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  • MiraCosta Online Ed News You Can Use – Welcome to Fall 2017!

    MiraCosta Online Ed News You Can Use – Welcome to Fall 2017!

    For ALL faculty: Canvas Transition Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be available after spring 2018 – if you haven’t already begun learning Canvas, it’s time! Please see the TIC page on Canvas for lots of great resources. The Transition Team will be offering many Flex week workshops and more 4-week online …
  • Add NetTutor to Canvas

    Add NetTutor to Canvas

    MiraCosta’s primary option for free online tutoring for all students is eTutoring through the Western eTutoring Consortium. Another option made available through MiraCosta’s status as an Online Education Initiative pilot college is NetTutor. NetTutor provides support for just about any academic subject, up to 24×7 for the most popular subject …
  • Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Canvas

    Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Canvas

    As an instructor you can add a TA or other MiraCosta College employee to your Canvas course. (You cannot add students to your course on Canvas. Students are automatically enrolled from SURF to your Canvas course several times a day.) Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Canvas Enter your Canvas …
  • 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 your CMS currently experiencing an outage? Canvas Moodle Blackboard Clear …
  • Summer 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Summer 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Summer & Fall Classes – Blackboard & Canvas All summer and fall classes are available to faculty now in both Blackboard and Canvas. Remember, MiraCosta will support Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas through spring of 2018, with full conversion to Canvas by summer 2018. Please refer to information I recently sent …
  • Canvas and Blackboard: Important Updates

    Canvas and Blackboard: Important Updates

    Hello, MiraCosta faculty – happy summer! As you are hopefully well aware, MiraCosta is transitioning to Canvas. Blackboard and Moodle remain available through next spring, but by summer 2018 we will be fully onto Canvas. This spring, over 20% of our classes used Canvas and I have heard so much …
  • Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist

    Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist

    Create or Import your Content You have multiple ways to build your class • Copy content from a previous semester in Canvas: How do I copy content from another Canvas course? When the copy is finished, verify the content has imported correctly. • Create your content from scratch in Canvas: Attend …
  • Export/Import Course Content within Blackboard

    Export/Import Course Content within Blackboard

    This page details how to copy course content from Summer 2015 or later Blackboard courses to a new course on Blackboard. To copy courses within the Blackboard system, follow the directions below. As a reminder, the Course Copy feature has been disabled and you need to use the Export and Import tools. If you would like to copy …
  • 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. Closing your Course There is nothing you need to do to close your Canvas course; the term end date will conclude your course for the semester …
  • Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas

    Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas

    MiraCosta College is transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas. Starting in summer 2018, Canvas will be the sole supported course management system for MiraCosta classes. Canvas to Canvas If you are teaching with Canvas, and/or you have created content within a Canvas course you can copy the entire course or parts …
  • Canvas User Profile Names

    Canvas User Profile Names

    The first and last name displayed in your Canvas profile is stored in the preferred name field within the Peoplesoft / SURF registration system. Once your preferred name is updated in Peoplesoft / SURF it will update in Canvas during the next scheduled SURF integration. To update your first or last …
  • Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Blackboard

    Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Blackboard

    As an instructor you can add a TA or other MiraCosta College Employee to your Blackboard course. DO NOT add students that will be enrolled in your course on SURF.  Students are automatically enrolled within your Blackboard course several times a day.  Add a TA or other MCC Employee to …
  • Mar-Apr 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Mar-Apr 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Canvas Learning Opportunities As you’re hopefully aware, MiraCosta is transitioning to the Canvas course management system. Keep an eye on the TIC Canvas page for great resources from our faculty Transition Team, including workshops, screencasts, and open Canvas classes for you to explore. For those of you at San Elijo, …
  • Feb-Mar 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Feb-Mar 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Canvas Transition and Upcoming Online Mini-Course As you likely know, MiraCosta has begun its transition to Canvas, which will be complete in summer 2018 when Canvas will be our only course management system. Over 20% of all spring classes are in Canvas now, and over 43% of all MiraCosta students …
  • Canvas Scheduler to Manage Appointments

    Canvas Scheduler to Manage Appointments

    The Canvas Calendar allows students to schedule appointments within defined time periods. Scenarios can range from individual students choosing a time to meet in your office, all the way to sign-up sheets for who wants to attend a field trip event. The Scheduler is a tool within the Calendar which allows …
  • 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 …
  • Changing Your Sample Student Account Password

    Changing Your Sample Student Account Password

    The following steps will to assist you with changing your sample student account password.  Your password is reset two times a year at the same time your employee password is reset.  Follow these directions after your employee password is reset, or when you need to reset the password for security purposes. ( Download …
  • MiraCosta Canvas Updates for Canvas Instructors Spring 2017

    MiraCosta Canvas Updates for Canvas Instructors Spring 2017

    Hello! You are among over 130 faculty who have published courses in MiraCosta’s Canvas system. I hope the semester is starting well for you and your students, and just wanted to reach out to you with a few items. Faculty Support Resources Hopefully you are well aware of all the …
  • How to Restrict Student to Student Email within Blackboard

    How to Restrict Student to Student Email within Blackboard

    By default, all options within the Send Email tool are open to faculty and students enrolled in a Blackboard course. To restrict student to student emailing through Blackboard: Click on Control Panel Select Customization Select Tool Availability Scroll down to Email. Click the down-pointing arrow button and select Email Settings. Uncheck the boxes …
  • Dec. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Dec. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Can you believe the semester is almost over? Spring Classes – Blackboard & Canvas All spring classes are available to faculty now in both Blackboard and Canvas. Remember, MiraCosta will support Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas through spring of 2018, with full conversion to Canvas by summer 2018. Please see the TIC page on Canvas for …