Resources

Instructional Web-Based Software

Accessing Class Rosters & Inputting Final Grades

MyGateway-WebStar is the North Orange County Community College District’s portal for accessing class rosters and inputting grades.  The Cypress College myGateway-WebStar Instructions for Faculty (PDF) provides step-by-step explanations of the following procedures:

  • logging onto myGateway portal
  • accessing and printing “real-time” rosters
  • utilizing Wait Lists and distributing Add Codes
  • signing Credit/No Credit permission forms
  • dropping No Show students before census
  • dropping students with a “W” after census
  • emailing students individually or as a class
  • viewing student transcripts
  • inputting final grades

How to Build a myGateway Course Studio Homepage

MyGateway Course Studio allows you to send announcement, upload files and links, create a message board, and utilize a chat room to provide supplemental materials online for your courses.

MyGateway Course Studio Step-by-Step Guide provides clear directions on how to build the Course Studio homepage for each of your courses.  Group and individual workshops are available upon request.

Early Alert through myGateway

Early Alert is a program that allows instructors the ability to provide timely feedback to their students regarding their academic progress before students fall behind and drop the class.. Through myGateway, instructors can access their class rosters and choose from a variety of alerts that are geared towards helping “at-risk” students and providing positive feedback to those who do well.

Academic Honesty and Avoiding Plagiarism

Turnitin.com is an electronic service that “discourages plagiarism and facilitates rich, meaningful feedback to instructors and students.” Essentially Turnitin.com checks the originality of each student’s paper by comparing each paper to its text comparison database and developing an Originality Report within minutes.

It is recommended that during the first class meeting, instructors inform students of the Cypress College Academic Honesty Policy which references Turnitin.com.  Because Cypress College subscribes to this service, please email ProfessionalDevelopment@CypressCollege.edu for the directions, account number, and password for accessing Turnitin.com.

Distance Education & Blackboard Training

Instructors can obtain the most accurate and up to date information about teaching online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses at the Cypress College Distance Education website.

Curriculum Development through CurricUNET

Cypress College faculty members who wish to submit new and/or revised courses and programs to the Curriculum Committee for approval must utilize CurricUNET, an online authoring, editing, management, and approval tool.  Periodically, the Curriculum Committee offers CurricUNET workshops during the spring semester for those new to the curriculum process.

To access CurricUNET, contact Terry Carpenter tcarpenter@cypresscollege.edu in the Cypress College Instructional Office.  She will provide your user name and password which have already been assigned to you as a Cypress College faculty member.

If you have never used this program before, go to the CurricUNET website and scroll down to the User Guide under Help at the bottom of the website’s left-hand column. The last item under Links in the website’s left-hand column is the Training Guide/Curriculum 2010 which provides additional information. You may also contact your Curriculum Committee divisional representative for further assistance.

TracDat & Assessing SLOs

Cypress College uses TracDat, an online centralized assessment management software, to house all SLOs and their results, to consolidate SLO assessment reporting, and to use the information to strengthen program review.

To access TracDat, you must have received training and been assigned a Username and Password by the SLO Coordinator.

The Cypress College TracDat Getting Started Guide provides step-by-step directions for inputting course SLOs, assessment plans and results, and action plans to improve instruction.

Please contact the SLO Coordinator  if you and/or your department need initial TracDat training, a refresher workshop on TracDat, or one-on-one assistance.

For more information about the Cypress College SLO Assessment process, go to the Student Learning Outcomes website.

The Teaching Learning Center (TLC)/Teaching Learning Lab (TLL)

Overview

Located on the first floor of the Library/Learning Resource Center (LLRC) are two computer training rooms for Cypress College and NOCCCD employees:

  • TLC – 24 computers and one instructor station
  • TLL – 6 computers and one mobile multimedia cart

For descriptions of each computer training room, click the appropriate link to the left.

How to Make Reservations

The TLC and the TLL can be reserved by members of the Cypress College community and NOCCCD staff on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve these computer training rooms, please contact the Professional Development Office by email ProfessionalDevelopment@CypressCollege.edu or phone (ext. 47324) and indicate the following:

  • which computer training room is needed
  • the date the room is needed
  • start time and end time of the training
  • the group who will be using the room
  • the person making the reservation.

Confirmation of your reservation will be made by return email.

The TLC – Teaching Learning Center

The Teaching Learning Center (TLC) is a “smart classroom” which houses 24 Dell computers, one instructor/trainer station, a video projector with motorized screen, white boards, two printers, and a telephone for teleconferencing.

The TLC is located on the first floor of the Library/Learning Resource Center (LLRC-131).  Ask for directions to the TLC at the Learning Resource Center front counter located on the first floor of the LLRC.

The TLL – Teaching Learning Lab

The Teaching Learning Lab (TLL) is a small computer classroom which houses six Dell computers and one mobile multimedia cart.  This computer room was designed for small groups or individuals working independently in a quiet environment.

The TLL is located on the first floor of the Library/Learning Resource Center (LLRC-134).  Ask for directions to the TLL at the Learning Resource Center front counter located on the first floor of the LLRC.

Additional Resources

For Faculty

How-To Guides

How to Construct a Cypress College Course Syllabus

The Cypress College Curriculum Committee revised the Syllabus Guidelines to assist faculty members in developing a course syllabus that contains all the necessary elements. The Syllabus Guidelines document contains the syllabus checklist, the guidelines, the Academic Honesty policy, and a sample course syllabus.

How to Access Class Rosters and Input Final Grades

MyGateway-WebStar is the North Orange County Community College District’s portal for accessing class rosters and inputting grades. The myGateway Instructions for Faculty provides step-by-step explanations of the following procedures:

  • logging onto myGateway portal
  • accessing and printing “real-time” rosters
  • utilizing Wait Lists and distributing Add Codes
  • signing Credit/No Credit permission forms
  • dropping No Show students before census
  • dropping students with a “W” after census
  • emailing students individually or as a class
  • viewing student transcripts
  • inputting final grades

How to Build a myGateway Course Studio Homepage

MyGateway Course Studio allows you to send announcement, upload files and links, createa message board, and utilize a chat room to provide supplemental materials online for your courses.

MyGateway Course Studio Step-by-Step Guide provides clear directions on how to build the Course Studio homepage for each of your courses.  Group and individual workshops are available upon request.

How to Use Early Alert to Improve Student Success

Early Alert is a program that allows instructors the ability to provide timely feedback to their students regarding their academic progress before students fall behind and drop the class. Instructors can access their class rosters and choose from a variety of alerts that are geared towards helping “at-risk” students and providing positive feedback to those who do well.

How to Avoid Plagiarism and Encourage Academic Honesty

Turnitin.com is an electronic service that “discourages plagiarism and facilitates rich, meaningful feedback to instructors and students.”  Essentially Turninit.com checks the originality of each students’s paper by comparing each paper to its text comparison database and developing an Originality Report within minutes.

It is recommended that during the first class meeting, instructors inform students of the Cypress College Academic Honesty Policy which references Turnitin.com.  Because Cypress College subscribes to this service, please contact the Professional Development Office for the directions, account number, and password for accessing Turninit.com.

How to Submit Curriculum through Curricunet

Cypress College faculty members who wish to submit new and/or revised courses and programs to the Curriculum Committee for approval must utilize CurricUNET, an online authoring, editing, management, and approval tool.