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Faculty Resources: 6. Instructor Resources


6. Instructor Resources

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


6.1. Library

Resources for Faculty Full Guide
At the ECC Library, we are ready to support our campus community in finding scholarly resources, engaging in research, and promoting information literacy.

Library Liaisons

Each division on campus has a library liaison who works with faculty and staff to ensure seamless services for students. Contact your library liaison here!

Library Services in Canvas

You can find a strong Library presence in Canvas, including the ability to link directly to databases, turn on the ECCLibrary link in navigation, and embed research guides. Learn more about the Library in Canvas here. We are also represented on the Student Support Hub in Canvas, findable through student view.

Information Literacy Instruction

Our primary goal at the ECC Library is to foster an environment where information literacy can flourish. To accomplish this goal we engage in several IL teaching outlets:

Reference Desk: Our Reference Desk and virtual Reference chat allow us to work one-on-one with students on information literacy concepts. Reference is an ideal place for students who are more comfortable in a tutoring-style environment to ask questions.
Embedded Librarian Program: Faculty librarians partner with classroom faculty to co-teach information literacy/research sessions. Contact us if you are interested in partnering!
One-Session Research Workshops: You can invite a faculty librarian to your class or visit us in the Library for an orientation of our space and college-level research techniques. Contact us to schedule a session!

Open Educational Resources (OER) / Zero Textbook Costs Courses (ZTC)

At the ECC Library we are deeply involved in promoting OER on campus, as well as Zero Textbook Cost Courses.


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.

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 Services includes:

  • Equipment Services for Faculty and Staff - this area provides a vast array of audio/visual, video, and multimedia services.
  • 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.


6.3. ECC Distance Education

Online and Digital Education (ODE) at El Camino College is committed to support and provide online instructors with tools and resources for a positive and successful teaching experience. Information about Teaching Certification and the Waiver Process is also available on the ODE Faculty Site


6.5. Copy Center

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

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. 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 - Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm
(Closed Fridays during summer sessions)

Production Coordinator: Sidney Smith, sosmith@elcamino.edu


Use Copy Center Direct to upload files for printing.  


6.7. Institutional Research and Planning

The Office of Institutional Research & Planning supports the El Camino College mission by leading institutional planning and guiding research that advances student success and institutional excellence. More specifically, the team strives to provide guidance in using data as a source to inform decisions and implement actions, and direction in using planning as a tool that helps organize the College’s work to better utilize resources at the service of students’ learning and achievement.
See below some of the services that IRP provides to the College stakeholders:

  • Standard data sets for annual planning and Program Review
  • Supplemental data for Career Education (CE) Program Review
  • Course completion rates by department and course via dashboards and reports by division and instructor
  • Course withdrawal data and recommendations (Fall and Spring)
  • Data analysis and recommendations on institutional learning outcomes (ILOs)
  • Guidance on learning outcomes assessment (SLOs and PLOs)
  • Assistance to faculty with design and creation of surveys using Qualtrics Resources on the College’s planning processes (comprehensive, strategic, focused, program review, and annual)
  • Training on annual planning and program review, as well as the use of the planning platform (Nuventive)

For more data and planning related information, please visit the Institutional Research and Planning website. 


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! 

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. 


6.8.1. Email Information

Email 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 Security

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

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

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/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

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.


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.

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

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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