5. Technology to Support Instruction
This section identifies the technology resources and support available for faculty
at El Camino College and Compton Center.
Faculty can establish a web presence by creating their own web page on the ECC website using OU Campus. Accounts are distributed after attending the OU Campus training. Please see the Calendar in Cornerstone (opens in new window.)
Faculty Web Page using OU Campus
Faculty web pages are hosted on the El Camino College website, and can include detailed information about you and your classes – including contact info, office hours, announcements, syllabi, downloadable materials, and links. These web pages are public and are thereby intended for prospective as well as currently enrolled students.
To aid in the creation and upkeep of faculty web pages, faculty can use OmniUpdate OU Campus, editing software designed to work like a word processor. OU Campus works through your computer’s web browser anywhere you have internet access. Professional Development & Learning offers training to teach faculty members webpage basics – uploading files, adding pictures and links – using OU Campus.
See examples of current faculty web pages at www.elcamino.edu/faculty.
- Permanent home for instructor and course information, available to everyone.
- Post announcements, course materials, etc. (Please note that these webpages are public.)
- Customizable: work from a template or use OU Campus to upload already made web pages.
Canvas is the Course Management System (CMS) of El Camino College and Compton Center, which can be used to teach online or enhance on-campus instruction!
Advantages to using Canvas
- Course materials posted are organized for students and instructor
- Provides consistency in delivery and evaluation for distance education courses
- Students can go through material anytime as many times as they want
- Instructors can keep tabs on every student
The ECC Gradebook allows students to view their individual grades via MyECC portal. Faculty can set Gradebook settings once and then copy the setup to other class sections from semester to semester. Submit final grades through the ECC Gradebook.
MyECC Gradebook is a campus supported online Gradebook that faculty can create for each class section. It supports most calculation methods such as points, assignment weighing, and category weighing. MyECC Gradebook allows students to view their individual grades, with your comments, through their MyECC Portal. ECC Gradebook manual available in Help menu in MyECC Portal under grading.
Gradebook allows students to view their individual grades (including instructor comments) via MyECC Portal. Create settings once and then copy the setup to other class sections from semester to semester.
Advantages of Gradebook
- Students can monitor their own grades for each class section via MyECC portal.
- Create a gradebook setting once and then copy the setup to other class sections from semester to semester.
- Easy submission of final grades.
- Instructors can keep tabs on every student.
Workshops on the MyECC Gradebook are available at the beginning of each semester as well as during the summer. To check for workshop availability log into Cornerstone (opens in new window.)
This section will help with log-in, password, and browser issues.
Logging into MyECC Portal
If this is your first time logging in make sure to read the welcome notes.
After logging in, do not close the Logon Status pop-up window:
This login window verifies that you are an authenticated user. (That you logged in
with a correct ID and password.)
If you close the window, your browser "forgets" who you are and ends the Portal session.
If the window is not appearing, check that you are allowing pop-ups for El Camino College websites.
Turnitin, an anti-plagiarism software, helps instructors reduce plagiarism in course papers submitted by students. Turnitin ensures originality of student papers.
How Originality Check Works
When essays are due, students will upload their own essays into Canvas (see instructions below), and Turnitin will generate an originality report identifying any borrowed material and its source. (You can also use this feature as a teaching tool to help students avoid plagiarizing. Just set the option to allow students to see the originality report and resubmit their essays prior to the due date.)
Setting Up Your Account
There is no need to set up an account. Turnitin is now accessible through your El Camino Canvas account. (If you are a faculy member, a Canvas account has been auto-generated for you. If you are a staff member, manager, or administrator who would like a Canvas account, please contact Gema Perez in Distance Ed.)
**Note #1: Please let your students know they will be turning in assignments while inside Canvas. They will not go to the Turnitin website itself.
**Note #2: Please tell your students to not submit assignments while using the Canvas app on their smartphone or tablet. (This also applies to assignments where you don't use Turnitin.) Assignments / Essays should be uploaded from a laptop or desktop computer only. There is a known issue where sometimes assignments submitted via the Canvas app show as having been turned in on the student end, but on the instructor end it looks like the student did not submit anything.
Creating a Regular Assignment in Canvas
Making an Assignment a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas
- Here is a written guide for setting up a Turnitin assignment in Canvas (opens in a new window.)
- Here is a tutorial video for setting up a Turnitin assignment in Canvas (opens in a new window.)
The INTELECOM Online Resources Network is a hosted and searchable database of academic video series and video clips - streamed on demand - for use in support of online, hybrid and face-to-face classes.
Choose from a variety of video collections including Biological Sciences, Oceanography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Health, and Environmental Studies. And as with academic journal databases, new content is added on an ongoing basis.
The videos and segments are closed-captioned, and you can embed them directly into Canvas.
Films on Demand is a database of over 15,000 videos (200,000+ video segments) in dozens of subjects across science, humanities, and the social sciences.
• Faculty are free to show individual videos in their classrooms, but the videos may also be assigned as "homework," searched as information sources for student research, and embedded into Etudes.
• Videos are closed-captioned and also offer searchable transcripts.
• Full-length films as well as video clips are included. Film segments may be selected for viewing, instead of the entire film.
How to access Films on Demand
Here is the the link to the list of library databases. From there, click on the link for Films/Videos. If you are on campus, you will be automatically authenticated and logged into Films on Demand.** If you have any questions, please call the Library's Reference Desk at x6483 during open hours.
**If you are using your faculty laptop to access the database (i.e., you are on a computer not directly connected to the El Camino network), or you are logging in from home, your account will need to be enabled by an ECC librarian. Contact Cindy Lopez at email@example.com.
**If your students need to access the database (in addition to or instead of watching the video in Canvas), their accounts will need to be enabled as well. Advise them to contact Cindy Lopez at the email address above. (The easiest way for students to view the videos is for you to embed them in Canvas. Then they will not have to go through the account enabling process.)
Here's a link to our helpful technology workshop materials and handouts.