Safari: How to set your browser to download the ZIP file and not unzip/extract it

Faculty that are trying to download the ZIP file that was produced during a Blackboard course export, downloads as a file folder and not a ZIP file.  An opened ZIP file will not import to Blackboard and will produce the error:

Fatal: A fatal error has occurred. The reason for the error is:

The provided package could not be expanded or contains no file data.
For more information, consult the detailed log.
Status: The operation import did not complete.

This is happens due to a setting in Safari that automatically extracts the contents of a ZIP file when it is downloaded. To  fix this and download the file in an unopened ZIP format:

  1.  Open Safari
  2.  Open the Preferences menu:
    In Mac OS X: Click Safari > Preferences
  3. In the window that opens, click General
  4. Remove the check from the box beside “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”
  5. Download the file again

Now try the Blackboard import again with the new file.

MAC - Open "safe" Files after downloading



January Online Ed News You Can Use

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 be conducted online. View a list of our workshops and then sign up for all that are of interest!

Starting the semester with Blackboard (& our new TIC website!)

Check out Karen’s page with links to tips on typical start-of-semester Blackboard tasks (making a course available, doing a course copy, using your sample student). And notice that page lives on a completely redesigned TIC website!

Online Student Support Resources

As you finalize your syllabi and class resources, please make your students aware of online tutoring, the online writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service (under “ASK US” at upper right). These services are open to all MiraCosta students! Have you watched the 2-minute video on what an online writing center appointment is all about?

Online/Hybrid Instructors: Please Update Online Class Schedule

For all those teaching an online or hybrid class this spring, please make sure your class description is up to date on the separate Online Class Schedule page. Students use this page to learn how to get started with your class, and you can provide other important information there to help students prepare for success.

Online/Hybrid Instructors: Online Learning Orientations for Students

Over 250 students attended the first online learning orientations conducted at MiraCosta in 2014. Even more sessions, including more held live online, will be available this spring. Online and hybrid instructors, please share the schedule with your students and encourage their attendance. I will report back the students who complete the sessions if you wish to incentivize attendance. I will also list the students who already completed the orientation. Also, note that I am offering a Flex workshop (Monday, 2:30 pm, OC 4607) that is all about our online learning orientation.

Professional Learning Resources – All Flex Eligible

Best wishes for a great beginning to the new year.

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

Start of the Semester Blackboard Tasks

Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester at MiraCosta College.

If you are teaching with Blackboard make your Course Available for student view prior to or on the first day of your class.

Course Content

If you would like to reuse course content you can export it and then import it to the new course.

Sample Students

You have a sample student account on Bb enrolled in each course you teach. This is so that you can experience your course as a student would and test your course content, settings, assignments, exams, etc. Your student account username has –student appended to your usual MCC login (Example: kkorstad-student).

If you need assistance with your password contact the Employee Helpdesk at 760-795-6850.

Have a good start to the semester.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist

Embed a YouTube Video within Blackboard with YouTube Embed Code

Embed a YouTube Video within Blackboard with YouTube Embed Code

You can embed videos directly in to Blackboard with Embed Code from YouTube.

  1. Go to YouTube at and find the video of your choice.
  2. Click on the video to open the video on its own page.
  3. Directly below the video select Share
  4. Select Embed
  5. Select all of the embed code displayed (starting with <iframe> and ending with </iframe>) and copy it. EmbedCode

Then return to Blackboard

  1. Go to Blackboard, to any content area, select Build Content
  2. Select Add Item Build Content then Create Item
  3. Enter a name for your content item in the Name field. (this field is required).
  4. You should see 3 lines of tools in the Content Editor. If you see only 1 line (pictured below) – select the down arrow in the right corner to expand your toolbar to 3 rows of tools. 1 line content editor
  5. Click the HTML button in the 3rd row of the toolbar. HTML Button
  6. The HTML Code View window will appear. Paste your Embed code in to the HTML Code View window and select the Update button.Embed Window
  7. You are now returned to the Content Editor window. Click the Submit button.
  8. Your embedded content will now display within this content item.

Note: Some browser will require you to refresh the page to view newly embedded content.

November Online Ed News You Can Use

Online Education Initiative update

Last Friday, the MiraCosta Online Educators committee, in collaboration with the Academic Senate and Faculty Assembly, held a forum to address questions and provide more details about the OEI. Ric Matthews and Bonnie Peters from the OEI were on the panel along with Mike Fino, Jonathan Cole, Curry Mitchell (English faculty member who is participating in the OEI pilot), and me. Please see the OEI FAQ developed by MOE. (which is posted on MOE’s new website, also worth a look)

Remind Students – Great Online Support Resources

As the end of the semester approaches with term papers, final projects, and finals, please remind your students to take advantage of online tutoring, our online writing center, and the 24×7 ask-a-librarian service (under Ask Us at top right).

Please Update Spring Online Class Schedule

The spring class schedule is available, which means it’s time for online and hybrid class instructors to make sure their class info is updated on the Online Class Schedule site. (Thanks to those who already have!) Students use this supplemental schedule to learn more about the details of online classes. A more detailed email will go out to all spring online instructors next week.

Professional Learning Opportunities – Get Flex Credit

  • National Distance Learning Week is Nov 10-14! The US Distance Learning Association is running free webinars all week. Additionally, the Online Learning Consortium has a free Google Hangout at noon on 11/10: Distance Learning Best Practices for Community Colleges, and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources has a free webinar at 10 am on 11/12 called Opening up Pedagogy in Communications and History Class.
  •  MiraCosta is now a member of the Instructional Technology Council, a national professional organization focusing on distance education in community colleges. See their most recent newsletter and explore their website. Many resources are publicly available but some require a member account – just let me know if you are interested in ITC credentials.

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

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