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LMS Review Open Forums

The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Academic Technology area in Technology Services are coordinating a wide-ranging review of Learning Management Systems vetted by last year's CSU-wide process. Those systems include:

Blackboard Ultra
Brightspace (D2L)

Join us at one of the Open Forums where results of our campus LMS review will be shared.

Dates: April 4th or 5th 
Time: 11:30 - 12:50 PM
Location: HML 2134

Additional information can be found on LMS Review webpage
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Faculty Spotlight


Amber Hammons  

This month's featured faculty member is Professor Hammons.

To view our previous faculty stories visit the Faculty Stories page. 
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GE Information Meeting


Beginning in Fall 2018, all faculty who teach GE courses will be required to indicate a minimum of one assignment that directly aligns with and measures one of the GE student learning outcomes for the appropriate Area (GE A1, A2, B4, C2, etc.).
This informal presentation will give background on the GE ePortfolio requirement for all incoming students as of Fall 2018 which led to the new requirement for syllabi.

The workshop will also give specific examples of the minor changes necessary to faculty syllabi to fulfill this requirement. APM 215, a new section at the end of the existing section on GE, describes all aspects of the new GE ePortfolio requirement.

Time: 12 - 1 PM
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 
Location: Lounge at Center for Faculty Excellence

Time: 5 - 6 PM 
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Location: Lounge at Center for Faculty Excellence

If you are unable to attend any of the following meetings, please email Melissa Jordine ( 
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Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT

Learn the Pedagogies and Strategies of Successful Online Instructors

This course is offered through the CSU Academic Technology Services and is intended for instructors interested in teaching online or blended courses.  Participants will collaborate with peers from other CSUs as they engage with the QLT Instrument and share best practices for creating high quality courses. 

Dates: Online  June 18th - July 8th

Visit the Quality Assurance for blended and online course webpage for additional details. 

For questions, contact Mary Bennett (
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Affordable Learning Solutions

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) are programs that builds on the rapid emergence of high quality, digitally delivered content that enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable, quality educational content for their students.

Faculty who saved students 30% or more on their course materials this Spring 2018 semester are eligible for professional development funds. You can learn more about this opportunity here.

Refer to the Affordable Learning Solutions webpage for more information.
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Information Security: Partner with IT to Protect Sensitive Data


Enroll in 2-Step Today!

To enroll click here.

As university employees, we are all responsible for protecting the sensitive information that we collect from students, community members, and business partners alike.  Whether serving as a department assistant, health services professional, or in many other roles, we must ensure proper handling of confidential data as part our daily routines.

Why are we implementing 2-Step Verification?
2-Step Verification protects accounts against phishing, social engineering, password attacks and secures your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials.  2-Step Verification with DUO is designed to protect your account by making it harder for a hacker to masquerade as an authorized user.  2-Step Verification will add a second level of protection to your account and the sensitive data you access to remain protected, even if your credentials are stolen.

Technology Services has started implementing 2-Step Verification at Fresno State in phases.
The first groups were early adopters and those with access to Fresno State’s Common Financial System [CFS].  Our goal is to have all employees, faculty, staff and student assistants, using 2-Step Verification by the end of 2018. 

To learn more view the full page 2-Step Verification Sheet.
You can also learn more by watching the short  Fresno State 2-Step Verification Video or visiting the Two-Factor Authentication website.

CSU Symposium on University Teaching/PolyTeach Joint Conference

The conference theme is “Productive Disruption” -- what are we doing in our classrooms or with our students that’s out of the ordinary and helps them think more deeply, achieve more ambitiously, and succeed more forthrightly?  Along with plenty of time for networking and collegial conversation.
Friday, April 13, 2018
"Flipping the Classroom"
"Active Learning with iClicker" 
"Accessibility: Create productive materials, not disruptive experiences"

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Breakfast with faculty poster presentation session & poster plenary discussion
Faculty oral presentations in concurrent sessions
Plenary Keynote - Uri Treisman
Friday is free to the Cal Poly Pomona community, and Saturday is a very reasonable $30 plus small handling fee, so this is a good value conference!   
Please see the website for more information, the conference program, and to register:
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Blackboard Ally


New Information on Ally!

Find new information about Bb Ally. A great new tool for making your content accessible.

Located on Blackboard under the Faculty Forum.

Let us help! Visit Center for Faculty Excellence
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Photography Workshops

Want to learn more about photography? Here’s your chance!

Register now for these workshops:
  • Photography – Basics: April 10, (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Photography – Composition:  April 12, (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Photography – Basics: April 16, (1:30 – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Photography – Composition: April 23, (1:30 – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Photography – Multiple Exposures:
    April 25, (1:30 – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Photography – Panoramas:
    May 2, (1:30 – 3:00 p.m.)

 Contact Terry Garvin ( if you have any questions.
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Project Based Learning with Tutors from Learning Center

Faculty Collaborators are Needed 

The Learning Center tutoring program is stepping into a new innovative practice in the co-curricular learning space. Tutors will now design and facilitate Project Based Learning (PBL) on a concept(s) in specific courses. 

Faculty collaborators are needed to provide tutors with feedback on outlines as well as encourage students to participate in PBL activity in the Learning Center. 

For more information on scheduled project-based dates, contact William Hardaway, Tutor Coordinator, 
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Publishing Your Research

Writing Marathon

A community of faculty dedicated to regular research and writing with the goal of submitting a creative work or manuscript to a scholarly journal.  

Meeting Dates: 
Wed, April 4, 8:30AM-11:00AM
Saturday, April 7, 8:30AM-3:00PM
Monday, April 16, 8:30AM-12:30PM

Discover more at Faculty Learning Communities  webpage.
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Need Blackboard Help?

Contact the Academic Technology Resource Center or stop by their office on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library.

Monday- Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM
HML 2131
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Tech Lending @ Henry Madden Library

Borrow Equipment from the Library

Check out the Tech Lending site for more information and to see what else the Library has to offer.
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Summer 2018 - Faculty & Staff Writing Retreat

Drop-in and Self Guide

Did you get all your writing done this year? Do you have copious amounts of time? Do you have a set writing routine? Did you publish those 3 peer reviewed articles? Well, neither do we. Never fear you are now invited to a FREE faculty and staff Summer Writing Retreat that is self- guided and drop in.
What you Get:
  • Drop-in as needed
  • Self-Directed writing space
  • Writing pointers and tips
  • Goal settings
  • Comradery of other faculty and staff writers
Date: Monday - Thursday & some Saturday (May 29 - August 3, 2018) 
Location: Henry Madden Library, Room 2132

For questions, contact Jenny Banh, PhD ( Please include Summer 2018 Writing Retreat: Name & Department as the subject title. 

David Sedlak


Water 4.0 author speaks at Fresno State

Turn on the faucet, and water pours out. Pull out the drain plug, and the dirty water disappears. Most of us give little thought to the hidden systems that bring us water and take it away when we’re done with it. But these underappreciated marvels of engineering face an array of challenges that cannot be solved without a fundamental change to our relationship with water. Students, faculty, and staff across Fresno State have been reading David Sedlak's book Water 4.0 this semester.

Come hear the author speak when he visits campus April 12!

For more information, visit the Water Cohort webpage.
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Service-Learning Course Redesign Grant

Apply Now!

The Richter Center is now accepting applications for the 2018 Service-Learning Course Redesign Intensive.  This one-week intensive will take place May 21-25, 2018.  This associated grant provides a $1,500 summer stipend for participating team members and $5,000 grant to the department for successful completion of all requirements.  

Find the full Request for Proposals at Faculty Service-Learning Resources webpage.

For additional information contact Chris Fiorentino, Director of Richter Center.  

Contact info:

Lessons from the Lounge

Upcoming Lessons:
Friday, April 6, (12:00 - 1:00 PM)iClickers in the Classroom
Friday, April 20,(12:00 - 1:00 PM) Google for Teaching 
Friday, May 4, (12:00 - 1:00 PM) - Blackboard Ally and How it Helps You

Visit the Lounge for more lessons. 
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SEL TIP of the Month

Take time for yourself to rest. Encourage your students to do the same.  One suggestion of how to make time for yourself, is to schedule it on your calendar at least once a week.

Contributed by Dr. Jessica Hannigan.
Twitter @Jess_hannigan
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