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February News

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Red Friday

Food, Prizes and more! 

This month, Faculty Affairs and the Center for Faculty Excellence will be hosting Red Friday. We encourage every attendee to wear your Fresno State gear and meet us on Friday, February 2, 2018. 

Date: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Time: 9 AM - 10 AM 
Location: University Student Union Pavillion 
Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight


Miguel A. Perez 

This month's featured faculty member is Professor Miguel A. Perez. 

To view our previous faculty stories visit the Faculty Stories page. 
Spirit of Service Award

Spirit of Service Award


Nominations Are Now Open


The Faculty / Staff Spirit of Service Award recognizes a Fresno State faculty or staff member who has excelled in service to the community outside of their job duties. The award may be presented annually should an appropriate honoree be identified. Self-nominations are accepted. Applications are due by February 9, 2018 at 5:00PM. 

Please use the following link to submit a nomination:

Fresno State Distance Education and Online Learning

Distance Education: State Almanac 2017 

Fresno State was ranked fourth in California for enrollment growth in distance education and online learning from 2012 - 2015.

One of our center's highest priorities is to provide Quality Assurance training for all faculty members involved in distance education and online learning.
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GE Informational Meetings

 Beginning in Fall 2018, 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.).

March 16 at 10:00, a.m.
April 12 at noon,
April 18 at 5:00 p.m.

This workshop will give background on the GE ePortfolio requirement for all incoming students as of Fall 2018 which led to the new requirement for syllabi.

This workshop will also give specific examples of the minor changes necessary to faculty syllabi to fulfill this requirement.

APM 215, a new section at the end of the existing section on GE, describes all aspects of the new GE ePortfolio requirement.  

If you are unable to attend the meetings, please email Melissa Jordine (
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Accessibility Tip


Simplify Your Table Structure

Screen readers read each cell of a table from left to right and from top to bottom, so the simpler, the better. If you use tables in your ancillary materials or in Blackboard, simplify your table structure. Whenever possible, avoid nesting
tables within tables or using spanned rows or columns.

Let us help! Visit Center for Faculty Excellence
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Suit Up 2.0


Help our students dress for success!

Student success means dressing the part.  Students, faculty and staff at Fresno State are invited to attend a special Suit Up event.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
Location: JC Penney at Fashion Fair Mall

The store will be open only to Fresno State for deep discounted shopping on professional clothing.
Please share with your students.  Let's fill the store Fresno State!

For additional information, contact Debbie Young, Director of Career Development Center.
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Affordable Learning Solutions

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) are programs that builds on the rapid emergence of high quality, digitally delivered content that enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable, quality educational content for their students.

Faculty who saved students 30% or more on their course materials this Spring 2018 semester are eligible for professional development funds. You can learn more about this opportunity here.

Refer to the Affordable Learning Solutions webpage for more information.
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Request a 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!

Visit our Training Opportunities webpage.
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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 to schedule a session, head over to the CFE Lounge webpage!
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Lessons from the Lounge

This semester, CFE is focusing on Lessons from the Lounge instead of their hands-on workshops.
See what's in store!

Refer to the schedule below:
The Lounge
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Teaching with Tech


Question Competition

Create a Blackboard ‘test’ from a question pool to engage students and encourage collaborative review. Have a small group competition to see how many questions teams can answer correctly in a limited amount of time. You could even dock points for wrong answers.

Let us help! Visit Center for Faculty Excellence
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Online Learning Consortium Workshops

Refer to the Online Learning Consortium webpage for more information on the workshops.

Request to be registered by contacting Carmen Chapman

*Please note registration deadlines.
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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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LMS Review Open Forums

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Brightspace (D2L)

Please join us at one of the Open Forums where results of our campus LMS review will be shared.

Date: April 4th or 5th 
Time: 11:30 - 12:50 PM
Location: HML 2134

Additional information can be found on LMS Review webpage
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Need Blackboard Help?

Faculty & students can contact the Academic Technology Resource Center (559-278-7373) or stop by their office on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library (HML 2131).

Monday- Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM.
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SEL TIP of the Month

Embed social-emotional learning challenge exercises in your course for yourself and your students. This can be called “Take five for yourself” challenge. For example, in this time or space, provide an opportunity for students to take five minutes to learn about and practice relaxation strategies such as guided imagery.

SEL Tips contributed by Dr. Jessica Hannigan.
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