Countdown to Canvas: 3 weeks to go

Canvas is now MiraCosta’s sole course management system!

Blackboard and Moodle access links have been removed from http://miracosta.edu/online to eliminate any confusion for our summer students.

Faculty who are continuing to access old courses in Blackboard and Moodle may do so until June 30 via:

  • Blackboard: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu/
  • Moodle: http://miracosta.mrooms.net/

If you need to catch up on details about extracting course content and data from the older systems, please see my previous Countdown to Canvas message.

Happy Summer!

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

Download Moodle Gradebook and Backup a Moodle Course

MiraCosta faculty and student access to Moodle ends on June 30, 2018. For overall details and advice on the final transition to Canvas, please see Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle.

This page demonstrates how to download the Moodle gradebook and an entire course in case they are needed after your access to Moodle ends. You may also view similar directions for Blackboard.

Download Moodle Gradebook

It is advised that faculty export their course gradebooks on Moodle so that they are available to refer to if necessary for grade challenges. (See AP 4231 (Grade Changes) for details on circumstances you may want to consider.)

Here is a short tutorial on how to export your grades from Moodle to an Excel spreadsheet.

To ensure student privacy, keep gradebook files in a secure location such as your H: (Home Drive). AIS can assist you with the location of the H: drive for secure, backed-up campus data storage.

Individual assignments can be downloaded if you want to keep student work. Contact Moodle Support for assistance with downloading individual assignments. Specific directions will be based on the tool you used.

Moodle Support #  1-844-336-1439

Download Moodle Course Archive

Faculty can download an entire course from Moodle as a backup with user data. A faculty member can import the archive file to another Moodle system or Canvas; however, it will only contain course materials and content without student data. For more information on importing a Moodle course to Canvas, please see the migration guide from Canvas.

MiraCosta Online Ed is archiving all Moodle courses and storing them on AIS secure servers. We will work with the faculty case by case if the archive needs to be restored in the future for legal purposes.

UDOIT – Universal Design Online Inspection Tool

UDOIT UNIVERSAL DESIGN ONLINE CONTENT INSPECTION TOOL

The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (“You Do It”) enables faculty to identify and correct many accessibility issues in their MiraCosta Canvas courses. UDOIT scans a course, generates a report, and provides resources on how to address common accessibility issues. It was created by the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida.

Canvas tools that UDOIT checks

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Files (i.e., .html files)
  • Pages
  • Syllabus
  • Module URLs

Accessibility issues that UDOIT examines

Click any of the above links for issue-specific accessibility guidance.

Please note: some items cannot be examined by UDOIT. These include external documents and some videos/audio files for captioning/transcripts.

How to use UDOIT in Canvas

More Information about Accessibility

Turnitin for Canvas (Classic Turnitin LTI 1.0 Version)

MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, GradeMark, and Peer Review.  Turnitin is available within Canvas. No separate login or password is required for faculty or students.

The classic Turnitin LTI 1.0 integration will eventually be phased out. If you are new to Turnitin or are creating new assignments check out the Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework.

Classic Turnitin LTI 1.0 in Canvas

Testing a Turnitin Assignment with your MCC Sample Student

Turnitin is an LTI tool that is globally installed on our Canvas system. LTI tools are not native to Canvas so they will not work in the internal Canvas Student View. You must log off of Canvas, as an instructor, then log on with your MCC Sample Student account. Now you will be able to experience a Turnitin assignment within your Canvas course as a student.

Additional information

Connecting your Canvas Course to Various Publisher Tools

If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to the publisher course site so that students can connect to the publisher site from Canvas without a separate login. Some publishers also allow for ‘deep integration’ (or ‘deep linking’) between your Canvas course and the publisher site, so that assignments and quizzes are individually accessible in your Canvas course and also integrated with your Canvas grade book.

NOTE: When you adopt a third party tool for use in your class, it is your responsibility to ensure it is compliant with state and federal regulations and MiraCosta policies. Please carefully evaluate the tool for issues such as accessibility and student privacy. Contact Jim Julius, faculty director of online education, if you have any questions about this.

Enabling a Pre-Installed Global Publisher LTI in Canvas at MiraCosta College

The following publishers are currently pre-installed globally in MiraCosta’s Canvas environment.

Cengage Learning MindLinks/MindTap
McGraw-Hill Connect & Campus
McGraw-Hll SIMnet
Pearson My Lab & Mastering
W.W.Norton

To connect a Canvas course to any of these, go to your Canvas course, click Settings in the course menu and the Navigation tab at the top. This enables you to alter your course menu:

Canvas Navigation

Scroll down, and you will find hidden items that can be added to your course, including the publishers listed above. If your publisher is listed, drag it up to your course menu, or click the button at the right and then the +Enable option to add it to your course. Then be sure you click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Navigation Add a publisher

Cengage Learning MindLinks/MindTap

Cengage NowMind Tap Logo

 

 

Cengage has numerous products that integrate with Canvas, such as MindTap, CourseMate, Aplia, and CengageNOW.

See their Digital Course Support for Canvas site for documentation on using these and other Cengage tools with Canvas.

McGraw-Hill Connect & Campus

McGraw-Hill Connect

McGraw-Hill Connect is another popular publisher being used by many instructors. When using McGraw-Hill Connect with Canvas, there are a few significant differences from the process of using Pearson with Canvas. One is that you must copy your course on the McGraw-Hill Connect site before pairing it to your Canvas course. You cannot create a copy of the course while pairing, like you can in Pearson.  A second difference is that after pairing, you need to ‘deploy’ your assignments on the McGraw-Hill site in order to enable deep integration with your Canvas course. And third, when copying your course for another semester or section, McGraw-Hill has an option to “Re-link assignments from copied course”, which takes care of the duplication issue that Pearson has.

Here are some resources on using McGraw-Hill Connect with Canvas:

McGraw-Hll SIMnet

SIMnet LogoSIMnet works similarly to Connect, but the deep integration works a little differently.  First enable the McGraw-Hill SIMnet navigation link in your course by going to Settings and then the Navigation tab (as pictured at the top of this post), and then see:

Pearson MyLab & Mastering

Pearson My Lab / Mastering Logo

Pearson MyLab & Mastering has tools and resources for a number of different disciplines, and luckily they all use the same interface for deep integration with Canvas.

Rick Snyder at Valencia College made a handout on the integration of Pearson publisher materials with Canvas.  Note the caution about copying courses, which may end up with duplicate Pearson deep links if you are not careful.  See also these resources:

W.W.Norton

W.W. Norton LogoW.W. Norton primarily does books, but they also have tools like InQuizitive.  See:

Is your publisher not on this list?

Many LTIs can be installed at the course level by a faculty member. Contact your publisher for more information and directions on how you can install their tool at the course level. And please keep in mind the note at the top of this page about faculty responsibility for compliance of third-party tools with state and federal regulations and MiraCosta policy.

Requests for the installation of Global LTIs must be made to the Online Education department through your department. We are not able to add global LTI’s on demand. Adequate evaluation and testing is required prior to installation of Global LTIs.

Some individual publishers can be found in the Canvas App Center, which is the mechanism for individual Canvas users to add LTI tools into their courses. Here are a few guides to the Canvas App Center.

 

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