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March Learning Madness Webinar Edition March 24-28

March Learning Madness – Webinar Edition!

A Week of Learning Webinars

Join the Mesa Community College Center for Teaching & Learning for a week of webinars dedicated to all things teaching & learning.

Session Options

Fostering Open Policies on Your Campus & Beyond

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR – OER leaders from Tacoma Community College, Maricopa Community College District, and Creative Commons share their strategies for successfully growing open educational policies and practices. Stay for a brief dialog to discuss how MCC can open our campus to OER.

Monday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:30 p.m. 
CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175 – Southern & Dobson Campus
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Ensuring Accessibility in Online Education

LIVE WEBINAR – Colleen Fleming will outline the accessibility requirements for online higher education courses, the accessibility procedures and training that have been implemented at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and practical ways to ensure that online course content can be used effectively by all students.

Tuesday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:00 noon
CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175- Southern & Dobson Campus
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Online Quality Matters Training Begins March 24

Join the Spring Online APPQMR Session

Register Now (Registration through HRMS/Time & Labor)

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to acknowledge the quality of online/hybrid courses. The QM framework is about course design, and making your course navigation and structure intuitive, so that students’ questions will be more focused on the content of your course. QM recognized courses improve both student learning outcomes, student success, and retention.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric – ONLINE COURSE
Monday, March 24th – Monday, April 7th (3 weeks)
COURSE#001817, Section #0002

The Quality Matters course is designed to help you prepare your course for QM certification and is a prerequisite for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification Course. This in-depth workshop explains each of the QM standards through interactive activities and assignments. Participants will complete the training with tools and ideas to design your course to meet QM and skills to become a Quality Matters peer reviewer.

How do I register for the Quality Matters at MCC course? Who can register?
Use the link above or here to register for this course. Registration is through the HRMS (MCCCD Time & Labor) system. View detailed registration instructions.Anyone in MCCCD interested in the QM Process and Rubric is welcome to attend.

Access Series: WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation) Tool Training

Access Series: WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation) Tool Training

WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation) Tool Training

WAVE is a free, online accessibility evaluation tool “to help you determine the accessibility of web content.” WAVE is being used to help faculty and department admins at MCC determine if their websites meet ADA compliance standards for students needing alternative content delivery. Come to this session for a hands-on demonstration of the WAVE Tool. Best practices in creating accessible content will also be touched on.

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Theses sessions are HIGHLY recommended for department administrative assistants responsible for department, program or faculty websites AND for faculty that are using web sites (outside of Canvas or Publisher Resources) to deliver course content and materials.

WAVE Session Options

Tuesday, March 18, 3:00 p.m.  –  4:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002083, Session #0001; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Monday, March 24, 9:00 a.m.  –  10:30 a.m. 
HRMS Course #002083, Session #0002; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Monday, March 31, 3:00 p.m.  –  4:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002083, Session #0004; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Wednesday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002083, Session #0003; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Tuesday, April 8, 8:00 a.m.  –  9:30 a.m. 
HRMS Course #002083, Session #0005; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Other Upcoming Sessions in the MCC Access Series


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Call for Proposals: 2014 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference

Reaching Out: Using Technology to Connect With Our Students

Call for Workshop Proposals

The MCLI 2014 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference is just a few months away. The conference committee is now accepting proposals for 50-minute interactive presentations or 2-hour hands-on workshops that focus on the intersection between technology and teaching.

Proposals are due on Monday, March 24th, 2014.

Conference Registration

Mark your calendar for Maricopa Community College’s premier learning technology event on May 13, 2014 at South Mountain Community College. The program will include a keynote, track sessions, workshops, and more.

Register and read more about the conference.


MCC CTL Learning Series: Accessing Accessibility at MCC

Accessing Accessibility Learning Series at MCC

MCC CTL Learning Series: Accessing Accessibility at MCC

CTL Learning Series: Accessing Accessibility & Beyond

Explore a series of sessions that focus on creating and maintaining accessible course and program content to benefit all learners. Discover solutions for video captioning, documents and content design that will ensure equal access while maintaining a rich learning environment.

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Captioning with YouTube

Learn how to create captions and transcripts for your video files using the free YouTube web site. In this hands-on session participants will learn how to adjust settings in their YouTube account so uploaded video files are automatically transcribed and captioned. Participants will also learn how to adjust and correct captions within YouTube; and how to download subtitle files onto their own computers.

Monday, February 24, 3:00 p.m.  –  4:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002072, Session #0002; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175


Wednesday, February 26, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002072, Session #0001; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Accessing Accessibility Basics

Make your course more accessible with just a few simple best practices. In this session participants will view our online accessibility resource for faculty. Discover ways to make your course user friendly for all your students using universal design techniques. Accessible styles, documents, images, links and more will be discussed in this hands-on session.

Thursday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.  –  11:00 a.m. 
HRMS Course #001798, Session #0006; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175


Friday, February 28, 3:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m. 
HRMS Course #001798, Session #0005; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Creating Accessible Documents

Never fear, the document doctor is here! Creating or converting existing documents into accessible formats doesn’t have to be stressful. In this session we will explore the built in accessibility features in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat to create or convert documents quickly and easily into accessible formats that everyone can use.

Monday, March 17, 3:00 p.m.  –  4:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002074, Session #0001; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175


Tuesday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.  –  10:30 a.m. 
HRMS Course #002074, Session #0002; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

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MCC Center for Teaching & Learning Keep It Simple Strategy Booth

Get a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Strategy) this Valentine’s Day

Stop by the CTL K.I.S.S.ing Booth this February 14th!

Looking for some ways to keep students committed and engaged?
Need advice on your relationship with Canvas?
Loving your content, but looking for a way to say it? 

Stop by the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning (AS-Building) for our K.I.S.S.ing Booth this Valentine’s Day (Friday, February 14) for a quick K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Strategy).

Sample Our Latest Keep it Simple Strategies:

  • Accessibility Checklist – a quick reference to help you keep your course equally accessible for all students.
  • Screencast-O-Matic – the easiest screencapture tool to record lecture content. *Contact us to learn more about our new PRO license!
  • Bloom’s + Apps Resource – a community of practitioners sharing engaging digital learning ideas based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Candy and refreshments provided! Bring your own strategies to share.

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(480) 731-7331
AS-Building Southern & Dobson Campus

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Be Our Valentine: Course Design Series Starts Feb. 11

Have a Love Affair with Your Course!

Love your course, but want to take your relationship to the next level? Do you think that a little extra T.L.C. will make your heart grow fonder? Join the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning for our Course Design Series. This 3 part series focuses on the best practices in course design pedagogy. Take this opportunity to participate in a highly engaging and collegial process of mapping and aligning your course and building informative assessments linked to your learning objectives! Sessions begin Tuesday, February 11. See the full schedule below! Course building teams welcome!

Register through HRMS (Time & Labor System)
Registration Instructions

Having Trouble? Call us at (480) 461-7331 and we will register you.

Part 1: Curriculum Mapping & Lesson Design

Session Description: In this session, you will design a curriculum map based on the most relevant concepts related to your course and competencies to build thematic units. Using this map, you will create a unit alignment by writing measurable learning objectives that connect your course materials and assessments to the course competencies.

Available Session Dates: (Select from one of the following)
Tuesday, February 11, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
COURSE #001760, Session #0007 Register through HRMS

Friday, February 14, 9:00am – 12 noon

COURSE #001760, Session #0008 Register through HRMS

Part 2: Building a Conceptual Framework

Session Description: In this session, you will build a Conceptual Framework based on the most relevant concepts related to your course and competencies to build course modules. Using this framework, you will create a module aligning your measurable learning objectives to your course materials, assignments and assessments.

Available Session Dates: (Select from one of the following)
Friday, February 21, 8:30am – 12:30pm
COURSE #001976, Session #0005 Register through HRMS

Tuesday & Thursday, February 25 & 27, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
(Split Session, attend both evenings)

COURSE #001976, Session #0004 Register through HRMS

Part 3: Outcome-Based Learning & Informative Assessment

Session Description: Participants will be able to connect the three main functions of formative assessment (including Classroom Assessment Techniques) with instruction. You will be provided the opportunity to identify and/or create formative assessments, that are clearly aligned to lesson objectives, to check for understanding, adjust or refine instruction and give appropriate feedback to students. This process is student-centered and will promote the development of metacognitive skills for learners.

Available Session Dates: (Select from one of the following)
Tuesday, March 25, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
COURSE #001762, Session #0006 Register through HRMS

Friday, March 28, 9:30am – 12:30pm

COURSE #001762, Session #0007 Register through HRMS

*Note: 6 participants are required for this session to run. Participants will be notified 24 hours prior to a session (via email) if a session is to be canceled.

Questions? Call the CTL (480) 461-7331.
Visit the CTL Calendarctl.mesacc.edu/events/calendar for all upcoming learning sessions and activities.
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Canvas Updates Week of February 3, 2014

Important Notices

Scribd Issues Resolved

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For many of you the start of class brought some technical difficulties with the Scribd Preview feature in Canvas. Scribd is the service that allows for file documents to be viewed within Canvas. In the first week of class, this feature was not rendering documents correctly, and so users (students and instructors) were receiving error messages that documents were deleted or unavailable.

This issues has now been resolved and previews should be working normally. Keep in mind that the availability of document previews is always subject to the volume of users uploading and viewing documents across the entire Canvas system. This can cause the previews to delay or even temporarily not display. Some of you may better recognize this phenomenon by the characteristic “bicycle wheels” that never seem to stop spinning when you try to open a document! To help alleviate confusion It is important to let students know about the download option for any files that you share.

New User? More about document previews.
When viewing an uploaded file shared in Canvas, users will have the option of a magnifying glass icon to open the file in the Scribd preview OR a pop-out icon to download the file to their computer.

GUIDE: Files Supported by Scribd

Canvas Connections User Group

Don’t miss the next meeting Tuesday, February 4, 12 noon – 1:00pm, CTL Team Spot – AS Bldg

New and seasoned users are welcome to join us to:

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  • Connect! Stay on the inside track with all things Canvas.
  • Share! and Learn! with others.
  • Engage! in some great conversations over lunch.

This informal user-focused group will meet bi-monthly to discuss: Features, Best Practices, Upcoming Changes, Issues/Bugs, Teaching Strategies, Design and Feature Requests.

Users should bring their own lunch. Snacks and desserts may be provided.

Join Now!

Canvas Update Cycle

Canvas is on a 3-week update-release cycle. The beta (preview) release for this cycle was on 1/27, production notes followed on 2/3 with the release and documentation to follow on 2/8. For information about Canvas updates follow the release page.

Canvas Updates

February 8 Release Preview – Amazing Features! Big Changes!

Canvas will be implementing a Production Release on February 8. Here are some highlights of the new features, updates and changes. Note: Features are subject to change based on testing! Some features may be selectively released by MCCCD.

Draft State

The Draft State feature will allow content in Assignments, Quizzes, Modules, Pages, and Discussions to be in an unpublished (draft) state even if the course is published. Draft content will be invisible to students and excluded from grade calculations. Draft State is a Course-level feature option, and will be available on a course-to-course basis once MCCCD decides to enable the feature at the institutional level.Draft State Screenshot

The Draft State feature will impact all of the major user interfaces within Canvas (for instructors only).You are strongly encouraged to log-in to the beta environment to explore the features within Draft State to see what this new world will look like! Here is an overview guide to prepare you for the change: Canvas Feature Options: Draft State PDF. Additional documentation will be available in the Canvas Guides when Draft State is officially placed in the production environment.

ITC Webinar: Approaching Accessibility in Online Courses

ITC Webinar: Approaching Accessibility in Online Classes

Join us for this special webinar!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm MST
AS175, Center for Teaching & Learning Lab Room; AS Building – Southern & Dobson Campus
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Loraine Schmitt, Director of Distance Education
Karen Sorensen, Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses, Portland Community College

Session Description:

Are your online courses accessible? Hear about Portland Community College’s strategy and the lessons staff learned when they addressed accessibility with more than 400 instructors who teach approximately 2,400 sections of online classes within a complex four-campus college. The presenters will share the process they used to roll out their initiative, accessibility guidelines, and their phased approach for reaching the college’s goal of ensuring all online classes are accessible.
Specific strategies include: creating an awareness campaign, developing and implementing faculty training, including accessibility in the new course review process, analyzing the resources needed to retrofit existing online courses for accessibility, and instituting discipline-specific collaboration among online faculty. The presenters will share online resources and review tools.

Sponsored by: 

Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction

Hosted by: 

Mesa Community College Center for Teaching & Learning

Learn More about the ITC (Instructional Technology Council):


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This event will be archived and made available for a limited time after the presentation.

Questions or Concerns?

Contact the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning
Email: ctl@mesacc.edu
Telephone: (480) 461-7331

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2nd Annual Canvas Conversations Program Announced

Don’t Miss Out! Canvas Conversations: Creating Your Masterpiece Program Announced

Hosted by Gateway Community College

Gateway Community College, Copper Room 
Friday, January 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register Today: http://mcli.maricopa.edu/events/canvas-conversationsconference

Description: Please join us for the 2nd Annual Canvas Conversations. Now that nine colleges have officially migrated to Canvas, it is time to reflect on our experiences, learn best practices and fine-tune your Canvas courses. Faculty will present their lessons learned, engage in round-table conversations and dialogue with Canvas experts.

Conference Program:

Time Event Location
8:15 am Registration Begins Outside Copper Room(IE 1302)
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome from Gateway Community College Copper Room
9:15 am – 10:00 am Webinar from InstructureHear about Canvas updates from the Instructure crew. Copper Room
10:15 am – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions Reference Schedule Below
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Roundtable Topics Copper Room
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LunchLunch generously hosted by MCLI and SMCC Copper Room/Outside(your choice)
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Concurrent Sessions Reference Schedule Below
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions Reference Schedule Below
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Closing remarks and raffle prizesTurn in your name badge at 2:45 in the Copper Room for a chance to win great prizes, including a massage, lunch at the PC Cafe Oso and Canvas swag. Must be present to win! Copper Room