Open Ed Week at San José City College


SJCC faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to a one-day, two-hour celebration of Open Education Week 2018. The party is on Wednesday, March 7, in the Library’s computer lab, L-206. There will be two one-hour presentations and light refreshments!

To register, visit:

March 7 | 12-1 pm | Library, L-206
OER: Canvas/Google Drive
Providing Equity and Accessibility to All Students

Facilitator: Lorraine Levy, Psychology Instructor

Description: Finding and integrating quality Open Educational Resources (OER) may be more challenging and time consuming than signing up for pre-selected course materials through a publisher. However, by using Canvas and Google Drive you can quickly create your own class support materials and engaging activities which cost students nothing! Think of the potential for every student to have access to all course materials on the first day of class. This workshop provides background on OER, shows you where to find high quality resources, and explains how to connect Google Drive and Canvas together for easy grading and posting of student assignments. You will need a Google account and access to a Canvas course shell to get the full benefits of this hands-on session.

March 7 | 1-2 pm | Library, L-206
CCC OEI OER: An Alphabet Soup of Free(dom)
Facilitator: Susan Hines, Dean
Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education

Description: In fall 2017, the California Community College (CCC) Open Education Initiative (OEI) released to the Canvas Commons more than 30 Canvas course shells pre-loaded with Open Educational Resources (OER) that can be adopted by faculty throughout California and across the world. These materials are freely available and fine examples of the 5Rs of OER: Faculty may retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute anything in the course! This hands-on session explains where to mine this instructional gold, how to download the choice nuggets, and why you should always share the wealth.


Canvas Facts

As San San José City College (SJCC) commits to a single learning management system (LMS) – Canvas – the Division of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education will commit to regular updates and insights about Canvas, which should prove useful to instructors and students alike. For example, Canvas is

  • available in over 2,000 schools across the country and around the world
  • internationally recognized; it’s used across Europe and in countries, such as Australia, Brazil, and China
  • the LMS behind the Cisco Networking Academy, which Cisco calls “the world’s largest classroom.”

Why are these points important? They’re important because SJCC students may be transferring to some of these institutions, living in some of these countries, or working for corporations that train their staff online. Many of the universities in the Bay Area use Canvas, including San José State University, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, and  UC Santa Cruz. Thus, SJCC’s use of Canvas is just another way to smooth the transition for SJCC students!

Canvas LogoThe Transition to Canvas

So, why is SJCC and its sister college, Evergreen Valley College (EVC), making the move from Moodle to Canvas? It’s simple, really.

Canvas helps students

  • save time and energy in locating and using course materials
  • stay up to date with their grades and progress in courses
  • integrate coursework into their daily lives; the LMS is mobile-enabled, making it a snap for students to use their smartphones and tablets.

If that last bullet point sounds more problematic and useful, you may find the Mobile Fact Sheet (Pew Research Center, 12 January 2017) useful.

Canvas helps faculty

  • reuse course material from one course to the next
  • grade assignments and calculate final grade results
  • communicate with students, via email, chat, and discussion forums
  • utilize multimedia, making it easy to add audio and video posts in just a few clicks
  • provide ease of access that meets ADA compliance standards
  • utilize open-education resources (i.e., materials licensed for educational use).

Distance Education Support

As with anything new, it can take time to get used to using a new system. The Division of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education is here to help you.

Support for Students

If you are a student and you need some help learning to use Canvas, stop by the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Staff in the LRC can help you get started. If you cannot get to the main campus, we recommend the following:

Canvas Student Guide

Canvas Video Guide

If you are having a technical problem with the LMS, you should contact the District Information Technology Services & Support (ITSS) Division Help Desk:

Phone: (408) 270-6411
Web Address:

Support for Faculty

If you are a faculty member who needs some help learning to use Canvas, we recommend that you review the Canvas Instructor Guide, sign up for a weekly workshop, participate in a tutorial, and/or take an online course. For additional information, contact the Distance Education Coordinator or Division Dean.

Canvas Instructor Guide

Canvas Video Guide

Canvas Workshops at SJCC

Canvas Tutorials via CCC Professional Learning Network

Tutorial on (made available via CCC Professional Learning Network)

Canvas Information and Courses via CCC OEI

If you are a faculty member having a technical problem with the LMS, you should contact the District Information Technology Services & Support (ITSS) Division Help Desk:

Phone: (408) 270-6411
Web Address:

The ITSS Help Desk has set up a special page for all Canvas users who need 24/7 support and login assistance.

Canvas Login & Support Information

Happy Canvas’ing!