Cougar Courses supports academic teaching and learning with the ability to communicate
with your students, deliver course materials, link to online resources, collect student
assignments and quizzes, facilitate discussion, and track grades at https://cc.csusm.edu. Additional resources outside Cougar Courses are available for office hours, recording
microlectures, and developing lecture materials and can be linked in Cougar Courses.
Secure Zoom Meetings
As a majority of businesses around the world have moved to working virtually, there
have been a massive increase in attacks on Zoom, often referred to as "Zoom bombing". Review information on how to "Secure Zoom Meetings" from our Information Security Team.
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Virtual Office Hours for Instructors
|TRC Virtual Office Hours: 10 am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Join us at in Zoom. When you first enter you will be placed in a Waiting Room until someone is available to assist you. Once someone is available, we are limiting
the sessions to 10 minutes if there is a queue. If the help will take longer than
10 minutes, we will put you in a breakout room and another person on the team will
assist you. When we are on break, you will see a message letting you know when we
will be back online. You can email email@example.com to schedule a 1:1 consultation.
New to Cougar Courses training
|Instructional Design Services (IDS) has prepared a series of "how-to" instructor and student guides for each of the tools and resources available in Cougar Courses. If you are an instructor
new to Cougar Courses, or want a refresher on the basics, view our New to Cougar Courses Workshop video series.
Faculty Center Support
|Sometimes things happen and you need an alternate plan for teaching your course. It
could be a natural disaster, sickness, or a conference. It could also be used for
student(s) who have a prolonged absence. This page will help instructors with resources
to prepare themselves and their students for possible interruptions. The Faculty Center Keep Teaching CSUSM site has additional information to consider under these circumstances.
||Send a message to all students. A copy is posted immediately in the Announcements
forum & sent to their CSUSM email at the top of the hour.
|| Post an announcement
||Send quick message to one or more students. It is sent immediately.
||Send a Message
||Office hours, Q&A session, audio & video, test preparation/review
Document and Course Material Distribution
Instead of emailing materials to your students, upload them to Cougar Courses. Students
can easily access the materials without searching their email and choose an alternate
format (if necessary) using Blackboard Ally. You can upload files and add links. The
links can be on the Internet, library resources, and/or documents created in Office 365 or Google Drive.
Lecture Content: Record, Live Stream, or Written Documents
| Use Zoom to record microlectures based on core concepts is a quick way to provide audio/video
lectures to your students. Breaking the content into small chucks allows you the flexibility
of creating content when you have time and makes it easier for students to listen/view
the content with limited access to WIFI or Internet access.
|You can also share written content using a variety of tools. The preferred method
is to use Page in Cougar Courses or use Word online and share the link. Page allows students to view the content on
their phone or computer without downloading the file. Page is an option in every course
|Word online allows students to view the content on their phone or computer without
downloading the file. By using Word online, instructors will create content once and
share the link in the multiple sections of the same course. Create a OneDrive folder, add your Word, PowerPoint, or Excel documents, then share with your students.
|Use Zoom to live stream your lecture, hold office hours, meet with groups of students,
quiz/exam prep and review. The options are limitless. The Live Stream with Zoom guide will step you through the process.
|Camtasia is a screen recorder the campus community can use to record and edit video. Download Camtasia from our software page where you will find a list of useful software available at no charge. The file is
uploaded to YouTube and shared via email or Cougar Courses.
Create Your Own Whiteboard
Engage Students in Readings
|Keep students motivated and learning even when you aren’t standing in front of your
classroom by using the social e-reader Perusall that is integrated in Cougar Courses. Research shows that Perusall increases student
reading preparation from an average of 20-30% to >90%. By combining collaborative
discussion and content annotation with automated grading that keeps students on track,
Perusall creates a community among your students -- and improves their learning outcomes
-- even when you can’t meet with them face-to-face.
Create and share rich and interactive web content specially designed for use in e-learning
with H5P. H5P is integrated in Cougar Courses as an activity. View the examples and get started today.
There are several assignment types integrated in Cougar Courses. The regular assignment,
Turnitin, and PoodLL. The guide "Which assignment type and options suit your purpose?" will help you choose which one to use.
Students can complete quizzes/exams online and the grade goes into the gradebook.
There are a variety of question types to choose from including multiple choice, essay,
and matching. If you are worried about academic integrity, use the Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB) and Monitor. The RLB prevents students from using the computer to find answers to questions but
doesn't prevent them from using a phone, friend, or separate computer. RLB and Monitor
records students while they are taking the quiz/exam for review later (if necessary).
You can also use Zoom to proctor the exams similar to what you would do in the classroom. The students would need
a webcam to watch them all in gallery mode.
NOTE: Students cannot use Chromebooks with Respondus LockDown Browser. Please ask your
students what technology they have available.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a locked browser used specifically for taking online quizzes in Cougar Courses.
It prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other
applications (like Word) during a quiz. If a quiz requires that LockDown Browser be
used, students will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser. There
is also the additional option of Respondus Monitor, which uses a student's webcam
to record them while they take the quiz/exam. These videos are then viewable by the
instructor through the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard. Automated video analysis
automatically flags any suspicious behavior in these videos and prioritizes them for
review. You should create a practice quiz in your course for your students to test
their configuration. They want to access the practice quiz each time prior to taking
an actual quiz/exam.
Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor
|The student Respondus LockDown Browser guide steps them through the process of installing it on their computer. Students must
have a PC or Mac with a full operating system. A Chromebook does not work with Respondus
LockDown Browser. It is possible to use an iPad but there may be issues that we are
unable to troubleshoot.
Proctor with Zoom
Some students may not have access to a computer with a webcam and may not have access
to an external webcam. Instructors may elect to use Zoom to proctor those students themselves.
ProctorU is a live proctor that is not taking new clients and is very expensive (~$18
per student/per quiz or exam).
|Keep the conversation going, create a space for student to post questions, or facilitate
groupwork using the Forum. Cougar Courses has several forum types to choose from to fit your course needs.
Our "Using Forums" guide provides information on the types and strategies for optimizing forum participation.
Student Study Place
Create a "Student Space" Zoom recurring meeting for your students to meet and chat without you. This will give them easy access to peers to study with and ask questions as
well as chat with like they would in class.
Create the meeting with the password and post the link & password in Cougar Courses.
| Zoom video conferencing is available for all faculty, staff, and students. It works on computers, tablets,
and phones. You can use audio only or display your video during office hours. You
can easily share your desktop or website. Your students can enter/exit as needed.
If you want to have students wait to enter, similar to standing outside your office,
you can use the waiting room feature in Zoom. Be sure to set a password for the meeting. Post the Zoom link and password in Cougar
Students working in groups can use Zoom for live meetings and recording their presentation. They can use a Forum to facilitate
an asynchronous discussion with the group members and the instructor. Using Office
365 or Google programs, they can outline and write a paper and create a presentation.
The guide "Group Work and Roles" provides a framework for successful student projects. Students can submit their
final project to an assignment or forum. Forums can be peer reviewed.
Report and Analytic Tools
Cougar Courses has a number of reports available to provide insight into your student
use of Cougar Courses. These reports will enable you to provide support and interventions.
All students and faculty can download the Office Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud. Additional software can be accessed through CougarApps. The list of available software is CougarApps is available on our Software Page.
Accessibility & Inclusive Excellence
You may be contacted by a student who receives services through Disability Support
Services or a student who needs an accommodation due to sickness or other personal
Examples from Instructors
Our instructors have put together these examples to help you during your planning
and transition. If you have examples you would like to share, please email them to
firstname.lastname@example.org We will get them posted as soon as we can.
Teams allows for instant text messaging, voice and video calling, file storing, sharing,
and collaborative editing, instant translation, and more with every faculty, staff,
or student on campus.