DE Faculty Resource Links
Faculty links to assist with course development
- Support Desk: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Include your name, class, section number (CRN) if available
If you have never used our learning management system before, refer to the What is Distance Education page.
Faculty Trainers: Your Instructional Designer and faculty trainers for Academic Year 2016/2017 are listed below, and able to assist you with setting up your course, designing, training, best practices and assisting you with your online course. Email today to set up a time to meet in person, chat on the phone or by email.
Instructional Designer: Cynthia Wilshusen - email@example.com
- Moodle Live Site: This site is where your course will be delivered to students during the semester.
This is the site you will need to provide to your students, and the site you will
log into everyday to check on your students.
To log into moodle use your Cuesta Username, and password (the first time it will be Changeme1).
Moodle will be discontinued in Fall of 2017 and replaced with Canvas.
- Canvas Live Site: Starting Fall 2017 this site is where your course will be delivered to students
during the semester. This is the site you will need to provide to your students, and
the site you will log into everyday to check on your students. To log into moodle
use your Cuesta Username, and password
- Technical Support: If you are having issues with accessing your course, or the learning site please call 805-546-3100 ext. 2802 during the hours of 7:30 am - 9:00 pm Mon. - Thu. and 7management:30 am - 4:00 pm Fri.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Include your name, class, section number (CRN), instructors name.
Describe the problem you are experiencing.
This information will be sent to a technical support individual at Cuesta who will get back to you within 48 hours (usually a response will be much sooner).
- Welcome Letter Checklist: This checklist describes the necessary components that need to be included on your course welcome letter. This checklist was designed by the Distance Education Committee.
- Posting your Welcome Letter: Each semester you are encouraged to post a welcome letter with details about your
course and important information students need in order to register for the class.
This PDF file will explain how you to post your welcome letter.
In addition to posting your welcome letter you should also make students aware of the resources that are available to them on the Cuesta home page such as:
- DE Syllabus Standards: The DE Syllabus Standards were developed by a task force of the DE Committee and approved by the Academic Senate in Fall 2015. These standards will help improve communication with students in DE courses and address two accreditation requirements: course quality (by defining how Regular and Effective Contact is maintained in the course), and the verification of student identity (by explaining how students are authenticated in the course.) All syllabi used in DE courses should contain the components that are in bold and underlined. However, faculty are encouraged to include all standards for a quality syllabus.
- Moodle Quick Start Guide for Faculty | Canvas Quick Start Guide for Faculty: This document will provide you with the most common tools and resources you need within Moodle while you are designing, updating or changing your Moodle course.
- DE Teachers Group: It is advised that you request to join the Teacher's group to get important email's
about deadlines and training opportunities, the "Canvas Teachers Community". The Group site serves as a secured resource for Cuesta College instructors to view
examples of LMS tools, post/respond to questions, download files in response to frequently
asked questions and much more.
- How to Backup and Transfer Content between Moodle Shells: At the end of each semester you will need to back up your course and save it in a secure location. This will allow you to quickly and easily restore a course when you want to use the same design again in future semesters without having to recreate the course from scratch.
- How to Migrate a Moodle Course to Canvas: Now that the conversion from Moodle to Canvas has begun, you might want to take what you have created in Moodle and migrate it into Canvas. Please be aware that there are some features that migrate over beautifully while others do not (especially the book feature). Using the migration feature is a great way to get your documents, quizzes and resources over quickly, but realize that you might need to organize and move things around once it is migrated.
- How to Import content from another Canvas Course: If you teach multiple sections of a course, this resource might be useful for you. Instead of creating the same content in every class, create it once and import it into the additional sections you teach. THis is also helpful if you want to re-purpose a course with similar design and layout.