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Fall 2020

The Center for Faculty Excellence has many ways to assist you in creating an exemplary course. We can get you started with Canvas, Zoom (a web-conferencing tool), Panopto (video platform), iClicker REEF, Qualtrics (survey tool), Respondus (lock-down browser for online test-taking), GSuite for Teaching, multiple ways to capture your lecture - just to name a few. 

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Recommendations from the Academic Senate


Recommendations for the Virtual Classroom

Faculty are encouraged to clearly state camera expectations in syllabus and review these expectations the first day of class or even post on Canvas prior to the start of the semester. If camera usage is required on certain days the rationale should be included in the syllabus. If faculty do require the use of camera there needs to be a procedure for exceptions. Faculty are encouraged to create class expectations at the start of semester (helps to discuss/explain why cameras would be useful) and consider alternative ways of involvement to demonstrate presence and create community. Faculty concerned about privacy issues may consider suggesting the use of avatars. Faculty may need to secure student permission if recording lectures with students visible. Alternative solutions (e.g., virtual backgrounds, school-appropriate profile pictures) should be encouraged as access to technology allows.

Recommendations for Assessment

While the Respondus Monitor issue has been fixed, Services for Students with Disabilities still recommends flexibility with testing. If faculty require cameras for assessment then those dates should be included in the syllabus so that students can make plans in advance. Faculty are encouraged to consider shorter time periods or multiple attempts to mitigate some technology concerns. Faculty should also consider alternatives if there are identified privacy issues to be negotiated with individual students.

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Preparing for Spring 2021

Get a head start!

Spring 2021 course shells are available! Get started on designing Canvas for Spring.

Resources on Canvas can be found at any of the following:
Growing with Canvas
Faculty Toolbox on Canvas
Canvas Mini Modules
Canvas Instructor Guides
Schedule an Appointment with an ID

Open Educational Resources

Open Education Resources News

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs released a second edition of their report on textbook costs this summer, titled Fixing the Broken Textbook Market. Some of their findings can be view here.
A 2019 survey of Fresno State students asked similar questions and found that three in four students skipped buying course materials, even though they worried it would hurt their grade, and over half said textbooks costs affected which courses they decided to take.
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer many advantages, including that they provide free, permanent access for students. If you are interested in using OER in your courses, please contact CFE using this form.
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Press Release/Library News

Library will no longer subscribe to EndNote, starting in January 2021

Effective December 31, 2020, Henry Madden Library will end its subscription to EndNote citation management software, but will continue to provide support for EndNote users, as well as introduce new services related to citation management platform Zotero.

The library has provided campus access to EndNote for over ten years, but during this time other software has developed, at a lesser cost, with similar capabilities.

Discover more detail about alternative tools and available support through the Google document, Press Release and Library News.
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Spring 2021 Training Opportunities

Provost Jiménez-Sandoval, with the support of President Castro and Vice President Astone, is encouraging faculty to sign up for Spring 2021 virtual training. 

CFE has training options for faculty at both the foundational and intermediate levels of virtual or online instruction. Faculty who have not previously taken any training will earn a $1200 taxable stipend for successful completion of the training with reflections during the spring semester. 

Additional information can be found here.


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Record, share and manage videos securely!

Panopto is our new online video platform that is seamlessly integrated with Canvas. Panopto can:

Embed and share videos
Record lecture captures
Automatically caption videos
Centralize media files

Get started with best practices by visiting the CFE tools for teaching webpage.
Discover more about Panopto from the How to video community.

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Moving to Panopto


The Fresno State Streaming Server is moving to Panopto

The Streaming Server is still available for existing content but the ability to upload new content has been removed. Content on the server will be available for use in Canvas course through June 30, 2021. We encourage all users to begin using Panopto for all new course content.

Please fill out this migration request form to move media content from the Streaming Server to Panopto
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Canvas Quizzes


Submit a test creation work order to have a Canvas Quiz deployed in your course!

Follow these tips:
Submit Word Document file (.docx)
Mark the correct answer with an asterisk (*)
Include all quiz setting options

For addition tips, guides and questions, refer to:
Canvas Quiz Formatting Guide
Faculty Toolbox on Canvas
Academic Technology Resource Center - Zoom Support

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Detail Faculty Report for Ally

You will find that an Accessibility Report section has been added to your Canvas Course shell. This report will provide detailed information on the accessibility of your course, give you access to make your content more accessible and meet APM237 guidelines.

Watch a Tutorial on How it Works!

Resources on accessibility with Ally can be discovered at:
Ally on Canvas

Provost Awards - Lecture Series

Provost's Awards Lecture Series

Fall 2020 Presentations

This series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards.

Thursday, December 3, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 838 3359 3818
Passcode: 478221

“Perspective and the Pandemic”
Vadim Keyser, Department of Philosophy

“Improvement of Cooling Systems on Microelectronic Devices”
Zhi Liang, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 835 0636 8756
Passcode: 874672

"Intersectional Failures: LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers in the United States"
Katherine Fobear, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“Towards a Complex Network Approach to Brain Modeling and Anomaly Diagnosis”
Matin Pirouz, Department of Computer Science

For more information, visit the Provost's Awards Lecture Series webpage.

Technology, Inclusion and Pedagogy Conference

Technology, Inclusion and Pedagogy (TIP)

Seminars for Spring 2021

Do you have a topic you would like to present? We are starting to plan for our Spring 2021 workshops.

Please submit one or more forms to be considered as a facilitator.

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Canvas and Zoom Support

Get Help!

Join our Zoom Room through the link below to get assistance by the Academic Technology Resource Center (ATRC) Student Assistants and the Instructional Designers (IDs). 

Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment with an ID
Faculty, schedule an appointment with an Instructional Designer for a longer discussion about pedagogy or your Canvas course by completing this form.

Test Creation Work Order Form
Complete this form if you would like the Academic Technology Resource Center (ATRC) to process a test, quiz, or exam and upload it to your course.

General Canvas Work Order Form
Complete this form if you would like the Resource Center to upload documents, scan documents or images, digitize content, etc.

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