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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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Stop AAPI Hate

Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Together, we can stop it.

Learn more about how to stop the hate by visiting the website, Stop AAPI

Canvas Checklist

End of the Semester Checklist


As the end of the semester approaches use the Canvas End of the Semester Checklist to help make sure all things are in order for your courses.
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Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Register Now!
Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021
Transforming your Teaching with Resilient Course Design
June 7 - 27
July 5 - 25
July 26 - Aug 15
Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT
June 7 - 27
July 5 - 25
Advanced QLT Course in Teaching Online
June 7 - 27
July 5 - 25
July 26 - Aug 15

To learn more, visit the Summer Workshops webpage.
Transfer your videos to Panopto

Request Content Migration Now Before It's Too Late!

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.
Canvas Quizzes

Prepare for Final Exams

May 10 - 13

With the semester racing to a close with final examination days, make sure to submit a test creation work order to have a Canvas Quiz deploy in your course! As always, we highly encourage all submitted files to follow the proper formatting guide.

For addition tips, guides and questions, refer to:
Faculty Toolbox on Canvas
Academic Technology Resource Center - Zoom Support

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Drop/Withdrawal Form Is Now On DocuSign

The Drop/Withdrawal form is now available as an electronic PowerForm via DocuSign.  The form was created within the Office of the University Registrar and is tied to a staff members account as the power user.  For more information and common FAQs view the Drop/Withdrawal Info Sheet. For a video guide, visit the Office of the University Registar's webiste.

It is available on the Office of the University Registrar’s form webpage. You can also use this direct link to the Drop/Withdrawal form.

Open Educational Resources

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.

Academic Senate Recommendations

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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Accessible Instructional Material -
AIM Software

Services for Students with Disabilities is excited to announce the implementation of a new software that will help streamline the accommodation process for both students and faculty, and will allow SSD to be paperless! Through the use of an online portal, the AIM software allows students to request their accommodations more efficiently, and allows faculty to view all of their enrolled students and their accommodations in one location!  We are thrilled to introduce this new software to the campus and hope that you will join us in upcoming training sessions.

More information to come.

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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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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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