What’s Going Well? – A SAFE Topics Podcast Live Show

Hello all,

The SAFE Topics Podcast team invites you to a live recording of an episode focused on our students. On Tuesday, January 19 at 5:00pm, Sean and curry will ask a panel of MiraCosta faculty, who teach across the disciplines: what’s working, what’s challenging, and what should students expect as we all prepare for another semester of remote/online teaching and learning? And we want your input too!

With students as our primary audience in mind, we will ask you, our audience, to use the Zoom chat and our Instagram (@safetopics_podcast) to pose questions, share stories, and engage with our panel in an authentic and informed conversation. What can we all do and what can our students do to better facilitate learning and success this spring?

We want to hear from a variety of perspectives, and we believe you have something valuable to contribute to this discussion! We hope you’ll join us tomorrow!!

Here is the Zoom link! 😉

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

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

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Online News for our Online Spring 2021!

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a good break, despite the weirdness of our world!

Flex workshops launch tomorrow: Friday, Jan. 15

Flex week starts tomorrow with lots of great online ed-related workshops, including some Canvas open lab hours for anyone seeking expert Canvas support. There’s also a workshop on an awesome new communication tool called Pronto, available college-wide this semester, and a workshop to make sure you’re ready for the new Zoom that arrived over winter break. Friday ends with a workshop featuring seven MiraCosta online faculty mentors sharing some of their top tips for online teaching. And there are many more super workshops coming next week!

Online Teaching Tool Updates

  • Check out Pronto, an incredible mobile-friendly and Canvas-integrated messaging platform that’s ready to use in every course now.
  • As you’re hopefully aware, Zoom was updated over break. Many of the changes are seamless but review our updated faculty Zoom support site for details. With the new Zoom comes a new Canvas integration that’s a huge improvement on what we had previously.
  • Accessibility and Universal Design are important elements of equity and inclusion. We have a new, more powerful tool built into Canvas called Pope Tech that helps faculty detect and correct accessibility issues. (This replaces UDOIT, if you had used that.) Another tool, Ally, is here for spring. Ally automatically provides files you share through Canvas in multiple options for students. For instance, PDFs can be listened to (great for those who would prefer to listen). PPTs can be accessed as PDFs (great for those without PPT). Word documents can be viewed as HTML (great for mobile devices).
  • The big change you’ll notice in Canvas is an update to the Rich Content Editor. If that makes you nervous, be sure to attend Karen Turpin’s 10 am Flex workshop tomorrow!
  • Finally, Proctorio is no longer available at MiraCosta, as had been communicated in late fall.

Student Orientation to Online Learning Workshops

In collaboration with the library, I’ll be again offering over two dozen Student Orientation to Online Learning workshops this spring – see all dates and times on the TASC site and in Canvas announcements. These workshops help to familiarize students with the resources MiraCosta provides online to support them, as well as to adopt habits and attitudes of successful online students. Encourage your students to attend and, if you like, find out which of your students participated in order to incentivize their attendance.

Student Support Resources to Share with your Students

Campus may be closed, but our amazing array of student support services and resources are just one or two clicks away. Point your students to the Student Support Hub in Canvas. Share the link and point them to the Student Support button on the left in Canvas for quick access to online support from the library, STEM & MLC, online tutoring, writing center, counseling, career center, open computer lab staff, student help desk, health services, and more! The new Help Hut on the MiraCosta website is also a quick way for students to connect with all kinds of support services, and the tutoring hub gives access from the website to all the academic support resources found in the Student Support Hub within Canvas.

Reminder: Merging Canvas Course Sections

This was once again available to faculty starting this fall. See our guide to learn more about merged course sections in Canvas, and if you’d like to request this, see the guide to the SURF dashboard for merging course sections – be sure to do so ASAP!

Don’t forget to refer to our useful Canvas start-of-term checklist to keep you on track as you finalize your spring classes!

See you online!

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

Pronto

Pronto is an app that works within and outside of Canvas to enable seamless, fun, and effective communication between faculty and students, and among students. Many California Community Colleges are now using Pronto. For spring 2021, Pronto is available in all MiraCosta courses as an expanded pilot. During the spring semester, we’ll decide if we want to keep Pronto available at MiraCosta going forward.

If you do not want Pronto to be available for any class, opt out via the Pronto Course Management tool.

What Pronto Offers

Real-time Chat

Without having to share phone numbers or other contact information, now you have real-time messaging across each class and to individuals. Send text messages, files, images, and GIFs!

Message Translation

Pronto gives everyone a voice by allowing them to send messages in their preferred language, and Pronto then automatically translates messages into the recipient’s preferred language.

Live-stream & Group Video Chat

  • Broadcast live video to your classes, and record your video sessions for replay. This may be a nice alternative to Zoom for things like office hours, group meetings, and more. Viewers interact using the chat button. It keeps the process smooth. Here is a video from Fabiola Torres of Glendale CC on how she uses the live-stream feature for class.
  • Chat via live video with up to 10 people simultaneously. Perfect for group projects!
  • Live 1:1 video chat any time for face-to-face interaction with a student. Or live-stream with a student and they can chat (they don’t have to be on camera).

Announcements

Keep your entire course in the loop by sending a message to the whole class. It’s like sending a real-time announcement to your entire class. Keep everyone updated on assignments, tech glitches, emergency alerts, and any other important information you need to get out instantly.

File Sharing & Storage

Share any file type—documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, photos, videos, and more. All files stored in Pronto remain available through Pronto for easy retrieval with no storage limits. Pronto integrates with all reputable cloud storage repositories, including Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, and Google Drive.

Task Management

Keeps students organized and accountable by assigning tasks. Tasks allows you to create reminders for yourself or others in groups—attach files, photos, or videos and assign due dates with auto-reminders for each task. Here is a video from Professor Gomez of Glendale CC demonstrating how to assign a task.

Accessibility and Privacy

Pronto is both WCAG 2.0 AA and FERPA compliant. Pronto keeps you connected to everyone without sharing personal contact information.

Where Can I Access Pronto?

Pronto is available in 3 ways:

  1. Pronto icon Directly within Canvas. If you are enrolled in any published course where Pronto is active, you will see the Pronto icon at the bottom left of Canvas, in the Global Navigation menu (you may need to scroll the menu down).
    Selecting the Pronto icon will open up Pronto to the latest chat you have had open or the course/group with which you are currently engaged.
  2. Through any web browser at miracosta.pronto.io .
  3. Via the mobile app, which is available for free in the Apple and Google app stores (search Pronto: Team Communication).

How Do I Get Started?

Pronto only becomes active for a course after it is published. NOTE: this doesn’t happen automatically – Pronto becomes active for a newly-published course once the next synchronization between Pronto and Canvas occurs – this happens daily at 7 pm PST. But if you want to make Pronto active immediately after publishing a course, you can manually enable Pronto in the Pronto course management tool.

The first time you use Pronto, you’ll need to provide your MiraCosta email address and then enter a code that Pronto will send to your email. If you are not yet enrolled in any course that is published and uses Pronto, you may need to wait until that occurs for this step to work.

If you can, view/attend one of the Pronto training sessions for MiraCosta led by a Pronto expert! Links below will open the Zoom meeting/recording for the training session.

To get started on your own, review the Canvas/Pronto integration guide, and/or watch the 6 minute video:

Do I have to use Pronto?

No, Pronto is available but you can ignore it. Doing so will still allow your students to use it. If you wish to turn off Pronto temporarily or permanently for a class, you can do that too. (Even if you like having Pronto on most of the time, you may wish to shut it off during an exam, for example.)

Use the Pronto Course Management tool to turn off Pronto for a particular class. Learn more about Pronto Course Management.

Technical support, tips and resources

Support for Pronto is provided via the Pronto support site or by contacting help@pronto.io

NOTE: Students added to your Canvas class will not be able to use Pronto for the class until the next Pronto synchronization occurs. You can use the Pronto Course Management tool to manually force Pronto to synchronize with a course if necessary.

Here are some excellent additional Pronto resources:

Credits

Thanks to Fabiola Torres of Glendale CC, MiraCosta’s Tanessa Sanchez, and Matt Baugh from Pronto for resources that helped to develop this page.

Spring 2021 Online Education Workshops

Registration

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.

Archives

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

Spring 2021 Workshops

A full updated list of all Flex workshops – including many other great workshops supporting online education – can be found at:  Spring 2021 Flex Workshops

Friday January 15, 2021

Canvas Open Lab

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Karen Turpin
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online via Zoom

This session is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a collaborative environment featuring expert staff ready to support all your Canvas questions. Attendees may be online from anywhere, with opportunities to interact with fellow participants and Canvas experts. This 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.

Using Canvas’s NEW Rich Content Editor

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Karen Turpin
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Using Canvas’s NEW Rich Content Editor (Zoom Recording, 49 minutes)

Canvas has a redesigned Rich Content Editor (RCE) for Spring 2021. The new RCE is intended to improve the user experience across Canvas tools. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look, menus are grouped by common icons and interactions, and generally, more editing area is displayed. Join us to learn all about the new RCE that is now globally available throughout Canvas.

For more information, visit the:

Canvas Open Lab

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: Everyone
Format/Location: Online

This session is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a collaborative environment featuring expert staff ready to support all your Canvas questions. Attendees may be online from anywhere, with opportunities to interact with fellow participants and Canvas experts. This 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.

Zoom Has Changed: What Faculty Need to Know
and Do

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Zoom Has Changed: What Faculty Need to Know (Zoom Recording, 1 hour and 2 minutes)

MiraCosta College is now hosting our own Zoom, which means there are a number of changes you need to account for. The Zoom link is new, as is your login process. The Zoom LTI (integration tool) in Canvas is new and MUCH improved. Learn the updated ways to access Zoom, create meetings, and share recordings in Canvas with or without the LTI. Learn how to get Zoom help locally. Finally, you must update links manually for existing Zoom recordings and meetings that you want to continue to use and share, and this session will ensure you know how.

Create and Facilitate Better Student Engagement in Canvas with Pronto – Demo & Use Cases

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Matt Baugh (Pronto) with MiraCosta faculty
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Create and Facilitate Better Student Engagement in Canvas with Pronto – Demo & Use Cases (Zoom Recording, 1 hour and 2 minutes)

Learn how to get started with Pronto, an app that integrates with Canvas and enhances communication beyond what Canvas provides, enabling group messaging, file sharing, video chat, announcements, and more in a very mobile-friendly way. Pronto can be used outside of Canvas too, and is open to everyone at the college – student services, clubs, committees, etc. – all can have rich mobile-friendly group synchronous and asynchronous communication through Pronto.

Advice from MOM: MiraCosta Online Mentors Share Online Teaching Tips

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
MiraCosta Online Faculty Mentors
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Advice from MOM: MiraCosta Online Mentors Share Online Teaching Tips (Zoom Recording, 1 hour and 22 minutes)

A team of MiraCosta faculty provided mentoring support for online teaching to over 60 colleagues this fall. In this workshop, eight faculty mentors will share some of the top tips they have to offer on both pedagogies and tools (Canvas, Canvas Studio, and Zoom). Their advice will help you engage your students more deeply in learning, and will help you to accomplish your online teaching more efficiently and effectively

Tuesday January 19, 2021

Experience the Student Orientation to Online Learning

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Jim Julius & Steven Deineh
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Experience the Student Orientation to Online Learning (Zoom Recording, 1 hour and 20 minutes)

The Student Orientation to Online Learning is offered dozens of times each semester to help MiraCosta students to be more prepared for success as online students. The session includes discussion of important habits and attitudes of successful online students, opportunities to gain comfort with Canvas and Zoom tools, a review of key support resources and services online, and a brief librarian-led introduction to the online library. Experience the SOOL for yourself – you will probably learn some things you didn’t know about MiraCosta’s amazing online support for students! We’ll also review how student participation in the SOOL is reported so that any faculty member can incentivize their students to attend.

Wednesday January 20, 2021

Mission Accessible: New Tools for Spring 2021

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Liesl Boswell
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Mission Accessible: New Tools for Spring 2021 (Zoom Recording, 1 hour and 23 minutes)

Canvas provides faculty a foundation and a wealth of built-in tools to create inclusive experiences for all students, and MiraCosta College is also adding a couple new tools in Canvas to enhance accessibility and inclusivity in spring 2021. Pope Tech helps faculty to go deeper into course content than the tools Canvas provides to detect and improve accessibility. Ally automatically converts files faculty add to their Canvas courses into multiple formats for students. Learn how to leverage all of these tools to build an accessible and usable learning environment. Free digital goodies for course development!

Continuing the learning and conversation with Pronto, a new mobile-friendly, Canvas-integrated, powerful communication tool: Demo and Use Cases

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Matt Baugh (Pronto) with MiraCosta faculty
Audience: Everyone
Recording: Continuing the learning and conversation with Pronto, a new mobile-friendly, Canvas-integrated, powerful communication tool: Demo and Use Cases (Zoom Recording, 1 hour and 8 minutes)

Learn how to get started with Pronto, an app that integrates with Canvas and enhances communication beyond what Canvas provides, enabling group messaging, file sharing, video chat, announcements, and more in a very mobile-friendly way. Pronto can be used outside of Canvas too, and is open to everyone at the college – student services, clubs, committees, etc. – all can have rich mobile-friendly group synchronous and asynchronous communication through Pronto. 

Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist

Create or Import your Content

Multiple ways to begin to build your class

• Copy from another class in Canvas. Your access to classes you have previously taught in Canvas continues indefinitely.

• Copy in an entire course or portions of one from Canvas Commons.

• Create your content from scratch in Canvas

• Import content you previously exported 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.
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