Free Online Canvas conference, Friday 10/25

Can innovate - Friday October 25, 2019

The online Can-Innovate Conference is coming soon – Friday, October 25, 9 am – 5 pm. This event features a variety of sessions about online teaching, course design, and the use of Canvas, by and for California Community College faculty and staff. It’s completely free; you do need to register for the sessions that interest you in advance to be able to attend online from anywhere.

MiraCosta’s C3 Teaching and Learning Center will also be hosting viewing throughout the day with refreshments provided, so feel free to check out the program and drop in anytime – no registration required. The C3TLC is on the second floor of the Oceanside Library, rooms 1252 and 1253B. We also have Canvas giveaways – bags, pens, notepads, and stickers – for those who stop by the C3TLC during the event.

Participation either way is, of course, Flex-eligible. I hope you are able to identify at least one session of interest and attend! [Of special note perhaps – Karen Turpin and I are co-presenting with CVC-OEI during the closing 4 pm session, showcasing MiraCosta’s Student Support Hub that we’ve added to Canvas this year.]

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

Arc Demo and Conversation for MiraCosta Faculty (Thursday, April 23 at 6pm)

Hello Faculty Colleagues,

As we wrap up the semester and our pilot period for our new video management system, Arc, we want to share an opportunity to learn more about this tool. 

The folks at Arc have agreed to host a demo/conversation designed for our faculty at MiraCosta. The session will include:

1. A quick overview of the product and Arc basics.
2. One to two features a faculty member can implement now at the end of the semester and/or soon in preparation for Summer and Fall courses.
3. An update on status of quizzes in ARC. Where are they now? What new features were integrated this semester since we started the pilot in January? 

Join us on Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm. ( Click here to enter the meeting )

One Word Agenda – Brown Bag Series Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Pedagogical Lounge OC1252

So I was not alone last week for Digital Learning Day – thank you for that! I was fortunate to have some great conversations with colleagues and was reminded that we just don’t do that enough. My proposal – let’s do more of that. Often we are guided by detailed agendas and lesson plans, but some of the best professional development can come from a conversation.

If you are available, please join me for the One Word Agenda Brown Bag Series in the Pedagogical Lounge (Did you know we have a Pedagogical Lounge? And a Teaching and Learning Center?). This is not a workshop. This is not for Flex. You can bring your lunch. We can discuss the topic for the day. The best part is we don’t have to do any of those things if we don’t want to. However, I still hope to see you there! ?

-Sean Davis


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

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