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Technology, Innovations and Pedagogy Conference

Fall 2018 TIP Conference 


Universal Design & Inclusion

Each semester, the Center for Faculty Excellence hosts a conference on technology innovation and pedagogy. This semester's conference will be held on August 20, 2018 from 12:00 - 2:30 PM

Our keynote speaker is Kevin Kelly, the Educational Advisor at ACUE and Lecturer in Education at San Francisco State University.  Dr. Kelly's presentation will be on How to make your course more inclusive using UDL and equity principles

To register for the upcoming conference, please fill out the registration form

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 
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Higher Education Best Practices - Teaching & Learning

From the National Education Association and Professional and Organizational Development Network, please visit the following web page for articles on practical advice to effectively teach higher education students. 

Higher Education Best Practices - Teaching & Learning 
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Canvas has been chosen 


During academic year 2018-2019, both Blackboard Learn and Canvas will be available.  Selected faculty will adopt Canvas in Fall 2018 with limited training and support.  We look forward to feedback from these early adopters. 

In addition, Canvas training will be coming soon! 

To view the Canvas transition timeline and other information, please visit the Transition to Canvas webpage

If you have specific questions or comments, you may post them here
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Inclusive Learning

Accessibility for all!

Fresno State is using an accessibility tool called Ally. This is a tool that is integrated into the online learning management system. Ally has been activated in all summer 2018 classes and will be active on all Fall classes. You should see the Ally gauges on most of your content in the class. Here is a demo video of what ALLY looks like from the faculty view.  Please remember that only you see your accessibility score and not your students.  It may also be helpful for you to see how your students will be downloading alternate formats of the content which can be viewed on the ALLY for students video.

For more information on how to make your content more accessible you can review the Ally Quick Start Guide which will be in your browser downloads. Also the Center for Faculty Excellence has additional information on Accessibility for teaching and learning.
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Faculty Learning Community (FLC)  2018-19

Submit a Proposal!

This professional development opportunity will engage and motivate faculty through Project Based Learning (PBL) to gain knowledge and skills by working 2018/19 academic year to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. If selected, all FLC facilitators will be required to participate in a two-hour FLC seminar in September 2018 and FLC members will be required to showcase your project in a Center for Faculty Excellence public forum in Fall 2019.  

To submit a proposal, click on FLC RFP.
DEADLINE: August 31, 2018

To learn more, visit our Faculty Learning Community webpage
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Apply Now!

Call for participation in the 2018-2019 academic year is now open! This call is open to all faculty who are interested in redesigning their courses with the use of tablets in a student-centered environment. 

Ready to apply? Fill out the DISCOVERe Faculty Application
DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

To learn more, visit DISCOVERe Mobile Technology Program webpage or contact the Center for Faculty Excellence. 
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Academic Policy Manual: 
Section 206

Policies and Procedures on Technology-mediated Courses and Programs

Faculty who will be teaching online or blended courses in fall of 2019 must successfully complete the required online training prior to April 1st, 2019. You can find a list of trainings here and the $25 cost will be reimbursed with a certificate of completion. 

To read the full manual on Policies and Procedures on Technology-mediated Courses and Programs - click here
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Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument

Enroll Today!

This course is an introduction to the pedagogies and strategies of successfully teaching in blended-online formats, weaving the 10 sections of the CSU QLT instrument throughout. This course is intended for anyone who is interested in and/or plans to teach a blended or online course. Participants can expect to engage in helpful discussions with their peers from other CSUs and share best practices for creating quality blended-online courses that align with their student learning outcomes.

October 1st - 21st
For more information and to register: QA Professional Development, 2018-2019.


Accomplishments for Center for Faculty Excellence  

AY 2017 -18 

To read more about the center's accomplishments, click here

Faculty Support


779 "just in time" support 

Instructional designers met and provided over 700 support services.


61 faculty trained 

Summer institute facilitated course redesign with 61 DISCOVERe faculty. 

Digital Badges


2,532 badges issued

  • 2,139 Blackboard Student Orientation
  • 155 TIP Conference Badges
  • 238 Student Success Summit Badges


$490,065 saved 

  • 38 faculty
  • 67 courses
  • 3,464 students had reduced course material expenses
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Important GE Information

REMEMBER!! Beginning this semester, all faculty who teach GE courses will be required to indicate a minimum of one assignment that directly aligns with and measures one of the GE student learning outcomes for the appropriate Area (GE A1, A2, B4, C2, etc.).

For more information please email Melissa Jordine ( or JoLynne Blake (
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Let's Have an Open Dialog

Register for the Open Symposium 2018 Now

Open Access is the immediate and free online availability of research to all.  Sitting at the intersections of equity, scholarly communications, social justice, and innovation, please join us for timely conversations, workshops, and resources around "open" scholarship and why it matters to Fresno State.  Attendees will be eligible to apply for one of four $1500 Author Publishing Charge mini-grants (APCs).  

The symposium will take place Friday, September 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the Table Mountain Reading Room.  
A light breakfast and lunch will provided.  

To register, please fill out the Open Access Conference form

Visit the Open Symposium 2018 website for additional details. 
For any questions, please contact Britt Foster at

Major Accomplishments of 2017-18

Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

For additional information and services, visit their webpage here!

Learning Center


49,257 total visits  

  • 9,674 unique students served 
  • 35,070 Supplemental Instruction visits


Career Development


3, 921 appointments

  • 1,217 workshops
  • 2,544 career fair attendees
  • 5,371 job postings on HireFresnoState



$3.6 million in total grant dollars

  • $3.5 million dollars in TRiO Upward Bound
  • $92,522 sexual health education 
  • $40,000 to enhance early outreach activities 

Money Management Center

1,698 students served

through events, workshops and counselings sessions. 
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Interpreting Services


If you would like to request an interpreter, please fill out the request form

We would recommend to submit your request at least 2 weeks in advance. 
Please note that events that exceed 1 hour in duration will require 2 interpreters. 

For questions, please email or contact the Center for Faculty Excellence. 

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Deadline: August 22, 2018 

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