So I was not alone last week for Digital Learning Day – thank you for that! I was fortunate to have some great conversations with
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! 😊
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 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!
Peace.Love.Unity.Justice for All.
my pronouns: he, him, his
Faculty Director of Online Education (Interim – Spring 2019)
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
- Assignments, Discussion Boards, Announcements, and Tests/Surveys/Pools work best for this. Refer to Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas.
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
- Verify total points possible in the gradebook is correct. To verify Download the Gradebook or within Canvas Student View navigate to Grades.
- Review Syllabus for accuracy.
- Verify all links. See: How to Validate Links.
- Customize course navigation links. Keep only the links that are necessary. For example, in most cases the following should be hidden: Files, Pages, Outcomes, Conferences, and Collaborations. If using Modules you can hide even more links to simplify navigation for students. See: How to Reorder and Hide Course Navigation Links.
- Verify Modules are logically ordered and published, if using them.
- Verify Module “Lock until” dates are correct, if using them. See: How to Lock a Module.
- Verify Module requirements and prerequisites are set correctly, if using them. See: How to add Requirements to a Module and How to set Prerequisites for a Module.
- Verify the course home page is setup correctly. See: Home Page Layout Options and How to Change the Course Home Page.
- Use “Preview” option in each quiz to check for errors.
- Use “Student View” to review the entire course. This is a good time to verify that all of your content is available in an accessible format. See: How do I view a course as a test student and Canvas Student View vs MCC’s Sample Student Account.
- Publish your course when you are ready for students to have access to it. This typically is on the morning of or before the official course start date. See: How do I publish a course?
- Encourage (or require) your students to go through the “Canvas Student Orientation”. Share this link with your students https://miracosta.instructure.com/courses/7685. For online and hybrid classes, encourage students to attend a Student Orientation to Online Learning for Canvas and/or a hands-on Canvas workshop.
- Especially for online and hybrid classes, send an email to your students through your SURF Roster telling them how to access your course in Canvas.
- 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.