ARC Online Video Learning Platform

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Arc is the next-generation online video learning platform available within Canvas that unmutes learning by turning one‑way, passive video into inclusive, productive discussion. ARC is available to all MiraCosta College faculty, staff, and students through our Canvas LMS platform.

Note that when accessing ARC within the Canvas Rich Content Editor, you’ll need to click the More External Tools button (looks like a V) and then select Arc from the bottom of the list.

Arc in Rich Content Editor in Canvas

Helpful Guides

Key ARC tutorials/videos to get you started:

To learn more about ARC and Canvas,  View the full set of ARC tutorials


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


  • Canvas email (Inbox/Conversation) messages will not be sent out if the course is unpublished.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.

Spring 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.

Spring 2019 Workshops

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

Monday 1/14/2019

Canvas: Just the Basics for Beginners

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
Billy Gunn
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 49 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

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.

Introduction to ARC

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Karen Turpin & Sean Davis
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607 & Online via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 47 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Arc is a communication tool available in Canvas that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media. A one semester pilot of Arc has been approved by MOE for spring 2019. Let’s spend some time kicking the tires to find out how Arc can enhance your teaching and student communications within Canvas. Be part of the next generation of video creation and communication within Canvas.

Resources: What is Arc? –

Accessibility of Online Resources

10:30 AM – 12:20 AM
Lauren McFall, Sean Davis, & Karen Turpin
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607 & Online Via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 64 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Canvas is a great tool designed to broaden access to learning opportunities, but faculty have a responsibility to make sure that content we add is fully accessible to all students. In this workshop, we will utilize an accessibility checklist to help you understand the basics of ADA and 508 compliance. We’ll point out ways in which your efforts can benefit all students. Some of the topics will include: accessibility checkers in Canvas, Word, and PowerPoint, closed captioning, images, videos, PDF documents, and more! Participants will have time to go hands-on with the tools and techniques shared in this workshop.

Resources: Accessibility Checklist

Cut the Costs: Using Library Resources in Canvas

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Lauren McFall, Pamela Perry, and Glorian Sipman
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 53 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Learn how to embed library resources directly into your Canvas course, explore ways you can supplement your course content and eliminate and/or reduce textbook costs for your students. This hands-on workshop is perfect for faculty that teach online, hybrid, and in person classes. Librarians will be available to provide one-on-one assistance.

Introduction to the New Canvas Gradebook

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Online via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 49 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Canvas has redesigned the Gradebook and it is available as an option; it’s likely in 2019 that Canvas will discontinue the old Gradebook entirely. For now, instructors may enable the new Gradebook on a course-by-course basis. 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.


Introduction to

3:00 PM – 4:20 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Online via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 1 hour 3 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt) is the next generation of assessments in Canvas. Find out what is, how you can get started, question types that are  available, conversion options, and what Canvas is still working on in the next release. will eventually replace the current version of Canvas quizzes.

Resources: in Canvas –

Title V “Pending” Changes in Online Learning – in Student to Student Contact

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sean Davis
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Online via ConferZoom

This workshop will introduce ways to increase student engagement in online settings. Potential Title 5 changes will require online classes ensure “student-to-student contact.” We will discuss strategies to both enhance student-to-student contact already in place in courses and introduce ways of creatively and effectively implementing techniques to achieve this in courses that currently lack this modality.

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 51 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Collegial Faculty Canvas Support this Week

I’m excited to announce that some stellar MiraCosta colleagues have volunteered to provide 33 hours of drop-in faculty Canvas support during finals week. This support will be offered in the Oceanside Teaching & Learning Center, on the San Elijo Campus, and even online via Zoom. Please see the schedule for details.

You may have questions about grading, wrapping up your classes, or even questions about designing your spring classes. Or perhaps you have some nagging questions about Canvas that you just haven’t had time to address this semester. Or, maybe you’ll just feel better about getting some Canvas work done knowing that you have an expert on hand should anything come up! Either way, take advantage of this great support offered by your fellow faculty.

Additional Canvas Support & Tips

At the end of each term, you have a couple weeks to wrap up your work within your Canvas courses, and courses then go into a read-only Concluded mode. For the fall semester, this occurs on Dec. 31, after which you and your students will have continued but limited access to course materials by default. See our detailed support guide to learn more about how this works, how you can change what happens, and how to work with your Concluded courses as you’re creating your new classes.

Remember, you always have 24×7 access to Canvas support (even during winter break) by calling the faculty Canvas support hotline: 1-833-345-2890

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

Online Ed News to Know Before You Go

Canvas Drop-In Support for Faculty This Week

On the first day of finals (and the second, third, and fourth), my colleagues gave to me … help with all things Canvas, from grading, to designing next semester’s classes, to any other burning Canvas questions you might have! An announcement will be updated each day this week in Canvas with the day’s times and locations – see the full week schedule here.

Canvas End-of-Term Reminders

After Dec. 31, your fall Canvas classes go into read-only mode for you and your students. There are some important things you should consider before that date! Please review our Canvas end-of-term guide.

Zero- and Low-Textbook Cost Class Spring Classes

If you are teaching any spring classes that have course material costs of $0 (zero) or under $40 (low), please be sure to designate those classes as such in SURF. This enables your class to receive a special denotation in SURF and also to be listed on the ZTC/LTC page. See directions here (and this procedure may be a bit different following the SURF upgrade, so please take care of this ASAP).

Online and Hybrid Class Information Reminder

If you are teaching an online or hybrid class this spring, please make sure your class description is up to date on the Online Class Schedule page. Students use the information on this page to get details about your class such as your expectations for success, and how they should get started. See detailed instructions on how to provide detailed class information there.

Faculty Professional Learning Opportunities

Online Teaching Conference – Submit a Proposal?

The CCC Online Teaching Conference returns to Anaheim June 17-19. MiraCosta is always well represented at this conference. Online Ed will fully fund attendance including hotel for MiraCostans who present at OTC. The Call for Proposals is open now through Jan. 31. If you’d like to go but don’t want to submit a proposal, look for more information later in the spring about potential support.

@ONE Online Teaching Classes

@ONE offers an incredible array of online teaching classes ranging from general introductory and intermediate courses about online education, to more focused learning experiences related to topics such as culturally responsive teaching, accessibility, assessment, and much more. New classes begin January 14 – check out the catalog.

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 a spring informational meeting.

And finally … Sean Davis is the new & improved Jim Julius this spring!

I’ll be on sabbatical this spring, working on developing a whole new set of resources and professional learning experiences designed specifically for MiraCosta faculty interested in growing their online teaching skills and knowledge. Sean Davis, a sociology faculty member and all-around amazing MiraCostan, will be filling in for me. I am excited for the fresh perspective he will bring to this role, and I hope you take advantage of his availability to support all things Online Ed this spring.

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


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