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  • Common Problems Resolved with Online Sysetms

    Common Problems Resolved with Online Sysetms

    Try the following tasks if you are having problems with any of our online systems . You may be able to resolve your problem without the need to call for support. Resolve Common Online Technical Issues Clear Browser Cache (history, cookies, etc.) – clearing your browser cache often will resolve the problem …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • December & Flex Week Canvas workshops

    December & Flex Week Canvas workshops

    December The Canvas faculty Transition Team is offering three more Canvas workshops before break. Sign up for these via MyFlex: Workshop: All Hands on Canvas This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment. A faculty member who has taught with Canvas …
  • Canvas Workshops in December

    Canvas Workshops in December

    The Canvas faculty Transition Team is offering several Canvas workshops in December. Sign up for these via MyFlex: Workshop: All Hands on Canvas This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment. A faculty member who has taught with Canvas will provide …
  • Embedding Google Docs in Canvas

    Embedding Google Docs in Canvas

    If you are embedding a Google doc for content purposes (ie you aren’t having students edit the document), I recommend the trick of replacing the end of the Google doc URL from the last forward slash to the end with preview?pli=1 Here’s an example. Here’s the standard URL of a …
  • Canvas workshops this Friday 11/18/2016

    Canvas workshops this Friday 11/18/2016

    Two Canvas workshops will be offered this Friday, November 18, 2016. Sign up for these via MyFlex: From Blackboard to Canvas: Preview and Q&A 1:30 – 2:50 pm, OC 3516, Robert Kelley & Sean Davis This workshop will focus on the differences and similarities between Blackboard and Canvas. We will …
  • Canvas now open to all MiraCosta faculty

    Canvas now open to all MiraCosta faculty

    All spring 2017 classes are available to faculty now in both Blackboard and Canvas. MiraCosta will support Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas through spring of 2018, with full conversion to Canvas by summer 2018. (Faculty who wish to use Moodle for any classes should request those from Karen Korstad – kkorstad@miracosta.edu). Please see …
  • Nov. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Nov. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use

    Spring Classes – Blackboard & Canvas All spring classes are available to faculty now in Blackboard, and will also be in Canvas within the next few days. 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 …
  • Oct 2016 Update: Export / Import for Blackboard Courses from Spring 2015 and earlier

    Oct 2016 Update: Export / Import for Blackboard Courses from Spring 2015 and earlier

    As of October 31, 2016, the Bb Archive server is no longer accessible to faculty. If you are looking for a Blackboard course from Spring 2015 or earlier contact the Employee Helpdesk at (760) 795-6850 or helpdesk@miracosta.edu Provide the following information: Your name and contact information Semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) Year …
  • 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 …
  • Blackboard Quiz/Test Issue

    Blackboard Quiz/Test Issue

    As midterms get started we’ve just discovered a new bug in Blackboard. When students are taking a quiz/test based in Blackboard: which includes at least one open-ended response, and which presents questions all at once (rather than one at a time), and the student is using Internet Explorer 11 on …
  • 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  …
  • Blackboard Discussion Board Issue & Fix

    Blackboard Discussion Board Issue & Fix

    The Blackboard system update on 9/25/16 (required for system security) introduced a bug within the discussion board tool. Discussion boards which are set to Unavailable are no longer accessible by the instructor. If you have such discussion boards and you try to access them, you will get a message reading: Access Denied Either …