C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Five!

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***

It is not you – the world is really weird right now…

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. Black Students Matter Training on Canvas (self-enroll by using this link)

A new training at MiraCosta focuses on the experiences of Black students and gives us direction on how to better serve this community. 

Here is a message from one of the facilitators, Dr. Bruce Hoskins – 

I know y’all are busy surviving, but we need to create the space to live, grow and get better.  I created this Black Students Matter course for exactly that purpose. Shout out to Edwina Williams and Shawntae Mitchum for developing the material and doing the research for this project!  I will hit you with Working While Black later this semester (November-ish) and Anti-White Supremacy Teaching will be our spring project.

You will receive a certificate and #Blackstudentsmatter sticker on the successful completion of the course.  The class will close by December 10, but feel free to complete this course as quickly as you can.  I will reopen this class in spring if you do not get a chance to complete it this Fall.  Just a heads up, I put in deadlines to help give people a pace, but don’t worry, I ALWAYS take late work!  So just get the course completed by December 10 and you will receive full credit 🙂

  1. PROJECT Online Faculty Mentor Program

Are you struggling with online instruction? Or do you just want a colleague to work with on your courses to help you develop and implement new ideas? We have a team of folks who are ready and willing to be at your side! 

We have 12 faculty members on the team who are ready to work with you on your online courses – synchronous and asynchronous classes. Our mentors work in non-credit and credit in disciplines across all ACPs (Academic and Career Pathways.

If you want to connect with and be assigned a mentor, please complete the following form so we can assess your needs and know how to best pair you with a member of the team: PROJECT – Online Faculty Mentorship Program.

  1. OpenStax – Webinars (both live and recorded, archived sessions)

OpenStax is a nonprofit charitable corporation that is housed at Rice University. They offer Open Education Resources (OER) in the way of textbooks, supplemental learning materials, and webinars focused on teaching and learning. You can register for these free webinars or watch the archived webinars by using the title link. Be sure to check out their textbook offerings as well. You might find an OER solution for a course that you teach! 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1. Creating Extra Credit Assignments in Canvas

Canvas does not have a default extra credit option. So, if you are offering extra credit in your class, you will have to create extra credit opportunities as you would any other assignment with the key caveat of assigning a zero point value to the assignment. 

  1. Using “Moderate” to Set Accommodations for Individual Students 

Do you have students who need extra time on your quizzes and exams? Maybe you have students whose accommodations require extra attempts. Well, you can use the Moderate panel to make these accommodations and more. 

(1) Question

What do we need to let go of to be more effective and useful in the long-term? 

Stay joyful,

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