Faculty Resources: 6. Instructor Resources
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6. Instructor Resources

This section contains resources that faculty can utilize for classroom instruction.


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6.1. Library

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” ― Shelby Foote

El Camino College

The Schauerman Library is located in the center of the El Camino College Campus. The Library provides a variety of services for faculty, staff and students.

El Camino College Library

Compton Center

The Emily B. Hart-Holifield Library at Compton Center is located next to the Administration Building.  The Library provides a variety of services for staff and students.

Compton Center Library



6.2. Media Services

The Media Services Department, located in the Library Media Technology Center (LMTC), supports service to instructional programs and institutional activities at El Camino College.

Media Services

ECC Media Services

El Camino College - Media Services website

The Media Services Department is designed to enable ECC faculty and staff to effectively use current technologies in the classroom.  Media Technicians and specialists perform a variety of activities that support educational technology on campus.

Media Services provides training on the use of projectors, amplifiers, speakers, DVD/ VCR, Doc Cams, Utelogy, microphones, or selection/switching of control systems.

Media Services includes:

  • Equipment Services for Faculty and Staff - his area provides a vast array of audio/visual, video, and multimedia services to El Camino College Community.
  • Repair Services - for repairs for equipment and/or smart classroom - Only the designated person for each division or department can make repair requests.
  • Coordinator's Office - The department includes the Distance Education Program and media support for the entire campus.
  • Distance Education
  • Media Materials Acquisition/Circulation - Library Circulation is responsible for the location, purchase and distribution of media materials for the use by ECC faculty and staff.
  • Multimedia Production - works with the faculty and staff in the conceptualization, planning and production of numerous forms of educational and promotional media.
  • Phone Conferencing - telephone conference phone (Cisco/Polycom) is available.
  • Video Conferencing - videoconferencing equipment set up for large groups is available.
  • Lecture Capturing - record lectures on campus.

For computer, monitor, printer, software, or networking issues contact ITS at the Help Desk by email at helpdesk@elcamino.edu or by phone at ext. 6571.

Compton Center Media Services

Faculty needing assistance with technology can contact the Help Desk at Ext 2181 (310-900-1600) or Rudy Ramos at Ext 2184 (310-900-1600).

Arrangements for classroom AV equipment should be made through Division Chairs or deans.



6.3. ECC Distance Education

The Distance Education Office at El Camino College is committed to support and provide online instructors with tools and resources for a positive and successful teaching experience.

ECC Distance Education website


6.3.1. Certification Process for Teaching Online

This section includes information about the required certification process to teach online at El Camino College and Compton Center.




6.4. Compton Center Distance Education

Compton Center Distance Education Faculty Resources



6.5. Copy Center

This section will include photo-copying information for El Camino College and Compton Center.

copy machine

El Camino College Copy Center

El Camino College Copy Center Website

The Copy Center provides high-quality grayscale photo-copies at no charge to faculty, and most programs and departments at El Camino College (Torrance campus). Finishing options include: collation, stapling, folding, and cut-to-size. 

Located in Bookstore Building Room 128 (first floor, southwest corner)
310-660-3593 x6521
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 6:30pm.; Fridays 7:30am - 4:30pm
(Closed Fridays during summer sessions)

Production Coordinator: Sidney Smith, sosmith@elcamino.edu

El Camino College - Copy Center Direct - El Camino College new online electronic file submission service.

File types accepted when submitted electronically:

  • PDFs are preferred.
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint files are acceptable.
  • Publisher files are not accepted, neither are Corel Draw files.
  • We can accept math equations that have been created using Microsoft Equation Editor.

Compton Center Print Shop Information 

Location:  C29
310-900-1600 x2671
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Summer Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm)

Art Smith asmith@elcamino.edu



6.6. El Camino College E-Brochure

Create your own El Camino College e-brochure and have the information delivered to you online in minutes!


El Camino College e-Brochure

This is a new, innovative method for assisting students in their quest for success - the El Camino College online, instant electronic brochure – “e-brochure”! The e-brochure is a customized document that may be downloaded, saved, and/or printed by students, prospective students, their parents, and community members at their own convenience. The e-brochure eliminates extensive Web searches on the El Camino College site; and there is no waiting for the information to be emailed or snail mailed.

The El Camino College e-brochure includes general information about the college, the academic and career programs offered, financial aid, and student support programs. Check it out for yourself – follow the prompts to do a test run and to see what your customized e-brochure looks like: http://www.elcamino.edu/onlinetools/e-brochure.asp

Instructions for Ordering an e-Brochure

Simply choose the information you want about programs, services, activities and how to pay for college, provide your contact information, and submit your request. Academic programs available through this eBrochure only include those leading to an associate degree in art or an associate degree in science. Information about certificate programs and other academic offerings are available online.

View your brochure online by clicking on the link to your personalized e-brochure – a PDF will be available to view online. You may also save the brochure to your computer, print it, or even share it with others.

Get started by clicking on the arrow button below. You may change your choices at any time by clicking the navigation links in the left column of the screens.



6.7. Institutional Research and Planning

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The mission of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) is to support educational and institutional effectiveness by providing El Camino College and El Camino College Compton Center with meaningful, timely and user-friendly information and analysis for use in assessment, planning, and decision-making.

Institutional Research & Planning (IRP), provides standard data sets for Program Review (periodic program evaluation) and can assist faculty with design and creation of surveys, advise on learning outcomes assessment, and conduct educational research associated with classroom, service or program initiatives.  IRP also provides supplemental data for Career Education (CE) program review.



6.8. ITS and the Help Desk

The Help Desk is the primary source of information and assistance on telephone and computing services. No question should be considered too basic to ask!

 help desk

ECC ITS Help Desk
- x6571 or 310-660-6571

The ITS Help Desk is the primary source of information and assistance on telephone and computing services. The staff will try their best to identify software problems, explain error messages, direct you to helpful documentation, advise you on debugging techniques and explain syntax errors.

The ITS Help Desk should be used to report any problems you’re having with your computer, software, password, internet, etc. Normal hours are M‐F 8am‐12:30pm and 1:30‐4:30pm. Techs are available to answer questions and create tickets for problems that cannot be resolved over the phone. The Help Desk also handles student problems with related to the MyECC portal.

Location:  Communications Building
Hours:  Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telephone:  (310) 660-6571
FAX:  (310) 660-6134
Email:  helpdesk@elcamino.edu

After-hour calls are taken via voice mail and calls are returned the following weekday morning.

Compton Center Help Desk

Faculty needing assistance with technology can contact the Help Desk at Ext 2181 (310-900-1600) or Rudy Ramos at Ext 2184 (310-900-1600).

Arrangements for classroom AV equipment should be made through Division Chairs or deans.


6.8.1. Email Information

email logoEmail has a 180 day life. Items older than 180 days are automatically deleted from your account and cannot be recovered. To keep emails for a longer time create a personal folder to store items on your computer. Contact the Help Desk for assistance.

From on-campus access Email from your computer using Outlook or webmail.

From off‐campus access your email using webmail: mail.elcamino.edu using your same
username and password.

Smart phone set up: The instructions and settings may be found on the Portal. Log on and click the Help
link near the top of the page. The instructions are under Email and Calendar.

Out of Office – When going on vacation please remember to turn on your out of office message. This
message is an automatic reply to any email message sent to you. It’s a way of letting senders know who
to contact in your absence.


6.8.2. Account SecuritySecure word on button

You will use the same username and password for the network (logging on to your pc), email and the MyECC portal (and Wi‐Fi). Passwords expire every 180 days. You should receive an email at least 10‐14 days prior to the expiration. If your password expires you cannot log in until the password is changed. Passwords must be at least 8 positions long and alpha/numeric. The number cannot be at the very start nor at the end of the password. Letters should not spell any dictionary words. Substitute numbers for letters or use a phrase i.e. itsaGr8day or iamgreen2d@y. Passwords are not to be shared. Do not log someone else on to a computer and let them use it. By doing so they have access to your documents and email and are acting as you. If you think your password is compromised contact the Help Desk.

When you walk away from your desk, secure your PC by locking the computer.

  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Del, or
  • The Windows Key + lower case L

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Phishing and Scam Emails

“Phishing is a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop‐up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims.”

Many say you've reached your space limit, that there is something wrong with your account; the account will be terminated, etc. Don’t’ be fooled into giving up your private information (This includes username and password.)

These are not emails from the ITS office or El Camino. It is an attempt to gain your username and
password to use it for malicious activity. Responding to this type of email allows spammers immediate
access to your email account which they use to send millions of spam emails to the world as you. When
this happens all @elcamino.edu emails are blocked by other mail providers (other colleges, businesses,
hotmail, gmail, road runner, etc.) We have no control over how long the emails are blocked.

If there is a problem with your account we will contact you directly.

ITS or ECC never sends blanket emails requesting your username, password or other personal
information. If there is a problem a ITS staff member will contact you directly. We will never direct you to an anonymous non‐ECC site. Most of our notices will have the ITS banner at the top. The safest approach is to delete any suspicious email without opening it or responding to it. At any time contact the ITS Help Desk at x6571 whenever you have questions about a suspicious email. 

Think before you click. If you do respond to a phishing email, immediately contact the Help Desk.


6.8.3. Faculty Laptop and Software

dell lapton

New full-time faculty will be receiving a new Dell laptop on their Orientation Day prior to the beginning of the semester.

Faculty Laptops

New full-time faculty will be issued a Dell Laptop. The laptops will have Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.

Things to keep in mind

Campus issued laptops must be brought to campus once every 6 months for software updates and
software verification, and to sync passwords whenever a system password change is made. 

If you have problems with your laptop, email or call the Help Desk at x 6571.


6.8.4. ITS Bulletins

ITS will occasionally send out an important bulletin to the campus about various technology related issues or problems.

ITS header

Official ITS email bulletins or notices should have the ITS header and will never ask for personal information.


6.8.5. MyECC PortalMyECC logo


The MyECC portal provides access to a variety of WebServices links which vary per your job duties. Everyone has access to general links for the phone directory, etc. There are also WebAdvisor links for manager access to Budget information and if you’re taking a class this is where the registration and student links appear. There are also division sites for documents and other information, committee information and class section team sites.


6.8.6. Colleague

colleague logo

Colleague/Datatel is the campus ERP, Enterprise Resource System, for ECC business. It is used for student data, applications, class section information, basic HR information, budgeting and requisitions. Colleague access requires a separate username and password. It is generally assign to office employees. Each office use of Colleague is unique. Individualized training and requests for access to the system is handled by the hiring office or division.


6.8.7. Telephone / Voicemail

Cisco Phone

The Telephone Set

The Directories Button: Provides a list of missed, received and placed calls, and searchable campus directory.

CFwdALL button – Forwards all incoming calls to another extension. Your phone will not ring.

Transfer ring a Call ‐‐ press the Transfer button and dial the extension. To transfer the caller directly to
voice mail press # before dialing the extension.

Calling the Compton Center: Dial the 4‐digit extension, 2xxx. You do not need to dial the 310‐900‐1600 telephone number.


Voice mail messages may be accessed from your email account, the telephone messages button or from
off campus. When you delete a message it is removed from the system and cannot be retrieved. To
access voice mail from off campus:

  • Dial 310‐660‐3593
  • Press *
  • When prompted for your ID, enter your extension or mailbox number followed by # (1234#)
  • When prompted, enter your password

Out of office – There are options for recording various outgoing messages. You may record an alternate
greeting that will be played to callers for a specified period of time.

Things to keep in mind

Voicemail and email messages are considered college property and should not be considered confidential.


6.8.8. ECC Email Setup on your Cell Phone

Instructions for access to your ECC Email from your cell phone. Included in this section are step by step instructions for iPhone set up too.

cell phone receiving email

General Settings for Email Setup on your Cell Phone

Use the settings below to set up your Smart Phone to access your ECC email.

Your Smart Phone must be equipped with Microsoft ActiveSync OR Exchange ActiveSync .

Most phones are running Windows Mobile OS.

Configuration steps vary depending on the phone you have but the basic information needed is as follows:

Mail server:  mail.elcamino.edu

Username:   your myecc logon id, i.e. jsmith

Email address:  user_name@elcamino.edu

Domain:  isdomain

Imap or pop3?   Neither, the correct option should be active sync or exchange

Incoming service type and port:  mail.elcamino.edu

SSL:  yes

Outgoing server and port:   Not needed for exchange or active sync

Depending on your wireless plan you may be charged additional fees.
Please consult your wireless phone provider for charges and additional technical support


Directions for Setting Up ECC Email on your iPhone

1. Go to the settings icon

iphone apps screen

2. Scroll down to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”

 iphone settings

3. Select  “Add Account”

 iphone mail settings screen

4. Select  “Microsoft Exchange”

iphone add acount screen

5. On the next screen fill in:

  Email Account
Domain: isdomain


Here is what it looks like after it is configured.

iphone mail setup last step

6. Select: “Next”

7. After a short while it will ask you for the email server name: mail.elcamino.edu

For additional assistance contact the ITS help desk (ext. 6571 or helpdesk@elcamino.edu).


6.8.10. Campus Internet / Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi wireless internet is available in most areas of El Camino College campus.


Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

Click here to see a map of El Camino College Wi-Fi Hotspots (PDF).

Here are instructions for connecting to the "eccwireless" network and logging in securely to gain internet access:
ECC Wireless Internet Access - Logon Instructions (PDF).

Source: Wireless Network Access



6.9. Grants

Project Director's Resources Guide

The Grants Office provides the campus community with a variety of services related to obtaining and managing externally funded projects awarded by federal, state or local government agencies. They provide resources and assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators to foster project ideas, locate funding opportunities, strengthen grant writing and project development capability, develop proposals, and comply with applicable internal and external requirements.

Grants Office @ El Camino College

Project Director's Resources


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