Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

Turnitin 2.0 is available within Canvas and offers a tighter integration between a Canvas assignment and Turnitin than the Turnitin 1.0 “classic” LTI Canvas integration. No separate login or password is required for faculty or students.

The primary difference between the two tools is that the “Classic” (1.0) Turnitin integration is best used if faculty prefer to use Turnitin for grading and feedback; the Turnitin 2.0 Framework is preferred by faculty who want Turnitin for plagiarism prevention but like to use the Canvas grading and feedback tools.

MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, GradeMark, and Peer Review.

Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

Turnitin LTI 2.0 Resources

Testing a Turnitin Assignment with your MCC Sample Student

Turnitin is an LTI tool that is globally installed on our Canvas system. LTI tools are not native to Canvas so they will not work in the internal Canvas Student View. You must log off of Canvas, as an instructor, then log on with your MCC Sample Student account. Now you will be able to experience a Turnitin assignment within your Canvas course as a student.

Additional information

Online Ed News You Can Use as you prep for fall 2019!

Hope you had a great summer and are excited for a new semester! Please see below for important online ed-related updates and information for all MiraCosta faculty.

Online Ed Flex Workshop Highlights

Check out the full Flex schedule for details, but here is a brief on the online ed-related offerings:

  • Friday (tomorrow!): Canvas open lab in the morning; Canvas Gradebook and Canvas Basics workshops in the afternoon. All of these can be attended in person or online.
  • Monday: Get a “sneak peek” at the MiraCosta Distance Education Handbook/course I developed on sabbatical this spring, 4-5 pm online.
  • Tuesday: Online workshops in the late afternoon and evening include an overview of the use of Studio (aka ARC – a video tool in Canvas), by MiraCosta faculty member Eric Robertson, followed by training on Studio from its creators. At 7 pm an expert from the CCC Accessibility Center will present on Canvas accessibility.
  • Wednesday: Exclusively for CE faculty, an afternoon/evening sequence of in-person workshops including dinner. This will introduce CE faculty to an instructional design expert available to work with them this year, as well as provide hands-on training in Canvas, and an opportunity to discuss equity-minded online teaching and learning with MiraCosta colleagues. Seating limited, advance sign-up required.
  • Thursday: A sequence of equity-minded online workshops (addressing equity-minded online teaching, gender inclusivity, and advanced Canvas accessibility) in the late afternoon/evening complements that day’s Cultural Competency Conference.
  • Friday (the 16th): After the All College Day lunch, come tour the C3 Teaching & Learning Center and see all the great resources available 24×7.
  • Also, remember that you can view lots of archives of past online ed workshops and Canvas resources – time spent on these is Flex-eligible too!

Canvas Updates & Reminders

  • Our Start of Semester Canvas Checklist has great tips and links to tutorials as you set up your classes in Canvas.
  • The “new” Canvas gradebook is now the only Canvas gradebook. If you haven’t previously used this (it was optional last year), check out Canvas’s complete set of (new) Gradebook guides.
  • Canvas Studio is the new name for ARC, a video management system integrated in Canvas which was new to us last spring. This brings new possibilities for faculty and students to create video and engage in video-based activities. See our Studio intro to learn more.

New Student Support Hub in Canvas: Easy Access to Online Support Resources for ALL Students

Have you noticed the Student Support item on the Canvas global navigation menu? This links to our new Student Support Hub, which gives students quick access from Canvas to online tutoring, counseling, writing support, library resources, and technology assistance. These services are open to all MiraCosta students in any class! Please make sure your students are aware of this and encourage them to use these resources.

Preferred Names & Pronouns for Students in SURF & Canvas

  • Please make sure that students know that if they prefer to be known by a different name from their legal/formal name, they may indicate their preferred name via SURF – instructions are here. Preferred name is used in Canvas, on class rosters and student ID cards, and to borrow items from the college library. Students may also stop by Admissions and Records to submit a paper Preferred Name Change form.
  • Canvas also now includes NameCoach, a tool that allows students to voice-record their own names and indicate their pronouns, making it easier to establish respectful relationships in classroom communities, whether the class meets online or in person. Encourage your students to record their names and specify their pronouns – share this MiraCosta NameCoach tutorial with them (and make sure you do it, too!).

Designating Zero- and Low-Textbook-Cost Classes

If you are teaching a ZTC or LTC (<$40) class this fall, please ensure it is designated as such in SURF – see directions to do so. You can view more details about ZTC and LTC designations, as approved by the Academic Senate.

For faculty teaching at least one online/hybrid class this fall:

Fall Student Orientations to Online Learning

I will offer many online learning orientation sessions this fall. Please share the schedule with your online/hybrid students and encourage their attendance. Read more, including how to get a report from SURF on which of your students attend. Over 3000 students have participated since the SOOL began in 2014. Research shows that from 2014 to 2018, 72.8% of those who attended the SOOL in the same or a previous term successfully completed DE courses vs. a 65.9% DE success rate for students who had not attended a SOOL.

Student-Student Interaction: A New Distance Education Requirement

Please review the MiraCosta online class quality guidelines. 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.

One element of the guidelines – encouraging interaction among students – is newly required (as of spring 2019) by California Title 5. “Regular effective contact among students” has not yet been incorporated into our AP 4105 or other DE documentation, but it is now required in every distance education class in California Community Colleges. If you have questions about this please get in touch with me!

Online Class Schedule – Please Update!

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 to help students prepare for success. See detailed instructions if needed. Please note: if you have done this in the past by copying text from Word or other sources, you may have introduced HTML that causes your course description to be inaccessible. Please type directly or copy in plain text only by copying from NotePad on a PC or TextEdit on a Mac.

NetTutor Online Tutoring

In addition to eTutoring, an online tutoring option for MiraCosta distance education classes is NetTutor. Unlike eTutoring, NetTutor provides extensive coverage up to 24×7 of just about any academic subject, and is available via a link embedded within Canvas. The link would take students directly to the subject-specific tutoring area with no additional login required. Also with NetTutor, each instructor may specify “Rules of Engagement” that inform tutors about the approach and resources you would like them to use when working with your students. Learn more about enabling NetTutor in a online/hybrid class.

CVC-OEI Course Academy

If you teach a fully online C-ID approved course, you are eligible to receive support from the Online Education Initiative in preparation for possibly offering the class on the Course Exchange. Learn more about the Course Design Academy and/or sign up for an upcoming informational meeting.

Can-Innovate – Submit a Proposal?

Can-Innovate is a one-day online conference focused on Canvas use in the California Community Colleges. Mark your calendar for Friday, October 25. If you’d like to share something cool you’re doing with Canvas, please submit a presentation proposal by August 20!

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

Fall 2019 Workshops


MiraCosta faculty no longer need to sign up for Flex activities in advance. After attending a Flex workshop, record your participation on your Flex transcript under the “Record Activities” tab, selecting the “Scheduled Activities or Workshops” activity type. Visit the Flex website for more information.


After Flex week, go to the Workshop Archives to see recordings and resources from workshops below that were held online.

Fall 2019 Workshops

A full updated list of all Flex workshops can be found at:  Fall 2019 Flex Workshops

Friday August 8, 2019

Canvas Open Lab

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Karen Turpin and Jim Julius
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611 & Online via Zoom

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a collaborative, supported environment. Attendees may be in-person in the computer lab, or online from anywhere, with opportunities to interact with fellow participants and Canvas experts. This workshop is intended to be useful for anyone from beginners to advanced Canvas users, and is open entry/exit – show up anytime and stay as long as you like. Come with your Canvas questions and your fall classes-in-progress!

The “New” Canvas Gradebook

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611 & Online via Zoom

Until now, the “New” Canvas Gradebook was optional – now it is THE Gradebook in Canvas. Join us as we dive deeper into the functionality available in the new Canvas Gradebook. Filtering, sorting, custom colors, view/hide unpublished assignments, and manual adjustments will be explored. Basic assignment setup along with tips and tricks for an organized and effective gradebook will be covered.

Canvas Basics

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Sean Davis
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611 & Online via Zoom

This hands-on workshop is designed to give an overview of the basic tools to get started with Canvas. Learn how to set your homepage, design rich content pages, build a module, create assignments, post announcements, review your student roster and create groups, edit your profile, message students, and record grades using SpeedGrader. Participants will have time for hands-on work applying what they have learned, so make the most of this workshop by bringing documents and text to add to your Canvas course.

Monday August 12, 2019

MiraCosta DE Handbook & Course: A Sneak Peak

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Jim Julius
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

In spring 2019 while on sabbatical, Jim Julius drafted a Distance Education Handbook for MiraCosta. This handbook brings together all the essential information for faculty who teach online and hybrid classes at MiraCosta, along with some key recommended practices. The DE Handbook is built in Canvas, and can be used as a reference, but it will also be usable as a mini-course, with a badge awarded to those who complete all requirements. This can help faculty gain proficiency with the MiraCosta Online Class Quality Guidelines, and district policies and procedures related to distance education. Come get a sneak peek at this resource, and provide your feedback to make it as useful as possible.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Studio: Video within Canvas!

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Eric Robertson
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

Studio (formerly known as ARC) enables instructors and students to easily create and use webcam and screencast video within Canvas. You can also create discussions that are based on videos. Join Eric Robertson for a demonstration of how he’s used this tool to support his MiraCosta online oral communication classes.

Studio Training

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Instructure Experts
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

Studio is a video tool within Canvas, from the creators of Canvas (Instructure). In this session, Instructure trainers will provide an overview of how faculty can use Studio as a tool for engaging students with video, viewing student video interaction, and creating and assessing video-based assignments. We will explore different use cases for Canvas Studio in the classroom. You may view the full session agenda.

Canvas Accessibility (Beginner)

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Liezl Madrona (CCC Accessibility Center Expert)
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

“Accessibility” = student usability. Can your students easily access and quickly navigate your content to gather the information they need? Learn the top four simple things you can do in your course to create an inclusive course for all of your students! Take advantage of Canvas’ tools to create an equitable learning environment, and learn about the different ways to approach inaccessible external documents like Microsoft Word Docs, PDFs, and PowerPoints used in your course.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Unity Prep Time

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sean Davis, Joyful Teacher in Residence
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: C3 OC1253 Teaching and Learning Center

An opportunity for full time and associate faculty to hang out together in the new C3 Teaching and Learning Center and work on course materials for their classes — syllabi, activities, rubrics, quizzes, anything and everything teaching related. Come celebrate, cultivate and connect as you prepare for the coming semester.

CE Faculty Dinner Date: Starter – Engaging, Appealing Canvas Classes

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Liezl Madrona
Audience: Exclusive to CE Faculty – Please sign up in advance
Format/Location: OC 4612

Meet Liezl Madrona, an instructional design expert available to support MiraCosta CE faculty this year. In this session she will guide you through hands-on activities to help improve your Canvas skills with:

  • Class navigation/organization
  • Visual design
  • Instructor-student interaction
  • Student-student interaction.

CE Faculty Dinner Date: Main

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Liezl Madrona
Audience: Exclusive to CE Faculty – Please sign up in advance
Format/Location: OC 3609

For CE Faculty who also attend the CE Faculty Dinner Date Starter and/or Dessert. Enjoy dinner and discussion while also seeing faculty demos of a variety of MiraCosta Canvas classes. You may also set up follow-up consultation and support with Liezl Madrona.

CE Faculty Dinner Date: Dessert – Equity-minded online teaching and learning

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
MCC Faculty with Liezl Madrona
Audience: Exclusive to CE Faculty – Please sign up in advance
Format/Location: OC 4612

Even if you’re not teaching fully online classes, this session will stimulate your thinking about design and teaching strategies that are equity-minded – that remove barriers to success that many students may experience in a traditional educational environment. You’ll consider practices that experts recommend to enhance the success of disproportionately impacted students, and you’ll hear from MiraCosta faculty about tools, techniques, and pedagogical strategies they’ve used in Canvas to support these kinds of practices.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Equity-minded Online Teaching and Learning

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sean Davis, Jim Julius, and faculty
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

Even if you’re not teaching fully online classes, this session will stimulate your thinking about design and teaching strategies that are equity-minded – that remove barriers to success that many students may experience in a traditional educational environment. You’ll consider practices that experts recommend to enhance the success of disproportionately impacted students, and you’ll hear from MiraCosta faculty about tools, techniques, and pedagogical strategies they’ve used in Canvas to support these kinds of practices.

NameCoach & GRA: California’s Gender Recognition Act 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sean Davis
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

(SB 179), signed into law on October 15, 2017 and in effect in 2019, makes it significantly easier for all transgender people who are living in or were born in California to obtain identity documents that reflect their genders. This workshop will focus on specifics about the law and how to cultivate a more inclusive environment in your Canvas course using the NameCoach.

Canvas Accessibility (Advanced)

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Liezl Madrona (CCC Accessibility Center Expert)
Audience: Intermediate/Advanced
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

Take this Advanced Canvas Accessibility workshop to learn about the last two things you can do in your course to create an equitable learning environment. Learn how to use color effectively with free color software to ensure your graphics are readable. Use videos that you own or that someone else owns? Join Liezl, our guest CE instructional designer, as she walks you through more tools and resources to add to your course design toolbox!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Tour the C3 Teaching and Learning Center! (after All College Day Lunch)

Starting at 1pm
Sean Davis (Joyful Teacher in Residence)
Jim Julius (Faculty Director of Online Education)
Karen Turpin (Online Instructional Technologist)
Liezl Madrona (Instructional Designer for Career Education)
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: C3 OC1253 Teaching and Learning Center

Celebrate. Cultivate. Connect. Join us for the C3 open house. Check out this awesome faculty space that includes the Pedagogical Lounge, Collaboration Studio, and Technology Application & Discovery Lab.

Canvas Studio Online Video Learning Platform (Formerly ARC)

Studio Logo

Studio is a video tool integrated inside of Canvas, which MiraCosta began piloting in spring 2019 when it was known as ARC. It is available to all faculty and students.

With Studio:

  • Faculty and students can easily record webcam and screencast video within Canvas
  • Faculty and students can create and manage a library of videos for use in Canvas (and to share outside of Canvas)
  • Faculty can create discussion activities that are based on video (discussion comments are tied to specific points in the video)
  • Faculty get data on student viewing of video
  • Faculty can add quiz questions into videos; students respond while watching the video; results go directly into the gradebook
  • Students can submit video assignments; faculty can provide feedback directly on specific moments in the video
  • Videos can be automatically captioned and the captions can be easily edited

Studio is available to faculty and students from the blue global navigation bar in MiraCosta Canvas.

Studio is also available to faculty only on the navigation menu within a MiraCosta Canvas course to RECORD or ADD video content.

Studio is also available to faculty only on the navigation menu within a Canvas course to RECORD or ADD video content.

Within the Canvas Rich Content Editor, faculty and students can select Studio from the second row of icons to create webcam or screencast video.

Studio location in Canvas Rich Content Editor.

Helpful Guides

Key Studio tutorials/videos to get you started:

To learn more about Studio and Canvas, view the full set of Studio tutorials.

Adding Videos Captioned in YouTube or 3CMediaSolutions to Studio

Unfortunately, videos you’ve already created in YouTube or 3CMediaSolutions will not have their captions preserved when you add them to Studio. Rather than starting captioning over again in Studio, here are some tips from Greg Beyrer of Cosumnes River College:

YouTube: Download the captions file from YouTube. The video must be set to allow community members to contribute captions. If the video already has English captions provided by the creator those cannot be downloaded, but you can tell YouTube you are contributing captions in a friendly language, say Canadian English, and then one-click copy the published captions to the new language. That could then be downloaded. YouTube does not download captions in a file that is recognized by Studio, so you have to convert those captions (.sbv file) into a Studio-friendly format (.srt file). This site does this: https://captionsconverter.com. (from YouTube Captions to Arc – Workaround Guide, where you can also find a video demonstrating the process.)

3CMediaSolutions: Simply download the (.vtt) caption file from a 3CMediaSolutions video, and then upload that file into Studio for the same video. If your video is lengthy, it may even be quicker to first upload it to 3CMediaSolutions and request the free professional captioning rather than going through the auto-caption and edit process in Studio. (from Making Arc Work with 3C Media Solutions, which includes a video demonstrating the process)

What’s in a Name? Plenty! NameCoach and Inclusive Conversation

NameCoach helps classmates, faculty, and people in the MiraCosta community to learn to address each other the way each person would like to be addressed. Students and instructors can voice record their name pronunciation and specify their preferred pronouns in Canvas. That information will be available to instructors, students, and anyone who has access to Canvas courses, to enable inclusive and respectful conversation. 

NameCoach Pronunciation Tool from NU Digital Learning on Vimeo.

Recording Your Name and Pronouns in NameCoach within Canvas

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
Name Coach Recording in Canvas Step 1 and 2.

3. Click NameCoach Recorder

4. Click ‘Record Name‘ or ‘Edit this recording‘ and follow the directions. Both buttons will default to the recording directions for first time users. You can record your name online, or you can do it via phone. You will also be able to specify your preferred pronouns.

Reviewing and Editing Your NameCoach Information

Once you record your name and pronouns, you can always review and/or update this.

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
  3. Click NameCoach Recorder
  4. To listen to the recording, click the Arrow Button.
Step 4 Name Coach Reviewing Your Recording

5. To re-record your name, and/or to review your pronouns, click the Edit this recording button. Follow the onscreen directions to re-record your name and/or update pronouns.

Step 5 Name Coach Rerecord Your Name.

View a NameCoach Roster and Listen to Student Name Recordings

  1. Enter your Canvas course, click NameCoach on left course menu.
  2. Click on the Arrow button to the right of a student’s name to listen to the student’s name recording.

If you don’t see NameCoach in the course menu, ask the instructor to turn it on!

Faculty: Ensure the NameCoach Roster is Visible in Your Classes

By default, NameCoach should be enabled on every Canvas course menu (see just above). If it is light gray, then it has been disabled and students won’t be able to access it. To enable it, click Settings at the bottom of the course menu, then click the Navigation tab at top center. Move NameCoach from the bottom set of items to the top to enable it. For more detail on this process, see the Canvas guide on course navigation menu changes.

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