New version of Catalyst starting Fall 2014
Catalyst is the course management system that De Anza College has adopted as its standard. While faculty are free to use other systems, most choose to use Catalyst because of the training and support the college provides.
For Fall 2014, we are implementing a new version of the software on which Catalyst is based, namely Moodle. All classes using Catalyst from Fall 2014 on will use version 2.6 of Moodle, a relatively minor upgrade from version 2.3, which we used throughout 2013-14. Faculty have access to a special Catalyst site named "What's New in Catalyst 2.6," which has a summary of the main differences and new features. Please contact David Garrido (email@example.com or 408.864.8970) with any questions.
De Anza faculty and staff are invited to sign up for the hands-on workshops below.
All hands-on workshops will be hosted in the faculty and staff computer lab (room MLC 243 on the second floor) in the new Media and Learning Center (MLC) building, adjacent to the Flint Center parking garage.
Online Teaching with Catalyst
Faculty can use Catalyst to supplement their traditional face-to-face courses, or offer hybrid and/or distance learning courses. If you intend to use Catalyst in your teaching, you are required to complete training first. Interested faculty can contact the Distance Learning Center for details.
Catalyst training starts with an online portion that covers basic Catalyst features as well as information and policies around course development. You can request an account and participate in the online portion of training any time. Please contact David Garrido (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8970) to sign up for training.
Catalyst training continues with two hands-on workshops. Here are the workshops for this quarter:
Part I: Online Teaching with Catalyst Basic
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This hands-on workshop is part of the required training for any De Anza faculty who will be using Catalyst. In the workshop you will learn to create course content, add resources and activities, and use communication tools.
Part II: Catalyst Assessment Tools
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
This second required workshop focuses on assignment, quiz and gradebook features in Catalyst. It is recommended to take the Basic workshop before the assessment tools workshop unless you have prior experience with Moodle.
Effective Practices Showcase
The De Anza Online Teaching and Learning Effective Practices Showcase is your opportunity to see other De Anza faculty give quick demonstrations of teaching ideas and technology they are using successfully in their online, hybrid, and Web-enhanced classes today. In just 90 minutes, you'll walk away with ideas you can apply to teaching your classes. DVD's of previous presentations are available in the Distance Learning Center from David Garrido (email@example.com or 408.864.8970).
If you'd like to be a presenter, please contact David with your 10-minute idea. The showcase will take place in the distance learning classroom in the new Media and Learning Center building, room MLC 255.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1 + 1 Incentive Program (NEW!)
The De Anza College Distance Learning Center (DLC) is launching a new incentive program for faculty. If you attended the March 5 (Winter 2014) or June 11 (Spring 2014) Effective Practices Showcase, or if you attend a Showcase this 2014-15 year, you're eligible! See this flyer for more detail. For more information or to sign up, please contact Dave.
Consult these online tutorial pages any time for instructions on performing common tasks in Catalyst.
Contact David Garrido for faculty training and support questions or to sign up for workshops. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.864.8970.