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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 […]

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 […]

Best Practices for Cultivating a Sense of Space in Online/Blended Classrooms: An Executive Summary

Best Practices for Cultivating a Sense of Space in Online/Blended Classrooms: An Executive Summary

The following blog post is an executive summary of a larger research project that explored community building in online/blended classrooms. This study was supported by a Faculty Fellowship from CI’s Teaching & Learning Innovations Group, and was conducted by Kellie Prather (undergraduate student at CI), Brandon Burns (undergraduate student at CI), Maia Smidt (undergraduate student […]

Zoom – Boom – Whose Room? A User’s Perspective*

Zoom – Boom – Whose Room? A User’s Perspective*

If you are of a certain age (like me) you have probably been around long enough to experience different iterations of the “ultimate teleconference system”…remember Polycom, Google Hangouts, Skype, JoinMe, Collaborate, GoToMeeting… they have all come and (somehow) gone. Until Star Trek’s transporter becomes a reality, my more recent experience using and playing around with […]

Breaking the Ice in Online/Blended Classes

Breaking the Ice in Online/Blended Classes

The following blog post developed out of a larger research project that explored best practices for building a sense of community within online/blended classrooms. That study was supported by a Faculty Fellowship from CI’s Teaching & Learning Innovations Group, and was conducted by Kellie Prather (undergraduate student at CI), Brandon Burns (undergraduate student at CI), […]

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