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Composing Community: the Evolution and Adaptation of CSUCI’s Composition Program

Composing Community: the Evolution and Adaptation of CSUCI’s Composition Program

I joined CSUCI’s innovative first year composition program in the fall of 2005, just two years after the campus began welcoming first year students. Our students were taught by six full-time faculty committed to doing things differently. That included never offering remedial writing courses and working as a team to develop curriculum and assess the […]

TLI Spotlight: Michael McGarry

TLI Spotlight: Michael McGarry

This is part 2 in a series of blog posts to highlight the work of our Teaching & Learning Innovations team. Each team member was asked to write a post about the work of one of their colleagues. Michael McGarry describes his journey to becoming the Instructional Technology Lead at CSU Channel Islands as “weird” […]

TLI Spotlight: Megan Eberhardt-Alstot

TLI Spotlight: Megan Eberhardt-Alstot

This is part 1 in a series of blog posts to highlight the work of our Teaching & Learning Innovations team. Each team member was asked to write a post about the work of one of their colleagues. When I first met Megan Eberhardt-Alstot and asked her about her work, a smile lit her face […]

Teaching, Inquiry, and Technology

Teaching, Inquiry, and Technology

MOOC mania is toast. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were expected to fundamentally change higher education. Clarissa Shen, Vice President of MOOC giant Udacity, recently conceded that MOOCs “are dead.” In their salad days, MOOCs would deliver the lectures of the “best faculty” to campuses around the US and the world. University administrators salivated at […]

Inspired by Openness

Inspired by Openness

Over the past few weeks, I have been in the role of a student.  Along with Jaime Hannans and Jacob Jenkins,  I am participating in the 10 week Creative Commons Certificate program. We decided to take part in this 10 week program to improve our knowledge of Creative Commons licensing as it pertains to our […]

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 […]

Time for Reflection

Time for Reflection

Dear Colleagues, This past week has been a very stressful and trying time for our campus community. I know many of you, like myself are contemplating how we will move forward. There is much that will be done in the local community and across campus to help us process and heal from these tragic events, but […]

Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into Google Classroom

Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into Google Classroom

The Google Classroom environment offers easy access for teachers who wish to collaborate on the development instructional materials to be shared among colleagues. This increasingly pervasive virtual workspace offers a unique opportunity for teacher candidates to work together on the creation of materials which meet the needs of a variety of learners. The Read & […]

Trick or Treat?  What Course Review Is and Is Not

Trick or Treat? What Course Review Is and Is Not

What scares you? Really terrifies you? For me, it’s criticism. Recently I shared an online course with someone whose work I greatly respect and admire.  I moused over the ‘send’ button on the email, and literally paused. More terrifying than any B-Rated slasher flick, were the ‘What if’s’ that flooded my conscious: What if it’s […]

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