an Online Community of Learners: Mindset, Content & Strategies (Wednesday 3/2, 10:00 - 11:00 am HST)


Recently-added on demand webinars:

  • How to Better Serve Underrepresented Populations: A Strength-Based Approach (60 min)

  • Universal Design: A Framework for Creating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Initiatives (75 min)

  • How to Make Online Courses More Accessible & Inclusive: Compliance, Diversity & Ethics (75 min)


And many, many more. Sign up at Kapi‘olani CC's G2K account page and browse through the offerings.
Go 2 knowledge, train online, learn anytime.

---Online Andragogy---

Improve the Feedback Loop with Floop

Looking for ways to have students get better at seeking and receiving feedback? Consider using Floop.

Feedback literacy is a set of skills that help students get the feedback they need, understand that feedback, and use it to learn.

Floop is a cloud-based website where students can receive annotated feedback from teachers and peers. Using any internet-connected device, students upload assignments (png, pdf, google doc etc.) to the platform, and teachers put markers in places where they want to provide written feedback. Floop is great for peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student feedback.


With an effective feedback system like Floop, students will be able to:

  • manage affect when giving feedback

  • manage emotions when receiving it

  • learn the language of feedback

  • foster a growth mindset and continuous improvement culture

  • improve their work and academic outcomes


And in even better news, Floop is taking down their paywall. Starting Jan 31, Floop will be 100% free again through the end of the school year. (For teachers/schools who paid for yearly subscriptions, they'll add 6 months free to your license.)


Check out this video to learn more.

Give feedback 4 times faster than traditional methods with drag and drop comment banks and feedback anchored to specific places on student work.

---Digital Accessibility Q&A---

Online Class Coaching FAQs: Alt Text for Images

Our DE Class Coaching efforts have been collegial, collaborative, and constructive thanks to our amazing course coaches and coachees. Everyone involved in the process has also been learning so much by asking hard questions and sharing the answers.


Every month, we plan to highlight two Q&As from our Peer Coaches FAQ archives as we believe that some of the information will be helpful for anyone teaching online. This month’s questions and answers are:


  • I thought you shouldn’t write full sentences for the alt text of an image. What are the rules for writing a “sufficiently descriptive alt text that provides an equivalent learning experience?”

Brevity is recommended. After all, the screen reader will have to read every word of the alt text. But providing sufficient descriptions for equivalent experience is even more important. Leigh’s advice: it’s like writing your dossier—you have to both be concise and comprehensive. 🙁


  • Let's say there was a detailed graphic about the water cycle, that shows different parts. Should the alt text be multiple sentences explaining the water cycle? Or should it be brief, less than a sentence, with the instructional content elsewhere?

Some images will require more than a phrase or a sentence to describe (e.g. graphs, infographics). In such cases, place the description on the page near the image or in an external document and link to it. Image caption could then be utilized to redirect the reader to the full description.

---Helpful Tech Tips---

For Users of Laulima Gradebook Classic

There is currently an issue in Laulima Gradebook Classic in which the Point Totals column in the Course Grades tab is no longer functioning. This impacts Gradebook Classic only (not the newer Gradebook). UH ITS hopes to remedy this in upcoming minor upgrades, either in February or March.

Zoom Upgrades

Just in case you missed it, Zoom gifted us a few little upgrades over the holidays...


Advanced polling provides matching, ranked choice, short answer, and long answer options. You can also set correct answers to have the poll function as a quiz.


Meeting hosts can schedule a survey to be sent when the meeting ends - this can be a Zoom-based survey or a survey from a third-party app, like a Google form.


It’s time to say goodbye to ‘next slide please’ when you co-present with others in Zoom. The screen sharer can now give slide control to multiple co-presenters in Zoom to avoid unnecessary screen-share transitions.


You have a captive audience when your students are in the waiting room a few minutes before the class starts. Why not make the most of that opportunity? You can now add a video in your Waiting Room for your students to watch! You can do a quick review of the previous class, preview what to expect this week, or maybe just welcome them to class. The only catch -- is that your video should be a local file (e.g. MP4) less than 30 MB and your Zoom version needs to be 5.7.3 or higher.


To enable these features, don't forget to log into your UH Zoom account, navigate to settings, and enable them!

Ad-free YouTube, Anyone?

YouTube can be a fantastic source of video content for your classes, but it can come with a few less-than-ideal distractions. We've already talked previously about how to block recommended videos when embedding YouTube videos into your Laulima lessons by adding ?rel=0 at the end of the URL (this is recapped in this video on embedding YouTube into Laulima, starting 1 minute in, if you're interested).


But what if you're showing a YouTube video synchronously during class or sharing the video as a link with your students? You can easily cut out distracting ads with one little character - no apps, downloads, or plug-ins necessary! By adding a hyphen after the “t” in your full YouTube URL, the video will be put into full-screen mode and you can view it sans Ads.


As an example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIJK3dwCWCw

becomes

https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=GIJK3dwCWCw

Laulima Advanced Tips: Clean Up Your Space Junk (orphaned lessons pages)

Did you know that when you delete a lessons page from the left-navigation menu in Laulima, it isn’t really gone? Before importing lessons into your new site, check your development or the previous semester’s site by opening any lessons page then clicking “Index of Pages” button at top right of your screen:

Click on index of pages.

Then scroll down to the bottom, and look for the list of “orphaned” pages under “The following pages are currently not in use…” These pages are like space junk -- they hang around and continue to make copies when you import to a new site😆. To remove them from your site, check “Choose all” and click Delete selected pages.

Choose some or all of the pages not in current use to delete them.
(Reposted from August 2020 DE Newsletter.)

---The Best for Last---

What We Are Reading, Listening to, or Watching Now

Retention rates are the lowest they’ve been…ever. The author suggests 5 practical steps all instructors can follow as they seek to know the hearts of their learners and retain students returning year after year.

Is it possible that online education is more than a modality? And, "what if we became curious about how online education could be even better or could do something new, something special that could fuel a twenty-first century learning experience??

What will higher education look like in 2022? Will online education become the norm? Can we expect more innovation with digital learning tools? Students, faculty, and IT professionals share their insights and predictions for 2022.

For better or for worse, higher ed will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic–and experts have identified trends, technologies, and practices that will shape the future of higher education and that will influence teaching and learning across the globe.

Providing students with plagiarism education, including class discussions on what is and what is not considered plagiarism, may help to combat the plagiarism engagement rate across campuses.

In an Oct & Nov 2021 national survey, 78% of students were taking online/hybrid classes. 68% said they want the option to take some classes fully online.