TechSmith Relay & Camtasia

Great news! The District has licensed TeschSmith Relay and Techsmith Camtasia for use by all faculty!

Overview: Relay & Camtasia

Please watch the following:

3-minute Intro to Relay & Camtasia Video

TechSmith Relay

Create Your TechSmith Relay Account — FREE to all district employees!

  1. Visit the Coast District’s TechSmith Relay Website.
  2. Click the Sign In button.
  3. Log in with your MyCoast username/password.

Getting Started

Download and Install the TechSmith Relay Recorder

Making Your First Recording

Organizing Your Video Library

Engaging Your Viewers with (In-Video) Quizzing

Captioning in Relay

Want to Learn More?

Dive deeper in the TechSmith Relay Video Tutorial Library!

TechSmith Camtasia

Downloading Camtasia — FREE to all district employees!

  1. Log in to
  2. Click the Employee Information tab (on the left).
  3. Look to the right and scroll down to find the Career Network links.
  4. Click Camtasia and Snagit Products.
  5. Follow the instructions given.

Getting Started

Understanding the Interface

Recording Your First Screencast

Editing Your First Screencast

Sharing Your First Screencast — Note: If you have already downloaded the Techsmith Relay desktop recorder, you will see an option under “Share” to upload your Camtasia video directly to your Relay account.

Want to Learn More?

Dive deeper with Camtasia 2018 Essential Training.

Canvas Open Lab Hours Continue in Fall 2017

waving pandaWe have Canvas Open Lab hours available, in the mini Computer Lab inside the LRC Annex (LRC 168). (The Annex is the shiny silver building attached to the Library building, on the west side of campus. See GWC map.)

Feel free to drop in and work on your course in the lab during these hours, and you can ask questions of Julie and Long as you go along. 🙂

Mondays & Wednesdays:

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 noon
  • 2:00-4:00 PM


  • 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
  • 2:00-4:00 PM

You can walk-in at any time during these hours, but if you know when you’re coming and/or if you need a certain type of assistance, we’d appreciate if you can let us know ahead of time. Please contact Julie Nguyen with this information (Again – not required! Just helpful!), or with any questions you may have.

LRC 168 computer lab

Canvas Stipend Extension – September 30th


If you have not already received a stipend for your transition to Canvas, you are eligible to receive either $400 for the creation of an online or hybrid course in Canvas, or $250 for a course shell built to enhance a face-to-face course.


You must complete (or have already completed) all of the following by September 30th:

  1. Training Session 1 – Canvas*
  2. Training Session 2 – Accessibility, RSI & More
  3. Submit a completed Canvas course for review.

Training Schedule:

Date Session 1 Session 2 Location
Tuesday, July 18th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Humanities 212
Wednesday, Aug 9th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Humanities 212
Wednesday, Sep 6th   1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Humanities 211

Feel free to mix and match – you can come both mornings, both afternoons, or all day for one day!

* If you have already completed GWC’s “Intro to Canvas” course online, you may submit your certificate in lieu of attending Training Session 1.  You can also opt to take this course online from August 2 to August 27 (RSVP for I2C August here), rather than attend Training Session 1 in person.  Training Session 2 is still required.

See the full MOU with CFCE re Canvas Training Stipend Extension, for all the details.

Questions?  Contact Jorge Ascencio.

RSVP: Blackboard Archiving Workshops

The Online Instruction Department will be offering workshops on how to download and backup your Blackboard content, before Blackboard’s end-of-life on May 31, 2017.

Space is limited!  Please RSVP below, as seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are unable to any of attend these workshops, or want to start working on your archiving from home, please see:  Archiving Blackboard Content (PDF)

Session Dates/Times:

  • Friday, May 5, from 9:00-10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, May 16, from 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Friday, May 26, from 9:00-10:00 AM


All sessions will be held in LRC 251 (the computer lab at the top of the stairs, on the second floor of the LRC).

If you would like to attend remotely, please view this Blackboard Archiving Webinar Information PDF.


  • Download Grade Center spreadsheets
  • Download all files for future use
  • Export test banks for transfer to Canvas
  • Download ZIP export – course content only (archive purposes only)
  • Download ZIP archive – including student submissions (archive purposes only)

Note:  you can save your files to your H drive, or you can bring a flash drive to store your files.  Depending on the amount of content in your course, the zip files might be quite large.

RSVP for On-Campus Workshop:

I2C – “Intro to Canvas” Online Class – Summer Sections Available

Friendly Waving PandaAs you know, as of Summer 2017, all Online, Hybrid, and Web-Enhanced/Supplemental course content will be delivered via Canvas.  We are offering one last I2C Session prior to Summer’s start, and two sessions during Summer in preparation for Fall.  🙂

Course Overview:

This 4-week online course will familiarize you with the features of the Canvas learning management system. We will cover Navigation, Content Building, Communication, and Assessment.  You will learn how the system works from recorded webinars, curated readings, and formative quizzes. You will also practice what you have learned through a series of hands-on exercises. Finally, you will reflect on the tools in Canvas through discussions with other participants.

Facilitator: Juli Van Dorn

Requirements for Completion:

The average time commitment for this class is about 10 hours during each of the 4 weeks, for a total of 40 hours; however, time commitment varies based on level of experience with web technologies.

Students who obtain at least 80% achievement will pass the course, and receive a certificate of completion.  For current, full-time GWC faculty, completion of this course is pre-approved for Salary Advancement Credits through IPD.

Summer Course Sections:

  • Monday, May 15 to Sunday, June 11
  • Monday, June 26 to Sunday, July 23
  • Wednesday, August 2 to Sunday, August 27  (Access to course materials on Monday, but facilitation/support begins Wednesday)

Class size will be limited, and -if needed- priority will be given to faculty members scheduled to teach upcoming courses.  This course is only available to faculty of Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, and the course content is customized specifically for Golden West College faculty.


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@ONE Free Lunchtime Webinar: Designing for Educational Equity and Accessibility

I’ve just signed up to attend this Webinar on Educational Equity and Accessibility, hosted by @ONE.

Accessible design in your course is not only important, ethically speaking and for ideal student engagement, but it is also a legal requirement for all classes. I hope you’ll join me in learning more about this critical issue! 🙂

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM PST
Fees: Free

Description: “Higher education is crucial in today’s society for social mobility. This is why we must promote educational equity through the use of accessible technology. With the growing diversity of our student population, we must actively strive to utilize and create engaging bite-size course content that is accessible to all. During this presentation we will explain how to create engaging accessible content in Google Docs, Canvas and Office 365. In addition we will provide resources for creating your online course content.”

Register now for this free Webinar!