You cannot manually enroll users at the student permission level to your Canvas class.
If you have any of the following, follow the specified directions to have the user enrolled within your course at the student permission level.
- Faculty Evaluator: Contact Heidi Willis at (760) 795-6827 or firstname.lastname@example.org in the Office of Instruction when you need to provide access to a peer, your chair, etc. to conduct an evaluation.
- Tutor: Contact Janine Washabaugh at (760) 757-2121 ext. 7748 or email@example.com in the Tutoring & Academic Support Center (TASC) .
- Writing Center SI Leader: Contact Jessica Perez-Corona at (760) 757-2121 ext. 6339 or firstname.lastname@example.org in the Writing Center.
- Community Education Student: Contact Karen Turpin using the form here or email email@example.com. Include the confirmation of student enrollment through community education, the SURF ID of the student, and your 4 digit class number.
Also, keep in mind:
To add a TA or other MiraCosta College employee to your Canvas course with TA, designer, or observer permissions, see this set of instructions.
DO NOT attempt to add students to your course on Canvas. Students are automatically enrolled from SURF to your Canvas course several times a day.
You should not add anyone to Canvas as a teacher. Teachers are assigned via SURF.
Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most common problems yourself.
- Check your Course Management System (CMS) Status
Is it a maintenance time? Or is your CMS currently experiencing an outage?
- Clear Browser Cache (history, cookies, etc.)
Clearing your browser cache often will resolve the problem by allowing your computer to download the latest version of the webpage and/or software.
- Try a Different Browser
If you have cleared your browser cache and things are still not working as you expect try a different browser. Example: if you are using Chrome, try Firefox and visa versa. Ensure that your browsers are up to date. You can always download the latest version free online.
- Restart your Computer
Many faculty and staff solve their problems with this simple step. Always a good option to try.
- Check your Internet Connection Speed
A slow connection could be why your CMS system is running slow. Share your result with your internet service provider as necessary to resolve.
- Enable Browser Cookies
Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the online server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
- Enable Java
It strongly recommended to have the latest version to ensure proper functionality of our online systems.
- Manage Pop-Up Blockers
Pop-up windows, or pop-ups, are windows that appear automatically without your permission. They vary in size but usually don’t cover the whole screen. They are often required for certain online website applications to work properly.
- Make sure that your Operating System is fully updated.
Neglecting updates could deprive you of important bug and performance fixes.
- Check your Device Settings
This is a great tool to identify what is on your computer, browser version, plugins, etc. This tool can help you update your computer yourself, and/or can be provided to tech support to assist you further with troubleshooting.
Hello, MiraCosta faculty – happy summer!
As you are hopefully well aware, MiraCosta is transitioning to Canvas. Blackboard and Moodle remain available through next spring, but by summer 2018 we will be fully onto Canvas. This spring, over 20% of our classes used Canvas and I have heard so much positive feedback from faculty and students. Read on for important information about both Canvas and Blackboard.
If you are planning on working in Canvas this summer, be sure to bookmark MiraCosta’s primary Canvas support page:
The page includes information about upcoming Canvas classes and recordings of past classes, screencasts of MiraCosta faculty touring you through their classes, and much more. Full-time faculty can still sign up for the upcoming 4-week online summer Canvas training.
In addition, the following new TIC pages may be of interest:
- Canvas End of Semester/Term (especially for those who used Canvas this spring)
- Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist (great links and checklists to refer to as you build a class in Canvas)
- Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas (tips on building content in Canvas using content from past courses)
All summer and fall MiraCosta classes are available to faculty in Canvas, so even if you’re not quite ready to teach with it, you can begin exploring it any time.
We are considering how long faculty would like to keep past classes in Canvas in their Dashboard vs. having the classes moved to the Past Courses area of Canvas. If you would like to learn more about this and weigh in, please take this quick survey.
All summer/fall classes continue to be available in Blackboard as well.
A major required update to our Blackboard system is occurring this Monday, June 5, and the Blackboard system will be unavailable throughout the day.
The system’s appearance and functions should remain largely consistent with your previous experience, but if you wish to learn more about the changes that are included in this update, please visit Blackboard’s release notes site and check out the notes for the Q4 2015, Q2 2016, Q4 2016, and Q2 2017 releases.
Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
Create or Import your Content
You have multiple ways to build your class
• Copy content from a previous semester in Canvas:
- How do I copy content from another Canvas course?
When the copy is finished, verify the content has imported correctly.
• Create your content from scratch in Canvas:
• Import content from a Blackboard course:
- Assignments, Discussion Boards, Announcements, and Tests/Surveys/Pools work best for this. Refer to Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas.
Review Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
- Verify activities to be used in the course are published.
- Verify dates. Due dates are added to the calendar and the syllabus and serve as reminders to students. “Available from” and “Until” dates will unlock and lock the activity.
- Verify instructions are accurate and well formatted.
- Verify the submission type (assignments only).
- Verify number of attempts is correct (quizzes only).
- Verify assignment groups are set up correctly. See: How to use Assignment Index Page.
- Verify assignments are weighted correctly, if using a weighted grading system. See: How to Weight Assignment Groups.
- Verify discussions are ordered logically on Discussions list page.
- Verify Quiz “Options” are correct. See: Canvas Quiz Options.
Review Course Details
- Verify total points possible in the gradebook is correct. To verify Download the Gradebook or within Canvas Student View navigate to Grades.
- Review Syllabus for accuracy.
- Verify all links. See: How to Validate Links.
- Customize course navigation links. Keep only the links that are necessary. For example, in most cases the following should be hidden: Files, Pages, Outcomes, Conferences, and Collaborations. If using Modules you can hide even more links to simplify navigation for students. See: How to Reorder and Hide Course Navigation Links.
- Verify Modules are logically ordered and published, if using them.
- Verify Module “Lock until” dates are correct, if using them. See: How to Lock a Module.
- Verify Module requirements and prerequisites are set correctly, if using them. See: How to add Requirements to a Module and How to set Prerequisites for a Module.
- Verify the course home page is setup correctly. See: Home Page Layout Options and How to Change the Course Home Page.
- Use “Preview” option in each quiz to check for errors.
- Use “Student View” to review the entire course. This is a good time to verify that all of your content is available in an accessible format. See: How do I view a course as a test student and Canvas Student View vs MCC’s Sample Student Account.
- Publish your course when you are ready for students to have access to it. This typically is on the morning of or before the official course start date. See: How do I publish a course?
- Encourage (or require) your students to go through the “Canvas Student Orientation”. Share this link with your students https://miracosta.instructure.com/courses/7685. For online and hybrid classes, encourage students to attend a Student Orientation to Online Learning for Canvas and/or a hands-on Canvas workshop.
- Especially for online and hybrid classes, send an email to your students through your SURF Roster telling them how to access your course in Canvas.
- Canvas email (Inbox/Conversation) messages will not be sent out if the course is unpublished. Send Email from your SURF Roster instead prior to publishing the course.
- Pay attention to the time stamp on anything you have placed a date on. 12:00 means the very first minute of the selected day. For end dates, it is often best to choose 11:59 PM to ensure you are setting it up on the correct date.