Online Education Workshop Archives

Flex Credit is available for viewing MiraCosta online workshop archives. Contact the Professional Development Program / Flex for more information.

If you require improved captions for any of the video recordings below, please contact Jim Julius.

Fall 2023

Spring 2023

Fall 2022

Spring 2022

Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Equity Online: Celebrating Our Collaborative Work In Progress

Flex Week

Fall 2020

Summer 2020

Canvas Basics

Additional recorded zoom sessions and online teaching guides from Summer 2020 can be viewed within the PROJECT Online Teaching Foundations Canvas course.

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

New ‘S’ symbol showing up in Canvas

Hello, all –

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You may notice a new ‘S’ symbol showing up next to items listed in the Modules view of Canvas and next to the title of most Canvas pages.

Clicking the ‘S’ enables the alternate media conversion provided by a new tool just added to Canvas, SensusAccess. I described a bit about this tool in the recent email below. This tool is primarily for the benefit of students who may wish to generate alternate ways to accessibly interact with content. We are still in the process of refining the implementation and expect to be developing more faculty- and student-facing instructions for using SensusAccess soon.

For now, feel free to ignore or mess around with it!

– Jim


On 6/27/23, 11:35 AM, “Jim Julius” <> wrote:

Happy summer, MiraCosta faculty! I have a few quick but important updates that will help us all increase the accessibility and inclusion of our course materials!

NEW! Pope Tech Accessibility Dashboard in Canvas

Hopefully you’re familiar with the Pope Tech tool that has given you page-by-page checking and support for accessibility in Canvas. I’m happy to announce that in early July, we’ll be adding the Pope Tech Dashboard to Canvas. This will add a new item visible only to you in each Canvas course menu – Pope Tech Accessibility – which will bring you to a course dashboard where you can review and correct accessibility concerns throughout your entire Canvas course, rather than needing to run page-by-page checks. See our Pope Tech guide for more info!

NEW! SensusAccess Alternate Media Converter (replacing Ally)

Also coming in early July to MiraCosta is SensusAccess. This tool will provide a way to convert files on demand into other file types, media types, and languages, compliant with accessibility standards. We’ll also have the tool embedded in Canvas, providing students with more inclusive access to content by enabling conversion on demand. Similar functionality was previously provided by the Ally tool, which is being removed from Canvas at the end of June. See our SensusAccess guide for more info!

Video Captioning News and Reminders

Most of you probably use video tools that have excellent auto-captioning and easy-to-use caption cleanup tools, such as Canvas StudioZoom, or YouTube. For anyone who may use the professional captioning service available through 3C Media Solutions, please know it will be unavailable for 6-10 weeks starting July 1. If you need professional captioning support, please reach out to Aaron Holmes, Access Specialist with Student Accessibility Services (

– Jim

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

Turnitin now tries to detect AI-generated text – Spring 23

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Turnitin, which is integrated into Canvas and available to all MiraCosta faculty, has just begun providing an additional evaluation of the likelihood of submitted text having been generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). You can learn more about Turnitin through MiraCosta’s guide for faculty, and you can read more about this new AI detection capability, from Turnitin. At this time, Turnitin has automatically made this function available at no additional cost, although they have said that institutions will need to pay for this capability starting in 2024.

This release has been somewhat controversial; you may wish to read an article summarizing concerns with false positives that this technology may generate. In fact, Turnitin themselves provides guides for both faculty and students for dealing with false positives. It’s important to note that the AI detection results are available ONLY to instructors, not to students, if you enable students to do a Turnitin self-check on an assignment. As ever, we recommend that if you choose to use Turnitin with your students, you do so in a positive, formative, process-oriented manner. Please also keep in mind that our AP on Intellectual Property requires certain instructor disclosures and options for students when using software such as Turnitin.

If you have questions about Turnitin, AI, or anything else after reviewing the links above, please don’t hesitate to connect with me.

– Jim

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

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