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  • Using Library Content for Your Course

    Using Library Content for Your Course

    https://library.miracosta.edu/c.php?g=121519&p=793675
  • Reading List Tool in Canvas

    Reading List Tool in Canvas

    https://library.miracosta.edu/faculty/readinglist
  • 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 …
  • Personal Pronouns in Canvas

    Personal Pronouns in Canvas

    Setting your Personal Pronouns in Canvas can help classmates, faculty, and people in the MiraCosta community learn to address each other the way each person would like to be addressed. That information will be available to instructors, students, and anyone who has access to Canvas courses, to enable inclusive and …
  • Blackboard Ally

    Blackboard Ally

    Blackboard Ally is a tool that integrates seamlessly into Canvas and focuses on making digital course content more accessible. With Blackboard Ally, you can: Gain an understanding of your institution’s accessibility performance Proactively tackle accessibility and target both instructors and content View accessibility trends and detailed graphs to monitor improvement …
  • Summer 2020 MiraCosta Online Ed Updates & Opportunities

    Summer 2020 MiraCosta Online Ed Updates & Opportunities

    Hello everyone, and happy summer! Please look over the following carefully. It’s full of important info and opportunities for all MiraCosta faculty! – Jim JuliusFaculty Director, Online Education PROJECT Online Teaching Foundations – June 8-12 As I announced last week, MiraCosta will hold an online teaching institute the week of June …
  • 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 …
  • Online teaching at MiraCosta – next steps!

    Online teaching at MiraCosta – next steps!

    Dear MiraCosta faculty, Congrats on your persistence, creativity, and care for our students to make it through this strange semester. Now, as you look ahead to the next round of online teaching this summer and/or fall, I want to provide you with some key information and invitations. Invitations: Summer support June …
  • S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 12, May 6, 2020

    S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 12, May 6, 2020

    The humanities in a time of isolation: Going Remote, A Special Series In our 12th episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we continue rolling out our special series on Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by Billy Gunn (Film) and Robert Bond (History) to have …
  • S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 11, April 29, 2020

    S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 11, April 29, 2020

    Going Remote – Checking in on students In our 11th episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we continue our special series on Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by students Ashley Chacon (Sociology), Aaron Blanchett (Sociology), Jessi Perreault (Studio Arts), Frank Rivas (Sociology) Trent Stechschulte …
  • Summer/fall class schedule release + Online Teaching Conference info

    Summer/fall class schedule release + Online Teaching Conference info

    To: MiraCosta Faculty Summer and fall class schedules were released last week, in case you did not notice. This means: Classes assigned to you in SURF for summer and fall have shells available for you to begin developing in Canvas.  If any of your summer or fall classes are Zero Textbook Cost …
  • S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 10, April 22, 2020

    S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 10, April 22, 2020

    Helping our students pivot when business is not usual: Going Remote, A Special Series In our tenth episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, the discussion continues on our special series of Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by our colleagues Christina Sharp, Nate Scharff, and …
  • Remote Instruction – Support and Resources for Faculty and Students

    Remote Instruction – Support and Resources for Faculty and Students

    Hello, Faculty Community!  We hope things are going as well as can be expected. We want to keep you updated on the support and resources that are available to our students and you. Please review the following –  Support for students that faculty are encouraged to share and reinforce: The Student …
  • S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 9 April 15, 2020

    S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 9 April 15, 2020

    Going Remote – Personal Health In the ninth episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast, we continue our special series on Going Remote. Hosts curry and Sean were joined by Ghada Osman (Health Services) this week to discuss the psychological and sociological impacts on the topic of mental care in a …
  • FAQ Followups to Zoom security advice for MiraCosta faculty

    FAQ Followups to Zoom security advice for MiraCosta faculty

    Some quick FAQ follow-ups to all recipients of yesterday’s message: Q: I am confused. What exactly am I supposed to do and not do if I use Zoom? A: At this point, there are few absolute requirements. You are getting a variety of recommendations to consider. If you are comfortable …
  • S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 8 April 8, 2020

    S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 8 April 8, 2020

    Going Remote – Supporting Ourselves In the eighth episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast, we continue our special series on Going Remote. As we enter the second week of remote instruction, hosts Sean and curry were joined by Casey McFarland (Kinesiology), Jeff Murico (Religion/Philosophy), Thao Ha (Sociology), and Rachel Hastings …
  • Zoom security advice for MiraCosta faculty

    Zoom security advice for MiraCosta faculty

    To: All MiraCosta faculty and deans Quick takeaways for Zoom-using faculty from this email: (1) Use Waiting Rooms, not passwords; (2) If you use the ConferZoom LTI in Canvas, discontinue that and use conferzoom.org directly. Details: As you are likely aware, “Zoombombing” has been in the news. A few incidents have even …
  • Add Labster to your Canvas Course

    Add Labster to your Canvas Course

    Labster is an online lab simulation software. Funded by the OEI. Labster Training Faculty Labster Step-by-Step Guide – everything you need to know to enable Labster within your Canvas Course California Community Colleges Access to Labster – This page is for California Community College instructors who wish to add Labster …
  • Remote Instruction – Ongoing Resources and Support (Thursday, April 2, 2020)

    Remote Instruction – Ongoing Resources and Support (Thursday, April 2, 2020)

    Hello, Faculty Community! We are nearly at the end of our first week of remote instruction and we want to make sure you are getting the support you need to make the most of the rest of the spring semester. Below, we have included some external professional learning opportunities, MiraCosta-developed resources, …
  • S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 7 April 1, 2020

    S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 7 April 1, 2020

    Going Remote – Supporting Our Students In the seventh episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast, hosts curry and Sean continue the special series on “Going Remote” with a conversation on the support our students and faculty can expect once classes resume. We were joined by Lise Flocken (Transfer Center), Edward …