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Faculty Technology Center Workshop Descriptions

CSUN's Faculty Technology Center offers various opportunities to learn how to incorporate technology into your teaching. 

Featured Workshops

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Teaching with Canvas Workshop (online, self-paced)

The goal of this course is introduce you to need-to-know tools and features of Canvas so you are equipped to teach using the Canvas learning management system. You will learn how the system works through a series of brief, curated readings, and test your knowledge through optional formative quizzes. We invite you to apply what you have learned through a series of optional hands-on exercises that can be performed in your test course. Faculty can take this online workshop at any time. Self-enroll using this link to the Canvas course.
 
 

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Canvas Essentials (in-person)

Learn how you can enhance your courses using Canvas, the University’s Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas allows you to deliver content, communicate with students, create activities, and assess student work in an online environment. You can use Canvas for online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced face-to-face courses. This workshop will be geared towards getting started using Canvas, but time will also be reserved to answer your questions. Please bring a laptop computer to the workshop if you would like to participate in any of the hands-on activities. This workshop is offered throughout the semester in 75-minute sessions. View dates and register using the online Workshop Calendar.

 

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Teaching with Video (in-person)

There are many options for using video in your courses, from synchronous web-conferencing using Zoom, capturing classrooms lectures using Mediasite, creating video lectures using Camtasia, or using your tablet or mobile device to make instructional videos to publish on YouTube. Plus, you can find and use open educational resources available in online repositories. This workshop will provide an overview of the options and resources available at CSUN and allow time for you to get set-up using the available tools. Please bring a laptop computer to the workshop if you would like to participate in any of the hands-on activities. This workshops is offered throughout the semester in 75-minute sessions. View dates and register using the online Workshop Calendar.

 

Additional Workshops Available on Demand

Workshops on Demand allow faculty to request opportunities to meet with instructional designers and other faculty to discuss how technology can help enhance teaching and learning. Contact ftc@csun.edu to make a request, based on one of the workshop descriptions below. We would also be happy to discuss the opportunity to develop custom-tailored workshop to meet the needs of your college, department or program.
 

360 Video / Photo for Teaching and Learning

Learn how you can capture the world around you by creating your own 360 photos and videos for teaching and learning. 360 photos and videos can be viewed in a web browser, on a mobile device, or using a Virtual Reality headset. Explore how you can use apps, such as Google Street View or Cardboard Camera, on your mobile device to create 360 photospheres.

Canvas Tools and Analytics for Student Success

This workshop will cover some of the tools and features available in Canvas used to track student access and progress. Course statistics can be used to monitor student access to activities and resources in your course. Activity completion can be set for course assignments and resources to give students a clearer picture of their progress in a course and set prerequisites to restrict access. The gradebook provides faculty with tools to contact students according to certain criteria. Completion of a Teaching with Canvas workshop, Canvas Essentials workshop, or previous knowledge of Canvas is highly recommended.

Course Redesign Essentials

Have you ever wondered how to enhance your teaching with technology? Are you curious about flipping the classroom or going hybrid? Do you want to teach a fully online course? This workshop will cover the basics of how to transition your current course to either web-enhanced, hybrid, flipped, or fully online courses. Participants will learn about QOLT, the Quality Online Learning and Teaching rubric that can be used to inform high quality course design and delivery in any setting as well as learn about the wide range of tools and best practices available to infuse technology into their teaching in any format. Canvas Essentials or Canvas experience highly recommended.

Creating Digital Content (Multimedia Tools)

Learn how to create your own digital content. Topics include creating and editing images and screenshots, recording and editing audio using Audacity and iPad apps, and creating video clips using YouTube. Other digital content creation tools that will be covered include GarageBand, iMovie, and iBooks Author. This workshop includes hands-on time allotted at the end, so bring your laptop and any other devices you may have. 

iPad Essentials and Beyond

For the new and experienced iPad user, this workshop covers how to set up and navigate your iPad, manage files, store data, find apps and content, accessibility settings, and general productivity. This workshop includes hands-on time, so please bring your iPad with you. 

Moodle Essentials

Learn how you can enhance your courses using Moodle, the University’s Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle allows you to deliver content, communicate with students, create activities, and assess student work in an online environment. You can use Moodle for online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced face-to-face courses. This workshop will be geared towards getting started using Moodle, but time will also be reserved to answer your questions.

Presenting with Tablets

Learn how to present material for your class using an iPad. This session will cover how to create original presentations on an iPad or adapt existing content. The hands-on session will also give participants the chance to connect wirelessly to a projector and present a variety of interactive material. Be sure to bring your own device and a presentation you want to adapt. Note: this workshop is recommended for faculty wishing to teach using their own tablet, not necessarily teach an iPad-designated course where students are also required to have tablets. If you are interested in teaching an official iPad course (through the myCSUNtablet program), we recommend our Tablets: the Active Classroom workshop instead. 

Tablets: The Active Classroom

Transform your class into an active learning environment with a tablet device. Intended for faculty teaching (or planning to teach) official iPad-designated courses in the myCSUNtablet program, this workshop focuses on activities for communication, collaboration, creation, and assessment. Discover how to enhance the classroom experience by using collaborative whiteboarding and drawing activities, student response systems, social media activities, audio and video production, and more. Bring your own device for the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Teaching in the Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Classroom

Learn how you can use various technology tools to enhance student engagement and active learning in the CSUN Technology-Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom, located at the state-of-the-art Extended University Commons building. This room features the We-Inspire® interactive whiteboard, digital pen and paper technology, and six displays for group collaboration. Faculty interested in teaching in the TEAL classroom can learn more at the CSUN TEAL Classroom website

VAR: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education

Virtual and augmented reality are emerging technologies that have potential for teaching and learning. Virtual reality has the potential for full immersion in a new world while augmented reality shapes our world by overlaying information, images, and video. Learn how to create digital content for virtual space with tools such as Unity, Google Sketch, Blippar, and Aurasma. The virtual world is just developing and you can be a part of it!