May Online Ed News You Can Use

Blackboard Updates

Your MiraCosta Blackboard dynamic duo – Karen Brown and Karen Korstad – has been working hard to update the hardware and software comprising our system. Learn more about the updates and features coming with the new system. The new server will be available for faculty with summer and fall course shells by Monday (5/11), and we will send out a detailed message to all faculty at that time.

Blackboard Video Everywhere not Working

The connection from our Blackboard system to YouTube has been broken by an update that Google made to YouTube user authentication. We believe it will be working in the new Blackboard system, but for the remainder of the spring semester, if you or your students use this feature, you will need to create videos outside of Blackboard and then copy the link or embed code into Blackboard.

Online Academic Support Resources for ALL Students

As your students work hard to finish up, please remind them about MiraCosta’s online tutoringonline writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service (under “ASK US” at upper right).

Online/Hybrid Summer and Fall Instructors: Please Update Online Class Schedule

For all those teaching an online or hybrid class this summer or fall, please make sure your class description is up to date on the separate Online Class Schedule page. Students use this page to learn more details about expectations for online and hybrid classes, as well as how to get started with your class and prepare for success.

Online/Hybrid Summer Instructors: Online Learning Orientations for Students

I will offer two online learning orientation sessions this summer: June 15 on the OC campus and June 16 online. Please share the schedule with your online/hybrid summer students and encourage their attendance. I will report back the students who complete a session if you wish to incentivize attendance. I will also list the students who already completed the orientation.

Supporting Student Name Preferences in Blackboard & Moodle

If you have a student in your class who is requesting that a name other than the name on your roster be used in Blackboard or Moodle:

  • If they just want their first name changed, they can do that themselves in Blackboard or Moodle. Students should contact the Student Help Desk (760-795-6655) for assistance if they do not know how to do this.
  • If they want their last name changed, please have them contact the Admissions and Records Office at 760-795-6620, via email at, or in-person to request a preferred name change. Once A&R determines that the name change is warranted, the name will be changed in Blackboard and Moodle within approximately 48 hours.

Zaption Pilot

The MOE committee identified Zaption as a desirable technology to pilot in the next academic year. Zaption enables creation of assessments within videos, and integrates with Blackboard to provide detailed analytics on video viewing and assessment results. We have a limited number of seats for the pilot, so please contact me if you are interested.

OEI Updates

If you are interested in the latest news from the CCC Online Education Initiative, please visit the OEI website and/or the TechEdge newsletter. OEI has also set up a site for anyone interested in learning more about Canvas, the course management system selected for OEI use. OEI just re-opened the application process for faculty interested in teaching their online class as an OEI pilot; I will be sending an email about this tomorrow to the department chairs and faculty who are teaching online classes that match the OEI desired course list for fall.

Best wishes for a successful closing of the semester,

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education