​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Transitioning to a Remote Environment

We hope that you stay safe and healthy as you make the adjustment to remote instruction. We value that you’re bringing education and some normalcy to the lives of students. Below are resources we have gathered to support instructors in making a quick transition to a remote environment.​

Many resources also posted in Canvas Central

ALL FACULTY should have access to Canvas. 
If you do not, please send an email to distance_ed_inquiry@smc.edu.​

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Office 365

Not that long ago, SMC made the transition to Microsoft 365 (previously called Office 365), a "cloud-based" or online version of the Microsoft Office suite. Not only did this increase email storage space, it also gave us access to a whole slew of programs and applications designed to make workflow at SMC smoother and more seamless than ever before. With 365, you can access your apps and documents on the go, even from your smart phone.

Many of us have not yet fully explored how Microsoft 365 can enhance our collective experience. The Center encourages you to take some time to see how each application works using the following links and tutorials we have gathered:

  • Teams​ – a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines chat, video meetings, file storage, and app integration on desktop and mobile devices
  • PowerPoint 365 – the cloud version of MS PowerPoint
  • Word 365 – the cloud version of MS Word
  • Excel 365 – the cloud version of MS Excel
  • OneDrive – the cloud storage service - access your files from anywhere and co-edit in real time
  • OneNo​te – free-form information gathering and collaboration tool

As a current Santa Monica College student, faculty or staff member, you get access to Microsoft 365 ProPlus!​  ​Just log in with your SMC email and password.

Sign in to Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 Features:

​Online access to Microsoft applications, including:













1TB of cloud file storage on OneDrive

Access to Office applications on mobile

Ability to setup the full Microsoft 365 applications on up to 5 Windows PCs, or Macs

Faculty and Staff get a 50GB email quota​


ConferZoom Meeting Guide (provided by SMC Distance Education)

ConferZoom help resources for using ConferZoom outside of Canvas

If you are new to Zoom, please sign up at www.conferzoom.org and make sure you use your SMC email address.  Please note, if you don’t receive confirmation within a reasonable time, check your spam folder before contacting tech support.

If you are an existing regular Zoom user, please follow the Upgrading to a ConferZoom Account- Please note, if you don’t receive confirmation within a reasonable time, check your spam folder before contacting tech support.

ConferZoom Meeting Guide (provided by Canvas Central)

You're an SMC Faculty member who just got a ConferZoom.org account, now what?

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CCC TechConnect Webinars Regarding ConferZoom/Canvas Integration

Learn about the basics of your ConferZoom account, and the exciting new features of the ConferZoom Integration in Canvas.

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Zoom Basics 1-Minute  Video Tutorials (Youtube)

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How to Help Your Students Join Your Zoom Meeting

Students do NOT need a Zoom account.  The following instructional videos provide what students need to access your Zoom class meeting or office hours.

Other Resources to Share with Your Students​:

​​​​Mental Health:

COVID-19 Tips, Resource Lists, & Guides:


  • SMC Relief Request Form (Fund) *Max is $500. Student can request a faculty member (eg. counselor, professor) to submit it and vouch for them. There are guidelines.

  • @consciouskid is holding a Covid-19 #RentRelief for Families on Instagram. They give *$200 to families. All someone has to do is comment on it with their Paypal, Venmo or CashApp. This means your comment is public and strangers can donate as well. As always, students should be cautious with what they share in the comments as they are public, but I have found this page to be a very good community. GoFundMe Page: COVID-19 #RENTRELIEF for Families They have raised around $35k and are still disembursing.

  • The Constance Fund  This fund provides $100 to college students in Southern California impacted by school closings and other implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These funds are intended as a last resort for students who have run out of other options.  We recommend applying to UI and on-campus resources before you apply here.

Food Security:

  • SMC Meal Delivery (EveryTable) Form *Form has to be completed WEEKLY by 11:59 pm EACH WEDNESDAY in order to be placed on this list for food delivery. Vegetarian, Standard, Meal Project options available. ​

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Tips & Tricks for Online Teaching and Learning

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​Equity-Minded Practices in an Online Environment

5 books that Every White Ally Should Read on Black Lives
Article From Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Support for disabled students during the current COVID-19 related transition to distance education​ - from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

​Resources & Responsibilities for Supporting Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood's Latest Webinar from 4/9/2020:
Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment​​

Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood's Latest Webinar from 3/26/2020: 

Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities​​

USC's Center for Urban Education Webinar from 3/26/2020:
Supporting students, colleagues, and community during COVID-19​​

From the Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence:
Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely

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