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CI Faculty: Be Open, if you dare!

CI Faculty: Be Open, if you dare!

“[openCI] It’s been very beneficial.  As a low-income student it’s hard for me to afford course materials;  so it means I am able to use the money from material on food and rent.” CI Student openCI, our version of the CSU systemwide Affordable Learning Solutions was born in Fall 2016. Since then, openCI, coordinated by […]

Kick Out The Jams!

Kick Out The Jams!

“Even more important than any specific bits of advance information, however, is the habit of anticipation. This conditioned ability to look ahead plays  a key role in adaptation” -Alvin Toffler. Future Shock (1970) About two weeks ago, I started to train for an Xterra trail race in Malibu Creek Park (too shy to share the […]

Repositioning the North Star

Repositioning the North Star

At Convocation, President Beck shared how the North Star guided her to safety.  I have to admit, in light of recent events, I have felt a bit lost. Classes are suspended.  Our hearts are broken. We want the best for our students emotionally and academically. How do we proceed? Wednesday morning, several of our Teaching […]

“INTERNETional” Travel: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ LO in a Study-Abroad Course

“INTERNETional” Travel: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ LO in a Study-Abroad Course

Background In an ever-increasingly interconnected world, providing study-abroad experiences to our undergraduate and graduate students seems to be a must, to develop much sought after intercultural competencies. Data released by the Institute of International Education shows that the number of US students that received academic credit for their study abroad courses increased by 3.8% in 2015/2016. Similarly, […]

Faculty Gathering – February 2018

Faculty Gathering – February 2018

Our first Online & Blended Faculty Gathering of 2018 took place last Friday. What a great reunion of new and familiar faces. We shared the challenges of communicating effectively with students online but also in our face to face classes. Fortunately, a lot of good ideas were shared and we left with some quick easy […]

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 […]

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) […]

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