New version of Catalyst starting Fall 2013
Catalyst is the course management system that De Anza College has adopted as its standard. While faculty are free to use other systems, most choose to use Catalyst because of the training and support the college provides.
Beginning in Fall 2013, we will implement a new version of the software on which Catalyst is based, namely Moodle. All classes using Catalyst from Fall on will use version 2.3 of Moodle.
Training during the transition from Moodle 1.9 to 2.3 will be different than usual:
- VERSION 1.9: There is no more training in this version.
- VERSION 2.3: All Catalyst training will be in this new version for use starting in the fall.
- WHAT'S NEW: There will be What's New in Catalyst workshops to show faculty who are already trained in the use of Catalyst what is different in the new version everyone will be using starting Fall 2013.
- Catalyst Open Lab Hour: Dave will be available for drop-in questions and assistance in MLC 243 at specified times. (Individual appointments are also available, as usual).
So, what should I sign up for?
- New to Catalyst: Catalyst Basic and Assessment workshops
- Experienced with Catalyst: What's New in Catalyst workshop
De Anza faculty and staff are invited to sign up for the hands-on workshops below.
All hands-on workshops will be hosted in the faculty and staff computer lab (room MLC 243 on the second floor) in the new Media and Learning Center (MLC) building, adjacent to the Flint Center parking garage.
Online Teaching with Catalyst
Faculty can use Catalyst to supplement their traditional face-to-face courses, or offer hybrid and/or distance learning courses. If you intend to use Catalyst in your teaching, you are required to complete training first. Interested faculty can contact the Distance Learning Center for details.
Catalyst training starts with an online portion that covers basic Catalyst features as well as information and policies around course development. You can request an account and participate in the online course any time. Please contact David Garrido (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8970) to sign up for training.
Catalyst training continues with two hands-on workshops. Here are the workshops for this quarter:
Part I: Online Teaching with Catalyst Basic
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, October 25, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
This hands-on workshop is part of the required training for any De Anza faculty who will be using Catalyst. In the workshop you will learn to create course content, add resources and activities, and use communication tools.
Part II: Catalyst Assessment Tools
Friday, November 1, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This second required workshop focuses on assignment, quiz and gradebook features in Catalyst. It is recommended to take the Basic workshop before the assessment tools workshop unless you have prior experience with Moodle.
What's New in Catalyst
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This two-hour workshop for experienced Catalyst users will show the new features Catalyst will gain in the fall including drag-and-drop file transfers and conditional release activities.
Catalyst Open Lab Hour
Friday, October 4, 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday, October 18, 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
You don't need an appointment--just drop by and talk with Dave about the new version of Catalyst, the transition, changes to your classes, or anything else related to Catalyst. You're always free to schedule an individual appointment as well (email@example.com or 408.864.8970).
Effective Practices Showcase
The De Anza Online Teaching and Learning Effective Practices Showcase is your opportunity to see other De Anza faculty give quick demonstrations of teaching ideas and technology they are using successfully in their online, hybrid, and Web-enhanced classes today. In just 90 minutes, you'll walk away with ideas you can apply to teaching your classes. DVD's of 2011-2012 presentations are available in the Distance Learning Center from David Garrido (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8970).
If you'd like to be a presenter, please contact David with your 10-minute idea. The showcase will take place in the distance learning classroom in the new Media and Learning Center building, room MLC 255.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Consult these online tutorial pages any time for instructions on performing common tasks in Catalyst.
Contact David Garrido for faculty training and support questions or to sign up for workshops. Email him at email@example.com
or call 408.864.8970.