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  • Winter Online Ed News You Can Use 2017

    Winter Online Ed News You Can Use 2017

  • Spring course availability in Canvas (and Blackboard)

    Spring course availability in Canvas (and Blackboard)

    All class sections scheduled for the spring semester now are available in Canvas where you can begin to work and build! If you expected a class to be set up for you, but aren’t seeing it in Canvas, check SURF to make sure the class is in the schedule and …
  • Filtering Canvas Grades to Only Show SURF Enrolled Students

    Filtering Canvas Grades to Only Show SURF Enrolled Students

    By default the Grades tool will display all users in the roles Student, Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader in your Canvas course. This can make grading difficult as the additional roles will mix in alphabetically with your SURF Enrolled students. For ease of grading, you can filter your grade …
  • Online Ed News You Can Use – October 2017

    Online Ed News You Can Use – October 2017

  • Adding faculty evaluators, tutors, SI leaders, and community ed students to Canvas classes

    Adding faculty evaluators, tutors, SI leaders, and community ed students to Canvas classes

    You cannot manually enroll users at the student permission level to your Canvas class. If you have any of the following, follow the specified directions to have the user enrolled within your course at the student permission level. Faculty Evaluator: Contact Heidi Willis at (760) 795-6827 or hwillis@miracosta.edu in the Office of …
  • Filtering your Roster List by Role in Canvas People

    Filtering your Roster List by Role in Canvas People

    By default the People tool will display all users enrolled in your Canvas course. You can filter the users by role to obtain the count of users in that role as well as Last Activity and Total Activity. From within a Canvas Course: Click on People Click on All Roles …
  • Student Orientation to Online Learning Information

    Student Orientation to Online Learning Information

    Each term, Online Education offers multiple 1-hour Student Orientation to Online Learning (SOOL) sessions open to any student. The list of SOOL sessions is available on the TASC Student Workshop site. The SOOL has the following outcomes: Students will learn habits and attitudes of successful online students Students will be …
  • Selectively Subscribing to a Canvas Discussion Board

    Selectively Subscribing to a Canvas Discussion Board

    Here is a video, from Dr. Robert Kelley, that covers how faculty can selectively subscribe to a discussion board in Canvas (choosing immediate or daily/weekly summary).  The hack is to use a separate student Canvas account, with notifications set up in the student account as desired (immediate or daily/weekly summary). Video: https://youtu.be/21VOacuxjl8 …
  • Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Canvas

    Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Canvas

    Instructors of Canvas classes can add a TA or other MiraCosta College employee to your Canvas course with TA, designer, or observer permissions. DO NOT add students to your course on Canvas. Students are automatically enrolled from SURF to your Canvas course several times a day. You should not add anyone to …
  • MiraCosta Canvas Instructor Info – Fall 2017

    MiraCosta Canvas Instructor Info – Fall 2017

    To MiraCosta faculty who are using Canvas this fall: Thanks for your efforts in switching to Canvas! It’s looking like around half of our classes are using Canvas this fall. Below are some informational and invitational items that may interest you: Turnitin Update for Canvas Yesterday, Turnitin enhanced the assignment …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …