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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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Moving to Panopto


The Fresno State Streaming Server is moving to Panopto

The Streaming Server is still available for existing content but the ability to upload new content has been removed. Content on the server will be available for use in Canvas course through June 30, 2021. We encourage all users to begin using Panopto for all new course content.

Please fill out this migration request form to move media content from the Streaming Server to Panopto
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Record, share and manage videos securely!

Panopto is our new online video platform that is seamlessly integrated with Canvas. Panopto can:

Embed and share videos
Record lecture captures
Automatically caption videos
Centralize media files

Get started with best practices by visiting the CFE tools for teaching webpage.
Discover more about Panopto from the How to video community.

Open Educational Resources

Open Education Resources News

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs released a second edition of their report on textbook costs this summer, titled Fixing the Broken Textbook Market. Some of their findings can be view here.
A 2019 survey of Fresno State students asked similar questions and found that three in four students skipped buying course materials, even though they worried it would hurt their grade, and over half said textbooks costs affected which courses they decided to take.
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.

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. 

March QA training is open for registration!

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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Making Inclusive Materials a Click Away

Ally is active in 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.

Resources on accessibility with Ally can be discovered at:
Ally on Canvas

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Screenings: Feb. 12 - 15, 2021

The African Diaspora International Film Festival will celebrate Black History Month virtually nationwide from Feb. 12 to the 15 with a selection of films about the multiple dimensions of Black History.   

The selection of 16 fiction and documentary films from 14 different countries offers a global perspective on significant historical moments in the life of people of African descent worldwide.

"A Conversation with Yoruba Richen"

For more information on Black History Month, click here

No Better Time Than Now
Virtual Live Leadership Conference

Join us Feb. 23-25 for a virtual, live 3-day Central Valley leadership conference filled with popular keynote speakers and LOTS of breakout sessions designed to meet the needs of education leaders during this unique and challenging time. 
Share, learn, grow, and prepare to Lean Forward - There are Opportunities Ahead! 

Registration Fee is $185 (per person for all 3 days - no additional fees) 
Register Now -- Pay Later 

For more information, click here.

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. 

Topic: Language Diversity in the Writing Classroom (Friday, March 19, 10 am)
Time: Mar 19, 2021, 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 1556 0334
Passcode: 134357

Topic: 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: Apr 20, 2021, 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 819 4170 3299
Passcode: 662212

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 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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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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Technology Tip for Today
Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus Lockdown is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas and prohibits the user to print, copy, transverse to another webpage or access other applications. This feature is readily available within Canvas and can be easily enabled for any quiz.

If students are unable to log into Canvas through the Respondus Lockdown browser, please leverage the remember me for 12 hours feature to verify through 2-Factor Authentication.

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Career Development Center Newsletter

The Career Development Center is excited to launch this newsletter and ready to partner with you throughout the year by bringing forward great virtual programming and opportunities for career development in and outside the classroom.

To view this month's edition of the Career Development Center newsletter, click here.
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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.

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