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To Create or Cram

To Create or Cram

This vlog (video blog) describes how a Spark assignment can be used instead of a quiz or exam to engage students and check for understanding. Spark Paper Directions The Spark Assignment is designed to SPARK your mind. Through curation, collaboration, and creation explain your point of view, critical thoughts, and understanding of the material in […]

New Banners and Buttons in Canvas Commons

New Banners and Buttons in Canvas Commons

I am excited to share with you that we now have more options available in Canvas Commons which can be accessed in the Global Navigation Menu between ‘Inbox’ and ‘Help’. From within Canvas Commons, you can search ‘csuci button’ to see an array of module buttons and homepage kits which include a syllabus button, module […]

Canvas: An End of Pilot Semester Review

Canvas: An End of Pilot Semester Review

During the Canvas pilot in the Spring of 2017 we tested the LMS for a variety of roles. Instructors and learners tested the usability and features via the courses taught in the pilot program. One of our students browsed the LMS throughout the semester with a Teaching Assistant’s access and provided her brief experience in […]

Growing open at CI

Growing open at CI

Growth, renewal, and positivity have been themes as we begin a new academic year at CI. Just last week I attended sixth grade orientation, where the team of teachers were stressing the importance of helping students to steer away from the fixed mindset of being a “math person” or a “non-math person”. In the fourth […]

Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Dear Colleagues It is with mixed emotions that I write this post and share that Michelle Pacansky-Brock has decided to leave CI. Michelle has accepted a new position as Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation with the California Community College system. She will be coordinating professional development efforts related to emerging technologies in online teaching and learning […]

Summer is Here!!

Summer is Here!!

On behalf of the Teaching & Learning Innovations Team, we want to wish you a fabulous summer!  We will be working hard this summer to assure your move from CI Learn (Blackboard) to the new and improved CI Learn 2.0 (Canvas) is as smooth as possible.  Remember, you may opt-in and use Canvas in the fall […]

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 […]

Who am I? Digital identity, ePortfolios, and Stars

Who am I? Digital identity, ePortfolios, and Stars

The 21st century has seen a tremendous growth of technology used in everyday settings. This technology growth, and the growth in society’s digital presence with online profiles and social media platforms have led to an increasing need for students to maintain a professional digital identity, especially as undergraduates. Gill, Zampini, and Mehta (2015) define digital […]

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