Online Support for All Students – Please Be Aware and Share!

Online Academic Support Resources for ALL Students

As you finalize your syllabi and course resources, please make your students aware of online tutoringonline writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service. These services are open to all MiraCosta students in any class!

Preferred Name Change Form for Students

A&R has a very simple Preferred Name Change form up for students. Preferred name is the default name automatically used on class rosters and student ID cards, in class systems online (Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle), and to borrow items from the college library. This form is linked in two places on the A&R site:

It can be faxed or emailed to A&R so students don’t even need to come to campus. This is especially important as we transition to Canvas since unlike Blackboard, students don’t have a way to alter their first name within Canvas. So, for students who prefer to be known by a different name from their legal/formal name on record, this is a great option.

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

Spring Student Orientations to Online Learning

I will offer many online learning orientation sessions this spring – 4 for Blackboard and 9 for Canvas. Please share the schedule with your online/hybrid students and encourage their attendance. You may pull a report from the SURF Class Roster to see which of your students have attended an orientation session if you wish to require this or offer extra credit, as many instructors do. Research conducted this summer shows that over the last 3 years 72.8% of those who attended the SOOL in the same or a previous term successfully completed DE courses vs. a 64.7% DE success rate for students who have not attended a SOOL.

Please Update Online Class Schedule

For all those teaching an online or hybrid course this spring, 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 there to help students prepare for success. See detailed instructions if needed.

NetTutor Online Tutoring Service

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 your class course management system environment (Blackboard or 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. Contact me if you’re interested in NetTutor for your spring class(es).

Distance Education Requirements and Guidelines

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. See also a 1-page handout and a 50-minute archive of a workshop I conducted last fall on this document.

Captioning Support

Videos shared online with students should be captioned. 3CMediaSolutions is a video storage and streaming system for California Community College faculty that provides free professional captioning as an option when you upload your media to the site. It’s a great way to manage your media and to get everything captioned. You can also work with Robert Erichsen of DSPS to submit media for captioning through a special grant-funded program. Please contact him to learn more: rerichsen@miracosta.edu

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

Canvas resources for the new semester Spring 2018

New support resources recently added to our TIC Canvas site:

  • Canvas “office hours” conducted by our Canvas faculty transition team – daily drop-in support opportunities over the first four weeks of the semester
  • Video recordings of multiple online and in-person Canvas trainings held during Flex week (added to videos from past workshops)
  • Daily live online Canvas support training sessions provided by Canvas – this is available through February 15 so take advantage now!

Soon we will announce dates and sign-ups for 4-week Introduction to Teaching with Canvas sessions to be offered this spring.

Finally, Canvas is gradually implementing an all-new Gradebook that is available now on a course-by-course basis. If you’d like to learn more and possibly use it in your class, see the New Gradebook Introduction, New Gradebook FAQ, New Gradebook Guide, and New Gradebook Users Group.

Happy Canvasing,

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

Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist

Create or Import your Content

You have multiple ways to build your class

• Copy content from a previous semester in Canvas:

• Create your content from scratch in Canvas:

• Import content from a Blackboard course:

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

Final Preparations

Cautions

  • 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.

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.

Closing your Course

There is nothing you need to do to close your Canvas course; the term end date will conclude your course for the semester automatically and move your course to the ‘Past Enrollments’ list. By default you and your students will continue to have read-only access to the course.

For both instructors and students, concluded courses will be found under Courses > View All Courses > Past Enrollments.

Canvas Term End Dates

SemesterDateTime
Fall 2017Dec 3112 am
Spring 2018June 212 am
Summer 2018August 11 12 am

End of Term Access for Instructors

Instructors can perform the following actions within a concluded course

  • Download Grades to a CSV (Excel) File
  • Copy a course
  • Export a course
  • Access the course using visible navigation links (those links that were hidden from students will be hidden in concluded courses)

Instructors cannot perform the following actions within a concluded courses (and should be done prior to the end of the course)

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

End of Term Access for Students

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

  • View Grades
  • View 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

Incomplete Grades

If you have assigned a student an incomplete ‘I‘ grade for the semester contact Karen Turpin at kturpin@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6787 as soon as the paperwork is complete with Admissions and Records. A new section will be created manually for that student within the original course.  This new section will allow the student access to your course for the time allowable by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Teaching a short semester 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 on Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Change the Course Start and End Dates to reflect when you want students to have full access to the course.
  3. Select the checkbox for ‘Users can only participate in this course between these dates.’
  4. Click the Update Course Details button.

In the example below, students will not be able to access the course, even if it is published, until Jan 16 at 12 am. The students will no longer be able to participate in the course after May 30  at 5 pm and the course will be visible to students in the ‘Past Enrollments’ list by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.

Start / End Term Canvas Dates

  • Note: If you select a course end date prior to the official end of term date, but do not check the box ‘Users can only participate in this course between these date,’ students will still be able to actively participate in the course until the official Canvas end of term.

Restricting Students from Viewing a Completed Course

As described above, students have read-only access to course content in Canvas long after the current term is over. If an instructor wishes to limit this access, follow one of the methods below.

Method 1: Hide Navigation Menu Links

If an instructor would like to limit access to course content, one method is to hide the Navigation menu links. It is important to note that if the Navigation menu links are hidden, the instructor will also be unable to access them after the course concludes (end of term). This may be appropriate if you would like to leave Grades available to students, yet close off course content and/or modules. The instructor will be able to copy the course into another course to gain access to the menu items that are hidden.

How to Hide Menu Navigation links

  1. Select Settings within a course
  2. Select 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: Restrict students from viewing course after end date

If an instructor would prefer the entire course and its course materials not be visible to students after the course end date:

  1. Click on Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after end date’Restrict past end date
  3. Click the Update Course Details button.

This option will completely remove the course from the student’s view in Past Enrollments. Students will not see the course and/or have access to any of the course materials and/or the grades for the course. Instructors will continue to be able to access the course in Past Enrollments.

Adding faculty evaluators, tutors, SI leaders, and community ed students to Canvas classes

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 hwillis@miracosta.edu 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 jwashabaugh@miracosta.edu in the Tutoring & Academic Support Center (TASC) .
  • Writing Center SI Leader: Contact Jessica Perez-Corona at (760) 757-2121 ext. 6339 or jperezcorona@miracosta.edu in the Writing Center.
  • Community Education Student: Contact Karen Turpin using the form here or email kturpin@miracosta.edu. 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.

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