In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Palomar College is moving many face-to-face classes to alternative methods of instruction, as of March 30, 2020.
This website will help prepare you to do that and provide resources to help you along the way.
Here are some of the options that are available:
Fortunately, the majority of instructors at Palomar already make some use of CANVAS, even if they are not teaching online. CANVAS allows instructors to post syllabi, assignments, grades, discussion boards, lectures, etc. Students can also easily submit papers and take quizzes through CANVAS.
In-person and online training through Palomar College’s Academic Technology Resource Center (ATRC) is available now. You can register in the 3PD portal. Also, see the Training page on this website for regular updates on workshops offered.
ZOOM and TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom)
In order to hold classes during normal, scheduled times, instructors may use Zoom. Anyone can create an account directly through Zoom, but that will be a limited account. California Community College employees should sign up for their free upgraded account through TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom). These upgraded accounts (or “pro accounts”) have fewer limitations and more features than the regular, free Zoom.us accounts. Faculty, staff, and administrators should go to https://www.conferzoom.org/ to sign up for a TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom) account Upgrading a standard Zoom.us account is not possible. Please sign up for a TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom) account: https://conferzoom.org/ConferZoom/SignUp (you will need to use your .edu email address).
To use TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom) from within Canvas you need to make sure the email address you use for your TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom) and the email address you use for your Canvas account are the same. After you have your TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom) account set-up go to your Canvas class and click on “ConferZoom” in your navigation menu, then click on “account settings.” You will then be able to connect your accounts. Guides for Instructors and students are available on the TechConnect support website under GUIDES.
Please note: Faculty should have received an email from no-reply@ZOOM.US with the subject line of “ConferZoom account invitation” with directions on signing up.
Need help? Please go to the TechConnect support website and click on GUIDES to access numerous very helpful guides on using TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom). If you still need assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, please be patient if you are waiting for your TechConnect Zoom (ConferZoom) account, as you can imagine CCC TechConnect is very busy responding to requests from employees from 115 colleges! They are working as fast as they can!
The simplest (but most limited) solution is for instructors to use their Palomar email account to send instructions and written lessons as attachments to all students in their classes. Students will be able to ask questions and submit assignments via email. For assistance with your email, please contact 760-744-1150, x2140.
Other Considerations and Resources
- DRC Considerations: Please see Considerations When Converting Onsite Courses to an Online Modality for Students with Disabilities.
- For Science Labs, Activity Courses, Dual Enrollment, Positive Attendance, Internships, and Others: procedures are still being finalized and will be communicated soon.
- Additional Resources: CVC-OEI/@ONE has published instructional continuity information on their webpage.