C3 in Spring 2022

Hello Faculty,

I’m Lauren McFall, and I’m the Interim Coordinator of our C3 Teaching and Learning Center while Sean Davis is on sabbatical this Spring. I hope that you have had the restful break that you need and deserve. I spent a good deal of time thinking about what I would write to you, but I realized that what we all need right now is something succinct. We only have one short semester together, so I’m going to get right to the point and share what you can expect from me (knowing full well that making plans in the 2020’s can be a bit foolhardy).

Opportunities for Spring 2022

  • Building Connection and Community (hopefully both in person and online)
  • Addressing Burn Out Culture and Self Care (as it relates to our role as teachers and the impact on our students)
  • Supporting Zero Textbook Cost Courses (based on upcoming funding from the state)
  • Expanding Futures Thinking (as a way to prepare for all the possibilities)

In addition, I’ll continue the work that Sean has already established as part of the C3. It’s going to be a busy semester, but aren’t they all?

Let’s Chat

Want to ask questions? Or talk about possible offerings this Spring? Or even just say hello?

Drop in to my Zoom Room this week:

  • Today – Tuesday at 12pm – January 11, 2022
  • Tomorrow – Wednesday at 1pm – January 12, 2022
  • Thursday at 3:30pm – January 13, 2022

Want to Share?

If you have some resources, tips/tricks, and questions to share, please contribute to the newsletter using this C3-2-1 Form.

With Gratitude and Goodwill!

Lauren McFall
Interim Joyful Teacher in Residence and Coordinator of the C3 Teaching and Learning Center
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Unlearn Grading to Ungrade Learning: Part 1 – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Good afternoon campus community,

In our latest episode release, the SAFE Topics team had a conversation with faculty members on the topic of ungrading! We explore ideas like deconstructing traditional grading, assessment being a conversation, meeting resistance, and self-reflections. Join hosts Sean and curry alongside Joe Salamon (Physical Science), Chad Tsuyuki (English), Virginia “Gin” Schwarz (English & Literature), and James Garcia (Sociology) as we talk about the world of ungrading. This episode is one for the books! Keep an eye out for Part 2 coming in the Spring ‘22 semester!

Access the transcript for this episode.

And don’t forget to listen to the mini-series, “Hyflexing,” with hosts Sean and curry!

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Google Podcasts
  3. Spotify
  4. Apple Podcasts
  5. Amazon Music
  6. Audible

What to Listen For

  • How are we all thinking about assessment in our classrooms?
  • Is ungrading a privilege reserved for full time faculty?
  • Points, points, points!
  • Deconstructing the years of high school grade trauma.
  • The myths of the transactional relationship vs an authentic relationship.
  • Ungrading isn’t a radical idea – it’s being used in other places too.
  • “If you don’t do this, you won’t get that.”
  • The self-worth tied to the grades.
  • How the grade becomes the message.
  • Having both flexibility and rigidity.
  • Have you been met with resistance to ungrading?
  • The importance of feedback.
  • Grades still matter → We’re still working within a paradox.
  • Thoughts on the affective, formative, and summative.
  • Being way less stressed when you don’t have to be a policing person.
  • Making sure we have these conversations and self-reflecting.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Down with Spring Break – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community and happy Tuesday!!

The SAFE Topics team just released the latest episode, “Down with Spring Break!” In this episode, the team host a debate among with MiraCosta students and faculty over spring break. We ask why about the value of breaks and the costs of interruptions. We share the realities of workloads carried into breaks. And question what exactly it is we need a break from in the first place. Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with Daniel Ante-Contreras (English), Carson Arias (mechanical engineering major), and Kayla Kamani (psychology & film major) in an argument over keeping or abandoning spring break!

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Google Podcasts
  3. Spotify
  4. Apple Podcasts
  5. Amazon Music
  6. Audible

What to Listen For

  • Is spring break necessary?
  • The importance of a mental break where you can breathe.
  • Eliminating spring break altogether and extending our summer instead.
  • Catching up on work, working on mental health.
  • An institutional lens around spring break.
  • The lack of student input in talks around spring break.
  • “Doing the good for the most amount of people.”
  • The concept of spring break as a guilty pleasure.
  • Do we need a break from classroom culture?
  • Learning vs. time demand.
  • Admin and faculty should be more mindful of time especially during distant learning.
  • Working smarter and not harder.
  • Were any minds changed about their views on spring break?

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Safe Topics

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week Ten!

Hello, Faculty Community! 

This week I have 3 haunting resources, 2 tricks and treats, and 1 frightening question for reflection. Not really. It is just Halloween and stuff. 

Looking for archived resources, tips/tricks, and questions?

Revisit the past editions of the C3-2-1 Newsletter here

Want to share? 

If you have some resources, tips/tricks, and questions to share, please contribute to the newsletter using this C3-2-1 Form.

C321 Newsletter

(3) Resources

1. Angela Davis speaks! 

CalEndow recently hosted the venerable and iconic Angela Davis – a personal hero of mine. It was so great to attend this session live and I am happy to share this talk with you. Here is a description of the session from the hosts:

Dr. Angela Davis joined CalEndow Live on October 20 to discuss why building stronger communities is essential to the struggle for racial, economic, and gender justice. In this hour-long conversation, she described how the prison abolition movement has evolved to meet this moment in history and how art helps build People Power.

2. Five Minute Fixes

This website is based on the Five Minute Fixes workshop presented by Laura Paciorek (Child Development) and Lisa M. Lane (History) earlier this semester. Click here to view the workshop recording. They are adding more fixes all the time, so come back for more! 

Do you need help with these or anything related to teaching your classes online? Contact any of our faculty helpers for free help, anytime.

3. Fostering and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms for Students of Color

Dr. Shaun Harper, the founder and executive director of USC’s Race and Equity Center, has released the resources, training material, and webinar recordings from the California Community Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance series. You can take these lessons at your own pace. This resource is the second session in the series. The first session was featured in a previous C3-2-1 Newsletter.

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

Special Note: This section of the newsletter will be featuring MiraCosta’s new (new to this role but not new to MiraCosta) full-time instructional designer, Nadia Khan! Nadia will be contributing video tips and tricks as one of many ways to introduce you to her and the awesome service she is providing to our campus community. Welcome, Nadia! 

1. 
Converting word documents to fillable PDFs (approx. 3.5 minutes)

2. 
Quiz and Annotate Video on Studio (approx. 5 minutes)
This video provides tips on how to embed quizzes into Canvas Studio videos. It also shows how to annotate Studio videos and add Studio quizzes to Speedgrader

(1) Question

Are we ensuring our students are learning? And, when answering the question, are we thinking about “learning” in ways beyond the discipline-specific content in our classes?

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 🙂

Why Ethnic Studies? – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community!!

The SAFE Topics podcast is BACK! We’re now in our 4th season of the podcast and we are truly appreciative of our guests, supporters, and our listeners. This season we’re kicking things off with a bang and already pumping out some episodes for you all. Our first episode this season was entitled, “Back to Campus! Kinda…” and started with a series of interviews with some folks around the MiraCosta College campus. The team interviewed students, staff, and faculty about their experiences about what’s making them happy to be on campus and some of the realities we’re still dealing with.

Along with that, we’ve also started a “Hyflex” mini-series where Sean and curry try to figure out this new HyFlex teaching thing. Check out the episodes on HyflexingDesigning a New Course, and the COR of Your Class. Truly helpful and informative dialogue between Sean and curry about all things Hyflex!

And finally, our most recent release is now available to all! In this episode, the SAFE Topics team has a conversation with faculty leaders at MiraCosta who are charged with developing an Ethnic Studies program. We ask why about the political context, the timing, and the salient characteristics of Ethnic Studies, and how an Ethnic Studies department will benefit students and faculty campus wide. Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with Maria Figueroa (English), JahB Prescott (English), Tyrone Nagai (English), Alicia Lopez (Sociology), and Steven Moreno-Terrill (Sociology) as we get into this topic!

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Google Podcasts
  3. Spotify
  4. Apple Podcasts
  5. Amazon Music
  6. Audible

What to Listen For

  • Why ethnic studies and why now?
  • Ethnic studies have historically been met with resistance.
  • Why is it important for ethnic studies to be its own thing?
  • Student generated, not institutionally generated.
  • What are the characterizing features of ethnic studies today?
  • The interdisciplinary approaches to teach ethnic studies.
  • How ethnic studies benefits everyone.
  • We’re pioneers because we’re the first ones to do this at MiraCosta.
  • The “ah-ha” moment of ethnic studies.
  • The concept of community in ethnic studies.
  • What about students who might feel like they don’t fit in?
  • How ethnic studies can make us better.

Additional Resources (Thanks to Tyrone Nagai!)

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

Connect with Us

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Safe Topics

Stay great!

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

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