Spring 2020 Flex Workshops


MiraCosta faculty no longer need to sign up for Flex activities in advance. After attending a Flex workshop, record your participation on your Flex transcript under the “Record Activities” tab, selecting the “Scheduled Activities or Workshops” activity type. Visit the Flex website for more information.


After Flex week, go to the Workshop Archives to see recordings and resources from workshops below that were held online.

Spring 2020 Workshops

A full updated list of all Flex workshops can be found at: Spring 2020 Flex Worshops

What’s in a Name? Plenty! NameCoach and Inclusive Conversation

NameCoach helps classmates, faculty, and people in the MiraCosta community to learn to address each other the way each person would like to be addressed. Students and instructors can voice record their name pronunciation and specify their preferred pronouns in Canvas. That information will be available to instructors, students, and anyone who has access to Canvas courses, to enable inclusive and respectful conversation. 

NameCoach Pronunciation Tool from NU Digital Learning on Vimeo.

Recording Your Name and Pronouns in NameCoach within Canvas

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
Name Coach Recording in Canvas Step 1 and 2.

3. Click NameCoach Recorder

4. Click ‘Record Name‘ or ‘Edit this recording‘ and follow the directions. Both buttons will default to the recording directions for first time users. You can record your name online, or you can do it via phone. You will also be able to specify your preferred pronouns.

Reviewing and Editing Your NameCoach Information

Once you record your name and pronouns, you can always review and/or update this.

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
  3. Click NameCoach Recorder
  4. To listen to the recording, click the Arrow Button.
Step 4 Name Coach Reviewing Your Recording

5. To re-record your name, and/or to review your pronouns, click the Edit this recording button. Follow the onscreen directions to re-record your name and/or update pronouns.

Step 5 Name Coach Rerecord Your Name.

View a NameCoach Roster and Listen to Student Name Recordings

  1. Enter your Canvas course, click NameCoach on left course menu.
  2. Click on the Arrow button to the right of a student’s name to listen to the student’s name recording.

If you don’t see NameCoach in the course menu, ask the instructor to turn it on!

Faculty: Ensure the NameCoach Roster is Visible in Your Classes

By default, NameCoach should be enabled on every Canvas course menu (see just above). If it is light gray, then it has been disabled and students won’t be able to access it. To enable it, click Settings at the bottom of the course menu, then click the Navigation tab at top center. Move NameCoach from the bottom set of items to the top to enable it. For more detail on this process, see the Canvas guide on course navigation menu changes.

Online Ed News to Know Before You Go Spring 2019

As we wrap-up the Spring 2019 Semester, please take a moment to review these important announcements, updates, and reminders from the Online Education Office.

Instructurecon 2019

This conference focuses on using Canvas to enhance student success by learning about new technologies in education, networking with online educators, and staying current in online education research. The conference is being held at the Long Beach Convention Center, July 9-11. If you are interested in attending, the Online Ed Office will be able to provide up to $250 for travel funds (this means you will have to find additional funding sources). For more information, visit Instructurecon 2019

Faculty Online Professional Development Survey – from MOE

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey developed by the MiraCosta Online Educators Committee. This survey will help us develop workshops and other professional development opportunities for Fall Flex Week and throughout the Fall Semester. We appreciate your participation.

Online Teaching Needs Assessment Survey

Arc – Moving Forward

We are going to continue our subscription with the Arc video management system in Canvas. If you want to learn more about this tool, please watch our Arc Demonstration for MiraCosta College.

Brand New!!! – Student Support Hub in Canvas

We are excited to introduce our new Student Support Hub in Canvas! This space provides a variety of online services to our students. All MiraCosta students are auto-enrolled in the Hub, and it appears on their Canvas Dashboard. Faculty can access the Hub using the universal toolbar on the left-side of Canvas. Please promote this service in your summer and/or fall classes!

The Student Support HUB

Canvas End-of-Term Reminders

After June 2nd, Canvas classes go into read-only mode for you and your students. There are some important things you should consider before that date! Please review our Canvas end-of-term guide.

Zero- and Low-Textbook Cost for Summer and/or Fall Classes

If you are teaching any summer and/or fall classes that have course material costs of $0 (zero) or under $40 (low), please be sure to designate those classes as such in SURF. This enables your class to receive a special denotation in SURF and also to be listed on the ZTC/LTC page. See directions here.

Online and Hybrid Class Information Reminder

If you are teaching an online or hybrid class this summer and/or fall, please make sure your class description is up to date on the Online Class Schedule page. Students use the information on this page to get details about your class, such as your expectations for success, and how they should get started. See detailed instructions on how to provide detailed class information there.

Faculty Professional Learning Opportunities

@ONE Online Teaching Classes

@ONE offers an incredible array of online teaching classes ranging from general introductory and intermediate courses about online education, to more focused learning experiences related to topics such as culturally responsive teaching, accessibility, assessment, and much more – check out the catalog.

CVC-OEI Course Academy

If you teach a fully online C-ID approved course, you are eligible to receive support from the Online Education Initiative in preparation for possibly offering the class on the Course Exchange. Learn more about the Course Design Academy.

Finally, I Bid You Farewell…and Greetings!

My interim role as Faculty Director of Online Education will conclude at the end of June, and Jim Julius will be back in the saddle. While I am proud of the work and accomplishments of the Online Ed Office this semester, I look forward to returning to the classroom AND working with you all to build an awesome Teaching and Learning Center (C3) in my new role as Joyful Teacher in Residence.

Have a rad summer (I remember people signing yearbooks with messages like this one)

Sean Davis

Sean Davis
Peace.Love.Unity.Justice for All.
my pronouns: he, him, his
Faculty Director of Online Education (Interim – Spring 2019)
Sociology Department

Arc Demo and Conversation for MiraCosta Faculty (Thursday, April 23 at 6pm)

Hello Faculty Colleagues,

As we wrap up the semester and our pilot period for our new video management system, Arc, we want to share an opportunity to learn more about this tool. 

The folks at Arc have agreed to host a demo/conversation designed for our faculty at MiraCosta. The session will include:

1. A quick overview of the product and Arc basics.
2. One to two features a faculty member can implement now at the end of the semester and/or soon in preparation for Summer and Fall courses.
3. An update on status of quizzes in ARC. Where are they now? What new features were integrated this semester since we started the pilot in January? 

Join us on Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm. ( Click here to enter the meeting )

One Word Agenda – Brown Bag Series Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Pedagogical Lounge OC1252

So I was not alone last week for Digital Learning Day – thank you for that! I was fortunate to have some great conversations with colleagues and was reminded that we just don’t do that enough. My proposal – let’s do more of that. Often we are guided by detailed agendas and lesson plans, but some of the best professional development can come from a conversation.

If you are available, please join me for the One Word Agenda Brown Bag Series in the Pedagogical Lounge (Did you know we have a Pedagogical Lounge? And a Teaching and Learning Center?). This is not a workshop. This is not for Flex. You can bring your lunch. We can discuss the topic for the day. The best part is we don’t have to do any of those things if we don’t want to. However, I still hope to see you there! ?

-Sean Davis

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