Instructional Design Hub

Need some Ed-tech support? Want to bounce off some ideas for how to design your courses using the MiraCosta College’s Online Class Quality Guidelines? 

Contact Nadia Khan, MiraCosta College’s Instructional Designer, for consultation. You can contact Nadia at or book a consultation with her.

Media & Tech Tips

Canvas Related

Studio Quiz and Studio Annotation

Adding Emojis in Canvas

Integrating Google drive into Canvas

Marking Google Doc assignment via Speedgrader

Canvas Buttons

Student Engagement & Interaction

Answer Garden

Meme generator

Gifs part 1 – A Gif for Your Students

Gifs part 2- A Gif for Your Students: Turning yourself in a Gif

MS Stream

Fillable PDFs



Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost 

MiraCosta Online Class Quality Guidelines


If you have any questions about any of these resources, please contact Nadia Khan, Instructional Designer at 

LabArchives Electronic Lab Notebook


LabArchives is an electronic lab notebook that can help instructors and learners better manage, share, and publish research notes, data, protocols, and related documents.

MiraCosta College’s  institutional license gives all  MiraCosta College students, staff, and faculty free access to LabArchives. Log on with your MCC login and password to access LabArchives. Faculty can also integrate Lab Archives with Canvas.

Getting Started

Launch MiraCosta LabArchives

Features of LabArchives

  • Share and collaborate on notebooks by multiple parties.
  • Store multiple file types, including images, GraphPad Prism, FlowJo, PDFs, and Office documents
  • Create templates, forms, and custom applications for routine laboratory tasks.
  • Instructors can provide feedback on students’ notebooks.
  • Storage of every version of every file, recording the date, time, and username.

Faculty LabArchives Help and FAQs

Need Help?

LabArchives Information for your Students

The MiraCosta College Student Helpdesk can assist your students with Canvas and LabArchives.

Unlearn Grading to Ungrade Learning: Part 1 – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Good afternoon campus community,

In our latest episode release, the SAFE Topics team had a conversation with faculty members on the topic of ungrading! We explore ideas like deconstructing traditional grading, assessment being a conversation, meeting resistance, and self-reflections. Join hosts Sean and curry alongside Joe Salamon (Physical Science), Chad Tsuyuki (English), Virginia “Gin” Schwarz (English & Literature), and James Garcia (Sociology) as we talk about the world of ungrading. This episode is one for the books! Keep an eye out for Part 2 coming in the Spring ‘22 semester!

Access the transcript for this episode.

And don’t forget to listen to the mini-series, “Hyflexing,” with hosts Sean and curry!

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

  • How are we all thinking about assessment in our classrooms?
  • Is ungrading a privilege reserved for full time faculty?
  • Points, points, points!
  • Deconstructing the years of high school grade trauma.
  • The myths of the transactional relationship vs an authentic relationship.
  • Ungrading isn’t a radical idea – it’s being used in other places too.
  • “If you don’t do this, you won’t get that.”
  • The self-worth tied to the grades.
  • How the grade becomes the message.
  • Having both flexibility and rigidity.
  • Have you been met with resistance to ungrading?
  • The importance of feedback.
  • Grades still matter → We’re still working within a paradox.
  • Thoughts on the affective, formative, and summative.
  • Being way less stressed when you don’t have to be a policing person.
  • Making sure we have these conversations and self-reflecting.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

Connect with Us

Safe Topics

How to Copy Individual Items to another Canvas Course or Share them with another Instructor

Canvas’s Direct Share feature allows instructors to share individual course items to their other Canvas courses, and easily share individual course items with other instructors in Canvas. To use this tool you will need to have a course role of Teacher, TA, or Designer in your Canvas course.

Please keep in mind that Direct Share is only for sharing individual items. If you wish to copy an entire course’s content over to a new Canvas course site, it is best to use Canvas’s course import tool to complete the course copy process.

Copying items to other Canvas courses

Follow these step-by-step directions:

Sending items to other Canvas instructors

Follow these step-by-step directions:

You can manage items that have been shared with you from within your Canvas account.

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