Online Ed News You Can Use

October 2017

Canvas Transition, Blackboard, and Spring Classes

This spring is the final semester in which Blackboard and Moodle are options for teaching at MiraCosta. Canvas is now in use for over half of all classes and over 2/3 of our distance education classes. There are many options for learning Canvas, including a 4-week online class led by MiraCosta faculty starting Nov. 13 - sign up here. Also, MiraCosta faculty have access to live online trainings conducted daily by Canvas staff, starting Oct. 15. You can preview the schedule for next week now, and starting Oct. 15, sign up for workshops.


All spring class shells are scheduled to be available in Canvas the afternoon of October 23, when the spring schedule is released. Blackboard classes will NOT be automatically created - any faculty wanting to use Blackboard this spring must make a request using the Online Ed support request form. A reminder about this will be sent out about this on 10/23.

Textbook Affordability NCHEA event Friday 10/20

Friday, Oct. 20th, 10am-3pm

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA

Next Friday, NCHEA is sponsoring a Textbook Affordability event for faculty from MiraCosta, Palomar, and CSU-San Marcos. Hear from faculty, student, bookstore, and librarian panels about creative approaches being used in our region to increase access and success through reducing textbook costs. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Learn more or go directly to the sign-up form.


If you're looking for other ways to learn more about OER, check out MiraCosta's resource site with lots of ways for faculty to find resources and learn more about OER and Zero Textbook Cost course materials.

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All are welcome at the Student Orientation to Online Learning!

I really enjoy connecting with a wide range of students at the Student Orientation to Online Learning (as you can see above)! Next week, the final three Student Orientations to Online Learning (SOOL) for the fall will be held. These are especially for late-start 8-week classes, but all are welcome to attend. Please encourage your students to attend. To learn more about the SOOL, including how to know which of your students have attended, read more.

'Tis the Season: Adding Evaluators and Others to Your Class

If you need to add a faculty evaluator, SI leader, tutor, or community ed student to your class, please see these directions.


If you need to add a MiraCosta employee to your class in a TA-like role, please see these directions for Canvas and these for Blackboard.

Professional Learning Opportunities

  • @One is offering four online 4-week classes that start on Monday 10/16. Three of the four can be taken for free using the OEIfree4U code: Assessing Digital Learning, Creating Accessible Course Content, and Introduction to Teaching with Canvas.
  • Also check out @One's list of upcoming 1-hour webinars.