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November News

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Faculty Spotlight


Keith Story

Every month we feature a faculty member in our Faculty Spotlight. Our current faculty member is Keith Story!

To view our previous faculty stories visit the Faculty Stories page.
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Join an FLC!

To register and view a list of current FLCs, head over to the CFE FLC webpage.
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HIPS Seminar

Come have lunch and learn about engaging “high-impact practices” happening on our campus. Please click here for more information.

Lunch is provided but you need to sign up for one of the seminars using the HIPS Seminars and Lunch Registration Form.

If you have any questions please contact Martin Shapiro at
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Need Blackboard Help?

Faculty & students can contact the Academic Technology Resource Center (559-278-7373) or stop by their office located on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library (HML 2131) Monday- Friday from 8am-5pm.


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Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

The WAC Certificate Seminars are hands-on workshops where you'll develop assignments and classroom strategies that help your students produce more effective writing.
For more information about the certificate program view the WAC handout or visit the WAC information page.
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Teaching with Tech


 Peer Evaluations

You can use the Blackboard testing feature for group evaluations. Students can evaluate themselves and their group members, creating an automatic grade for each. By using multiple answer questions, partial credit, and carefully crafted questions, students can establish equitable group credit.
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Alternative Break Funding


Funding Available for Alternative Break Projects

The Richter Center is now taking proposals for Alternative Break funding.  Alternative Breaks provide students with multi-day service opportunities where they work with peers.  Projects must be coordinated by a leadership team comprised of a student and a faculty or staff partner.

For more information, contact Mellissa Jessen-Hiser at, or call the Richter Center at 559.278.7079. You can also learn more at the Richter Center website.

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Accessibility Tip


Use Headings

Headings are a great way to break up a document into sections that make it more accessible.

To learn more view the Microsoft: Improve header accessibility video. For more information on accessibility visit the CFE Accessibility webpage.
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What CFE Can Offer You

To find out about the services provided by the Center for Faculty Excellence view the CFE one-page infographic or the CFE website.

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Request a Customized Workshop

Does your department want to learn specific Blackboard features, how to utilize Google tools, or use other available programs? You can now request a workshop customized for your department!

To request a workshop fill out the Workshop Request Form.

The Technology Superpower: UDL

Harness the power and walk away with a solid game plan to improve your courses.

November 17, 2017
HML 2134. 12:00 - 1:00 - Space is limited and lunch will be served!

Special Guest Presenter:
Kimberly Coy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences."

Register by filling out the UDL Registration Form.
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CITI Program

Fresno State has joined the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide comprehensive research ethics education and training to faculty, students, and administrators.

For more information visit the CITI Webpage or view the CITI Program Flyer.

If you have any questions regarding the CITI Program, please contact our Research Compliance Officer, Svetlana Bagdasarov, at
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SEL TIP of the Month

Challenge yourself with the 4:1 (4 positive statements/interactions to every 1 negative statement/interaction) positive ratio challenge. When interacting with students in person or online, focus on positively stating what you want to see instead of focusing on what you don't want to see.
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The Lounge


Lead a Presentation

Do you have a topic you'd like to present? We have an opportunity for faculty to present in our Lounge during the upcoming spring semester.

To learn more about the Lounge or or schedule the session head over to the CFE Lounge webpage!
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