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  • C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week Four!

    C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week Four!

    Hello, Faculty Community!  Celebrating being an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) does not start and end with this week. These weekly newsletters feature 3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection. Looking for archived resources, tips/tricks, and questions? Revisit the past editions of the …
  • C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week Two!

    C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week Two!

    Hello, Faculty Community!  These weekly newsletters feature 3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection. Looking for archived resources, tips/tricks, and questions? Revisit the past editions of the C3-2-1 Newsletter here.  Want to share?  If you have some resources, tips/tricks, and questions …
  • C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week One!

    C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week One!

    Hello, Faculty Community!  We are back! Well, kinda… These weekly newsletters feature 3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection. Looking for archived resources, tips/tricks, and questions? Revisit the past editions of the C3-2-1 Newsletter here.  Want to share?  If you have …
  • Zoom: Getting Started, Getting Help, and Using Zoom with Canvas

    Zoom: Getting Started, Getting Help, and Using Zoom with Canvas

    Zoom provides a reliable, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly tool for live, recordable online presentations, meetings, and discussions with audio, video, chat, screen sharing, polling, and more. It can be used within Canvas or independently. Zoom Pro is available to all MiraCosta faculty and staff at no charge. Students don’t use the Zoom …
  • Ensuring Online Class Availability to Students by Monday 8/23/2021

    Ensuring Online Class Availability to Students by Monday 8/23/2021

    Dear Faculty, I wanted to give a quick reminder/heads-up that faculty teaching distance education (online and hybrid) classes are expected to make their classes available by mid-day on the Monday of the week in which they begin. This ensures a minimum of confusion for students, and compliance with student authentication requirements …
  • MiraCosta Online Support for Students

    MiraCosta Online Support for Students

    Did you know? It’s now a requirement for MiraCosta faculty to “Help students in a DE course section to be aware of MiraCosta College support services and resources, especially those available online.”(MiraCosta Online Class Quality Guidelines) While there are lots of ways you may do this, here are some important …
  • MiraCosta’s C3 Teaching and Learning Center’s Joyful Teacher Introduction and Website Reveal!

    MiraCosta’s C3 Teaching and Learning Center’s Joyful Teacher Introduction and Website Reveal!

    Hello, Faculty Community!  And away we go… It is the first day of our Flex Week for Fall 2021, and the schedule is packed!  I want to start by introducing myself. My name is Sean Davis, and I am your Joyful Teacher in Residence (the faculty coordinator of the C3 Teaching and …
  • MiraCosta Online Ed Flex Workshops & Faculty Support

    MiraCosta Online Ed Flex Workshops & Faculty Support

    Welcome back to fall semester! I’m excited to share Flex workshops and other resources for your professional learning as you prepare for another semester of mostly or entirely online teaching! Flex Week starts tomorrow with a Friday the 13th full of online ed workshops! But this is a day of good luck! …
  • 🦉Fall 2021 Online Education Workshops

    🦉Fall 2021 Online Education Workshops

    Registration MiraCosta faculty no longer need to sign up for Flex activities in advance. After attending a Flex workshop, record your participation on your Flex transcript under the “Record Activities” tab, selecting the “Scheduled Activities or Workshops” activity type. Visit the Flex website for more information. Archives After Flex week, …
  • Canvas Student Annotation Submission Assignment

    Canvas Student Annotation Submission Assignment

    The student annotation assignment allows the teacher to upload a file to Canvas that the student can then, without leaving Canvas, mark up using the built-in annotation tools (highlight, make comments, draw marks, etc.) as their submission. See the end of this page for some ideas for how you might …
  • 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 …
  • Reset Your Canvas Course Content

    Reset Your Canvas Course Content

    Overview From time to time, you may want to delete all of the content in a Canvas course site. This is most typically needed early in the course building process. For example, after importing content from another course, you may realize that you imported from the wrong course. The directions described below …
  • 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 …
  • PlayPosit in Canvas

    PlayPosit in Canvas

    PlayPosit is an interactive video learning tool that is fully integrated with Canvas. Playposit allows instructors to create activities using videos from 3C Media, YouTube, or other video sources.   MiraCosta has piloted PlayPosit for several years. As of 2020-21, PlayPosit is now available to all MiraCosta faculty through a …
  • Microsoft Word 365 Accessibility

    Microsoft Word 365 Accessibility

    Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word Microsoft Word includes options for adding accessibility information to documents to support access by individuals with disabilities. This information also ensures that Microsoft Word documents converted into other formats (e.g., tagged PDF, ePub, DAISY, etc.) maintain this level of accessibility. The best practices for Microsoft …
  • PowerPoint Accessibility

    PowerPoint Accessibility

    Microsoft PowerPoint includes options for adding accessibility information to slides to support access by individuals with disabilities. This information also ensures that Microsoft PowerPoint files maintain a level of accessibility when converted into other formats (e.g., tagged PDF). The best practices for Microsoft PowerPoint accessibility include: Structure Images Links Tables …
  • Google Docs Accessibility

    Google Docs Accessibility

    Google Docs includes options for adding accessibility information to documents to support access by individuals with disabilities. The best practices for Google Docs accessibility includes attention to: Headings & Structure  Images HyperlinksLinks Tables  Color  Accessibility Checker  Exporting to Other Formats  Headings & Structure Page structure provides visual references to help …
  • Google Slides Accessibility

    Google Slides Accessibility

    Google Slides is a popular tool for creating slide show presentations. Below are some topics that support accessibility in Google Slides.  Headings & Structure  Images Hyperlinks Exporting to PowerPoint Structure  The structure of the content can provide an organizational and navigational framework for individuals to understand the informational hierarchy and …
  • STEM Concept

    STEM Concept

    Assessment Barriers Online assessments need to ensure that math equations in students’ responses are accessible to assistive technology (AT) software applications. Students who rely on assistive technology might need to submit assessments in alternate formats.   Tests & Quizzes When a test or quiz is created in an online environment, it …
  • Complex Data & Graphs Concept

    Complex Data & Graphs Concept

    Complex Images Complex images contain substantial information – more than can be conveyed in a short phrase or sentence. These are typically: graphs and charts, including flow charts and organizational charts; diagrams and illustrations where the page text relies on the user being able to understand the image; maps showing …