Teaching Resources

General Teaching Resources


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Course Setup Checklist

If you aren’t teaching from a PCC master course, you will want to review this Course Setup Checklist to ensure a smooth term start.

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How to Get Certified in Brightspace

Pima Community College requires that faculty using Brightspace to teach fully online go through a certification process. Currently, there is one mechanism for attaining PCC certification attending the PimaOnline Teach Level Certification Class.

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PimaOnline Course Development Guide

A resource for faculty who want to improve the quality of their online course and/or develop a new online course.

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Brightspace Ease of Use Training Page

If you attended the Brightspace Ease of Use Training, you can view all of the pages from the training at the Brightspace Ease of Use Training page.

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Accessibility, Special Access & Release Conditions

Ensure that courses, programs, services, and activities are accessible to and usable by students with disabilities.

PCC Teaching Resources


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Accessibility and Your Course

Disabilities (visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, etc.) can affect people's ability to fully access web-based materials. You can make your class and web-based materials accessible to the majority of your audience by following the guidelines.

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PCC Course Homepages

PCC Faculty are welcome to utilize the new PCC Course Homepages created by the Center for Learning Technology. These Brightspace Course Homepages include “header” graphics and are available to all faculty enrolled in Brightspace college-wide.

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PCC Course HTML Templates

PimaOnline is providing HTML templates for faculty to use in Brightspace, as an easy way for faculty to create visually appealing, consistent and accessible HTML pages in courses—without needing to know HTML!

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Color, Contrast, and Text Online

A high level of contrast between text colors and the background color not only assists students who have trouble seeing contrast or are color blind, but assists all students in more easily reading course materials.

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Publisher and Third Party Resources in Brightspace

Brightspace offers "deep content integration" with a variety of publishers and other third party vendors. The advantage of this integration is that it will not require additional authentication or links to access these resources.

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Jazz Up Discussion Questions

Whenever you "jazz up" the standard discussion questions, it is always advisable that you ensure that your changes do not alter the learning outcome or assessment strategy for the course.

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Tips for Developing and Enhancing Discussion Activities

With their Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles for Good Practice as inspiration, well-designed online discussions can encourage student and faculty communication and promote active learning.

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Images Online: Recommended Size, Alt Text, etc.

Information for instructors inserting images into their Brightspace content.

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Free and Low-Cost Image Resources

Free or low cost sources of images that are either in the public domain or that you have the right to use by becoming a member of a service or by subscribing to a service.

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Quick Guide to Using ImageQuest

PCC offers faculty, staff and students access to over 2,000,000 images in the ImageQuest library, all available for PCC-only non-commercial educational use.

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Copyright and PCC

Pima Community College requires faculty, staff and administrators to obey federal copyright law.