On Monday, March 30, after a two week Spring Break, MiraCosta College students return to instruction by way of an online or remote modality. This may include Canvas, video/phone conferencing, email, and other options to teach and learn remotely.
To continue quality instruction and support services for MiraCosta College students, faculty and staff used the week of March 23 to move their courses, support services, and programs to an online or remote modality; while students gained an additional week of spring break.
MiraCosta employees used the time to remotely train, research, and educate one another to ensure the continuation of quality courses, as well as delivery of student support programs and services. As the 1,000+ spring 2020 lecture and lab courses reconvene, students will return to find an altered means of instructional online and remote delivery, but the same committed faculty intent on preserving a meaningful learning experience for their students.
“Pivoting to remote instruction in such a short time is no doubt full of challenges, but the refrain heard throughout the week was the encouraging ‘We got this!’” said Jim Julius, of MiraCosta’s C3 Teaching & Learning Center and Online Education department. “The breadth and depth of support provided by dozens of faculty experts is going to make a real difference in the experience of our students.”
Faculty led peer sessions on:
Prompted by the direction from the CDC, State of California, and San Diego County Public Health Services, students and employees were all directed to work remotely and asked not to come to MiraCosta College campus sites. Although campus offices will be closed, MiraCosta College will still deliver services remotely. Student services include, and are not limited to:
Although in-person commencement and end-of-year celebrations have been cancelled to uphold social distancing, MiraCosta has found alternative ways to celebrate these exciting events and student accomplishments remotely with students, families, and friends.
A student information page on the miracosta.edu/COVID site has been designed to answer student questions and support them during this online and remote modality transition.
“Making a plan and adjusting studying habits will help students regain a sense of control during this time,'' explains Nick Mortaloni, dean of student affairs at MiraCosta College. Dean Mortaloni added, “It is important for students to feel supported during this transition, and we have been around the clock to get them the resources and support they need to be successful.”
About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 80 years. More than 21,000 credit students per semester in over 70 disciplines enroll in associate degrees, university transfer and workforce readiness certificate programs. The college also serves a wide spectrum of educational needs in the region ranging from programs for adult education, basic skills, and ESL to a California Community College pilot program offering the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing. MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).