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Spring 2021

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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Fresno State Student Ratings of Instruction (FSSRI)

April 26 - 30 is Student Ratings Week! 

It's almost time to get student feedback about this semester's classes using the official and anonymous system for student ratings - FSSRI.

Starting March 29, faculty will have three weeks to: opt out of classes (if allowed by their department); restrict the dates the questionnaire will be available to students; and, select their items for inclusion. Consider opting out of lab classes that are attached to a lecture, independent study, and thesis classes. 

This year, April 26 - 30 is scheduled to be Student Ratings Week, during which we will promote the process to the campus. Please keep your ratings available during that week at least, monitor your response rates, provide protected time at the beginning of class in synchronous classes, and convince your students that you want their feedback and intend to use it. 

Visit the Student Ratings website for more information.
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Inclusive Teaching and Learning (ITL) Certificate


The goal of this asynchronous self-paced course is to create opportunities for faculty to engage in ongoing reflection, revision, and implementation of the following components into their own courses.

The course will be open March 15th - April 30th and is open to all faculty members. A micro-credential badge can be earned for each of the six areas. Faculty who complete 5 of the 6 modules will earn the Inclusive Teaching and Learning Badge and Certificate. Each of the modules will require approximately 3-4 hours to complete.

Goals for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (ITL) Certificate
  • Create opportunities for faculty to engage in ongoing reflection, revision, and implementation of the Inclusive Teaching and Learning Certificate components into their own courses.
  • Develop strategies for getting to know your students and strengthening instructor presence.
  • Explore alternative assessments strategies and ensure they are fair, equitable, and suitable for the online environment.
  • Examine strategies for developing an online course through a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens.
  • Understand the implications for the use of Open Educational Resources and copyright compliance in higher education
  • Research best practice, tools, and insights that cultivate diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice in higher education.
Use the following link to register: ITL Certificate Registration
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Moving to Panopto


The Fresno State Streaming Server is moving to Panopto

Content on the streaming server will be available for use in Canvas course only until June 30, 2021. With Adobe Flash Player no longer supported and maintained, videos on the streaming server are not guaranteed viewable and may experience unexpected problems. 

We encourage all users to begin using Panopto for all new course content. Panopto is our new online video platform that is seamlessly integrated with Canvas.

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

Get started with Panopto by visiting the CFE tools for teaching webpage.
Discover more about Panopto from the how to video community.
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Technology Tip for Today
Record directly from Zoom to Panopto
Embed the Recording into Canvas

Enable cloud recording to seamlessly have Zoom meetings recorded into Panopto without the need to download and manually upload videos.
  1. Recording meeting to cloud.
  2. After the meeting ends, email notification will sent that Zoom has finished processing the recording.
  3. Check 'Meeting Recordings' folder on Panopto.
  4. Make edits to the video and share with course on Canvas.
Watch our step-by-step guide on how to record from Zoom to Panopto and then embed the video on Canvas (5:31). Leverage the smart chapters to navigate to specific timestamps of the video. Captioning for the video is also available.
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Open Education Resources News


Open Education Conference Highlights

The Open Education Conference 2020 was held virtually from November 9-13, and recordings from many conference sessions are now available for anyone to view! Some recommended highlights:

Using Open Content to Create a Culturally Relevant Classroom
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“Because it is openly licensed, OER can be adapted by faculty or students in ways that reflect students’ experiences and cultural identities and support the culturally relevant classroom.”

Open Educational Resources as Tools to Foster Equity
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“By promoting access to quality learning materials, being adaptable to student needs and inclusive of diverse communities and people, and providing opportunities to underrepresented groups to share their knowledge and voice, OER serve as a tool to improve teaching and learning and promote social justice in higher education classrooms.”

Reimagining Inclusive Design/Policies with OER & Open Pedagogy:
Going Beyond Affordability

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“Anti-Racism, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice are at the forefront of our societal conscience as we navigate these turbulent times. … This discussion will lead participants through examples showing how OER and Open Pedagogy can be incorporated in this important work.”

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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California Faculty Association Equity Conference


Connecting for Co-Liberation Returns on March 10th

CFA is hosting a virtual Equity Conference spanning March 10-13. This year, they will continue to explore the theme of Connecting for Co-Liberation.
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Teaching Online at Fresno State

APM 206 Policies and Procedures on Technology Mediated Courses and Programs was approved in Spring 2018. The policy states that faculty who will be teaching online or blended courses (beyond 20% of the entire course) must successfully complete the required online training. 
Fresno State has adopted the CSU Quality Learning and Teaching Instrument (QLT) for quality assurance of online and blended courses. 

Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument (Q1): 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. 

Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Instrument (Q2): This course provides an in-depth experience with the QLT instrument and how to use objective-based examples to support reviewing and informing blended-online courses and is designed for those with prior knowledge of and practice with the QLT instrument. 

Advanced QLT Course in Teaching Online (Q3): This course is in alignment with course objectives, incorporates social presence, equity-minded strategies, active learning pedagogy, and formative assessments. Participants will complete a QLT Core-24 self-review on their own course for reflection to guide them as they progress through the course and assist in the development of their final project.

For more information on the courses and to register visit the QA training page


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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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Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)


Language Diversity in the Writing Classroom (Friday, March 19, 10 am):
This workshop will explore ways that faculty can engage students' language diversity in the writing classroom as a resource, rather than a hindrance or deficit. We will look at how to scaffold writing and language concepts within instructors' disciplines to maximize learning while still using best practices. 

Time: March 19, 2021
Date: 10:00 am Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 820 1556 0334
Passcode: 134357

W Course Syllabus- and Assignment-Building (Tuesday, April 20, 2 pm):
This workshop is designed to help faculty develop, workshop, and troubleshoot W-course syllabi and sequencing of assignments, as well as refine the learning goals and outcomes for their courses.

Time: April 20, 2021
Date: 2:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 819 4170 3299
Passcode: 662212

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Spring 2021 HIPS Symposium

Faculty, mark your syllabi and calendars and register your classes for the online end-of-semester symposium (HIP symposium). The event gives students a chance to share their high-impact learning experiences with the community.  All faculty and course-types are welcome, with faculty able to sign their courses up for end-of-semester-student-presentations by clicking here

Similar to last semester, Spring 2021’s end-of-semester event will be held online, with student video and poster presentations going live for peer review on Friday, May 7th. 
More information about this and our previous HIP symposium events are available through our website.  This Spring’s event is jointly supported by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, the Career Center, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the College of Social Sciences. 

Questions can be sent to

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Deepening Reflection and Learning

This virtual workshop for faculty on Deepening Reflection and Learning is hosted by Center for Community Engagement Faculty Fellows Dr. Michael Cohen and Dr. Susan Campbell.

Date: April 7, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Register Now!
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Follett Discover
Course Materials Made Smarter

Follett Discover is a comprehensive set of tools enabling hassle-free access for instructors and students to all course materials. Instructors can use their tool to research, discover and adopt course materials with ease — while students are better prepared for class by having easy access to purchase and manage their course materials quickly and effectively.
  • Search, view recommendations and adopt traditional and nontraditional materials, including YouTube videos, open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) content
  • Easily view related course materials, including what other faculty members are using
  • Immediately readopt previously used materials
  • Read and respond to peer reviews 
  • Build a personalized collection of reference materials
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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.

Support email:

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