eLearning Newsletter September 2017

Bellevue College Office of Instruction

eLearning Newsletter
From the eLearning & Media Center


  • Fall quarter Instructional Design hours start September 5th – 11am – 4pm.
  • eLearning walk-in help hours after the start of Fall quarter are Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm.
  • If you are developing a new course or would like help on re-building your current Canvas course site, an Instructional Designer will be able to assist you in D140 located in the Library Media Center.

eLearning Summer Institute 2017 pictures

Thank you to all faculty who participated in the 2 day workshop. We had an enriching interactive time watching demos, sharing Canvas expertise and building content in our Canvas shells for Fall quarter.

Thank you to our excellent eLearning & Media team for delivering workshops on time and being patient with questions and making this another success.

Thank you to the LMC staff for keeping the venue open during the break week. Faculty enjoyed the spaciousness and toured the interactive spaces in eLearning and the Collaboratory.


Two new Instructional tools: Panopto and Ally

eLearning team has been busy over summer planning and testing two new tools which can be used within Canvas: Panopto and Ally. We will be able to answer most of your questions on using these tools starting Fall quarter.

Panopto: Video Capture inside Canvas

Panopto is the easiest way to manage, record, and share videos in Canvas. Panopto Focus is an easy-to-use lecture capture system. It can be downloaded to your own computer. Panopto is a hidden by default, unhide the tool to view that on the left navigation suite of tools in your Canvas course shell.

Use Panopto to:

  • Record your lectures so that your students can review them later.
  • Flip your classroom by creating mini-lectures for your students to watch before their classes.
  • Add captions to the video. Panopto generates auto captions which can be edited later.
  • Using keywords search for content in the video
  • Create bookmarks for future use.

Phase 1:

  • On campus: Panopto has been installed on the computers in the eLearning center. Visit us for a quick demo on how to use Panopto.
  • On your own: You can use Panopto on a personal laptop by downloading the Panopto Recorder – Here are the directions
  • Give us feedback during Fall quarter using our email: elearning@bellevuecollege.edu

Phase 2:

  • By spring quarter build expertise on using Panopto effectively for all faculty using Canvas.
  • Faculty will have at least three choices when they create videos: Camtasia Relay, YouTube and Panopto.

Ally – Making online Canvas course content accessible

What is Ally?

  • Ally is a tool that integrates seamlessly into Canvas to help faculty create accessible files and fix inaccessible documents and images.
  • Purpose: Check all graphics and documents for Accessibility
  • Automatically check for accessibility issues and generate alternative accessible formats using advanced Machine Learning algorithms.
  • Instructor feedback: Guide instructors on how to improve the accessibility of their course content and alter future behavior.
  • Enables students to download more accessible versions of documents, on demand, 24 hours per day.
  • Download the Ally handout created by our eLearning team.

Phase 1:

Ally will be available to all Bellevue College faculty starting Fall 2017 quarter.

  • Watch the video created by SBCTC on How to use Ally in Canvas
  • Instructional Designers will offer online demo sessions and workshops, dates will uploaded soon.
  • D140 – Walk-in help will be available from 9am – 4pm
  • 425-564-4210 – Telephone assistance will be available from 9am – 4pm

eLearning Committee

We have an opening for an eLearning Committee member position for the year 2017-2018 from the Arts & Humanities division. The committee meets once a month. Applications will be reviewed by the eLearning Director and the Faculty Council members.

The eLearning Committee members for faculty positions are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Experience with online and/or hybrid teaching •Demonstrated interest in online pedagogy and instructional technology
  • Demonstrated interest in participating in professional development that pertains to online learning and technology

If you are interested, send an email to Sukirti Ranade.

Teaching with Canvas: Canvas 101

Canvas 101 is perfect for new online instructors, and it is modular so instructors with varied backgrounds and experience can select the order of the modules that best apply to their needs. This online based workshop is intended to introduce instructors to the available tools in Canvas. It is self-paced, project-based, and guided–a facilitator will be available to answer questions and to evaluate participant projects.

Start Date: Monday, September 25th to Thursday, December 1stSign up for Canvas 101!

Facilitator: Bruce Wolcott

Accessibility 101: Principles of Inclusive Design

Learn how you can make easy changes and additions to your Canvas courses in order to create an inclusive course environment for all students. The online workshop can be completed in six weeks. All faculty will be paid a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of Instruction.

The Course Syllabus is public, so feel free to preview it before joining the course.

Start Date: Monday October 2nd.   Registration Link
Facilitators: Debi Griggs and Betsy Zahrt Geib