Space for ASE Students to Set the Pace: Creating Culture in the Classroom Part Two – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community and happy Friday!

Part two is here! Our latest episode with students was so good that once again we had to split it into two parts. In this episode of the SAFE Topics Podcast, we’re continuing our conversation with students. We are joined by students from various Academic Success and Equity (ASE) Programs to talk about creating culture in the classroom! Our hosts Sean, curry and Mana are joined by several students including Helen Leinani Highland-Coslow (Mana, English/Literature), Dannia Saldivar (Mana, Liberal Arts: Math and Science), Jose Luis Mendez (UPRISE, Film/Theater), Jocelyn Rogers (RAFFY, Communication), Natalie Salgado (PUENTE, Sociology), Ian Clark (Umoja, Spanish), and Campbell Reyes (Mana, Art History). Join us in listening to part two!

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

  • When is the classroom culture established?
  • If the teacher’s mood is down, the class is down.
  • It’s easy to change the students, but hard to change the teacher.
  • The class culture can change daily.
  • It starts with the syllabus – before the class even starts.
  • “We need new sh*t so I’m not bored.”
  • How can instructors build trust in the classroom?
  • The need for vulnerability from both students and teachers.
  • How teachers deal with big issues happening in the world while we’re in class.
  • Raw realness that professors bring to the classroom.
  • Having empathy for your students.
  • The importance of ASE programs and identity.
  • Is the professor open to constructive criticisim?
  • Bonus after the end credits!

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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)

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Canvas End of Semester / Term

The following will help instructors understand how the end of semester is handled in Canvas, and how to update related Canvas course settings if necessary. By default, students who complete a class continue to have read-only access to the concluded class’s course materials, discussions, and grades. If you wish to restrict concluded class access, you must change the class settings before the end of the term, or get a Canvas administrator to help you after the end of the term.

Everything below applies to typical term-based Canvas classes. Canvas sandbox classes and Canvas shells used for organizations, departments, groups, etc. are not tied to any particular terms and thus remain available indefinitely.

Closing your Course

There is nothing you have to do to close your Canvas course; at the term end date (see below), your course will be set to Concluded status and moved onto the Past Enrollments course list for you and your students. By default you and your students will continue to have read-only access to the course.

Canvas Term End Dates

Spring 2021June 112 am
Summer 2021August 14 12 am
Fall 2021Dec 3112 am

Concluded Course Access

For both instructors and students, concluded courses can be found by clicking Courses in the main Canvas menu, then the All Courses link. Concluded courses are listed there under Past Enrollments. Concluded courses may not be moved back onto the Dashboard – they must be accessed in this way.

Instructors can perform the following actions with a concluded course

Instructors cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course (do these before the end of the term!)

  • Edit course content
  • Edit Grades
  • View/download Analytics
  • View/download Item Analysis within Quizzes
  • Send a message to the class within Canvas
  • Change class access settings
  • Change class navigation

Students can perform the following actions by default within a concluded course

  • View Grades
  • View course content
  • View Discussions and Assignments
  • Send a message to the instructor

Students cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course

  • View Quiz questions and answers
  • Submit discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other course activities

Restricting Students from Viewing Some or All of a Completed Course

As described above, by default in Canvas, students have ongoing read-only access to course content in Canvas after the term ends. This can be a great feature, allowing students to review key learning resources from previous semesters. If, however, you wish to limit this access, follow one of the methods below before the end of the term. (If you need to make these changes to a course that is already concluded, contact Karen Turpin for assistance at or 760-795-6787.)

Method 1: Hide Course Navigation menu links

If an instructor would like to limit access to major areas of course content, one method is to hide Navigation menu links. Note that if Navigation menu links are hidden, the instructor will also be unable to access them after the course concludes. This may be appropriate if you would like to leave Grades available to students, yet close off certain course content. The instructor may copy the course into another course to regain access to hidden menu items.

How to hide Course Navigation menu links

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Click Navigation in the tabs at the top.
  3. Drag and drop the menu items from the top (viewable) area to the bottom (hidden) area or click the gear icon to the right of the menu item and select disable.
  4. Click the Save button.

Method 2: Hide select course content

For more fine-grained control, certain course content such as files, pages, modules, or module items (but not assignments or discussions where students have participated) may be unpublished. As with hidden Navigation menu links, unpublished items are also inaccessible to the instructor after the course concludes.

If you wish to hide course items where students have participated, such as discussions or assignments, you cannot unpublish those. But there is a trick: simply set the availability date to sometime far in the future.

These options may be useful if you want students to be able to access most course content, but have select content that you prefer not to be accessed/shared in the future. The instructor may copy the course into a current course to be able to revisit/reuse hidden content.

Method 3: Restrict students from accessing entire course after term end date

The term end date is the final date in the current semester as listed in the table above. If an instructor would prefer the entire course and its course materials not be visible to students after the term end date:

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu.
  2. For Participation: Select Term (this should be selected by default)

3. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after term end date‘.

5. Click the Update Course Details button at the bottom of the settings page.

This option will completely remove the course from the student’s view in Past Enrollments after the end term date passes. Students will not see the course and will have no access to course materials or grades. Instructors will continue to be able to access the course in Past Enrollments.

Resolving Incompletes

If you have assigned a student an incomplete ‘I‘ grade for the semester contact Karen Turpin at or as soon as the paperwork is complete with Admissions and Records. Karen will create a new Canvas course section based on the original course.  This new section will allow the student access to the course with the ability to submit work, and will give you access to grade the student’s work, for the time allowable by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Working with Concluded Courses to Build New Courses

As noted above, you may always export a concluded course for import back into Canvas (Text instructions), or use a concluded course as the source for copying into a new course (Text instructions | Video tutorial). If you wish to update the content of a concluded course for use in the future, but you do not have a current term course in which to do that, you may wish to request a Sandbox course to copy into and work with, since you cannot edit a concluded course directly.

Teaching a short course and/or need to close your course prior to the official term end date?

You can manually end your course by updating the course end date.

To change the Course Start and/or End Date

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu.

2. For Participation: Select Course

3. Change the Course Start and End Dates to reflect when you want students to have full access to the course.

4. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course before course start date’ and/or select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after the course end date’.

In the example below, students will not be able to access the course, even if it is published, until Jan 16 at 12 pm. The students will no longer be able to participate in the course after May 30  at 12 pm and the course will not be visible to students in the ‘Past Enrollments’ list by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.

5. Click the Update Course Details button.

  • Note: If you select a course end date prior to the official end of term date, but do not check the box ‘Restrict students from viewing course after the course end date‘, students will still be able to actively participate in the course until the official Canvas end of term (as shown in the table above).

Office 365 Integration in Canvas

MiraCosta College Canvas now supports an LTI integration with Microsoft Office 365 in Assignments, Collaborations, Modules, Course Navigation, and the Rich Content Editor. This integration allows students and instructors to use, create, share, and collaborate on Office 365 files within Canvas. Users can also view their OneDrive files directly in Canvas.

Enable the Office 365 Integration in Canvas

  1. Enter your Canvas course
  2. Click Settings on the course menu
  3. Click the Navigation tab
Zoom Canvas LTI Step 2 and 3
  1. Click the 3 dots to the right ofOffice 365 and select Enable.
  2. Click the Save button
Office 365 step 4 and 5

Log on to Office 365 as a Faculty / Staff Member

  1. Click the Office 365 course menu item which will appear in your course menu.
  2. Click the Log In button.
  1. Enter your Faculty / Staff MCC email address

  2. Click the Next button
  1. Click the Accept button on the Permissions requested page.
    Note: This page will only display the first time you log on to the Office 365 Integration in Canvas.
Step #5 Permissions Page

Now you can access Office 365 documents from inside of Canvas.

Faculty Office 365 Guides for Canvas

Faculty Office 365 Help and FAQS

Student Office 365 Guides and Support

Students log on to Office 365 with their  MiraCosta Student Email Address
They may also use their SURF ID + “

C3-2-1 Newsletter #18

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 am proud to be a member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Community and in solidarity with our sisters during this moment of grief and pain. 

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.

C321 Newsletter

(3) Resources

  1.  Leading with Justice – Educational Leadership Speaker Series

    This resource was sent to me by Chad Tsuyuki (Letters). Thank you, Chad. You always have excellent recommendations. Sacramento State University is organizing this series with several prominent leaders in education, and it is available free for all. The talks are being recorded, and some have already been archived on their website. This series is a year-long effort with a full slate of speakers this spring and fall. 
  2. Misinformation Forum Series

    Our Web Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Lauren McFall, has organized an interdisciplinary faculty lineup to present intriguing and timely topics this Spring.

    Misinformation is an old problem, but technology has manifested that problem in new ways. In response to recent events over the last year, the MiraCosta College Library, in collaboration with faculty across many disciplines, hosts a series of misinformation forums to discuss these issues and help promote information literacy. Students, Staff, Faculty, and Administration alike are welcome to join the discussion.

    You can watch the first forum here – My Neighbor is a Conspiracy Theorist! The Psychology of Misinformation and How to Dilute the Kool-Aid.
  3. Instructional Design and Faculty Mentor Support

    Peer faculty mentors are great for specific questions on online teaching strategies, tools, and other kinds of professional advice and support to help you serve students effectively while staying healthy and sane.

    Our Instructional Designer can provide more extensive support such as thorough course design feedback and assistance, making course materials fully accessible, reviewing and adopting Open Educational Resource course material, and more.

    Use this form to get connected to a mentor and/or our instructional designer – Instructional Design and Faculty Mentor Support

    Please do not forget to take advantage of these valuable resources provided by dedicated and talented folks. 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

1. Adding Rubrics to Quizzes

Did you know you can add rubrics to quizzes in Canvas? I did not. You can’t use the rubrics to grade quizzes (I am not sure how that would work anyway). However, you can use rubrics to clarify expectations for quizzes and give students a bit more guidance before they take an assessment. 

2. Using the Outcomes Feature in Canvas

If you are into backward design and ensuring students meet expectations for your student learning outcomes, this feature will be a powerful tool for you. It is especially helpful when it is time to measure SLOs at the departmental level. Using this tool will help track mastery of content in your classes. 

(1) Question

How can we care for those suffering right now and still preserve ourselves for the long road ahead? 

(Try to) Stay joyful,

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

Misinformation Forum Series

Hello, Campus Community! 

I am excited to introduce a new forum series that will cover a range of topics pertaining to an ever-growing social problem – the spread of misinformation.  Our amazing Web Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Lauren McFall, has organized an interdisciplinary faculty lineup to present on intriguing and timely topics.  

Here is more from Lauren – 

Misinformation is an old problem, but technology has manifested that problem in new ways. 2020 only intensified these issues and the exposure to the public at large. From conspiracy theories to science denial to online bias, we are being impacted by a distorted information landscape like never before. In this series of four misinformation forums, we will take a deep dive into some of the recent information issues that have plagued our society alongside the problems that will permeate our future.

Forum series details – 

We invite you to join these cross-disciplinary discussions and invite your students to participate, as well. 🙂 

Stay joyful, 

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

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