C3-2-1 Newsletter #17

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***

Lots of local workshops being offered to help us out. People are amazing, right? We just keep going. Pretty remarkable.

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

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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. NCHEA’s Tri Equity: Allies in Action Conference
    The North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) has been a powerful collaboration between Cal State San Marcos, Palomar, and MiraCosta for many years. Our very own Dr. Rachel Hastings, aka “Doc,” is the current NCHEA director. Along with other MiraCostans, Doc has been promoting this conference for the past few weeks, and I, for one, am looking forward to this event.

    Here is a description from NCHEA:

    This collaborative conference is designed for students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members. Our live events feature expert race and equity practitioners who offer engaging and effective ways to enter and exit these critical conversations. Attendees can expect that each symposium and training will directly acknowledge and address the ways our bodies create culture and communicate difference across our multiple identities.  

    As a tri-campus consortium serving North County, collaboration is central to our mission of supporting students through the transfer process. We have woven into our programming opportunities to network with members of our sister campuses with a click of the button. Attendees can meet and greet one another with ease, connecting with individuals to discover how to they might be able to work together on a future collaboration grant. 


    Tri Equity will run on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 3:30pm – 8:30pm PST and is free to NCHEA community members. Register here
  2. Black History Month 2021 Events 
    Many MiraCostans are invested in preserving and amplifying efforts to elevate the educational and resource-based events during Black History Month. Please visit our Student Equity Page to learn more about the fantastic offerings still to come in February. February matters. Black History matters. The tireless work of our colleagues, students, and community partners matter. 
  3.  DEI Resources For Faculty

    Our college president, Dr. Sunny Cooke sent out an email last week with a link to our Resources for Faculty page on the MiraCosta website. I am impressed with the collection of documents, campus-based professional learning opportunities, and external support resources. Dr. Cooke also let us know that there is much more to come – 

    This summer, MiraCosta College joined the University of Southern CA- Race and Equity Center’s Racial Equity Leadership Alliance under the leadership of Dr. Shaun Harper. Each month we have been able to send a team of five people to focused topic sessions where MiraCostans can learn and bring back ideas, concepts, and resources to share more broadly at our college.

    The Center will develop a portal to house materials from all the monthly sessions. The portal will also include a library of downloadable racial equity assets (readings, case studies, videos, etc.). In addition, MiraCosta employees will be able to form virtual groups with colleagues who serve in similar roles at other community colleges across our state. We will be able to pose questions; collaboratively solve problems of practice; and share effective racial equity strategies, policies, and resources with each other in these groups. This portal will be open to all employees at our college (full-time and part-time).  The portal is scheduled to be completed by May 2021.

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1.  Pronto – A dynamic and engaging tool for effectively communicating with students 
    This one does A LOT – you can chat with students, create groups, send out announcements, use live video, and much more. One feature I really appreciate – message translation. Users can send messages in their preferred language, and Pronto automatically translates messages into the recipient’s preferred language. Now that exemplifies equity. 
  2.  Canvas update – The New Research Content Editor
    You have probably noticed that this essential Canvas tool has changed. Some of the changes are minor but navigating an update always comes with challenges. Our instructional technologist, Karen Turpin, helps us navigate the changes and provides an overview worth watching – Using Canvas’s NEW Rich Content Editor

(1) Question

Are we teaching students that they need to do something to have something in order to be something? Or are we teaching them how to be something so they can do something and then have something? 

Stay joyful,

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

C3-2-1 Newsletter – End of the Semester Edition

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***

Lots of local workshops being offered to help us out. People are amazing, right? We just keep going. Pretty remarkable.

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. Get some rest.
  2. You have done a lot. Celebrate.
  3. Be safe and I hope you stay healthy.

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1. Try to limit the time online when possible.
  2. Rest always makes for better work later. Those things you’re thinking about can probably wait.

(1) Question

As we take a moment to look back at this semester to chart a path forward, how can we take better care of ourselves so we can come back stronger and better in the spring?

You have done a lot. Teaching and learning have not stopped – it has simply transformed, and we should be proud of how we have adjusted and persisted this year. 🙂

Stay joyful,

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

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Fifteen!

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***

Lots of local workshops being offered to help us out. People are amazing, right? We just keep going. Pretty remarkable.

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 Faculty Workshop: Hands-On Labs in an Online World – Thursday 12/3, 2 pm – 3pm

Lynne Miller, Anthropology, is organizing and facilitating this workshop. Here is a bit from her – 

The workshop will feature four brief presentations:

  • Barbara Juncosa will share her creative use of GoPro to demonstrate critical lab procedures. 
  • Paul Katson will show a video with the students’ at-home lab activities and associated worksheets. 
  • Scott Fallstrom will teach us how to use digital whiteboards to present material effectively. 
  • Dominique Ingato will share ideas for enhancing Labster simulations using virtual tools and activities.

Following the presentations, we will have plenty of time for discussion and Q&A, and maybe even some hands-on activities of our own. 

Access the Workshop 

And, yes, it will be recorded – I will distribute the link later in the week.

2. Tips and Tricks for Remote Proctoring

Sinclaire Tirona, Testing Services Coordinator, informed me about this workshop. Here is her message – 

The Academic Proctoring Center (APC) will be hosting a flex-eligible workshop next week onTips and Tricks for Remote Proctoring. This workshop will be especially beneficial to any faculty transitioning from Proctorio at the end of the year or who just want to learn more about how we proctor remotely using Canvas and Zoom.

Details:

Tips and Tricks for Remote Proctoring
Tuesday, December 8th from 2 pm – 3 pm
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/D2pFnL2msmxpxVEN9

3. Document Accessibility Training (with an emphasis on Canva Documents)

Aaron Holmes, DSPS Access Specialist, let me know about this workshop he is facilitating next week. Aaron provided the following context and information – 

If you are not familiar with Canva, it is a website that allows for the quick creation of fliers/images. Some departments are using Canva to create content for their social media accounts as well as physical fliers when we are on campus. Unfortunately, the documents and PDF files that Canva creates are not accessible right off the bat. That is where the idea of this training came from. To make sure that our digital content is accessible to all of our students, I am offering training on document accessibility. The training will cover the basics of document accessibility (Canva and Word/PDF will be the focus). The training will allow for a question and answer session and will be recorded so that those who cannot attend in real-time can still access the video.

Date: Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Length: 60-minute training, 30-minute question/answer
Zoom Link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/99254075553

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1. 3 Ways to Humanize Your Online Course
    This post provides practical and easy-to-use strategies to humanize your course and increase student engagement with each other and your class. 
  2. Ready Made Canvas Course Templates
    Okay, I did not know this existed. So, there are some fantastic templates that you can easily plug into your course and make it “pop.” I made all my visuals and graphics myself. This resource would have saved me hours and hours. Oh well. I hope this helps y’all. 

(1) Question

How do our students feel as we end this most unprecedented semester? Ask them. 

Stay joyful,

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

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Fourteen!

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***

Thank you.

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. Canvas 24×7 Support Continues! 
    Jim Julius shared this bit of good news last week! MiraCosta has decided to fund this resource at least through June. This update is a big win for faculty as I have heard from many folks about how this service has been extremely helpful when they have run into a snag trying to get Canvas to do what they want it to do.
  2. Achieving The Dream (ATD) – Open Educational Resources (OER) to Create a Culturally Relevant Classroom
    This resource provides an overview of both culturally relevant teaching and OER and how they work hand-in-hand to benefit our students’ learning experience. Not only do they provide context for these hot topic concepts, but they give some great examples including Black Lives in Astronomy, Equality Archive, and The History Engine
  3. The Future of Learning: ACCJC Conversations Among Thought Leaders
    What are things going to look like when we return to the physical classroom? I know that is a question on everyone’s mind. I know I am curious. These conversations may provide us with some ideas for the preparation and execution of post-pandemic in-person instruction. I am attending these, and I hope to see you there! 🙂 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1. Viewing Submission Comments Using Canvas Inbox
    JahB Prescott, faculty in Letters, showed me this helpful trick using Canvas Inbox. Sometimes student replies to our feedback in SpeedGrader can get lost in the mix, but you can always catch up on these by going to Inbox and filtering for “Submission Comments.” 

    Thanks, JahB! 
  2. Dragging and Dropping Assignments and Events in Canvas Calendar
    Lisa Lane, a History faculty member, sent this tip over to me and attributed the credit to Robert Kelley, a Psychology faculty member. Moving deadlines for assignments and dates for recurring events is made easy by simply going into Calendar in Canvas and dragging and dropping the items. Lisa made a quick video showing exactly how to perform this. When copying courses from semester to semester, this tip can be especially helpful to account for Spring Break and observed holidays. 

    Thanks, Lisa and Robert! 

(1) Question

Cliche time – What are you grateful for today? 

Stay joyful,

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

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Week Thirteen!

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***

We have heard it many times – we are trying to do too much right now. Yet, there always seems to be more and more coming in. Remember, these are archived. Please come back to it when it is a good time for you. 

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. Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market

    Devon Boone, CARE Manager, sent out an announcement earlier this week, and I think it is worth echoing here. Our CARE Team does such a great job providing much-needed resources to our students and our community. Please let students know to be on the lookout for the Drive-Thru Famer’s Market in their email inbox. 

    Here is some of the information from Devon’s message:

    The Campus Assessment, Resources, and Education (CARE) Program will be hosting a “Drive-Thru” Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, November 24th from 1:30pm-2:30pm (or while supplies last) on the Oceanside Main Campus (1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside CA 92056) in Parking Lot OC-3C to provide CURRENTLY ENROLLED FALL STUDENTS with FREE pre-packaged groceries of produce and dry goods including a turkey and holiday food items (first come, first serve), sponsored by San Diego Food Bank.

    You can also volunteer to help the team at a future Farmer’s Market event – Volunteer Form
  2. Tomorrow’s Professor – eNewletter: 1831 – Spotlight on Teaching and Learning: Mid-Semester Check-In

    We all know that check-in with our students is a good idea. However, it can be challenging to decide what to ask, how to ask it, and what to do with the feedback. This post provides some suggestions to help us meet those challenges.

    *This site provides many other posts on teaching and learning, career development, and overviews of research on education.
  3. The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) – Inclusive and Equitable Teaching ACUE Curriculum Crosswalk

    This resource was brought to me by our Vice President of Instruction, Diane Dieckmeyer. Thanks, Diane! 

    This eBook covers inclusive learning objectives, inclusive assessments & activities, inclusive grading & assessment, inclusive course content, inclusive syllabi… you get the idea – they are inclusive syllabi. If you are looking for ways to be, you guessed it, inclusive, this guide provides some straightforward and practical ways to implement new practices. 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

  1. Copying an assignment to another one of your courses
    If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course or starting to build your Spring classes, this is a helpful tutorial on how to migrate your assignments from one course to another. Just know that any changes you make to the original assignment will not translate to the previously copied one. Additionally, if you copy the same assignment to the other course more than once, the assignment previously copied will be overwritten with the new copy. 
  2. Exporting grades to a spreadsheet (and back to Canvas)
    If you want to work on your class grades using Excel, Google Sheets, or Numbers, you can download a CSV file from the Canvas Gradebook to export the data. Further, you can work on the grades and re-upload the modified file back to the Gradebook.

    This feature is also helpful if you want to keep a record of grades at different points of the semester or at the end of the term. 

(1) Question

Are we okay with things not being the best they can be when nothing right now will meet that standard? Or better – Is this the best that it can be given the circumstances? Or even better – was anything ever meeting the standard of “the best that it can be?”

Stay joyful,

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

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