Distance Learning

Distance Learning Center

New version of Catalyst for 2014-15

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 implemented 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 (garridodavid@fhda.edu  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 (garridodavid@fhda.edu  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

     Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:30 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

     Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:30 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 (garridodavid@fhda.edu  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.

For Spring 2015, we will have a special event with just one speaker, math instructor Dr. Barbara Illowsky, an expert on Open Educational Resources (OER) and basic skills.

Topic: Embedding Basic Skills Support into Online Courses.

Are your students prepared for your courses? We know they “should” be. However, approximately 70 percent of our students come to us with basic skills needs. Learn how to embed a few independent modules for some “just in time” refreshing and/or learning. We have a selection of  (mostly) open educational resources that can help your students so that you can spend your time teaching them your course. This session will show how to embed basic skills, including with some of the pilot OEI courses that have done so. Feel free to bring your assignments.

     Spring 2015 Showcase date: Wednesday, May 6, 12:30 - 2:00 PM


1 + 1 Incentive Program (NEW!)

The De Anza College Distance Learning Center (DLC) has 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.


Catalyst tutorials

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 garridodavid@fhda.edu  or call 408.864.8970.


Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969

Last Updated: 3/24/15