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  • What’s in a Name? Plenty! NameCoach and Building Online Community

    What’s in a Name? Plenty! NameCoach and Building Online Community

    MiraCosta College has partnered with NameCoach to help people in our community learn to pronounce your name correctly, from the classroom to graduation. Voice record the pronunciation of your name using the profile level recorder within Canvas. That pronunciation will be visible to instructors, students, and anyone who has access to …
  • Submit Handwritten Work to Canvas using Camscanner App and a Phone

    Submit Handwritten Work to Canvas using Camscanner App and a Phone

    CamScanner allows students to use their phone to scan multiple pages of handwritten homework to a PDF to submit to an online course. The app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. The basic version is free and should be sufficient for students to scan multiple pages to one file …
  • 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: …
  • 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 Status Updates Stay …
  • 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 …
  • Stay Up To Date with Changes Happening within Canvas

    Stay Up To Date with Changes Happening within Canvas

    Visit the new Upcoming Canvas Changes page within the Canvas Community. This page is updated by Instructure and is the central location for communicating all Canvas’s significant upcoming changes. Canvas recommends you click the Follow button at the top of the document so you will receive all updates as they …
  • New Canvas Gradebook

    New Canvas Gradebook

    The new gradebook is live at MiraCosta College. Check out the How do I use the New Gradebook? Canvas guide for an overview of the features this provides. Access the New Gradebook In MCC Canvas with a Canvas Course: Click Grades (from the course menu) New Gradebook Resources How do I use …
  • Online Ed News to Know Before You Go Spring 2019

    Online Ed News to Know Before You Go Spring 2019

    As we wrap-up the Spring 2019 Semester, please take a moment to review these important announcements, updates, and reminders from the Online Education Office. Instructurecon 2019 This conference focuses on using Canvas to enhance student success by learning about new technologies in education, networking with online educators, and staying current …
  • 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 …
  • Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

    Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

    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. Eventually it is expected that Turnitin will only be available via the method described here. MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, …
  • Arc Demo and Conversation for MiraCosta Faculty (Thursday, April 23 at 6pm)

    Arc Demo and Conversation for MiraCosta Faculty (Thursday, April 23 at 6pm)

    Hello Faculty Colleagues, As we wrap up the semester and our pilot period for our new video management system, Arc, we want to share an opportunity to learn more about this tool.  The folks at Arc have agreed to host a demo/conversation designed for our faculty at MiraCosta. The session will …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …