Spring 2019 Workshops


MiraCosta faculty no longer need to sign up for Flex activities in advance. After attending a Flex workshop, record your participation on your Flex transcript under the “Record Activities” tab, selecting the “Scheduled Activities or Workshops” activity type. Visit the Flex website for more information.


After Flex week, go to the Workshop Archives to see recordings and resources from workshops below that were held online.

Spring 2019 Workshops

A full updated list of Flex workshops can be found at:  Spring 2019 Flex Workshops

Monday 1/14/2019

Canvas: Just the Basics for Beginners

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
Billy Gunn
Audience: Beginners
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 49 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

This hands-on workshop is designed to give an overview of the basic tools to get started with Canvas. Learn how to set your homepage, design rich content pages, build a module, create assignments, post announcements, review your student roster and create groups, edit your profile, message students, and record grades using SpeedGrader. Participants will have time for hands-on work applying what they have learned, so make the most of this workshop by bringing documents and text to add to your Canvas course.

Introduction to ARC

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Karen Turpin & Sean Davis
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607 & Online via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 47 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Arc is a communication tool available in Canvas that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media. A one semester pilot of Arc has been approved by MOE for spring 2019. Let’s spend some time kicking the tires to find out how Arc can enhance your teaching and student communications within Canvas. Be part of the next generation of video creation and communication within Canvas.

Resources: What is Arc? – https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9669-50736467895

Accessibility of Online Resources

10:30 AM – 12:20 AM
Lauren McFall, Sean Davis, & Karen Turpin
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607 & Online Via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 64 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Canvas is a great tool designed to broaden access to learning opportunities, but faculty have a responsibility to make sure that content we add is fully accessible to all students. In this workshop, we will utilize an accessibility checklist to help you understand the basics of ADA and 508 compliance. We’ll point out ways in which your efforts can benefit all students. Some of the topics will include: accessibility checkers in Canvas, Word, and PowerPoint, closed captioning, images, videos, PDF documents, and more! Participants will have time to go hands-on with the tools and techniques shared in this workshop.

Resources: Accessibility Checklist

Cut the Costs: Using Library Resources in Canvas

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Lauren McFall, Pamela Perry, and Glorian Sipman
Format/Location: Hands-on in OC 4607

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 53 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Learn how to embed library resources directly into your Canvas course, explore ways you can supplement your course content and eliminate and/or reduce textbook costs for your students. This hands-on workshop is perfect for faculty that teach online, hybrid, and in person classes. Librarians will be available to provide one-on-one assistance.

Introduction to the New Canvas Gradebook

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Online via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 49 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Canvas has redesigned the Gradebook and it is available as an option; it’s likely in 2019 that Canvas will discontinue the old Gradebook entirely. For now, instructors may enable the new Gradebook on a course-by-course basis. Join us as we dive deeper into the functionality  available in the new Canvas Gradebook. Filtering, sorting, custom colors, view/hide unpublished assignments, and manual adjustments will be explored. Basic assignment setup along with tips and tricks for an organized and effective gradebook will be covered.


Introduction to Quizzes.next

3:00 PM – 4:20 PM
Karen Turpin
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Online via ConferZoom

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 1 hour 3 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)

Quizzes.next is the next generation of assessments in Canvas. Find out what Quizzes.next is, how you can get started, question types that are  available, conversion options, and what Canvas is still working on in the next release. Quizzes.next will eventually replace the current version of Canvas quizzes.

Resources: Quizzes.next in Canvas –  https://tic.miracosta.edu/quizzes-next-in-canvas/

Title V “Pending” Changes in Online Learning – in Student to Student Contact

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sean Davis
Audience: All Faculty
Format/Location: Online via ConferZoom

This workshop will introduce ways to increase student engagement in online settings. Potential Title 5 changes will require online classes ensure “student-to-student contact.” We will discuss strategies to both enhance student-to-student contact already in place in courses and introduce ways of creatively and effectively implementing techniques to achieve this in courses that currently lack this modality.

View the Recording (Zoom recording, 51 minutes) – Chat Transcript (txt)