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CSU Symposium 

Educating our Golden State - Reaching the Next Generation of Californians

Saturday, March 9, 2019
North Gym 118

Register now!!!
CSU Symposium Registration

Learn more at CSU Symposium website.
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Faculty Spotlight

Shahab Tayeb

This month's featured faculty member is Professor Tayeb.

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

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, the transition timeline, 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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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 highlight 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.

All 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, February 7th
Veena Howard, Department of Philosophy
2017-2018 Recipent of the Promising New Faculty Award

Thursday, March 7th
Zhanna Bagdasarov, Department of Management
2017-2018 Recipient of the Promising New Faculty Award

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.
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Welcome New Lecturers!

Open House Celebration and a brief introduction to campus for our new lecturers for the 2018-2019 academic year.

New lecturers are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to build connections and explore resources that support your success and the success of your students.  Learn about campus resources to enhance teaching, embrace technology, and create a dynamic environment.  After a brief welcome at 3 p.m., you will have an opportunity to mingle and meet those who can help you in your new position at Fresno State.

When: February 12th at 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Center for Faculty Excellence - HML 2134
Refreshments will be served!

Hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs
RSVP requested by Feb. 8 to  
Subject: Celebrate 2019
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AAC&U's Webinars

Save the Date

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is pleased to share our 2019 Webinars for Spring and Summer, moderated by AAC&U Senior Staff. The webinars will feature various perspectives on the big issues facing higher education today. Webinar registration is free for association members. All AAC&U webinars are recorded.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders to Confront Racism
Wednesday, March 6
3:00 - 4:00 pm

The Evolving Contributions of Teaching Centers in Rewriting the Value Narrative of Education
Tuesday, March 19
2:00 - 3:00 pm

We look forward to connecting with you at one of this year’s webinar events! If you have any questions, please email
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Faculty Center Flagship Workshop: Online Teaching at Its Best!

Come one, come all, the more the merrier - no charge

You are cordially invited to attend Linda Nilson’s workshop “Online Teaching at Its Best,” based on her brand new book!  You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much about online teaching is relevant to great face to face teaching, and vice versa.  Linda is one of my favorite speakers and workshop leaders, with tons of research-based insight and more energy and enthusiasm than a romp of otters.

Friday, March 22, 2019, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cal Poly Pomona, Ursa Minor Room in the Bronco Student Center

We’ll also feature brief talks by our four fabulous 2019 Wall of COOL faculty

Register for the workshop!
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