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January News

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CSU Symposium 

Educating our Golden State - Reaching the Next Generation of Californians

Save the Date!
Saturday, March 9, 2019
North Gym 118

Registration link coming soon!!!

Learn more at CSU Symposium website.
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Blackboard Semester Checklist

Still on Blackboard!

Prepare for the spring semester by visiting the Blackboard Beginning of the Semester Checklist.

For additional support, jump on over to the Blackboard Tip Sheet.
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Canvas Beginning Semester Checklist

Get started!

Prepare for the spring semester by visiting the Canvas Beginning of the Semester Checklist.

For additional resources, visit the Canvas webpage.
Growing with Canvas,
Canvas templates,
Fresno State Canvas Course Orientation,
Canvas Student Orientation
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Canvas Overview Presentation

Canvas for Faculty

Join us for one of these hour long overview presentations that will give you an idea of what Canvas is, what the timeline is, and its differences to Blackboard.

For a full listing of sessions, visit the Canvas webpage.
Register here for an overview presentation: 'Getting Started With Canvas' Overview Presentation
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Canvas Week

March 25 - 29, 2019

Demonstration workshops will be held in the Center for Faculty Excellence. 
Getting Started with Canvas

View a full listings by visiting the Canvas week demonstrations.
Register for CANVAS WEEK - 'Getting Started With Canvas' Demonstrations.

In preparation to transition to Canvas, all faculty will have a Canvas account and a development shell created by the end of February. 

For additional information, follow the transition to Canvas
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Canvas Hands-on Workshop

April 2 - 12, 2019

Hands-on workshop will also be held in the Center for Faculty Excellence.
To Transfer or Not to Transfer,
Communication and Collaboration in Canvas,
Quizzes, Assignments, and Grading in Canvas,
& more.

View a full list of sessions by visiting the Canvas hands-on workshop.
Register for Hands-on CANVAS Workshops.
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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

Read the full manual, Policies and Procedures on Technology-mediated Courses and Programs.

Learn more by visiting teaching online
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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

Note: Faculty who have not taught online or have limited experience are encouraged to take Q1 while faculty who have more online experience can enroll in Q2

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

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
Q2 Reviewing Courses using QLT

Verification of training at another institution
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Teaching Critical Thinking with Technology

Curriculum and Instruction 280T

This class will focus on the theoretical foundations of critical thinking by examining two critical thinking models (Halpern; Paul & Elder). Through a wide variety of activities, students will also explore how specific applications of student-centered instruction can improve the quality and depth of those skills. There will also be a series of explorations to examine how various technological tools (simulations, problem-solving applications, complex search engines, WebQuests, data analysis, etc.) can add to improvement of critical thinking skills.

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dates: Saturdays (Jan. 26, Feb. 23, April 6, and May 4)

For questions, contact Roy Bohlin (
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CSU Learn

Coming February 1st

We are pleased to announce that on February 1st, our campus will launch the new streamlined learning portal, CSU Learn.

We think you will find the new site more intuitive and useful, with access to more than 75,000 online courses, books and videos, required compliance training and on-campus professional development workshops.  

How will you access the courses?
  • Online courses, books and videos - are available in the CSU Learn library and via the search feature.
  • On-Campus professional development workshops - registration links will be provided on Organizational Excellence's calendar and in the CSU Learn Dashboard.
  • Compliance courses:
    • New Employees starting in the month of January - will receive email notifications in early February to complete their respective compliance courses. 
    • Existing employees - notifications with a link to complete required compliance courses will be automatically emailed to you 30 days before they are due.
Most compliance courses are moving to fixed completion dates for all employees as outlined below:

For additional information, visit the CSU Learn webpage.
For questions and concerns, contact or 559-278-2083.
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Online Materials

How much does course design really matter? 

As Fresno State moves to Canvas, this is a great time to look at your course design and organization. 

The Center for Faculty Excellence is here to help!
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Deadline: January 31, 2019

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