January Online Ed News You Can Use
Happy new year!
Online Education Flex Workshops
You may now enroll in Flex week workshops. Karen and I are offering several workshops, including two that will be conducted online. View a list of our workshops and then sign up for all that are of interest!
Starting the semester with Blackboard (& our new TIC website!)
Check out Karen’s page with links to tips on typical start-of-semester Blackboard tasks (making a course available, doing a course copy, using your sample student). And notice that page lives on a completely redesigned TIC website!
Online Student Support Resources
As you finalize your syllabi and class resources, please make your students aware of online tutoring, the online writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service (under “ASK US” at upper right). These services are open to all MiraCosta students! Have you watched the 2-minute video on what an online writing center appointment is all about?
Online/Hybrid Instructors: Please Update Online Class Schedule
For all those teaching an online or hybrid class this spring, please make sure your class description is up to date on the separate Online Class Schedule page. Students use this page to learn how to get started with your class, and you can provide other important information there to help students prepare for success.
Online/Hybrid Instructors: Online Learning Orientations for Students
Over 250 students attended the first online learning orientations conducted at MiraCosta in 2014. Even more sessions, including more held live online, will be available this spring. Online and hybrid instructors, please share the schedule with your students and encourage their attendance. I will report back the students who complete the sessions if you wish to incentivize attendance. I will also list the students who already completed the orientation. Also, note that I am offering a Flex workshop (Monday, 2:30 pm, OC 4607) that is all about our online learning orientation.
Professional Learning Resources – All Flex Eligible
- Keep up with the CCC Online Education Initiative – check out the latest update from the executive director (note that I will hold a flex workshop about OEI on Monday at 1 pm as well).
- Not had your fill of 2014-looks-back or 2015-looks-ahead? Read up on the top LMS developments of 2014 and 10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015
- Free online “courses”:
- @One spring classes are mostly full, though a couple starting on 2/23 are open. Several starting on 9/15 and 10/27 remain open.
Best wishes for a great beginning to the new year.
Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education