Joyful Office Hours – Episode 1

Hello, Faculty Community! 

***You are receiving this message because you are a faculty member at MiraCosta College. I, Sean Davis, am the coordinator of our C3 Teaching and Learning Center***

The C3 Teaching and Learning Center is excited to present a new virtual offering that will help us connect with our colleagues by learning more about them! There is a fair amount of teaching and learning in each episode as well. 🙂
Enjoy! 

Joyful Office Hours – Episode 1 – The Joyful Teacher is joined by guest CE (Career Education) Instructional Designer, Liesl Madrona. The discussion includes accessibility, making videos that students will watch, what it is like working with an instructional designer, and more!

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence
Coordinator, C3 Teaching and Learning Center

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Nine!

Hello, Faculty Community! 

***You are receiving this newsletter because you are a faculty member at MiraCosta College. I, Sean Davis, am the coordinator of our C3 Teaching and Learning Center***

October is a BIG month for celebrating and supporting several minoritized populations. Let’s promote, engage, and learn. Most importantly, we can honor the hard work folks are doing to bring justice to those who are denied it far too often.

3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection

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(3) Resources

  1.  LGBTQIA+ History Month
    The MiraCosta Social Justice and Equity Center (SJEC) is hosting a number of exciting events for LGBTQIA+ History Month. Be sure to check out the Virtual Library Display. There is still a fantastic slate of virtual events left this month, including Queer Games Arcade (tomorrow 10/21 from 3pm-4:30pm), Queer Musical Bingo (Friday 10/23 from 1pm-2pm), and several film screenings, just to name a few! Have fun and learn well. 🙂 
  2. Undocumented Student Week of Action
    We are in the middle of this critical week of action. Our UPRISE team and other advocates are hosting many Local Events, including student-led training, a virtual yoga session, entrepreneur workshops, and more! You can learn about Statewide Efforts here – there is some really useful downloadable content here, including marketing, advocacy, and resource materials. 

    This work goes far beyond this week. Learn more about MiraCosta’s UPRISE Program to be involved in supporting our students. 
  3.  Global Mind Ed
    This resource suggestion comes from Edward Pohlert. Thanks, Edward! 
    Here is a blurb on this organization’s mission and focus: 
    GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) closing the equity gap by creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline with programs, content and courses for students from the least resourced backgrounds through connections to role models, mentors, internships, experiences and jobs that make them employment worthy, promotion ready and financially fit to navigate a hierarchical world.  We serve low-income students, returning adults seeking badges/credentials, First Gen to college and inclusive leaders who teach them, work with them and hire them.

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1. Canvas Commons
    The Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.
  2. The Canvas App!
    This tool is useful in so many ways. You can download the Canvas Teacher App on your phone or tablet to access your courses, edit assignments/pages/discussions, and build your course content. Additionally, you can download the Canvas Student App to view your class as your students do to ensure content congruency and consistency across devices. 

(1) Question

Is it enough to be aware of and learn about marginalized communities that we are not members of, or do we have to go deeper to get to a place of empathy and understanding? If we must go deeper, how are we engaging in that process?

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 
Coordinator, C3 Teaching and Learning Center

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Eight!

Hello, Faculty Community! 

***You are receiving this newsletter because you are a faculty member at MiraCosta College. I, Sean Davis, am the coordinator of our C3 Teaching and Learning Center***

I offer my gratitude to our colleagues for contributing to the newsletter this week. Let’s continue to cultivate a culture of sharing.  

3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection

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.

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(3) Resources

  1.  Mobile Hotspots from the Library! 
    This email outlining how students can access mobile hotspots was sent out by Dean Scott Conrad at the beginning of the month. It is worth another round of promotion. Here is Scott’s message:

    We have heard from many students their need for broadband access and the MiraCosta team including the Foundation, Student Services, Fiscal Services, Instructional Services, and AIS have been working to acquire funding and then find the difficult to buy right now mobile hot spots to address this critical need for our students’ success. The Library has received a shipment of new mobile hotspots from Verizon. We have filled demand from our waiting list and have more hotspots to loan. Please direct students needing broadband access to fill out a CARE referral with Student Services and our library team will be in touch with options for obtaining the device.  If you have any questions, please contact Library Operations Manager Michelle Ohnstad at mohnstad@miracosta.edu.
    CARE Referral Form
  2.  Pedagogies of Care: Open Resources
    This resource suggestion comes from Jim Julius. Thanks, Jim!

    Here is a description of their offerings from the website:

    Pedagogies of Care: Open Resources for Student-Centered & Adaptive Strategies in the New Higher-Ed Landscape offers practical and engaging advice about what “next” should look like across higher education, from sixteen current and forthcoming authors in the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education book series from West Virginia University Press.

    Collection editors Victoria Mondelli and Thomas J. Tobin note that the resources in Pedagogies of Care take many forms: “Our contributors created videos, audio podcasts, interviews, infographics, and articles. All are underpinned by a student-centered, evidence-based ethos.”

    Lots of helpful stuff here. Check it out. 
  3. 3C Media Solutions
    This resource suggestion and description come from Angela Beltran-Aguilar. Thanks, Angela! 

    3C Media is available within Canvas where you can directly embed videos from your 3C Media library using the Canvas rich content editor. The main benefit is that if you have videos that have been captioned by 3C Media, then it’s easy to embed them in Canvas.  The videos from 3C are also distraction-free because they don’t take you out outside the Canvas LMS or prompt you to watch a “related” video as YouTube does. Some of the disadvantages are that videos embedded directly from 3C Media do not have the Studio Quiz or Analytics features.

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1.  Linking the Canvas Calendar to Your Google Calendar – Instructor Walkthrough
    If you use a Google Calendar and want to get all of your stuff in one place, you can sync up with Canvas Calendar. This may be helpful for you to be more organized and efficient. It can help students too! Pass the word along to them – Linking Canvas Calendar to Your Google Calendar – Student Walkthrough
  2.  Chat with Canvas Support
    Whenever you are having issues getting Canvas to do what you want it to do, you can simply click on Tech Help on the Universal Navigation Menu and start live chatting with the Canvas support team. Students can do the same! Additionally, you can receive consultation 24/7 via phone – (833) 345-2890

(1) Question

Are you a “halfway finished with the semester” or “halfway started with the semester” kind of educator? 

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 
Coordinator, C3 Teaching and Learning Center

Leaders: A One Word Conversation with Faculty – A S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast

Hello, Campus Community! 

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast has released the second episode of season two today on the topic of “Leaders.” This episode delves into what leaders and leadership are all about from some very qualified and talented faculty members. Also, they are fantastic leaders! 

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean Website – S.A.F.E. Topics – Season 2, Episode 2
  2. S.A.F.E. Topics Spotify – Leaders
  3. Apple Podcasts – LeadersPodcasts

Here are the Details!

Leaders: A one-word conversation with faculty

In this second episode of The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we explore the dynamic and fluid concept of leaders. Our hosts Sean and curry are joined by Maria Figueroa (Chair of Letters), Luke Lara (Counseling and Academic Senate President), and Joe Salamon (Physics Chair) in an unscripted conversation about issues related to one word, “leaders.” 

What to listen for:

  • Challenging patriarchal/male-dominated leadership structures
  • Looking toward a collaborative, compassionate, and reflective leadership
  • Understanding how one’s background influences their outlook of leadership
  • Reflecting on our ancestry through family and cultural backgrounds of leadership
  • The necessity of trusting leaders
  • Strategizing as collectives and engaging faculty of color to talk about equity and our students
  • The Latinx cultural personal approach that one is invited into leadership by elders
  • The difference between the academic senate and department chair 
  • Communities of practice – filling the gaps of AB705
  • The journey of conocimiento from Gloria Anzaldúa’s work
  • What does it mean as a counselor on a micro level as a leader and conversations with students?
  • Moving away from traditional modes of conditioning – Paulo Freire’s “Banking System”
  • Leadership hoarding
  • How should students be leading right now in this day and age?
  • “Knowing that you don’t know something but you can know about it.”
  • Having more empathy being key
  • Observing the Black Lives Matter movement and youthful leaders arising
  • Learn from what our students are doing now and honoring those that have come before us.

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

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

Connect with us!

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C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Seven!

Hello, Faculty Community! 

***You are receiving this newsletter because you are a faculty member at MiraCosta College. I, Sean Davis, am the coordinator of our C3 Teaching and Learning Center***

For our resources this week, we focus on the local (MiraCosta), regional (NCHEA), and national (NCORE) work being done to create more justice-oriented spaces in higher education.

3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection

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

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(3) Resources

1. Black Community Ally Training (BCAT)

The Black Community Ally Training is a self-paced 4-part interactive training designed to increase participants’ understanding of anti-Black racism and strengthen strategies and skills to advance racial equity for the Black community at MiraCosta College.

The training is open to all MiraCosta employees (staff and faculty).  Participants will work with a cohort of peers across 4-5 weeks navigating through 4 modules in a Canvas course.  The training is designed for 1 module to be completed each week with approximately 2 hours of work expected in each module.  The 4th module requires participants to attend a 1.5 hour in-person zoom session focused on how to apply and put into practice what you learned.  Supervisors are encouraged to support staff/faculty interested in attending the live session during work hours.  The BCAT is flex eligible.

To sign-up for the BCAT:

  • Complete the BCAT application/Pre-Survey
  • You will receive a confirmation email with dates for your cohort class and live session
  • Start the training!

If you have questions, you can contact bcat@miracosta.edu

2. NCHEA Tri-Equity: Embodying Anti-Racist Conference

Here is a part of the message sent out by one of the organizers – our own, Rachel Hastings:

Please allow me to formally invite you our Fall Tri Equity: Embodying Anti-Racism Conference on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 8am – 8pm (Register here, Click Join Event). Tri-Equity features an array of Race and Equity scholars, gifting us with symposium style conversations and interactive trainings.

After investing in an exceptional amount of elbow-grease into embedding anti-racism into our institutional practices, all of “us” campus experts need a breather. Please consider our “come and go as you please” conference as an invitation to take a deep, cleansing breath while remaining 100% checked into the movement. Our conference is open to all governance, community members, and especially our students.

3. NCORE Webinar Series – Multiple Front Lines Involved in What We Call (Online) Learning 

Here is the webinar description: 

This session will help faculty gain an understanding of the needs of students in the online classrooms, how their individual situations during this time interface with the classroom learning environment, and through it all, how to keep your students engaged. We will provide tools and strategies that can help faculty adapt to their new online classroom and help students succeed.

I sent something out about this one on Monday, October 5. Check out that email for specific registration instructions. 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

1. Embedding Google Docs into Your Canvas Pages

Using Google Docs and Canvas in tandem can help you in several ways. If you embed your course schedule in Canvas using Google Docs, you can easily and instantly make changes to assignment and activity deadlines. Moreover, you can create collaborative opportunities for students to engage in and track their learning in real-time

2. Using Your Presentation Slides as Your Virtual Background in Zoom

Chad Tsuyuki sent me this neat suggestion! 

Zoom has a new feature that allows you to use your presentation slides as your virtual background. I just tried it out and realized that if I want to use this, I will have to reformat my slides to account for my little head in the lower right corner. 

Note: This software is in beta. Your presentation’s sounds, transitions, and animations are not supported at this time. 

(1) Question

Since we know Spring will look much like this, do we want Spring to look much like this?

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 
Coordinator, C3 Teaching and Learning Center

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