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Lessons from the Lounge 

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

Create accessible documents and PDFs from Google Docs. With Grackle you can easily pinpoint any accessibility changed that need to be made along with step-by-step instructions on how to make your Google documents more accessible.

Friday, October 11, 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 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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Faculty Spotlight

Gary P. Gilroy

This month's featured faculty member is Dr. Gary P. Gilroy.  

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

DISCOVERe provides faculty the opportunity to transform the learning experience for students by leveraging technology in face-to-face classrooms. By exploring different technology integration frameworks, faculty select and adapt appropriate technology that aligns with their pedagogy and course learning outcomes to enhance student engagement. If you are interested in participating in the next cohort make sure to register and attend one of these info sessions. 
  • Thursday, October 10, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m., HML2134 in the Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., HML2134 in the Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Monday, October 21, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., HML2134 in the Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Wednesday, October 23, 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. ONLINE USING ZOOM. We will send you a link to the virtual session
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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, 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. 

Monday - Friday, October 21, 2019 - October 25, 2019 - Open Access Week

The Center for Faculty Excellence is pleased to invite you to explore and celebrate reducing the cost of course materials for students. Food will be provided at each event for those who register and attend in person. Join our OER Faculty Fellow Dr. Vera Kennedy along with other committed OER librarians and faculty at Fresno State.The event will take place in the Henry Madden Library in room 2134 and you can also attend virtually via Zoom.

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
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If you have completed Q1 Introduction to Teaching Online, have online/blended teaching experience, and are interested in being a peer-reviewer of online courses consider registering for Q2 Reviewing Courses using the QLT Instrument.

CSU Quality Assurance Program
Q2 Reviewing Courses using the QLT Instrument
Dates available
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 on 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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Student Ratings

Monday, October 14, 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. (HML 2134)
Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. (HML 2134)

Presenters will be members of the Task Force on Student Ratings.

For more information on this event, 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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Fresno State Student Apple Representative

An Apple Student Representative for Fresno State is available for 1:1 meetings, classroom demonstrations on Apple devices and resources, and to answer any questions you may have regarding Apple technology. This includes both personal and work Apple devices.

Please fill out this form if you would like to be contacted.


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October 10th and 11th, 2019

Featured keynote speakers
Ramsey Jay Jr. (October 10, 3 pm, Peters Business Room 191)
Rev. James Lawson (October 10. 6 pm, Satellite Student Union)
Dolores Huerta (October 11, 9 am, Peters Business Building 191)
Nipun Mehta (October 11, 4:15 pm, Peters Business Building 191) 
For full itinerary, click here 

All events are free and open to the public. 
For more information on this event, click here
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Health and Counseling Center 

The Student Health and Counseling Center provides a variety of health and wellness related presentations upon request.
Invite us to present in your classroom. Once your request is submitted, you will be contacted within one week by a member of our Wellness Services Team. We do request a minimum audience of 10 - 15 students to fulfill a request.

To request a presentation, click here.

For more information, please call 559.278.6727.
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