What you need to know

Desire2Learn (also known as D2L and/or Brightspace) is the district-wide learning management system, which is the required platform for hybrid and fully online courses, as well as for supplementing face to face classes. A D2L course shell is automatically created for every course section, which is to be utilized by all instructors, whether the course is face to face, hybrid or fully online. To access your classes, login to D2L through D2L button top  left of CCC website.

If you are thinking about developing an online or hybrid course, contact Judy Flum about the approval process.  CCC has several resources for supporting instructors who are using D2L, regardless of the level of your use. Check out the information below and/or contact:

Judy Flum, CCC Distance Education Coordinator:             jflum@contracosta.edu
Ext. 44996

Debbie Wilson, CCC Distance Education Trainer:             dwilson@contracosta.edu
Ext. 44995 (Voicemail)

Resources and Training for Instructors

Are you new to online teaching at CCC? If so, start here!

The following documents include important information about preparing to teach online at CCC:

For Training and Questions about D2L:

  • D2L Quick Start Guide for students (8 minutes) — engaging and informative video created by Megan Kinney at CCC that introduces the basics about navigating D2L — many instructors include the link in their D2L courses as a helpful tutorial for their students:
  • Contact Debbie Wilson, CCC Distance Education Trainer, to schedule a personalized one-on-one session, either in person or virtually (via phone or CCCConfer): dwilson@contracosta.edu Ext. 44995 or direct number 510-215-4995 (Voicemail only)

This is a great place to start when you have specific questions about D2L features and functions and you are a DIY kind of person! Click on “Instructors” for helpful videos on various D2L topics/ features. Note that there is also a “Learners” collection of videos that you may want to tell your students about.

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Resources and Training for Instructors

Are you new to online teaching at CCC? If so, start here!

The following documents include important information about preparing to teach online at CCC:

For Training and Questions about D2L:

  • D2L Quick Start Guide for students (8 minutes) — engaging and informative video created by Megan Kinney at CCC that introduces the basics about navigating D2L — many instructors include the link in their D2L courses as a helpful tutorial for their students:
  • Contact Debbie Wilson, CCC Distance Education Trainer, to schedule a personalized one-on-one session, either in person or virtually (via phone or CCCConfer): dwilson@contracosta.edu Ext. 44995 or direct number 510-215-4995 (Voicemail only)

This is a great place to start when you have specific questions about D2L features and functions and you are a DIY kind of person! Click on “Instructors” for helpful videos on various D2L topics/ features. Note that there is also a “Learners” collection of videos that you may want to tell your students about.


Other resources (not specific to D2L):

  • @ONE training — the @ONE Project makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success.  @ONE’s programs provide training and online resources for free – or at a very low cost – thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Telecommunication and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP). Explore the @ONE website for desktop webinars (live and archived), as well as multi-week online workshops and an online certification program. 
  • The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to increase student success and completion by working together to increase access to quality online courses and support services for students. The common course management system that has been selected by the OEI is Canvas. More information may be found at this link. 
  • Curious about Canvas, the OEI common course management system? Interested in trying it out? Click on this link.

Distance Education Committee at CCC

Chair: Judy Flum, Distance Education Coordinator — Ext. 44996

Members (2015-16):
Judy Flum, Debbie Wilson, Sarah Boland Drain, Richard Ramos, Jennifer Ounjian, Trung Nguyen, Miguel Johnson, Susan Lee, Katherine Krolikowski, Megan Kinney, Bonnie Holt, James Eyestone, Clayton (Tony) Viertel

Committee Charge:

  1. To assess Distance Learning at CCC and how it fits with Strategic Directions.
  2. To identify the potential for growth and develop an action plan.
  3. To identify and develop instructional resources and recommend policy for faculty and students who are engaged in Distance Learning.
  4. To provide faculty development in Distance Learning.
  5. To advise the college on financial resources needed to improve and increase Distance Education at CCC.

Meetings: 2nd Fridays of month 10AM-12PM

Agendas/ Minutes: to be supplied

Resources and Forms:

CCC Recommended Criteria/ Expectations for Faculty Who Teach Online or Hybrid Courses

Online Course — Supplement to the Course Outline of Record (form now included in Curricunet and must be approved by CIC before the course is taught– contact Judy Flum for more information)

SYNOPSIS OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AT CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE, INCLUDING PROGRESS IN 2014-15 AS OF JULY 2015


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to use D2L if I’m teaching a face-to-face class?

D2L can be a great resource for you and your students. At a minimum, all instructors are encouraged to use D2L to post content, such as course syllabus, schedule, and handouts. Many instructors, even those teaching face to face, will choose to utilize the Gradebook (so that students can see their grades when posted and keep track of their progress), the News feature (to post announcements and reminders between classes), and the Dropbox (for submitting assignments and using the originality checker).


I’m thinking about developing a hybrid (partially online) or fully online course. How do I start?

Contact Judy Flum, CCC DE Coordinator, and she will walk you through the process. You can reach Judy at Jflum@contracosta.edu or extension 44996 (direct number is 510-215-4996).


What sort of training is available to help me get started?

Debbie Wilson is the CCC D2L Trainer who works with Judy Flum. Debbie and Judy provide a variety of options for training on D2L and related technology. Most of the training will earn Flex credit. Check the Professional Development page (under Faculty & Staff) for workshops and drop-in labs. Set up a personalized one-on-one training session, either face-to-face or by phone. Also available are short tutorials to get you started and/or answer specific questions. Links to tutorials and other helpful resources are provided on this website under “Resources and Training for Instructors.”


What is the difference between Distance Education and Correspondence Education?

The major difference between the two is that DE includes regular effective instructor-student contact. This interaction is critical in order to be considered distance education. It is important to note that Correspondence Education is not allowed in the district. D2L includes many options to integrate student-instructor interaction into the online environment, and you will need to describe how you will do this when you write the proposal for your hybrid/ online course. For more information, see the Guide to Evaluating Distance Education and Corresponding Education, published by the ACCJC: http://www.accjc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Guide-to-Evaluating-DE-and-CE_2012.pdf


What are the differences between hybrid and online courses?

A fully online course is 100% online. The state’s definition of an online course is that 51% or more of instruction is online (at CCC we refer to these courses as online/hybrid). The state’s definition of a hybrid is where less than 51% of instruction is online. The district is working on uniform terminology between the three colleges.


I keep hearing about accessibility. What does that mean, and what do I need to do to make my online content accessible?

Anyone must be able to access your online course, including printed and multimedia content. This means that videos posted by the instructor must be captioned, and audio content (podcasts, for example) needs to include a printed transcript. The organization of your pages should also be easy to navigate and understand. If you want to use a video in your course that is not captioned, contact Judy Flum for options to get it captioned.

In addition, the Disabled Students’ Program and Services (DSP&S) office and the High Tech Center at CCC is equipped to provide a variety of support and services for students with disabilities, including training on adaptive technologies. You can also make an appointment with Eric Appel (extension 44778) to check the accessibility of your online course. DSP&S is located in the Student Services Center and can be contacted by email or phone: Tel: 510.215.3969
Email: dspsoffice@contracosta.edu


The California Community Colleges Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines 2011 provides helpful information:
Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines 2011 


Links to additional Accessibility Resource Documents are posted on the OEI website: https://ccconlineed.instructure.com/courses/98