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

    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 …
  • CCC Digital Learning Day – Archives are Live!

    CCC Digital Learning Day – Archives are Live!

    CCC Digital Learning Day was filled with inspiration! They had emotional reflections from a student about a video creation assignment, a call to action for information literacy, advice for online instructors from students, discussions about the value of students interacting with a global audience, and ended the day with a …
  • CCC Digital Learning Day – February 28, 2019

    CCC Digital Learning Day – February 28, 2019

  • Online Education News Spring 2019

    Online Education News Spring 2019

    Online Teaching Conference 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 a limited number of folks who want to go. If you’d like to go reach out to me for more information. Professional …
  • Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist

    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. Canvas course copy text instructions Canvas course copy video tutorial • Copy in an entire course or portions of one …
  • Canvas End of Semester / Term

    Canvas End of Semester / Term

    The following will help instructors understand how the end of semester is handled in Canvas, and how to update related Canvas course settings if necessary. By default, students who complete a class continue to have read-only access to the concluded class’s course materials, discussions, and grades. If you wish to restrict …
  • Collegial Faculty Canvas Support this Week

    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 …
  • Online Ed News to Know Before You Go

    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 …
  • Quizzes.Next in Canvas

    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 …
  • MiraCosta Online Ed Updates: Mid-Semester edition

    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 …
  • Academic Integrity and Canvas Exams

    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 …
  • Proctorio

    Proctorio

    Proctorio is an online exam proctoring and security tool. It is available for use in Canvas courses by instructor request. Proctorio requires both instructors and students to access Canvas using the Google Chrome browser. As of fall 2018, it works with Canvas Quizzes but not Quizzes.Next. Its primary features are: …
  • Canvas Student View vs MCC’s Sample Student Account

    Canvas Student View vs MCC’s Sample Student Account

    This site explains the difference between the Canvas student view tool and MiraCosta College’s sample student account. Canvas Student View You can view a course the same way that your students view your course without logging out of your instructor account. Enabling Student View creates a ‘Test Student’ in your …
  • Course Visibility Options

    Course Visibility Options

    Should I make my Canvas course Public, Institution, or keep as the default Course? This document explains the several options for privacy and visibility of courses. Download: Course Visibility Options (PDF Version)
  • Online Ed Info for ALL MiraCosta faculty

    Online Ed Info for ALL MiraCosta faculty

    Happy fall, everyone. Please see below for important online education-related updates and information for all MiraCosta faculty. Canvas Updates Lots of new features are available in Canvas, which is now the sole course management system at MiraCosta. These include a more streamlined way to use Turnitin, an updated Gradebook, a …
  • Updated Tools & Features to Try in Canvas

    Updated Tools & Features to Try in Canvas

    Behind the scenes, Canvas is updated regularly. Check out some of the updated tools and features available in MiraCosta College’s Canvas. (Note: The list below is intended to highlight the most significant changes – but many smaller updates occur frequently). Summer 2018 New Gradebook – The New Gradebook is a beta …
  • New Canvas Gradebook

    New Canvas Gradebook

    The New Gradebook is (as of August 2018) an opt-in feature that allows instructors an improved Gradebook experience. Check out the How do I use the New Gradebook? Canvas guide for an overview of the features this provides. It is expected that within the next 6-9 months, the original Gradebook will be …
  • Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

    Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

    As of summer 2018, an update to Turnitin is available within Canvas and offers a tighter integration between a Canvas assignment and Turnitin. No separate login or password is required for faculty or students. For fall 2018, Turnitin may be used within Canvas both via this updated method or via the …
  • Countdown to Canvas: This is it!

    Countdown to Canvas: This is it!

    One last reminder: on June 30, MiraCosta faculty access to Blackboard and Moodle will end as our licenses to those systems expire. If you have not yet extracted previous course content that you may need in the future, please do so ASAP! If you aren’t sure what you need to …
  • Try These 10 Things To Fix Your Computer Problem Before You Call Support

    Try These 10 Things To Fix Your Computer Problem Before You Call Support

    Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most common problems yourself. Check your Course Management System (CMS) Status Is it a maintenance time? Or is  Canvas currently experiencing an outage? Canvas Clear Browser Cache …