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

Hello, Faculty Community! 

Celebrating being an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) does not start and end with this week.

These weekly newsletters feature 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. National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources for Teachers

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. The mid-month start date marks the independence anniversary of five countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. It is followed by Mexico’s Independence Day on Sept. 16 and Chile’s on Sept. 18.

There is much more to learn here and plenty of ways to include timely material and activities in your classes. 

2. Five Minute Fixes to Simplify Online Teaching

Tuesday, October 5 at 8 pm in Zoom

Want to make a quick fix that makes a difference? See how you can simplify your online teaching. We’ll share ideas for how to prevent students from getting lost, liven up discussion, stop spending so much time grading, and answer fewer student questions—presented by Laura Paciorek and Lisa M. Lane, sponsored by MiraCosta Online Mentors.

3. Faculty Show & Tell – How Do You Build Community?

We had our first faculty Show & Tell session this week, and the participants shared some great icebreakers and community-building exercises. The title link includes some rough notes on the activities faculty walked us through. 

We would love to hear what you want our future sessions to focus on – Faculty Show & Tell Topics Form.

We hope you will join us for future sessions!

When: Tuesdays at 2 pm
Dates: Sep 14, Sep 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 30
Zoom Room: Faculty Show & Tell

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

1. Comment Library in SpeedGrader

The Comment Library allows instructors to save and reuse commonly used text feedback in SpeedGrader. As an instructor, you can add new comments and delete existing comments in the Comment Library. This tool can serve as an excellent time-saver when grading! The feedback you add to the Comment Library is accessible from each course you are enrolled in as an instructor in Canvas.

2. Enabling live real-time captioning in Zoom

When hosting a meeting in Zoom, you can enable an automated live transcript. The quality of these automatic captions is remarkable and can greatly benefit participants by making your meetings more accessible.

(1) Question

What do you need? What do you have to offer and share? 

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 🙂

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

Hello, Faculty Community! 

These weekly newsletters feature 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. Course Workload Estimator

Are we giving our students too much work? Are we not giving them enough? How would we even really know? This tool can be a powerful starting point for gauging the workload we are asking students to complete. This Teaching in Higher Education podcast episode features an interview with one of the researchers and designers of the estimator, Betsy Barre. This article also provides context for the student workload issue and research on reading rates and content comprehension.

2. Great Ideas For Teaching – A Collection of GIFTs

Each year, our Faculty Director of the Writing Center and PDP Coordinator, Denise Stephenson, collects new GIFTs for us to learn more about awesome teaching and learning practices from our very own faculty colleagues. The latest issue features contributions from Nadia Kahn, Angela Beltran-Aguilar, JahB Prescott, Joanne Carruba, and Lisa Lane. 

3. Mental Health Counseling Services

Making sure we help students connect to mental health resources available at MiraCosta is essential. And our mental health counseling team offers so much for our community.  MiraCosta’s co-leads of the mental health counseling team, Abby Burd and Ghada Osman, sent out an email outlining all services and events offered this semester, and I thought an echo of their offerings in this space was necessary. Individual counseling appointments, weekly group meetings, workshop series, suggested syllabus and Canvas language, class presentation requests, and the Mental Health Peer Educator Program are all part of the wonderful program their team is facilitating. 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

1. Sharing your computer audio on Zoom

Have you had the problem of playing audio on Zoom, and the other folks in the room cannot hear it? Some setting options could help with this issue. Using the “Advanced” options in the “Screen Share” feature can help your computer sound come through clear and true. curry Mitchell (Letters) and I were Zooming earlier today when he showed me this helpful trick! 

2. Teaching with Zoom at MiraCosta

Jim Julius (Faculty Director of Online Education) put together several homegrown MiraCosta resources from tips for inclusion & security, how-to videos from fellow faculty members, and guidance for captioning. The items on this page will not only help you become more familiar with Zoom tools and functions but will give you some great ideas for teaching in this modality. 

(1) Question

Are you able to disconnect

The 3-day weekend is here. Here’s hoping you can unplug. 

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 🙂

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

Hello, Faculty Community! 

We are back! Well, kinda…

These weekly newsletters feature 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. C3 Teaching and Learning Website
With an emphasis on minimalism, ease of use/navigation, and providing essential information and resources for all things teaching and learning at MiraCosta College, you’ll want to bookmark this site! Please share with colleagues and feel free to contact me with any suggestions for additions. 

2. Archived Online Education Workshops from Flex Week
Did you attend every single workshop from Flex Week? Yeah, I didn’t either. Not to fear, we have you covered for all of the Online Education focused workshops that kicked off our week of professional learning. In addition to the videos, I would recommend you peruse the abusndance of resources and helpful information provided on the Technology/Teaching Innovation Center (TIC) website.

3. Faculty Helpers
MiraCosta faculty helpers are standing by to help you with preparing and teaching your online classes! Trouble with getting your syllabus to look right? Students won’t participate in the discussion board? Can’t get things organized? Still adjusting to the many ways you can use Canvas and Zoom? Looking for some fresh inspiration?
Contact one of the helpers listed here for a quick question by email or to schedule an hour Zoom meeting. They are compensated by the college. You can claim Flex for your time working with them. No strings attached! Free to work with them as much or as little as you need! No forms to fill out – just select one from the list and contact them directly.

(2) Online Tips and Tricks


1. Using the Missing Submission policy in the Canvas Gradebook 
Are you tired of adding a “0” manually to assignments students did not complete so that the assignment is calculated into the total score on the student view? Have Canvas do the work for you automagically with a missing submission policy. Avoid confusion for your students as the assignment will be calculated in their overall score while displaying a missing tag alerting them that they missed that assignment.  A couple of things to consider – This option requires a due date on the assignment The Missing Submission policy should be set up when a course is created before creating assignments as it will not affect previously graded missing submissions.

2. Pronto delivers quick, informal, and mobile-friendly class communication!
Pronto can be used in Canvas or through a mobile app to enable quick communication among members of a Canvas class. In addition to full-featured instant messaging, you can share files, start video chats, and use built-in translation to enable students to communicate using their native languages seamlessly.

(1) Question

How are we considering our own sense of belonging as we try to promote a feeling of belonging in our students

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 🙂
Coordinator, C3 Teaching and Learning Center
Sociology Department Chair

Part Two of It’s Our Classroom, But Whose Culture? – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community and once again, happy Friday!!!
This week the SAFE Topics Podcast team is releasing part two of our latest episode that gets into the idea of academics as a culture, “It’s Our Classroom, But Whose Culture?” If you enjoyed part one, the second part gets even better! Our hosts Sean and curry were joined by some awesome MiraCosta College faculty members that included Jade Hilde (Letters), Alexis Tucker Sade (Anthropology), Rica French (Astronomy), Karl Cleveland (Media Arts & Technology), and Rick Cassoni (Computer Science & Information Technology). Join us and listen in!

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

  • Disrupting the merit-based system by taking the position of a facilitator.
  • What are we as humans missing that prepares us for different cultures in a classroom?
  • A culture shift in how we grade students.
  • The process, not just the product when grading. 
  • The culture of industry certifications and standardized tests.
  • How must students feel if all they focus on is a grade?
  • Allowing students to take away something so they feel brave enough to contribute. 
  • “Humans are born scientists… that just gets sucked right out of us if you go through the US education system.”
  • Play in practice to perform in the game – when does the ‘play’ matter?
  • How often do we question who the gatekeepers are?
  • The demoralizing experience of a GRE. 
  • Meeting the threshold to ‘check the box.’
  • When the student asks, “is this good enough?”
  • Design Thinking and a human-centered approach as a process.
  • Trying something new and being culturally responsive by challenging your own assumptions.
  • Creating a community culture.
  • The notion of scaffolding and empowering students to be this
  • Being culturally responsive to each other as professionals and colleagues.

Mentioned in the Episode

Human Centered Design (Design Thinking) – Stanford

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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Stay great,
S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

It’s Our Classroom, But Whose Culture? – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community and happy Friday!!!

All of us on the SAFE Topics Podcast team are super excited to announce the release of our latest episode, “It’s Our Classroom, But Whose Culture?” We were left in disbelief after the recording finished because the conversation was so good!!! In this episode we delve into the idea of academics as a culture. Our hosts Sean and curry were joined by some awesome MiraCosta College faculty members that included Jade Hilde (Letters), Alexis Tucker Sade (Anthropology), Rica French (Astronomy), Karl Cleveland (Media Arts & Technology), and Rick Cassoni (Computer Science & Information Technology). This episode was so great that we had to split it into two parts! Join us and listen in to part one!

I would also like to announce and officially welcome our newest member of the SAFE Topics Podcast team! Mana Tadayon (Associated Student Government President & Chair) will be joining the team as our student co-host and we can’t be more excited! 🙂

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

  • Do you consider an academic discipline a culture? 
  • “Linguistic Bias” and preparing our students for upper division culture.
  • Acclimating students to a disruptive culture and experiencing resistance.
  • Academia itself is rooted in a culture that has many subcultures.
  • Teaching hegemony and the culture of dominance.
  • “Disruptive literature becomes literature.”
  • “I’m not your instructor, I’m your facilitator.”
  • Changing the language in our classrooms.
  • The importance of the first five minutes on day 1 and creating trust.
  • How we take for granted that “going to school is a good thing.” 
  • Doing nothing is problematic. 
  • Difference between classroom, discipline, and institutional culture.
  • When a student asks, “Does this count?”
  • The underlying culture of a consumer system in education.
  • The commodity of education tying back to race, ethnicity, and culture.

Mentioned in the Episode

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

PodBean
S.A.F.E Topics logo

Stay great,
S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

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