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April News

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All Things Canvas 

Last day to access Blackboard is MAY 31!! Download and export
all course content before then!
Summer and Fall course shells are now in Canvas. Login to with your Fresno State username and

Hands-on Workshops 

April 2 - 12, 2019 


These workshops will give you the opportunity to build as you go. To find out more and register for a session, click here. Sign interpreters will be provided during certain workshops.

Canvas Copy Party

April 15 - May 1, 2019

What could be better - a place to work, friendly and
knowledgeable helpers, and FOOD! CFE staff will be on hand to
help you copy content from Blackboard to Canvas. Register now
for one of these dates/times. Don't forget your devices!

Register now to save a spot


Earn badges for attending the Hands-on
Workshops! Attend 2 workshops to receive a
Bronze badge, 4 for a silver badge and all 6 for a
Gold Badge!



Canvas Faculty Toolbox 

The Faculty Toolbox is now available on Canvas. In the toolbox you will find a link to 'Growing with Canvas', a self-paced tutorial, faculty resources, a link and embed code for the Canvas Student Orientation, and much more! 

Self-enroll in the Faculty Toolbox to receive updated information and resources: Faculty Toolbox 

Don't forget! Blackboard will be unavailable to faculty and staff starting May 31, 2019. 

For additional information, follow the transition to Canvas
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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Mohan Dangi

This month's featured faculty member is Professor Mohan Dangi

To view our previous faculty stories, visit the Faculty Stories page.

Teaching Online at Fresno State

According to the APM 206 Policies and Procedures on Technology Mediated Courses and Programs, faculty teaching online beyond 20% of the entire course must successfully complete training and go through the appropriate approval process

View the accessible Teaching Online handout

Course Definitions

Web-Enhanced Course
20% or less online 

Blended I 
20% - 66% online

Blended II 
67% - 99% online

Online Course
100% online

Percentages are based on reduced face-to-face class time

Approval Process

Existing course up to 20% online
Department Curriculum Approval Process

Greater than 20% online
School/College Curriculum
Committee Approval Process & QLT
Review by CFE

Greater than 66% online
University Approval School/College
Curriculum Committee Approval
Process & QLT Review by CFE
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Beyond 20% of online course activity requires 15-20 hours of online training recognized by CFE 

CSU Quality Assurance Program
Q1 Intro. to Teaching Online using QLT 
Dates available
June 3 - 23, 2019
July 1 - 21, 2019

Register for Teaching Online Training here

Verification of training at another institution
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Making Inclusive Materials a Click Away

Ally is active in both Blackboard and Canvas, constantly scanning content files for accessibility. The instructor feedback will now show in-browser previews for PDFS, Word documents and PowerPoint documents. These previews are then used to identify where in the document specific accessibility issues can be found.

A screenshot of the new feature in Ally that shows the preview of the document and also highlights the accessibility concerns.
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Provost's Awards Lecture Series


Robert M. Harper, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the Provost's Awards Lecture Series, Spring 2019 Lineup.

Presentations will be held in the Madden Library, Room 2206 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday, April 4th
Mary Husain, Department of Communication
2017-2018 Recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer Award

For details on each of the presentations, visit Provost Lecture Series webpage.

CSU Symposium 

Over 200 people attended the CSU Symposium host by Fresno State. Over 58 different sessions were featured along with 4 keynote speakers. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from their peers from different CSU campuses. 

You can find recordings of the keynote presentations below
Dr. Kevin Kelly 
Dr. Margery Ginsberg 
Dr. Luke Wood  
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National Science Foundation Forum

"New Policies and Solicitations from the BIO Directorate Across all Programs and for Bioinformatics Funding at the National Science Foundation"

Friday, April 5th
Dr. Jennifer Weller is a program officer in the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation where she manages the Advances in Biological Informatics program, funding innovation and development activities in bioinformatics and computational biology. 

Forums will be held at the following time and place.
10 - 11 am at Agricultural Sciences Room 109 
2 - 3 pm at the Center for Faculty Excellence, Madden Library Room 2134

Everyone is invited to attend.

High Impact Practice Student Symposium 

Encourage Students to Share their Work!

Thursday - Friday, May 9 - 10, 2019

Will be held at various locations: 
 Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery
Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room
Henry Madden Library 

Light refreshments will be provided to participants and attendees supported by the Office of Provost, Center for Faculty Excellence, Jan and Bud Richer for Community Engagement, the Career Center, and the College for Science and Mathematics. 

Please contact Carmen Chapman at to request disability accommodations. 

For more information, click here
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