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ONLINE & BLENDED FACULTY MONTHLY GATHERING – NOVEMBER

ONLINE & BLENDED FACULTY MONTHLY GATHERING – NOVEMBER

Last Friday, during our monthly Faculty Gathering we discussed Open Educational Resources (OER) and openCI. openCI is the name for the targeted CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) effort on campus addressing textbook affordability for students. Jill Leafstedt  and Jaime Hannans reviewed last year’s openCI’s accomplishments and challenges. During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, students saved $259,151, benefitting 2,053 students […]

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 […]

Online & Blended Community Gathering – CI Learn 2.0 – Learning & Teaching with Canvas

Online & Blended Community Gathering – CI Learn 2.0 – Learning & Teaching with Canvas

During our April Gathering we focused the discussion on our soon-to-be new Learning Management System Canvas. Canvas pilot participants were joined by faculty totally new to the platform and even by some friends from our local Community Colleges (thanks Matt!). We learned how faculty is using the Dashboard to better understand students’ involvement (thanks Prof. Ekin), how […]

Managing the Paper Load: Holistic Assessment of Student Writing

Managing the Paper Load: Holistic Assessment of Student Writing

My recent Teaching and Learning Innovations workshop, “Managing the Paper Load,” centered on helping faculty engage in holistic assessment of student writing. We discussed the difference between responding to student writing during the drafting and revision process, when students can use feedback to improve their work, versus assessing final drafts. Instructors often feel compelled to […]

Ready?  Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

Ready? Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

New Google Sites enables the designer to make an aesthetically pleasing, informative, and custom website with ease. Why e-Portfolios? Employers want evidence of digital competency.  Providing a platform for students to create e-portfolios allows them to graduate with evidence of digital literacy and a professional website that can be linked to professional networks such as […]

How Do I Get My Book Manuscript Published?”

How Do I Get My Book Manuscript Published?”

Summary of Dr. Matthew Bokovoy’s Presentation: “How Do I Get My Book Manuscript Published?” Sponsored by Teaching and Learning Innovations and the History Program On Thursday March 9, Dr. Matthew Bokovoy, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Nebraska Press, spoke to an audience of ten faculty from the academic programs of English, History, Nursing, […]

Online & Blended Community Monthly Gathering – Tools for Humanized and Connected Learning

Online & Blended Community Monthly Gathering – Tools for Humanized and Connected Learning

What a great gathering we had this month!  We had new faces joining us and a big number of attendees participating remotely via ZOOM. Kudos to those that were using this tool for the first time! We discussed and shared some of the digital tools that are enhancing our courses (no matter their modality!): Google Sites, Canvas, Canva (not, not the same) […]

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 […]

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