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  • Canvas email (Inbox/Conversation) messages will not be sent out if the course is unpublished.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

Canvas Flex workshop info

Hi, all –

As Jim S. reminded us, there are lots of Canvas workshops upcoming, and they are popular! You can see all the Online Ed workshops listed in one place for easy reference, and then (try to) sign up via MyFlex if you haven’t already done so.

The Online Ed list of all Canvas workshops includes Zoom links for sessions which will be held online. Also, we are going to experiment with simulcasting via Zoom several of the in-person Canvas workshops. You’ll find a Zoom link for those as well on the list. Please note that CCC’s Zoom system still doesn’t allow for live captioning, but we will be making captioned recordings of all online sessions available as soon as possible.

Please note that we do have an in-person Canvas workshop at San Elijo (Tuesday morning) and one at the Community Learning Center (Thursday afternoon) among our offerings.

It looks like over 80% of our classes this spring will be on Canvas. Remember, starting this summer, Canvas will be the only MiraCosta course management system. If you wish to use Blackboard one last time this spring and haven’t yet made a request for a Blackboard shell for your class(es), you need to do so via our online form.

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

Spring 2018 Workshops

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Archives

  • Go to the Workshop Archives to see recordings and resources from the workshops below that were held online.

Workshops

Friday 1/12/18

Time to learn Canvas! What are the options?

8:30 – 9:20 am
Jim Julius, Sean Davis, & Billy Gunn
Audience: Brand new to Canvas and beginners.
Format/Location: Online

View Recording

In this workshop, participants will receive a very brief overview of the Canvas system, which will be the sole MiraCosta course management system starting in summer 2018. Participants will get a tour of the many resources available to faculty that MiraCosta, Canvas, the CCC system, and others provide to help faculty learn to use Canvas effectively. Experienced faculty will provide a quick overview of the features of Canvas by providing a tour of their classes. They will highlight ways that Canvas is similar to and different from Blackboard.

Blackboard to Canvas: Export/Import Essentials

9:30 – 10:50 am
Karen Turpin
Audience: Brand new to Canvas and beginners.
Format/Location: Online

View Recording

View demonstrations of some of the most important processes in migrating from Blackboard to Canvas. Some elements work well to exports from Blackboard and import into Canvas, and these will be demonstrated: announcements, tests/surveys, and discussion boards. After each demo there will be an opportunity for online Q&A.

Bb to Canvas: Re-creating Content & Assignments

11 – 11:50 am
Curry Mitchell & Sean Davis
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Online

View Recording

View explanations and demonstrations of how common Blackboard class elements such as files, assignments, folders, and items are best re-created in Canvas. There will be plenty of opportunity for online Q&A during the demonstrations.

Hands on Canvas: Tests/surveys – Bb to Canvas

1 – 1:50 pm
Karen Turpin
Audience: Beginners to Advanced
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment, with a specific focus on how to move tests and surveys from Blackboard to Canvas. In addition, attendees may benefit from exploring Canvas resources found on this page: https://tic.miracosta.edu/campus-teaching-technologies/canvas/

All Hands on Canvas: Announcements – Bb to Canvas

2 – 2:50 pm
Karen Turpin
Audience: Beginners to Advanced
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment, with a specific focus on how to move announcements from Blackboard to Canvas. In addition, attendees may benefit from exploring Canvas resources found on this page: https://tic.miracosta.edu/campus-teaching-technologies/canvas/

All Hands on Canvas: Discussion boards – Bb to Canvas

3 – 3:50 pm
Karen Turpin
Audience: Beginners to Advanced
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment, with a specific focus on how to move discussion boards from Blackboard to Canvas. In addition, attendees may benefit from exploring Canvas resources found on this page: https://tic.miracosta.edu/campus-teaching-technologies/canvas/

Tuesday 1/16/18

Canvas Basics: Materials, Gradebook, Announcements – San Elijo

9 – 10:50 am
Sean Davis
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Hands-on in SEC 107

This hands-on workshop is designed primarily to enable faculty to learn the essential Canvas tools typically used for on-ground classes: adding and organizing class materials, using the gradebook, and creating announcements. There will be discussion of how to bring basic resources like this from Blackboard to Canvas. Participants will have plenty of time for hands-on work applying what they have learned.

Canvas: Just the Basics for Beginners

9 – 9:50 am
Karen Turpin
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611 (sign up via MyFlex). OR Simulcast online via ConferZoom (claim Flex credit afterward via “Conferences and Presentations” under “Other Activities” in MyFlex)

View Recording (Captioning in progress)

This hands-on workshop is designed to give an overview of the basic tools to get started with Canvas. Learn how to create announcements, review & sort your student roster in Canvas, create your profile, message students, create assignments, and sort & record grades in the gradebook. Participants will have time for hands-on work applying what they have learned in this workshop.

Canvas: Course Design through Rich Content Pages

10 – 11:50 am
Curry Mitchell & Billy Gunn
Audience: Beginners and intermediate
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611(sign up via MyFlex). OR Simulcast online via ConferZoom (claim Flex credit afterward via “Conferences and Presentations” under “Other Activities” in MyFlex).

Handout

View Recording (Captioning in progress)

If you’ve started using Canvas, and prefer not to follow the standard Canvas module navigational scheme, this workshop is for you. Experienced MiraCosta faculty will provide demonstrations and guidance in how to turn your Canvas course into an attractive learning environment that effectively helps students through the learning process through a friendly home page that connects to rich content pages.

Using Turnitin in Canvas

1 – 2:20 pm
Curry Mitchell & Billy Gunn
Audience: Beginners and intermediate
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611 (sign up via MyFlex). OR Simulcast online via ConferZoom (claim Flex credit afterward via “Conferences and Presentations” under “Other Activities” in MyFlex)

View Recording (Captioning in progress)

Turnitin is a 3rd party tool that can enhance and streamline assessment of student written work. While many think of Turnitin primarily as a plagiarism prevention tool, Turnitin also provides tools that can make the writing drafting, feedback, and formal assessment processes both richer and more efficient. Turnitin works a bit differently in Canvas than Blackboard, so whether you’re experienced with Turnitin in Blackboard, or a beginner with Turnitin, this workshop is for you.

All Hands on Canvas

2:30 – 3:50 pm
Curry Mitchell & Billy Gunn
Audience: Beginners to Advanced
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment. Sign up and you’ll receive a survey in advance of the workshop soliciting input on what you’re especially hoping to get help with. You’ll have lots of open time to become more proficient in your use of Canvas, and to work on developing materials in Canvas, with the support of experienced Canvas users. In addition, attendees may benefit from exploring Canvas resources found on this page: https://tic.miracosta.edu/campus-teaching-technologies/canvas/

Grades in Canvas

4 – 4:50 pm
Karen Turpin
Audience: Beginners to Advanced
Format/Location: Online

View Recording

You will learn many ways to manage grades within Canvas, including leveraging the SpeedGrader and Rubrics for efficiency. Participants who attend the online demo will learn more about:

  • Rubrics
  • SpeedGrader
  • Assignment Groups Weight
  • Messaging Students Who… from the gradebook
  • …and more…

Handout

GradingAssignmentsHandout.pdf

Wednesday 1/17/18

Open Educational Lunch Extravaganza

12 – 1:50 pm
MiraCosta faculty panel, MiraCosta student panel, Nicole Finkbeiner
Location: Cafeteria Oceanside Campus

Nicole Finkbeiner Keynote (video, 35 min.) | Student Panel (video, 25 min.) | Faculty Panel (video, 33 min.)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed materials that more and more faculty are using for their classes – often as a complete replacement for expensive textbooks. Is there really such a thing as a free lunch? Yes – and at this one you’ll not only get a delicious meal, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from panels of MiraCosta faculty and students who are already using OER and other Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) materials. Additionally, Nicole Finkbeiner from OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University with a mission to improve student access to education, will provide a national perspective on the OER movement.

Open Education, OER, Equity, and Justice

Thao Ha & Nicole Finkbeiner
Session 1: 2 – 2:50 pm
Session 2: 3 – 3:50 pm
Location: OC 3608

Take a deeper dive into the OER movement, with Nicole Finkbeiner from OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University with a mission to improve student access to education, and Thao Ha, an OpenStax textbook adopter and leader of the creation of a zero-cost sociology degree at MiraCosta. Nicole and Thao will lead a discussion of the larger concepts around Open Education, particularly exploring issues of equity and social justice. Nicole will share emergent innovation and research findings in these areas.

Exploring, Evaluating, Adopting, Adapting OER

Jim Julius & Lauren McFall
Session 1: 2 – 2:50 pm
Session 2: 3 – 3:50 pm
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611

Participants will go hands-on, exploring curated sites for high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER). Participants will discuss tools useful in evaluating OER quality, and will have the opportunity to explore any concerns with adopting OER. Participants will also consider how faculty can modify OER to fit their needs even better, and resources available to faculty who may need support with replacement of ancillary resources when switching from publisher materials to OER.

Thursday 1/18/18

Canvas Basics: Materials, Gradebook, Announcements

10 – 11:50 am
Sean Davis and Curry Mitchell
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611 (sign up via MyFlex). OR Simulcast online via ConferZoom (claim Flex credit afterward via “Conferences and Presentations” under “Other Activities” in MyFlex)

Handout

View Recording (Captioning in progress)

This hands-on workshop is designed primarily to enable faculty to learn the essential Canvas tools typically used for on-ground classes: adding and organizing class materials, using the gradebook, and creating announcements. There will be discussion of how to bring basic resources like this from Blackboard to Canvas. Participants will have plenty of time for hands-on work applying what they have learned.

All Hands on Canvas

1 – 2:50 pm
Curry Mitchell
Audience: Beginners to Advanced
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4611

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment. Sign up and you’ll receive a survey in advance of the workshop soliciting input on what you’re especially hoping to get help with. You’ll have lots of open time to become more proficient in your use of Canvas, and to work on developing materials in Canvas, with the support of experienced Canvas users. In addition, attendees may benefit from exploring Canvas resources found on this page: https://tic.miracosta.edu/campus-teaching-technologies/canvas/

Canvas Training and Interactive Workshop – CLC

4:30 – 6:20 pm
Karen Korstad & Angela Senigaglia
Audience: Beginners and Intermediate
Format/Location: Hands-on in CLC 135

This training and interactive workshop is designed for faculty who want work on the basics for establishing a new Canvas course. It will be held in a computer lab at the CLC and interested faculty should come prepared to work on their spring courses. Features that will be covered include basic profile set up, announcements, grade book, modules and pages.

Spring course availability in Canvas (and Blackboard)

All class sections scheduled for the spring semester now are available in Canvas where you can begin to work and build! If you expected a class to be set up for you, but aren’t seeing it in Canvas, check SURF to make sure the class is in the schedule and assigned to you.

There are many options for learning Canvas, including a 4-week online class led by MiraCosta faculty starting Nov. 13 – sign up here. Also, MiraCosta faculty now have access to a variety of great live online trainings conducted daily by Canvas staff through February 15. Create a training account using your miracosta.edu email address and then check out all the training events! Please contact me if you are looking for any guidance on which Canvas learning resources are best for you.

If you’re already using Canvas, you probably have noticed your spring classes showing up in your Dashboard. If you’d like your Dashboard to only show fall classes for now, check out this tutorial for customizing your course lists.

Remember, this spring is the final semester in which Blackboard and Moodle are options for teaching at MiraCosta. Blackboard classes for spring will NOT be automatically created – any faculty wanting to use Blackboard this spring must make a request using the Online Ed support request form.

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

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