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Advancing to Candidacy: CSUCI’s Online Doctoral Qualifying Exam

Advancing to Candidacy: CSUCI’s Online Doctoral Qualifying Exam

  Introduction: Removing Time and Space as Barriers to the Pursuit of a Terminal Degree In 2005, then-California State University Chancellor, Charles Reed, and Senator Jack Scott, worked together to propose and pass legislation that allowed CSU campuses to begin offering doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). Until about four years ago, these were traditional […]

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 & […]

Wired for Presence: What’s in a Name?

Wired for Presence: What’s in a Name?

Welcome to my first installment of a monthly series, Wired for Presence.  High-touch humanized and connected course facilitation is essential in supporting positive student outcomes (course completion, grades, and student satisfaction) for historically underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged students (Kaup, 2012; Jaggars & Xu, 2016).  However, balancing strong presence with a manageable instructor workload is of […]

Creating Effective Group Projects in an Online Classroom

Creating Effective Group Projects in an Online Classroom

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.” – African Proverb quoted in Together is Better by Simon Sinek The Group Work Challenge I have been fortunate in my teaching career to work on classes that have creative, meaningful and interesting group projects. The projects my students work on require most of the […]

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, […]

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 […]

Why Online Classes Matter

Why Online Classes Matter

When I listen to conversations about online education with college educators, the dialogue almost always turns into a debate about quality. And face-to-face classes are regarded as the quality standard. Why is this a problem? Because quality has nothing to do with course modality. High quality learning occurs in both on-ground and online classes when […]

Creating Opportunities Online for Service Learning

Creating Opportunities Online for Service Learning

I embarked on a new journey this semester into the unknown. I piloted a new Canvas online course which incorporated a service learning project. I had taught the same course the previous semester, face-to-face; however, it was the first time I taught it fully online. I wanted to incorporate a service learning project for the […]

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