• One Word Agenda – Brown Bag Series Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Pedagogical Lounge OC1252
    One Word Agenda

    So I was not alone last week for Digital Learning Day – thank you for that! I was fortunate to have some great conversations

  • CCC Digital Learning Day – Archives are Live!
    CCC Digital Learning Days Archives are Live!

    CCC Digital Learning Day was filled with inspiration! They had emotional reflections from a student about a video creation assignment, a call to

  • CCC Digital Learning Day – February 28, 2019
    CCC Distance Learning Day

    CCC Digital Learning Day

  • Online Education News Spring 2019
    Updates

    Online Teaching Conference
    The CCC Online Teaching Conference returns to Anaheim June 17-19. MiraCosta is always well represented at this conference. Online Ed will fully fund

  • Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist
    Canvas Logo

    Create or Import your Content
    Multiple ways to begin to build your class
    • Copy from another class in Canvas. Your access to classes you

  • Canvas End of Semester / Term
    Canvas Logo

    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.

  • Collegial Faculty Canvas Support this Week
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    I’m excited to announce that some stellar MiraCosta colleagues have volunteered to provide 33 hours of drop-in faculty Canvas support during finals week. This

  • Online Ed News to Know Before You Go
    Updates

    Canvas Drop-In Support for Faculty This Week
    On the first day of finals (and the second, third, and fourth), my colleagues gave to me

  • Quizzes.Next in Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    Quizzes.Next is Canvas’s new quiz/test assessment engine. Quizzes.Next will replace the original Quiz function in the near future (late fall 2018 or spring 2019,

  • MiraCosta Online Ed Updates: Mid-Semester edition
    Updates

    Good stuff here for all faculty – not just those teaching online. Please read on!
    Canvas Conference online tomorrow (10/26)
    Ready for some new

  • Academic Integrity and Canvas Exams
    Academic Integrity

    Though cheating is certainly not unique to the online environment, many instructors have  reasonable concerns about opportunities for students to cheat online. These concerns

  • Proctorio
    Proctorio

    Proctorio is an online exam proctoring and security tool. It is available for use in Canvas courses by instructor request. Proctorio requires both instructors

  • Canvas Student View vs MCC’s Sample Student Account
    Canvas Logo

    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 Visibility Options
    Canvas Logo

    Should I make my Canvas course Public, Institution, or keep as the default Course? This document explains the several options for privacy and visibility

  • Online Ed Info for ALL MiraCosta faculty
    Back to School Apple

    Happy fall, everyone. Please see below for important online education-related updates and information for all MiraCosta faculty.
    Canvas Updates
    Lots of new features are

  • Updated Tools & Features to Try in Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    Behind the scenes, Canvas is updated regularly. Check out some of the updated tools and features available in MiraCosta College’s Canvas. (Note: The list below

  • New Canvas Gradebook
    Canvas Logo

    The New Gradebook is (as of August 2018) an opt-in feature that allows instructors an improved Gradebook experience. Check out the How do I use

  • Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework
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    As of summer 2018, an update to Turnitin is available within Canvas and offers a tighter integration between a Canvas assignment and Turnitin. No separate

  • Countdown to Canvas: This is it!
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    One last reminder: on June 30, MiraCosta faculty access to Blackboard and Moodle will end as our licenses to those systems expire.
    If you

  • Try These 10 Things To Fix Your Computer Problem Before You Call Support
    Computers

    Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most

  • Countdown to Canvas: 3 weeks to go
    Exclamation Mark

    Canvas is now MiraCosta’s sole course management system!
    Blackboard and Moodle access links have been removed from http://miracosta.edu/online to eliminate any confusion for our

  • Countdown to Canvas: 6 weeks to go
    Exclamation Mark

    Please be sure you have extracted everything you need from Blackboard and Moodle, since access to those systems ends on June 30. See Considerations in Leaving

  • Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle
    Moodle vs Blackboard

    With the closure of Blackboard and Moodle (“legacy systems”) on June 30, 2018, faculty should consider their obligations and needs regarding the class content

  • Countdown to Canvas: 8 weeks to go
    Exclamation Mark

    To: All faculty
    Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be options for instruction after the spring semester. The official end of our licenses providing access to Blackboard

  • Download Moodle Gradebook and Backup a Moodle Course

    MiraCosta faculty and student access to Moodle ends on June 30, 2018. For overall details and advice on the final transition to Canvas, please

  • Countdown to Canvas: 10 weeks to go
    Exclamation Mark

    To: All faculty
    Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be options for instruction after the spring semester. The official end of our licenses providing access to

  • Adios, Bb and Moodle – Completion of Canvas transition #1
    Bb to Canvas

    To: All faculty
    All fall and summer classes are available now in Canvas for you to begin preparations. Blackboard and Moodle will no longer

  • UDOIT – Universal Design Online Inspection Tool
    UDOIT UNIVERSAL DESIGN ONLINE CONTENT INSPECTION TOOL

    The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (“You Do It”) enables faculty to identify and correct many accessibility issues in their MiraCosta

  • Turnitin for Canvas (Classic Turnitin LTI 1.0 Version)
    Canvas Logo

    MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, GradeMark, and Peer Review.  Turnitin is available within Canvas. No separate login or password is required for

  • Connecting your Canvas Course to Various Publisher Tools
    Canvas Logo

    If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to

  • Dropped Students in Canvas – People Roster
    Canvas Logo

    Starting Spring 2018, students that drop a course in SURF after the semester has started remain on the People roster in Canvas, but with

  • Extra Credit in Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    Learn the two methods of how to add extra credit to Canvas Grades.

    Add a 0 points possible column to Grades via Assignments.
    Use Assignment

  • Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    Instructors of Canvas classes can add a TA or other MiraCosta College employee to your Canvas course with TA, designer, or observer permissions.
    DO

  • Online Support for All Students – Please Be Aware and Share!
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    Online Academic Support Resources for ALL Students
    As you finalize your syllabi and course resources, please make your students aware of online tutoring, online writing center,

  • Canvas resources for the new semester Spring 2018
    Canvas Logo

    New support resources recently added to our TIC Canvas site:

    Canvas “office hours” conducted by our Canvas faculty transition team – daily drop-in support opportunities

  • Canvas Flex workshop info

    Hi, all –
    As Jim S. reminded us, there are lots of Canvas workshops upcoming, and they are popular! You can see all the

  • Winter Online Ed News You Can Use 2017
    Winter Panda
  • Spring course availability in Canvas (and Blackboard)
    Canvas Logo

    All class sections scheduled for the spring semester now are available in Canvas where you can begin to work and build! If you expected

  • Filtering Canvas Grades to Only Show SURF Enrolled Students
    Canvas Logo

    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

  • Online Ed News You Can Use – October 2017
    Green Circle
  • Adding faculty evaluators, tutors, SI leaders, and community ed students to Canvas classes
    Canvas Logo

    You cannot manually enroll users at the student permission level to your Canvas class.
    If you have any of the following, follow the specified directions

  • Filtering your Roster List by Role in Canvas People
    Canvas Logo

    By default the People tool will display all users enrolled in your Canvas course. You can filter the users by role to obtain the

  • Student Orientation to Online Learning Information
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    Each term, Online Education offers multiple 1-hour Student Orientation to Online Learning (SOOL) sessions open to any student. The list of SOOL sessions is

  • Selectively Subscribing to a Canvas Discussion Board
    Canvas Logo

    Here is a video, from Dr. Robert Kelley, that covers how faculty can selectively subscribe to a discussion board in Canvas (choosing immediate or daily/weekly

  • MiraCosta Canvas Instructor Info – Fall 2017
    Canvas Logo

    To MiraCosta faculty who are using Canvas this fall:
    Thanks for your efforts in switching to Canvas! It’s looking like around half of our

  • MiraCosta Online Ed News You Can Use – Welcome to Fall 2017!
    Back to School

    For ALL faculty:
    Canvas Transition
    Blackboard and Moodle will no longer be available after spring 2018 – if you haven’t already begun learning Canvas,

  • Add NetTutor to Your Online/Hybrid Canvas Class
    Canvas Logo

    MiraCosta’s primary option for free online tutoring for all students is eTutoring through the Western eTutoring Consortium. Another option for our online and hybrid

  • Summer 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use
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    Summer & Fall Classes – Blackboard & Canvas
    All summer and fall classes are available to faculty now in both Blackboard and Canvas. Remember,

  • Canvas and Blackboard: Important Updates
    Bb to Canvas

    Hello, MiraCosta faculty – happy summer!
    As you are hopefully well aware, MiraCosta is transitioning to Canvas. Blackboard and Moodle remain available through next

  • Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    MiraCosta College has transitioned from Blackboard to Canvas. Starting in summer 2018, Canvas is the sole supported course management system for MiraCosta classes.
    Canvas

  • Canvas User Profile Names
    Canvas Logo

    The first and last name displayed in your Canvas profile is stored in the preferred name field within the Peoplesoft / SURF registration system.

  • Mar-Apr 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Canvas Learning Opportunities
    As you’re hopefully aware, MiraCosta is transitioning to the Canvas course management system. Keep an eye on the TIC Canvas page

  • Feb-Mar 2017 Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Light Bulb

    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

  • Canvas Scheduler to Manage Appointments
    Canvas Logo

    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

  • Changing Your Sample Student Account Password
    Enter your sample student SURF ID

    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

  • 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

  • Dec. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use
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    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.

  • December & Flex Week Canvas workshops
    Canvas Logo

    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 Workshops in December
    Canvas Logo

    The Canvas faculty Transition Team is offering several Canvas workshops in December. Sign up for these via MyFlex:
    Workshop: All Hands on Canvas
    This

  • Embedding Google Docs in Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    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

  • Canvas workshops this Friday 11/18/2016
    Canvas Logo

    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

  • Canvas now open to all MiraCosta faculty
    Canvas Logo

    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,

  • Nov. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Light Bulb

    Spring Classes – Blackboard & Canvas
    All spring classes are available to faculty now in Blackboard, and will also be in Canvas within the next few

  • Sept/Oct 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Light Bulb

    Happy fall!
    Canvas Transition Update
    MiraCosta’s two-year transition to Canvas is off to a good start with about 20 classes piloting it this fall.

  • Validate your course links in Canvas
    Canvas LMS Logo

    It is important to verify that all links are working throughout a course. The course link validator tool can help make this task easy for faculty

  • What are the different assignment submission types in Canvas?
    Canvas LMS Logo

    As the instructor, you can decide what kinds of submissions are acceptable. You may allow students to:

    No Submission: Assignments can be created that have

  • Back-to-School Online Ed News You Can Use
    Back to School

    Welcome back! Please review the important information below about online learning resources for you and your students.
    Common Blackboard Tasks – Reminder
    See our reminder videos

  • Message to Summer and Fall DE Instructors
    Green Circle

    Hello – as an instructor of a summer and/or fall online/hybrid class at MiraCosta, the following information and action items are especially for you.

  • Accessible Narrated Streaming PowerPoint Presentations
    3C Media Solutions Logo

    Microsoft PowerPoint is a common teaching tool that many instructors use to present course materials. In order to use these presentations within an online

  • MiraCosta transitioning to Canvas
    Canvas Logo

    Hello!
    As you have likely heard, MiraCosta College will be transitioning to the Canvas course management system over the next two years. This decision

  • April Online Ed News You Can Use
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    Welcome back!
    Course Management System Evaluation – STILL TIME FOR YOU TO PROVIDE INPUT!
    Thanks to all who have responded to the CMS evaluation survey to

  • March Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Course Management System Evaluation Update
    The task force of faculty, staff, students, and administrators is working hard on this, and March will be a

  • New Year 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Spring Student Orientations to Online Learning
    I will offer ten online learning orientation sessions this spring, starting on Tuesday 1/27. Please share the schedule with your online/hybrid

  • TechSmith Relay: Chrome Web Browser Warning
    Techsmith Relay Logo

    TechSmith Relay requires the Silverlight plugin within your browser for captioning and proper video encoding.   The Chrome web browser on both the MAC and

  • TechSmith Relay: YouTube Video Captioning Alert
    Techsmith Relay Logo

    It has come to our attention that videos that were captioned with TechSmith Relay and published through the profile ‘Caption and Publish to YouTube.com

  • Dec. Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Course Management System Evaluation this Spring
    This spring, MiraCosta College will be re-evaluating its course management system. We have been using Blackboard as our

  • Spring Online & Hybrid Class Instructor Information
    Back to School Apple

    Please review the following key information/requests for instructors of MiraCosta spring online and/or hybrid classes:
    1. Online Class Schedule – Please Update!
    It’s time to update the MiraCosta

  • Nov. Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Professional Learning Opportunities (got Flex?)

    The Online Teaching Conference will again be in San Diego this June (6/16-17). Online Education will pay for conference registrations for

  • Oct. (already!) Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Opportunities to Earn Flex Credit

    Oct. 8, 5:30-6:50 pm, Karen Korstad will run an online workshop on the Blackboard Discussion Board. Sign up via MyFlex.
    Oct.

  • Sept. Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Hope your semester is off to great start.
    MOE Initiatives for 2015-16
    At its first meeting, MiraCosta Online Educators (MOE) decided that it would

  • Back-to-School Online Ed News You Can Use
    Back to School

    Hope everyone had a great summer! Lots has happened in the Online Ed realm – please see below and click links to learn more.

  • Silverlight is required on the Mac for Techsmith Relay – Self Hosted
    Silverlight Logo

    The browser plugin Silverlight is required for Mac users of Techsmith Relay-Self Hosted. Without the Silverlight plugin you will be able to record however you will

  • Summer Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Happy Summer!
    Blackboard Update Complete
    The Blackboard system update means there are new features and functions to learn about. It also means your procedure

  • May Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Blackboard Updates
    Your MiraCosta Blackboard dynamic duo – Karen Brown and Karen Korstad – has been working hard to update the hardware and software

  • April Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Blackboard Updates

    Look for your summer and fall course shells in early May. A significant software and hardware upgrade for our Blackboard system is underway.

  • Online Teaching Conference 2015 | Be an Early Bird!
    Online Class Teaching with Technology

    The Online Teaching Conference is in San Diego on June 18-19, with pre-conference workshops on June 17. As in recent years, I am able

  • March Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Happy Spring!
    Blackboard email Issues
    Last spring, AOL and Yahoo changed some of their email rules (aka “DMARC”) to try to cut down on

  • February Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Online Education Initiative (OEI) updates
    OEI has made its selection of a common course management system: Canvas. Read more about the selection, or put

  • January Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Happy new year!
    Online Education Flex Workshops 
    You may now enroll in Flex week workshops. Karen and I are offering several workshops, including two that will

  • November Online Ed News You Can Use
    Green Circle

    Online Education Initiative update
    Last Friday, the MiraCosta Online Educators committee, in collaboration with the Academic Senate and Faculty Assembly, held a forum to

  • How to get longer uploads on YouTube
    YouTube logo

      YouTube is a free video sharing website perfect for instructional videos.  Wonder how to get uploads longer than 15 minutes on YouTube?
    All

  • Bonus Fall Online Education News You Can Use

    Online Education Initiative (OEI) Forum next Friday, 10/31
    The MiraCosta Online Educators committee has organized an OEI forum next Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm, in the Little

  • October Online Ed News You Can Use

    Are we really halfway to winter break already?!?
    Student Support, Online – especially for midterms!
    Please remind your students about MiraCosta’s free online tutoring, online writing support,

  • Searching for Images in Google that are free to use

    Google has an extensive collection of images available. Many of them are free to use.

  • If you are using Jing, it is time to upgrade to Snagit.

    I had a faculty member this week who has been using the free screencasting tool Jing for some time and uploading the resulting videos

  • September Online Ed News You Can Use

    Hope your semester is starting well!
    Online Education Initiative (OEI) Update and Opportunities
    You probably heard that MiraCosta is one of 24 colleges selected

One Word Agenda – Brown Bag Series Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Pedagogical Lounge OC1252

So I was not alone last week for Digital Learning Day – thank you for that! I was fortunate to have some great conversations with colleagues and was reminded that we just don’t do that enough. My proposal – let’s do more of that. Often we are guided by detailed agendas and lesson plans, but some of the best professional development can come from a conversation.

If you are available, please join me for the One Word Agenda Brown Bag Series in the Pedagogical Lounge (Did you know we have a Pedagogical Lounge? And a Teaching and Learning Center?). This is not a workshop. This is not for Flex. You can bring your lunch. We can discuss the topic for the day. The best part is we don’t have to do any of those things if we don’t want to. However, I still hope to see you there! 😊

-Sean Davis

ONE WORD AGENDA - BROWN BAG SERIES WEDNESDAYS FROM 1:00PM TO 1:30PM IN THE PEDAGOGICAL LOUNGE OC1252. March 6, 13, 27 April 3, 10, 2019

CCC Digital Learning Day – Archives are Live!

CCC Digital Learning Day - Archives are Live!

CCC Digital Learning Day was filled with inspiration! They had emotional reflections from a student about a video creation assignment, a call to action for information literacy, advice for online instructors from students, discussions about the value of students interacting with a global audience, and ended the day with a visualization of our international audience on a Google Map!

The button below will take you to the archives and many rich resources to support your teaching and learning innovations.

Online Education News Spring 2019

Online Teaching Conference

The CCC Online Teaching Conference returns to Anaheim June 17-19. MiraCosta is always well represented at this conference. Online Ed will fully fund attendance including hotel for a limited number of folks who want to go. If you’d like to go reach out to me for more information.

Professional Development Courses

@ONE offers an incredible array of online teaching classes ranging from general introductory and intermediate courses about online education, to more focused learning experiences related to topics such as culturally responsive teaching, accessibility, assessment, and much more. Check out the catalog.

Just In! New Self-Paced Accessibility Courses through @One! These offerings are FREE.

New Tools in Canvas

Arc Pilot – Arc is a video management system by the same folks who bring us Canvas. It offers a video archive, captioning services, the ability to make comments on videos, and much more – Learn more about Arc. Students have access to Arc as well, so this can be a powerful tool for courses that have video-based assignments. Earlier this Spring, we facilitated some workshops introducing Arc

Notebowl Pilot – This tool helps students stay connected to their online courses through social media-like posting, assignment tracking, and syncing their collective course calendar. Learn more about Notebowl. You can start using Notebowl in Canvas by enabling “Bulletin” in your course Navigation Settings.

NameCoach – Tired of mispronouncing or not knowing the correct pronunciation of a student’s name? NameCoach is to the rescue! This feature, already available in Canvas, allows students and instructors to voice-record their names – making it easier for folks to establish respectful relationships online. Learn more about NameCoach. Video tutorials on local use will be available on the TIC website soon

Title V Changes – Student-to-Student Contact

Potential Title 5 changes will require online classes ensure “student-to-student contact.” To learn more about these changes and techniques for facilitating student-to-student contact in an online environment, check out our Flex Workshop on this issue.

Student Orientation to Online Learning – Remaining Sessions

Please encourage students to attend one of our workshops! They will be introduced to a wealth of resources that will help them with both online and face-to-face learning.

 

  • Wednesday, February 6 from 12 – 1 pm ONLINE
  • Wednesday, February 6 from 3 – 4 pm OC 1201 (face-to-face)
  • Thursday, February 7 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm ONLINE
  • Monday, March 11 from 4 – 5 pm ONLINE
  • Wednesday, March 13 from 12 – 1 pm OC 1201(face-to-face)
  • Thursday, March 14 from 9 – 10 am ONLINE

Students can sign up here.

CVC-OEI Course Academy

If you teach a fully online C-ID approved course, you are eligible to receive support from the Online Education Initiative in preparation for possibly offering the class on the Course Exchange. Learn more about the Course Design Academy and/or sign up for a spring informational meeting.

That is all for now, folks! I wish you happiness and fulfillment in all of your online and screenless endeavors!

Sean Davis
Peace.Love.Unity.Justice for All.
my pronouns: he, him, his
Faculty Director of Online Education (Interim – Spring 2019)
Sociology Department

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.

• Copy in an entire course or portions of one from Canvas Commons.

• Create your content from scratch in Canvas

• Import content you previously exported from a Blackboard course

Review Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions

  • Verify activities to be used in the course are published.
  • Verify dates. Due dates are added to the calendar and the syllabus and serve as reminders to students. “Available from” and “Until” dates will unlock and lock the activity.
  • Verify instructions are accurate and well formatted.
  • Verify the submission type (assignments only).
  • Verify number of attempts is correct (quizzes only).
  • Verify assignment groups are set up correctly. See: How to use Assignment Index Page.
  • Verify assignments are weighted correctly, if using a weighted grading system. See: How to Weight Assignment Groups.
  • Verify discussions are ordered logically on Discussions list page.
  • Verify Quiz “Options” are correct. See: Canvas Quiz Options.

Review Course Details

Final Preparations

Cautions

  • Canvas email (Inbox/Conversation) messages will not be sent out if the course is unpublished. Send Email from your SURF Roster instead prior to publishing the course.
  • Pay attention to the time stamp on anything you have placed a date on. 12:00 means the very first minute of the selected day. For end dates, it is often best to choose 11:59 PM to ensure you are setting it up on the correct date.
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