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Mentor Moment Replay with Maria Ballesteros-Sola

Mentor Moment Replay with Maria Ballesteros-Sola

During Spring 2021, the Teaching and Learning Innovations’ Learning Design Team was fortunate to partner with our first-ever TLi Faculty Mentors. Mentors are CSUCI Faculty who are experienced in the art of integrating teaching with technology to enhance student learning. As we get ready to introduce you to the 2021-2022 Digital Learning Mentors, we would […]

Are You There? Give Me Some Love ❤️!! Increasing Students’ Nonverbal Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Sessions

Are You There? Give Me Some Love ❤️!! Increasing Students’ Nonverbal Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Sessions

As instructors, we have come a long way since the March 2020 #greatpivot – survival mode in Spring to get our students to the finish line and naïve optimism for the Fall since we had summer to prepare. It is finally now, in Spring ’21, after a full year of intensive online teaching, that I am gaining […]

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 […]

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