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Just DOODLE to simplify scheduling meetings

If you have spent much time scheduling meetings you know how nice it can be when everyone’s schedules come together easily and how frustrating when you are trying a third, or fourth, or fifth day and time with no success. Scheduling a meeting or event when all attendees are on the same email system (i.e. Microsoft Outlook) can be simple using the built-in features in the software that allows you to check for conflicts, identify open times, and email everyone to set up a meeting but that isn’t always the case.

If you find you need to schedule a meeting or event for multiple attendees who aren’t all using the same calendar system you might want to consider using a web tool called Doodle (

What is it? Doodle is simple, web-based scheduling tool that allows you to work with multiple users to easily identify available meeting times and schedule them in just one try. Users can create a free account at the site, select the dates they want to consider for the meeting, enter time options, then send an email to all invitees with a link for them to select times best suited for their schedule. Users add their name, select available times and click save. As the organizer you can quickly see the best time and schedule the meeting once and be done.

This video will provide you with a short demo of the system.

Doodle Introduction from Doodle AG on Vimeo.

San Jac participating in Freeware Project

San Jacinto College will be a participating member of the Freeware Project led by Dallas Community College District’s LeCroy Center and funded by the Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). The grant will be exploring the concept of open courseware.

Through its Dallas TeleLearning operation, the LeCroy Center will work with select colleges to offer nationally recognized multi-media courses developed by the LeCroy Center at no cost to the participating college. These courses are pedagogically sound, available totally online and developed with Quality Matters standards. Participating colleges will help document successes and identify barriers that will lead to Best Practices in the open courseware movement.

If you are interested in more information on this project contact Niki Whiteside or Sherry Nixon-Ransdell.

San Jac adopts SafeAssign for plagiarism prevention service

In an effort to provide seamless integration with our learning management system, integrated support for Blackboard and plagiarism software at a vendor level, and provide a more cost effective solution for SJC we will be switching to SafeAssign for use by our faculty and students on May 22, 2010.

SafeAssign became available for faculty access through Blackboard on Monday, May 10, 2010. Open labs have been offered on each campus and computer-based training materials will be available soon. Check back here for more details as soon as they are available. If you need assistance in the meantime check with your campus Instructional Designer and they will be happy to assist you.