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Repositioning the North Star

Repositioning the North Star

At Convocation, President Beck shared how the North Star guided her to safety.  I have to admit, in light of recent events, I have felt a bit lost. Classes are suspended.  Our hearts are broken. We want the best for our students emotionally and academically. How do we proceed? Wednesday morning, several of our Teaching […]

“INTERNETional” Travel: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ LO in a Study-Abroad Course

“INTERNETional” Travel: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ LO in a Study-Abroad Course

Background In an ever-increasingly interconnected world, providing study-abroad experiences to our undergraduate and graduate students seems to be a must, to develop much sought after intercultural competencies. Data released by the Institute of International Education shows that the number of US students that received academic credit for their study abroad courses increased by 3.8% in 2015/2016. Similarly, […]

Faculty Gathering – February 2018

Faculty Gathering – February 2018

Our first Online & Blended Faculty Gathering of 2018 took place last Friday. What a great reunion of new and familiar faces. We shared the challenges of communicating effectively with students online but also in our face to face classes. Fortunately, a lot of good ideas were shared and we left with some quick easy […]

ONLINE & BLENDED FACULTY MONTHLY GATHERING – NOVEMBER

ONLINE & BLENDED FACULTY MONTHLY GATHERING – NOVEMBER

Last Friday, during our monthly Faculty Gathering we discussed Open Educational Resources (OER) and openCI. openCI is the name for the targeted CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) effort on campus addressing textbook affordability for students. Jill Leafstedt  and Jaime Hannans reviewed last year’s openCI’s accomplishments and challenges. During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, students saved $259,151, benefitting 2,053 students […]

Online & Blended Faculty Monthly Gathering – September

Online & Blended Faculty Monthly Gathering – September

Last Friday, we kicked off our monthly Faculty Gathering series with an inspiring conversation lead by our Canvas Mentor, Alison Perchuk Assistant Professor of Art and Ekin Pehlivan, Assistant Professor of Marketing. Both have been using Canvas since early this year. Dr. Perchuk shared her personal progression from thinking of Canvas as just another type […]

Online & Blended Community Gathering – CI Learn 2.0 – Learning & Teaching with Canvas

Online & Blended Community Gathering – CI Learn 2.0 – Learning & Teaching with Canvas

During our April Gathering we focused the discussion on our soon-to-be new Learning Management System Canvas. Canvas pilot participants were joined by faculty totally new to the platform and even by some friends from our local Community Colleges (thanks Matt!). We learned how faculty is using the Dashboard to better understand students’ involvement (thanks Prof. Ekin), how […]

Online & Blended Community Monthly Gathering – Tools for Humanized and Connected Learning

Online & Blended Community Monthly Gathering – Tools for Humanized and Connected Learning

What a great gathering we had this month!  We had new faces joining us and a big number of attendees participating remotely via ZOOM. Kudos to those that were using this tool for the first time! We discussed and shared some of the digital tools that are enhancing our courses (no matter their modality!): Google Sites, Canvas, Canva (not, not the same) […]

Online & Blended Community February Gathering – Teaching Blended: Struggles & Successes

Online & Blended Community February Gathering – Teaching Blended: Struggles & Successes

Yesterday, we kicked off our monthly Online and Blended Faculty Community gatherings. Blended Learning Preparation Program (BLPP) graduates and new faculty got together to discuss successes and struggles with teaching blended classes. We learned about diverse, innovative and challenging blended class designs. Participants highlighted the deeper connections that they have been able to establish with […]

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