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  • Countdown to Canvas: 6 weeks to go

    Countdown to Canvas: 6 weeks to go

    In this busy week, just a quick reminder that if you are heading off soon into summerland, please be sure you have extracted everything you need from Blackboard and Moodle, since access to those systems ends on June 30. See message below for more details. Further, please consider carefully: Are …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Download Blackboard Gradebook and Course Archive

    Download Blackboard Gradebook and Course Archive

    MiraCosta faculty and student access to Blackboard 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 Blackboard gradebook and an entire course in case they are needed after …
  • 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, …
  • UDOIT – Universal Design Online Inspection Tool

    UDOIT – Universal Design Online Inspection Tool

    What is UDOIT? The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in Canvas courses at MiraCosta College. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. It was created by …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Turnitin for Canvas

    Turnitin for Canvas

    MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, GradeMark, and Peer Review.  Turnitin is available within Canvas. No separate login or password is required for faculty or students. Create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas How to create a Turnitin Assignment How do I change Turnitin settings for an assignment? Manage and …
  • Connecting your Canvas Course to Various Publisher Tools

    Connecting your Canvas Course to Various Publisher Tools

    If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to the publisher course site so that students can connect to the publisher site from Canvas without a separate login. Some publishers also allow for ‘deep integration’ …
  • Dropped Students in Canvas – People Roster

    Dropped Students in Canvas – People Roster

    Starting Spring 2018, students that drop a course in SURF after the semester has started remain on the People roster in Canvas, but with an inactive role. Students in the inactive role do not see or have access to the Canvas course, but faculty may access activities and grades of …
  • Extra Credit in Canvas

    Extra Credit in Canvas

    Learn the two methods of how to add extra credit to Canvas Grades. Add a 0 points possible column to Grades via Assignments. Use Assignment Groups with Weights. Video by Curry Mitchell, MCC Faculty Member.
  • 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 …
  • Online Support for All Students – Please Be Aware and Share!

    Online Support for All Students – Please Be Aware and Share!

    Online Academic Support Resources for ALL Students As you finalize your syllabi and course resources, please make your students aware of online tutoring, online writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service. These services are open to all MiraCosta students in any class! Preferred Name Change Form for Students A&R has a very simple Preferred Name …
  • Canvas resources for the new semester Spring 2018

    Canvas resources for the new semester Spring 2018

    New support resources recently added to our TIC Canvas site: Canvas “office hours” conducted by our Canvas faculty transition team – daily drop-in support opportunities over the first four weeks of the semester Video recordings of multiple online and in-person Canvas trainings held during Flex week (added to videos from …
  • 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 …
  • Canvas Flex workshop info

    Canvas Flex workshop info

    Hi, all – As Jim S. reminded us, there are lots of Canvas workshops upcoming, and they are popular! You can see all the Online Ed workshops listed in one place for easy reference, and then (try to) sign up via MyFlex if you haven’t already done so. The Online …
  • Winter Online Ed News You Can Use 2017

    Winter Online Ed News You Can Use 2017