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  • 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)
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Countdown to Canvas: 3 weeks to go

    Countdown to Canvas: 3 weeks to go

    Canvas is now MiraCosta’s sole course management system! Blackboard and Moodle access links have been removed from http://miracosta.edu/online to eliminate any confusion for our summer students. Faculty who are continuing to access old courses in Blackboard and Moodle may do so until June 30 via: Blackboard: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu/ Moodle: http://miracosta.mrooms.net/ If …
  • Countdown to Canvas: 6 weeks to go

    Countdown to Canvas: 6 weeks to go

    Please be sure you have extracted everything you need from Blackboard and Moodle, since access to those systems ends on June 30. See Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle for more details; for quick guidance on downloading class gradebooks and archives, see directions to do so for Blackboard or for Moodle. Further, please …
  • Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle

    Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle

    With the closure of Blackboard and Moodle (“legacy systems”) on June 30, 2018, faculty should consider their obligations and needs regarding the class content and student records that those systems have contained. Here are three primary considerations for faculty: Export all content from legacy systems to rebuild classes in Canvas if …
  • Countdown to Canvas: 8 weeks to go

    Countdown to Canvas: 8 weeks to go

    To: All faculty Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be options for instruction after the spring semester. The official end of our licenses providing access to Blackboard and Moodle is June 30. Please make sure you have extracted all needed content from all classes by then. Faculty should consider 3 potential issues: If you have not yet rebuilt …
  • Download Moodle Gradebook and Backup a Moodle Course

    Download Moodle Gradebook and Backup a Moodle Course

    MiraCosta faculty and student access to Moodle ends on June 30, 2018. For overall details and advice on the final transition to Canvas, please see Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle. This page demonstrates how to download the Moodle gradebook and an entire course in case they are needed after …
  • Countdown to Canvas: 10 weeks to go

    Countdown to Canvas: 10 weeks to go

    To: All faculty Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be options for instruction after the spring semester. The official end of our licenses providing access to Blackboard and Moodle is June 30. Please make sure you have extracted all content from all classes for rebuilding in Canvas by then. This week the final 4-week online MiraCosta …
  • Adios, Bb and Moodle – Completion of Canvas transition #1

    Adios, Bb and Moodle – Completion of Canvas transition #1

    To: All faculty All fall and summer classes are available now in Canvas for you to begin preparations. Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be options for instruction after the spring semester. The official end of our licenses providing access to Blackboard and Moodle is June 30. Prior to that, …