Online Learning Instructional Support hosts a variety of training sessions to get you started with the instructional tools used at PCC. We’ve curated recordings for each session that we offer.
These recorded sessions were led by an Instructional Technology Specialist here at PCC and cover key tools within D2L Brightspace.
- Basics 1 – Navigation & Announcements: Learn how to navigate D2L Brightspace, post announcements, and send email.
- Basics 2 – Adding Instructional Content: Learn how to add instructional materials to the content tool and set up a basic Zoom room.
- Basics 3 – Adding Graded Activities: Learn how to add basic assignments, discussions, and quizzes to your D2L Brightspace course.
- Accelerated Basics – Getting Started in Brightspace: This sessions covers Basics 1, 2, and 3 in a 90-minute session.
Tool Specific Sessions
- Content: Learn how to create modules, add titles, add different content types, and insert descriptions (Adding content & Managing Content guides).
- Discussions: Learn how to create and utilize discussions to facilitate student collaboration and post group or private discussions. Check out the new settings and the new discussion evaluation experience.
- Assignments: Learn how to set up Assignment folders so that students can submit their assignments online (Create assignment guide).
- Grades: Learn to how to set up a grade book so your students can track their own grades (Grades guide).
There are a variety of instructional tools at PCC that faculty can use to enhance their classes. Here are some recordings to get you started.
- Zoom: Learn how to set up a Zoom room in D2L Brightspace for synchronous meeting with your students! (Zoom resources)
- Ally: Take a tour of Ally, an accessibility review and mediation tool that integrates with Brightspace to help you find issues with your course materials and fix them (Ally resources).
- VoiceThread: Overview of VoiceThread, including reasons to use, how to upload media, comment using text, audio or video, and how to share with students through D2L. (VoiceThread resources)
Using media is a great way to enhance your course and increase student engagement. Check out the sessions below to get started.
- Creating your First YouTube Lesson: Learn the basics of filming and publishing your own video lessons on YouTube with no editing or special equipment (materials & resources).
- Creating Media for your Course: Learn how to use Videonote and Kaltura Capture Space, two simple tools within D2L Brightspace.
- Finding Media for your Course: Explore the various instructional media resources that are already available for you to use within your course immediately (materials & resources).
- Creative Solutions for Delivering Course Content: Learn how to use a phone, whiteboard, iPad, tablet and other connected devices to deliver content and demonstrate something live for students.
- Google Meet: Learn how to schedule a Google Hangout/Meet, screen share and other file sharing, chat, record, and more!
- Intro to Google Drive: Learn how to use Google Drive, create and share documents, and more!
- Google Docs Advanced: Learn more about Google Sheets and Forms, emailing documents, different formats, and more!
You can more information about Google Apps you can use to work remotely from the PCC Telecommuting webpage.
Check out these great sessions on various practices you can use to promote student engagement in your classes.
- Culturally Responsive Remote Teaching: Online Learning staff and experienced online faculty discuss strategies for culturally responsive remote teaching.
- Strategies for Remote Teaching Part 1: Online Learning staff and experienced online faculty discuss strategies for moving to remote teaching.
- Strategies for Remote Teaching Part 2: Online Learning staff and experienced online faculty discuss strategies for moving to remote teaching.
- Photovoice: Explore a stimulating visual alternative to text discussions during a highly interactive session.
- Strategies for Showing Faculty Presence: Explore strategies for showing faculty presence with students in your remote class with the goal of promoting student success.
- Engaging Students during your Zoom Class: Learn strategies and tools for promoting interaction and student engagement when meeting synchronously.
- Alternative Assessment Strategies: Learn how to evaluate student achievement of learning outcomes and what assessment methods can be used that go beyond the usual multiple-choice exams.
- Remote Teaching – Reflection and Planning: A panel of faculty sharing their Spring term remote teaching experience, lessons learned, and tips for the next round.