Back-to-School Online Ed News You Can Use

Welcome back! Please review the important information below about online learning resources for you and your students.

Common Blackboard Tasks – Reminder

See our reminder videos and guides on copying course content from previous semesters and making your Blackboard course available.

Online Academic Support Resources for ALL Students

As you finalize your syllabi and course resources, please make your students aware of online tutoringonline writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service. These services are open to all MiraCosta students in any class! Also, the OEI has made its set of student online learning readiness modules open and available to anyone – feel free to link to any that you like.

Fall Student Orientations to Online Learning

I will offer ten online learning orientation sessions this fall. Please share the schedule with your online/hybrid students and encourage their attendance. You may pull a report from the SURF Class Roster to see which of your students have attended an orientation session if you wish to require this or offer extra credit, as many instructors do.

Online/Hybrid Instructors: Please Update Online Class Schedule

For all those teaching an online or hybrid course this fall, please make sure your class description is up to date on the separate Online Class Schedule page. Students use this page to learn how to get started with your class, and you can provide other important information there to help students prepare for success. See detailed instructions if needed.

Canvas Transition

Following the decision made in the spring, the two-year transition to Canvas is beginning this fall with a small group of pilot instructors, including a Transition Team of five faculty who will be providing leadership and support for faculty making the transition over the coming year. Please see the TIC page on Canvas for lots of great resources if you wish to begin exploring Canvas now. The Transition Team will work with me to offer many learning opportunities on Canvas this fall – more information coming soon!

Distance Education Requirements and Guidelines

Please review the online class quality guidelines approved by the Academic Senate in the spring. The document has two parts – (I) Essential elements for all distance education classes as already required in department and college policies (especially AP 4105 and the Syllabus Checklist), and (II) Good practices featuring principles and examples commonly recommended for consideration in online education. You may review a 1-page handout and a 50-minute archive of a workshop I conducted earlier this week on this document.

Captioning Support

Robert Erichsen of DSPS is coordinating the submission of media for captioning through a special grant-funded program. This is open to all instructors using online multimedia and it’s extremely important that we ensure such material is captioned. Please contact him to learn more:

Best wishes for a great semester!

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
Vice President, Academic Senate