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CFE December News

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Message from Dr. Nef


End of the semester updates including Consultation Days, Policy on Final Exams, Submission of Final Grades deadline for Fall 2017, and Blackboard end of the semester suggestions.

Visit the Fall 2017 Final Exam webpage for scheduled dates and times.

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TIP Conference 2018


Engaging Diverse Students Using Project Based Learning

The Center for Faculty Excellence hosts a semesterly conference on technology, innovation, and pedagogy. This year's conference will be held on January 11, 2018 from 11:30 - 2:30 and will focus on student engagement, classroom management, large lectures, and flipped classrooms. 

Our keynote speaker is Jon Corippo, the Director of Academic Innovation at CUE.

For more information and a brief overview of this years conference visit the CFE Conferences webpage.

To register for the upcoming TIP conference fill out the TIP 2018 Registration form.
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Faculty Spotlight


Joy Goto

This month's featured faculty member is Joy Goto!

To view our previous faculty stories visit the Faculty Stories page.
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Accessibility Tip


Make Your Online Materials Accessible

Make sure your videos are captioned. Closed Captions help most students. According to a national survey ( of 2,124 students, more than 70 percent of those without hearing impairments used the captioning, mostly as a learning aid.

For more information on accessibility visit the CFE Accessibility webpage.
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 Strengthen your skills as an online instructor

This certificate is designed for those faculty who are currently teaching a fully online or a hybrid/blended course. Through an interactive cohort, participants will enhance and strengthen current skills to become a more effective instructor in both the pedagogy and practices of online instruction. 

Program Dates are February 5 - May 11, 2018
Register for the workshop.

Learn more by visting the Online and Blended Teaching Webpage.
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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.

Refer to the Affordable Learning Solutions webpage for more information.
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Online Learning Consortium Workshops

Refer to the Online Learning Consortium webpage for more information on the workshops.

Request to be registered by contacting Carmen Chapman

*Please note registration deadlines.
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Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

The WAC Certificate Seminars are hands-on workshops where you'll develop assignments and classroom strategies that help your students produce more effective writing.
For more information about the certificate program view the WAC handout or visit the WAC information page.
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The Lounge


Lead a Presentation

Do you have a topic you'd like to present? We have an opportunity for faculty to present in our Lounge during the upcoming spring semester.

To learn more about the Lounge or or schedule the session head over to the CFE Lounge webpage!
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iClicker Update Clinic

Thursday, December 7 in the Center for Faculty Excellence. The two part clinic will include:

1. "I'm ready to start using iClicker Cloud!" workshop from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided!

Register for the iClicker workshop.

2. Open lab time from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Come meet with Steve Foster from iClicker. He will provide support for any instructor using iClicker Class or iClicker Cloud. He will also be checking the firmware on iClicker bases so bring your base with you!!

For more information contact JoLynne Blake at
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LMS Review Open Forums

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Brightspace (D2L)

Please join us at one of the Open forums where results of our campus LMS review will be shared.
April 4th or April 5th from 11:30 to 12:50 in HML 2134.

Additional information can be found on LMS Review webpage
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Request a Workshop

Does your department want to learn specific Blackboard features, how to utilize Google tools, or use other available programs? You can now request a workshop customized for you department!

Visit our Training Opportunities webpage.
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Teaching with Tech



Would you like to provide praise or encouragement to motivate your students? No time and too many students? Using the retention center in Bb, you can quickly identify student strengths and weaknesses and quickly send an email to multiple students offering encouragement, advice or praise.
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Need Blackboard Help?

Faculty & students can contact the Academic Technology Resource Center (559-278-7373) or stop by their office located on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library (HML 2131) Monday- Friday from 8am-5pm.
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What CFE Can Offer You

To find out about the services provided by the Center for Faculty Excellence view the CFE one-page infographic or the CFE website.
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SEL TIP of the Month

Stay present while teaching in person or online. Fully appreciate the classroom experiences, interactions, and discussions. Make it a habit to ask yourself “Am I here and ready to teach?” before each class. This will help you stay present with your students. 
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