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

Remote Instruction MiraCosta College

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, and ways to stay connected to support for anything that comes up! 

We are offering multiple Student Orientation to Online Learning workshops this week and next especially in support of students new to online learning – please direct your students to the signup form.

After consultation with Academic Senate leadership and our PDP Committee Chair, we are pleased to inform you that all of the workshops, 1-1 support, and external webinars that were offered last week are FLEX-eligible. The following upcoming and recorded professional learning opportunities pertaining to remote instruction are also FLEX-eligible:

We also want to remind faculty of the MiraCosta homegrown resources and recorded workshops supporting your shift to remote instruction: 

As issues arise, please reach out to the following online support resources:

  • 24-7 Canvas hotline for faculty: 1-833-345-2890
  • Canvas Instructor Guides – comprehensive step-by-step tutorials on all Canvas features
  • MiraCosta Canvas support home for faculty and MiraCosta Canvas tutorials -locally created guides on key Canvas features, how MiraCosta faculty are using Canvas, how Canvas works with SURF, and more
  • MiraCosta Online Instructional Technologist, Karen Turpin, | for questions specific to Canvas’s operation at MiraCosta
  • MiraCosta Faculty Director of Online Education, Jim Julius, | for questions about effective uses of Canvas and other online education technologies 
  • MiraCosta Joyful Teacher in Residence, Sean Davis, | for support in moving from on-ground to Canvas
  • MiraCosta Employee HelpDesk: 760-795-6850 for account and password issues

We hope things are going smoothly for you! If not, please use the resources above and/or contact us. 

In solidarity,

Sean and Jim

Add Labster to your Canvas Course

Labster is an online lab software. Funded by the OEI.

Labster Training

Adding Labster to your Canvas course menu

Once you add Labster Dashboard to your course menu following the directions below, click the Labster Dashboard link to begin lab setup.

1 – Click Settings at the bottom of your course menu

2 – Click the Navigation tab

3- Click the gear icon to the right of Labster Dashboard

4- Select +Enable

5- Click the Save button

Labster Dashboard link now appears in your course menu.

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 Pohlert (Tutoring & Academic Support Center), and Denise Stephenson (Writing Center) through Zoom.

What to listen for:

Writing Center

● Writing center website link: (

● Live Online ConferZoom link (

● Still open! Just moved online.

● Using Zoom as the new support hub space.

● Using Zoom’s breakout rooms feature for one-on-one support.

● What the center does and does not do.

● The new hours explained.

Tutoring & Academic Support Center (TASC)

● TASC website link: (

● Integration with ConferZoom with a one-on-one link.

● Academic success coaches support and how-to guides.

● Continuously updating their front page of their website.

● Net Tutor, Star CA and MiraCosta College tutoring services explained.

● Easing the anxiety and fear of the new online format.

Transfer Center

● Transfer center website link: (

● Student support hub on Canvas link: (

● How Cal State University San Marcos has been accommodating during these times.

● University of California (UC) schools updates.

● Everything has slowed down.

● Taking care of yourself first.

You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:
curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

MiraCosta Zoom tips + do you need a headset/webcam?

Hello, MiraCosta faculty –

In the last week, a lot of us have learned a lot about Zoom. Rick Cassoni did a great Zoom intro workshop and curry mitchell followed that with a deeper look on connecting with students in Zoom. Based on those and a lot of additional experience, I’ve compiled a 2-page set of Zoom tips for teaching with Zoom. These tips also can help you lessen the likelihood or severity of Zoombombing, which has sadly entered our world.

Scott Conrad has asked me to let faculty know that AIS ordered a number of wired headsets and webcams for faculty who may need either or both of these for a full instructional setup at home. If you are interested, please submit a Help Desk Request via the Portal. If approved, these items will be available for pickup at either the Oceanside or San Elijo campus at a time that works for you.

Best wishes!

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

Transition to Remote Instruction Workshop Archives

These are the archives of the workshops that were presented March 23 – 27, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

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