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? – https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9669-50736467895

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 Quizzes.next

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)

Quizzes.next is the next generation of assessments in Canvas. Find out what Quizzes.next is, how you can get started, question types that are  available, conversion options, and what Canvas is still working on in the next release. Quizzes.next will eventually replace the current version of Canvas quizzes.

Resources: Quizzes.next in Canvas –  https://tic.miracosta.edu/quizzes-next-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)

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


Quizzes.Next in Canvas

Quizzes.Next is Canvas’s new quiz/test assessment engine. Quizzes.Next will replace the original Quiz function in the near future (late fall 2018 or spring 2019, most likely).

Teachers can use Quizzes.Next to create assessments using a variety of question types, including some unavailable in the original Quiz tool. Quizzes.Next assessments are a particular type of Assignment rather than a distinct tool.

Locate Quizzes.Next in Canvas

  1. Click Assignments in the Canvas course menu
  2. Click the +Quiz/Test button near the top right of the screen.


Getting Started with Quizzes.Next

FAQs and Known Issues

As of summer 2018, Quizzes.Next is in Beta. You may find a few issues as you begin to work with this tool. Check the FAQ and Known Issues, and contact Canvas Support to report issues and get help.


MiraCosta Online Ed Updates: Mid-Semester edition

Good stuff here for all faculty – not just those teaching online. Please read on!

Canvas Conference online tomorrow (10/26)

Ready for some new ideas on effective uses of Canvas? The Can-Innovate online conference is designed by and for the CCC system. You can register and attend independently, or you can pop in to the new C3 Teaching & Learning Center space in the OC Hub (OC 1252 & 1253) to catch as many sessions as you like throughout the day (tomorrow, Friday 10/26). There’s also an open Canvas course with slides and other resources for every session. This is, of course, Flex-eligible!

Spring Class Schedule is available!

That means three things:

  1. Classes assigned to you in SURF are available for you to begin developing in Canvas.
  2. If any of your spring classes are Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or Low Textbook Cost (<$40), you should designate them as such in SURF.
  3. If you are teaching online or hybrid spring classes, you can provide more information about them for students in the Online Course Schedule. . Please note: if you have done this in the past by copying text from Word or other sources, you may have introduced HTML that causes your course description to be inaccessible. Please type directly or copy in plain text only.

Want to learn more about Open Ed Resources & Zero Textbook Cost materials?

Check out the MiraCosta OER/ZTC website, starting with a curated set of texts and Canvas shells useful for many GE classes.
Consider registering for and attending a regional OER/ZTC summit on Nov. 9, 8 am – 2 pm, at Grossmont College.

Video Management System coming – interested?

The MiraCosta Online Educators committee is preparing to select a video management system to pilot this spring at MiraCosta. This will enable faculty and students to easily record, manage, and share videos within Canvas. Faculty will be able to get detailed information about student viewing of videos, discussions can be tied to different points in videos, and quiz questions can be inserted within videos. Please let me know if you might want to be part of our evaluation process.

Fall Student Orientations to Online Learning complete

Nearly 240 students attended a Student Orientation to Online Learning session this fall, and nearly 2700 have attended since 2014. If you want to give extra credit to your students for attending, you can run a report in SURF to see which ones participated. 

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

Academic Integrity and Canvas Exams

Though cheating is certainly not unique to the online environment, many instructors have  reasonable concerns about opportunities for students to cheat online. These concerns may include:

  • inappropriate access to resources when completing an online assessment
  • copying answers or text found online
  • sharing answers with other students
  • contracting with a third party to complete online classwork

There are many approaches to decreasing the likelihood or ability for students to cheat in the online environment.

Course Redesign: Consider combining or replacing objective tests with other methods of assessment, such as projects, collaborative work, writing assignments, and personal reflections. Multiple choice and essay questions requiring application of skills and knowledge rather than simple factual recall are harder to cheat on. Consider designing tests as open note/open resource so that you do not get caught in an “arms race” with students. Consider requiring students to turn in drafts of projects and written work (for feedback from instructor and/or peers) well in advance of a final due date. Alter assignments and tests from semester to semester. Consider including more formative assessments and activities, and making high-stakes objective assessment a smaller portion of the overall course grade.

Proctoring: For objective assessments critical to the learning outcomes for an online course, consider using the MiraCosta Proctoring Center. For students at a distance, the Proctoring Center can help to establish proctoring in other locations. You may also consider the use of an online proctoring technology; Proctorio is available to MiraCosta faculty for this purpose.

Code of Conduct and Instructor Leadership: Discuss with students the reasons why academic integrity is important. Emphasize the benefits (and pleasures!) of truly engaging with course material and learning, rather than focusing on grades. Have students sign or even jointly develop a statement summarizing the expectations and requirements for academic honesty. Include a question on exams that has students agree to the code of conduct and/or that has students indicate that they have completed the exam on their own without using prohibited resources.

Making Canvas Exams More Secure

When conducting tests through Canvas, the following methods can further reduce the risk of cheating. Note that as of fall 2018, Canvas has two different tools for conducting tests – Quizzes (the original) and Quizzes.Next. Quizzes.Next is still being developed; at this time it has both advantages and limitations (view a comparison and/or a Quizzes.Next FAQ) compared to the original Quizzes tool, but it is expected to eventually fully replace Quizzes. Canvas guides for both Quizzes and Quizzes.Next are given for each item below as applicable.

  • Availability Window – Restrict the availability of the test to a specific date/time range. Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Time Limits – Limit the time a student can spend on a test once they start it. Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Disallow Multiple Attempts – Multiple attempts is a great option for a “mastery” quiz where you want students to retake it until they achieve a certain level of proficiency; this isn’t typical of a summative, high-stakes assessment. Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Delay Per-Question Feedback (Quizzes only) – Providing students feedback on each question can help them learn; delaying the availability of this feedback until after the test availability window is over can help ensure the integrity of the exam. Quizzes [As of fall 2018, if feedback is built into a Quizzes.Next assessment, it is provided to students immediately and cannot be delayed.]
  • Answer Randomization – Answers to multiple choice questions can be randomized/shuffled so they are presented differently for different students. (Note: In Quizzes this is one setting for the entire quiz; in Quizzes.Next this is a per-question setting.) Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Present Questions One at a Time – This can make it more difficult for students to “collaborate” if questions are also randomized. An additional option can prevent students from going back to previous questions, which can further strengthen the integrity of the exam, but can also frustrate students who legitimately realize they made a mistake on a previous question and wish to correct it. Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Shuffle Questions (Quizzes.Next only) – This will present the quiz questions to students in random order. Quizzes.Next
  • Question Randomization with a Question Group/Item Bank – Drawing questions randomly from a pool (or pools) can make it even more difficult for students to productively share questions during an exam. Keep in mind that if your pool contains more questions than the number of questions you are drawing from the pool to go into the exam, you need to be careful about maintaining consistency of the questions within the pool (both in terms of outcomes measured and difficulty of the questions). Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Calculated (Formula) Questions – Formula questions can include a range of values for one term/variable. Thus, the same question will have unique answers across different quizzes, but the question can still be auto-graded. Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Require Presentation of ID – if you are not using a physical proctoring center, but you would like students to demonstrate that the person taking the test is the person enrolled in your class, one suggestion is to have students record a brief video holding a picture ID next to their face. If you use Proctorio, this step can automatically be included when enabling video proctoring; if you don’t, you could add an Essay question that directs students to access their webcam through the Rich Content Editor and record this. Of course, this requires students to have a webcam (and still wouldn’t prevent the student from doing this, then having someone else complete the rest of the exam). Quizzes | Quizzes.Next
  • Restrict Computer Activity During Exam – Technology such as Proctorio enables faculty to require that student’s computer and browser are “locked down” during an exam, preventing students from opening other browser windows or applications, taking screen captures, etc. This requires specific technology on the student computer. Note that Proctorio as of fall 2018 works only with Canvas Quizzes, not Quizzes.Next.
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