Why Ethnic Studies? – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community!!

The SAFE Topics podcast is BACK! We’re now in our 4th season of the podcast and we are truly appreciative of our guests, supporters, and our listeners. This season we’re kicking things off with a bang and already pumping out some episodes for you all. Our first episode this season was entitled, “Back to Campus! Kinda…” and started with a series of interviews with some folks around the MiraCosta College campus. The team interviewed students, staff, and faculty about their experiences about what’s making them happy to be on campus and some of the realities we’re still dealing with.

Along with that, we’ve also started a “Hyflex” mini-series where Sean and curry try to figure out this new HyFlex teaching thing. Check out the episodes on HyflexingDesigning a New Course, and the COR of Your Class. Truly helpful and informative dialogue between Sean and curry about all things Hyflex!

And finally, our most recent release is now available to all! In this episode, the SAFE Topics team has a conversation with faculty leaders at MiraCosta who are charged with developing an Ethnic Studies program. We ask why about the political context, the timing, and the salient characteristics of Ethnic Studies, and how an Ethnic Studies department will benefit students and faculty campus wide. Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with Maria Figueroa (English), JahB Prescott (English), Tyrone Nagai (English), Alicia Lopez (Sociology), and Steven Moreno-Terrill (Sociology) as we get into this topic!

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Google Podcasts
  3. Spotify
  4. Apple Podcasts
  5. Amazon Music
  6. Audible

What to Listen For

  • Why ethnic studies and why now?
  • Ethnic studies have historically been met with resistance.
  • Why is it important for ethnic studies to be its own thing?
  • Student generated, not institutionally generated.
  • What are the characterizing features of ethnic studies today?
  • The interdisciplinary approaches to teach ethnic studies.
  • How ethnic studies benefits everyone.
  • We’re pioneers because we’re the first ones to do this at MiraCosta.
  • The “ah-ha” moment of ethnic studies.
  • The concept of community in ethnic studies.
  • What about students who might feel like they don’t fit in?
  • How ethnic studies can make us better.

Additional Resources (Thanks to Tyrone Nagai!)

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

Connect with Us


Stay great!

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

Class Climate in Canvas

If you are being evaluated during the Fall 2021 semester you will need to have the Class Climate Surveys course menu item available in Canvas. This course menu option was available by default in your blank Canvas course shell, however if you modified your course navigation menu you may have hidden it. You must enable it so that students can access your course evaluation survey.

Class Climate Surveys in a Blank Canvas Course Shell

This is the default location of the Class Climate Surveys course navigation menu item in Canvas. If you have not made any changes to your course navigation menu this is where you and your students will find the course evaluation surveys.

Enabling the Class Climate Surveys Course Navigation Menu Item

If you edited your Canvas course navigation menu, you will need to add the Class Climate Surveys navigation menu item back to your Canvas course. This is necessary so that you and your students will be able to access your course evaluation in Canvas.

  1. Click on Settings. You will find this as the last option on your course navigation menu.
  2. Click the Navigation tab.
  3. Find the Class Climate Surveys option in the bottom list of hidden navigation items.
  4. Drag Class Climate Surveys from the bottom list to the top list of available items.
  5. Click the Save button

Class Climate Surveys are now accessible in your course from the main course navigation menu.

Student Directions

These directions are for SURF enrolled students within your course.

  1. Click Class Climate Surveys in the course navigation menu
  2. Click the green arrow to enter the survey on the Class Climate page

*Note: The Class Climate Surveys menu item will NOT work within your Canvas Sample Student or the Instructor’s Student View in Canvas as those accounts are not SURF enrolled users within your course. Class Climate Surveys will only display to the instructor in your Canvas Instructor view.

C3-2-1 Newsletter – Fall 2021 Week Seven!

Hello, Faculty Community! 

Let’s get right into it.

These weekly newsletters feature 3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection.

Looking for archived resources, tips/tricks, and questions?

Revisit the past editions of the C3-2-1 Newsletter here

Want to share? 

If you have some resources, tips/tricks, and questions to share, please contribute to the newsletter using this C3-2-1 Form.

C321 Newsletter

(3) Resources

1. Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Allyship Training

We are fortunate to have a new offering joining our robust family of ally training – the MiraCosta APIDA Ally Training. I am signed up for the first cohort and I hope to see you there! 🙂 

Here is a description of the training from the organizers – 

The APIDA Ally Training is a FLEX-eligible six-week asynchronous Canvas course that asks for a one- to two-hour commitment each week. Through a collection of videos, articles, images, and interactive discussion board forums, this training is designed to enhance participants’ awareness of diverse APIDA histories, cultures, identities, and responses to recent influxes of anti-APIDA hate crimes. The training culminates with lessons and activities that will generate ideas for strengthening allyship and advocacy for MiraCosta’s–students, faculty, and staff–who identify as APIDA.

2. Undocumented Student Action Week

October 18-22 is Undocumented Student Action Week and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is hosting a series of events and webinars celebrating progress, recognizing current efforts, and looking forward to the challenges ahead. Plan on attending these events to learn more about the history of landmark legislation, significant data, and use, and how to better serve our students. 

For local resources, training, and information pertaining to our undocumented and mixed-status population, please visit our UPRISE Program

3. SAFE Topics is Back! Kinda…

Our homegrown podcast is back for a 3rd season. To kick things off, we interview MiraCosta employees about being back on campus. Additionally, we have a mini-series on a much-discussed teaching modality – HyFlex. Other episodes coming soon will include discussions on Ethnic Studies, the Transitions Program, Ungrading, and much more. 

Thanks for listening! 

(2) Online Tips and Tricks

1. Adding captions back into videos when moving a YouTube video to Studio

If you’d like to use features of Studio with a YouTube video, such as adding quiz questions or discussion onto the video, you probably know it’s easy to add a YouTube video into Studio. Unfortunately, if the YouTube video has captions, they aren’t retained in Studio. However, you can use the free website downsub.com to download a caption file from the YouTube video and then upload that file back onto the Studio video you’ve created by uploading the YouTube video, and voila! Captions have returned.

2. Using Embedded Google Docs in Canvas

You can easily embed Google Docs into your Canvas course to provide students with documents, assignments, and activities that can change in real-time without unnecessary uploads and downloads. Doing this can help with changing class schedules, syllabus addendums, and collaborative assignments. 

(1) Question

How can we focus on process over outcomes? Ultimately, which one is more important?

Stay joyful,

Sean Davis
Joyful Teacher in Residence 🙂

Upcoming Online Ed Professional Learning Opportunities

Many wonderful professional learning opportunities to enhance your online instructional skills and knowledge are coming up! Please see below, and let me know if you are looking for something beyond what’s listed here!


  • Anytime: Connect with a MiraCosta peer faculty helper for any question related to online teaching, big or small!
  • Five Minute Fixes to Simplify Online Teaching – Tues. Oct. 5, 8 pm in Zoom (no registration needed)
    Want to make a quick fix that makes a difference? We’ll share ideas for how to prevent students getting lost, liven up discussion, stop spending so much time grading, and answer fewer student questions. See how you can simplify your online teaching. Presented by Laura Paciorek and Lisa M. Lane, sponsored by MiraCosta Online Mentors.
  • Faculty Show & Tell – Tues. Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 30, 2-3 pm in Zoom (no registration needed)
    Join me, Lauren McFall, and Sean Davis for open discussion allowing us to connect with colleagues, consider new possibilities, and potentially find our next collaboration.


ASCCC OER INITIATIVE WEBINARS (Click links to register)

  •   OER for Administrators – Fri., Oct. 8, 10:30-11:30 am
    What should administrators know about OER? What do administrators want to know about OER? How do faculty advocate for OER with their administrators? Join us to discuss approaches to turning your administrators into OER supporters – and fellow advocates.
  •  OER Basics for the Less Familiar – Fri., Oct. 15, 10:30-11:30 am
    Are you interested in OER but not quite sure where to start? We can help! Join us to learn more about what OER is and what it allows you to do as well as compelling reasons to consider using OER in your teaching.
  • Remixing Spanish OER – Fri., Oct. 15, 1-2:00 pm
    Are you interested in searching for Spanish OER? What about remixing OERs? Come and learn about search options and how Spanish instructors have remixed different Spanish OERs for their courses.
  • Saddleback College: Building Zero Textbook Cost Momentum Over 5 Years – Fri., Oct. 22, 10:30-11:30 am
    The OER/ZTC movement has grown exponentially at Saddleback College. Join us for a presentation on how we started with only six OER faculty and advanced OER/ZTC on our campus to now offer 26 ZTC Degree/Certificate Pathways. Topics include: beginning stages, building relationships around campus, stipends, marketing, and data.
  •  Equity from the Start, Utilizing HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds) for OER – Fri., Oct. 29, 10:30-11:30 am
    Looking to leverage HEERF funds to support OER at your college? Then this webinar is for you! Join faculty and staff from Contra Costa Community College District as they describe how they joined forces to transform small, independent OER efforts into a $500,000 districtwide program for student equity that is supported throughout the district. The presentation includes the program description, evolution, funding, success data, student comments, and take-aways for other colleges.


@ONE MATH-THEMED WEBINARS (Click links to register)

PLAYPOSIT (Click link to register)

  • Reimagining your Video Content with PlayPosit – Fri., Oct. 8, 12 pm – from CCC TechConnect and PlayPosit staff
    PlayPosit gives faculty the ability to add interactivity to their videos for class assignments, lectures and more. Use interactivity in videos to assess student learning by using in-video quizzes. Instructors can add a variety of questions and activities to videos that go well beyond Canvas Studio’s capabilities.

Happy learning!

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

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 concluded class access, you must change the class settings before the end of the term, or get a Canvas administrator to help you after the end of the term.

Everything below applies to typical term-based Canvas classes. Canvas sandbox classes and Canvas shells used for organizations, departments, groups, etc. are not tied to any particular terms and thus remain available indefinitely.

Closing your Course

There is nothing you have to do to close your Canvas course; at the term end date (see below), your course will be set to Concluded status and moved onto the Past Enrollments course list for you and your students. By default you and your students will continue to have read-only access to the course.

Canvas Term End Dates

Fall 2021Dec 3112 am
Spring 2022June 712 am
Summer 2022August 1512 am

Concluded Course Access

For both instructors and students, concluded courses can be found by clicking Courses in the main Canvas menu, then the All Courses link. Concluded courses are listed there under Past Enrollments. Concluded courses may not be moved back onto the Dashboard – they must be accessed in this way.

Instructors can perform the following actions with a concluded course

Instructors cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course (do these before the end of the term!)

  • Edit course content
  • Edit Grades
  • View/download Analytics
  • View/download Item Analysis within Quizzes
  • Send a message to the class within Canvas
  • Change class access settings
  • Change class navigation

Students can perform the following actions by default within a concluded course

  • View Grades
  • View course content
  • View Discussions and Assignments
  • Send a message to the instructor

Students cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course

  • View Quiz questions and answers
  • Submit discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other course activities

Restricting Students from Viewing Some or All of a Completed Course

As described above, by default in Canvas, students have ongoing read-only access to course content in Canvas after the term ends. This can be a great feature, allowing students to review key learning resources from previous semesters. If, however, you wish to limit this access, follow one of the methods below before the end of the term. (If you need to make these changes to a course that is already concluded, contact Karen Turpin for assistance at kturpin@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6787.)

Method 1: Hide Course Navigation menu links

If an instructor would like to limit access to major areas of course content, one method is to hide Navigation menu links. Note that if Navigation menu links are hidden, the instructor will also be unable to access them after the course concludes. This may be appropriate if you would like to leave Grades available to students, yet close off certain course content. The instructor may copy the course into another course to regain access to hidden menu items.

How to hide Course Navigation menu links

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Click Navigation in the tabs at the top.
  3. Drag and drop the menu items from the top (viewable) area to the bottom (hidden) area or click the gear icon to the right of the menu item and select disable.
  4. Click the Save button.

Method 2: Hide select course content

For more fine-grained control, certain course content such as files, pages, modules, or module items (but not assignments or discussions where students have participated) may be unpublished. As with hidden Navigation menu links, unpublished items are also inaccessible to the instructor after the course concludes.

If you wish to hide course items where students have participated, such as discussions or assignments, you cannot unpublish those. But there is a trick: simply set the availability date to sometime far in the future.

These options may be useful if you want students to be able to access most course content, but have select content that you prefer not to be accessed/shared in the future. The instructor may copy the course into a current course to be able to revisit/reuse hidden content.

Method 3: Restrict students from accessing entire course after term end date

The term end date is the final date in the current semester as listed in the table above. If an instructor would prefer the entire course and its course materials not be visible to students after the term end date:

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu.
  2. For Participation: Select Term (this should be selected by default)

3. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after term end date‘.

5. Click the Update Course Details button at the bottom of the settings page.

This option will completely remove the course from the student’s view in Past Enrollments after the end term date passes. Students will not see the course and will have no access to course materials or grades. Instructors will continue to be able to access the course in Past Enrollments.

Resolving Incompletes

If you have assigned a student an incomplete ‘I‘ grade for the semester contact Karen Turpin at kturpin@miracosta.edu or as soon as the paperwork is complete with Admissions and Records. Karen will create a new Canvas course section based on the original course.  This new section will allow the student access to the course with the ability to submit work, and will give you access to grade the student’s work, for the time allowable by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Working with Concluded Courses to Build New Courses

As noted above, you may always export a concluded course for import back into Canvas (Text instructions), or use a concluded course as the source for copying into a new course (Text instructions | Video tutorial). If you wish to update the content of a concluded course for use in the future, but you do not have a current term course in which to do that, you may wish to request a Sandbox course to copy into and work with, since you cannot edit a concluded course directly.

Teaching a short course and/or need to close your course prior to the official term end date?

You can manually end your course by updating the course end date.

To change the Course Start and/or End Date

  1. Click Settings in the Canvas course menu.

2. For Participation: Select Course

3. Change the Course Start and End Dates to reflect when you want students to have full access to the course.

4. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course before course start date’ and/or select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after the course end date’.

In the example below, students will not be able to access the course, even if it is published, until Jan 16 at 12 pm. The students will no longer be able to participate in the course after May 30  at 12 pm and the course will not be visible to students in the ‘Past Enrollments’ list by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.

5. Click the Update Course Details button.

  • Note: If you select a course end date prior to the official end of term date, but do not check the box ‘Restrict students from viewing course after the course end date‘, students will still be able to actively participate in the course until the official Canvas end of term (as shown in the table above).
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