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HumanizED Podcast

HumanizED Podcast

Announcing the HumanizED Podcast Teaching & Learning Innovations at CI is proud to introduce the launch of the HumanizED podcast. This podcast hosted by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, tells the stories of diverse students and those who serve them. The episodes will delve into provocative topics and unveil marginalized voices, in hopes of fostering connection and empathy through […]

Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP) is a Course on Effective Teaching (and a Little Technology)

Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP) is a Course on Effective Teaching (and a Little Technology)

 “Education is the kindling of a flame. Not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates Student centered learning is the main stated mission for California State University – Channel Islands (CSUCI). This is a lofty goal and is often a challenge to implement. Less planning is required when creating an instructor driven lecture that requires […]

Takeaways from Piloting Canvas

Takeaways from Piloting Canvas

Adopting new technology may come with challenges that sometimes overshadow the benefits we may be able to derive from the novelty. Perhaps the biggest challenge is convincing ourselves and the rest might follow. If presented with the opportunity to try new alternatives, I like to jump right in with two feet and see the benefits […]

Get Writing Done in the WMC Writing Lab!

Get Writing Done in the WMC Writing Lab!

Writing Lab Hours February 27 to May 11 Mondays 7:00pm-9:00pm; Location:  WMC Wednesdays 8:00pm-10:00pm; Location: WMC Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm; Location: WMC Students often feel overwhelmed, perplexed or have a hard time setting aside time to write or staying on task with their projects. Studies in social motivation suggest that people persevere and stick to finishing difficult […]

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 […]

Using Google Docs

Using Google Docs

Last week we explored the use of Google Apps for Education, specifically Google Docs, as a launchpad for critical thinking. Faculty from Mathematics, Nursing, and the School of Education attended. While our instructional disciplines are unique, the need to create learning experiences fostering critical thinking are one and the same. Google Docs allows students to engage […]

Course Redesign: A Call to Service

Course Redesign: A Call to Service

This post was co-authored by Stacey Anderson and Kim Vose If you’re wary of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, we get it. We’re CSU faculty, which means we care a lot about our students. We see potential where others might see deficits. Give us your tired and poor, and we’ll help them graduate into creative […]

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