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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 […]

Pathways to Learning

Pathways to Learning

I have been immersed in online course development for almost a year.  My primary role is that of an Instructional Designer for the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership or CODEL, a fully online Ed.D. program facilitated by both Fresno State and CSUCI.  I work closely with each faculty member in the planning, design, creation, […]

Bridging the Gap with Technology

Bridging the Gap with Technology

Fall 2017 was my first semester teaching at CI. Prior to joining the faculty here, my teaching experience was mostly in the online environment with graduate students. I thought that I was well prepared to teach an online upper division Health Science program course. I was wrong. Though the class was online, it was different […]

A Little Inspiration

A Little Inspiration

This week, I was honored when one of my CI colleagues, Safa Khan, gave a fabulous little book, “Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration” by Simon Sinek. This book is about teams, leadership, goals, and innovation. The following quotes helped me get up and get going today. They helped me go back to […]

Invention & Innovation Hub

Invention & Innovation Hub

At CSU Channel Islands, the California Institute of Social Business (CISB) in collaboration with Muhammad Yunus, the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Institute (ESBI), and the STEMe program[1] have been teaching students entrepreneurial skills and inspiring them to think about using their lives to address global and local challenges. Core to this mission has been high-impact […]

Grading with Rubrics

Grading with Rubrics

I can hear the groans already: “Not another rubric pusher!  Enough with this cockamamie writing-instructor stuff!”  But I am neither a traditional rubric pusher nor a writing instructor.  Instead, I am an art historian who had never graded successfully with rubrics before trying them out in Canvas—and now I absolutely swear by them for Canvas […]

Extra Credit in Canvas

Extra Credit in Canvas

Many of us award extra credit in our courses.  As an art historian, I like to encourage students to visit museums and galleries, attend artists’ talks, watch documentaries, and engage in other co-curricular activities in the world of the visual arts.  It’s very easy to incorporate extra credit into grade calculations when one is grading […]

Building Assignments in Canvas

Building Assignments in Canvas

“But I want my students to learn to keep their own calendars.  Auto-scheduling assignments for them doesn’t support this life skill.” This was a colleague’s comment earlier this year as I was touting the benefits of building assignments in Canvas.  She collects papers in hard copy and had planned to provide students with PDF assignments […]

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