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All Things Canvas 

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Hands-On Workshops

Getting Started with Canvas
This workshop is intended to give you the basic tools necessary to build your course content in Canvas.

Tuesday, September 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2134)

Cleaning Up your Canvas Course
This workshop covers hiding the areas that aren't needed, cleaning up your files area as well as the assignments and quizzes and generally getting your course ready for prime time!

Tuesday, September 3, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (HML 2134) 
Wednesday, September 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 

Communication and Collaboration in Canvas 
This workshop will cover the communication and collaboration tools in Canvas to help you manage your class and engage your students. 

Thursday, September 5, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (HML 2134) 
Friday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (HML 2134) 

Quizzes, Assignments, and Grading in Canvas 
This workshop offers an in-depth look at Canvas' Quiz feature which can be used for everything from general surveys to formal exams. 

Thursday, September 5, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (HML 2134) 
Friday, September 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 

Media and Canvas 
Learn about the array of multimedia content and tools that can be leveraged in your Canvas courses such as Fresno State's Streaming Video Server, YouTube videos, Camtasia, and more. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 

Other Hands-On Workshops 

GSuite for Teaching 
Learn the various ways you can incorporate Google into your teaching. 

Monday, September 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 
Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 

With Zoom, you can create a meeting and invite guests to join from their desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones or video conference systems. 

Monday, September 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 
Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2134) 

Register for all Hands-On Workshops here 

Lessons from the Lounge 
Join us for a overview on the following topics. No registration needed. 

Media in Canvas 
This lesson will cover uploading/creating images, audio, and video in the Rich-Content-Editor throughout Canvas

Friday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (HML 2134)

Canvas Apps 
Through the Canvas Teacher app, instructors are able to communicate with students, view courses, and grade student submission more efficiently through the SpeedGrader. 

Friday, September 27, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (HML 2134)

iClicker Reef Polling 
This session will give an overview of the latest version of iClicker Reef, the various question types that are available, and potential uses for using this student response system in class. 

Friday, October 11, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (HML 2134) 

Google Expeditions 
Learn how Google Expeditions harnesses the power of virtual reality to bring the world into the classroom. 

Friday, October 25, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (HML 2134) 

This lesson will cover the basic tools in Camtasia for recording a screen share, editing, and uploading to YouTube. 

Friday, November 22, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (HML 2134) 

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Canvas Faculty Toolbox 

The Faculty Toolbox is now available on Canvas. In the toolbox you will find a link to 'Growing with Canvas', a self-paced tutorial, faculty resources, a link and embed code for the Canvas Student Orientation, and much more! 

Self-enroll in the Faculty Toolbox to receive updated information and resources: Faculty Toolbox 

For additional information, follow the transition to Canvas
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Faculty Spotlight

Clare Frederick Anzoleaga

This month's featured faculty member is Professor Clare Frederick Anzoleaga.  

To view our previous faculty stories, visit the Faculty Stories page.
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Fall Open Educational Resources Seminars


Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available for use, remixing, and redistribution. 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Student Voices on OER
A panel discussion will explore diverse perspectives from students on their experiences with OER. The conversation centers around accessibility and use of OER course materials, costs savings, and impact on learning and success.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - The OER Syllabus 
The hands-on workshop will provide guidance on developing an OER course syllabus. Participants will receive an overview of relevant information to include in an OER syllabus such as course materials description and definition, requirements, location and access, prerequisite knowledge, use, and restrictions. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Teaching OER 
The session will examine open pedagogy and best practices. Faculty will explore methods for creating authentic experiences, collaborative learning, and humanizing the online environment. 

Lunch will be provided for Faculty who register.

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

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

Percentages are based on reduced face-to-face class time

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



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 
Dates available
September 30 - October 20, 2019
October 28 - November 17, 2019

Register for Teaching Online Training here

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 also highlights the accessibility concerns.
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Congratulations! to the faculty who completed the DiscoverE Program during the summer 2019. We wish them a great semester! 
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Service Learning Faculty Development Grants 

California State University, Fresno receives funding through a grant from the CSU Chancellor's office to support campus service-learning efforts. This funding is a result of overwhelming research demonstrating the value service-learning plays in scholarship, sound pedagogy, and in addressing the needs of the communities the CSU system serves. During the 2019-2020 school year, multi-session seminar will be held to educate faculty about high quality service-learning techniques and help them integrate these into their courses. Professional development funds of $600 are available to faculty members who fully participate in the multi-session faculty service-learning seminar. A maximum of eight mini-grants are available, and a brief application is required for consideration. 
For expectations and submission, click here
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EEOD Training for Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty Members 

The Office of Faculty Affairs is pleased to offer several Equal Employment Opportunity Designee (EEOD) trainings during the month of September. EEOD courses will train faculty members in providing a unique service to the University within the role of an Equal Employment Opportunity Designee. 

For more information regarding the trainings, click here
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Retention, Tenure & Promotion Workshops 

Welcome Faculty Members to Fall 2019! 
"Faculty Success is Student Success" 
Retention, Tenure & Promotion (RTP) workshops will be held during the months of September and October to assist Faculty and Faculty Mentors in developing a Working Personnel Action File (WPAF). The workshops have been designed to guide the Tenure Track Faculty member who would like to learn more about retention, tenure and promotion process from the second year through promotion to full professor. 

Morning, early afternoon and evening 1 hour workshops will be presented by the Office of Faculty Affairs and hosted in the comfort of the Center for Faculty Excellence. 

Registration is requested in lieu of not be mandatory. If you are interested in attending visit the Office of Faculty Affairs Calendar for event dates labeled RTP.
RTP Workshops:

For more information supporting Faculty Success please visit our website: "Faculty Success is Student Success" 

Please address questions and concerns to: 
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