Academic Technology Newsletter, September 2021 Read This Email Online



Academic Technology Newsletter

Academic Technology Newsletter

September 2021


This month we want to talk about engagement. Not just between faculty and students, but also between faculty and Academic Technology! So we're spotlighting Pronto, a messaging app for faculty and students integrated with Canvas, as well as our Zoom Drop-In hours, new consultation bookings, and "Ask an Expert" workshops where faculty can meet directly with one of our instructional technologists. We are also excited to announce the opening of the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) Tech Pantry, show you how technology is being used in HyFlex courses, and more.

And don't forget to submit your proposal for the first CSUN Engagement Conference coming in October!

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CSUN engagement conference call for proposals

CSUN Engagement Conference 2021


Submit a proposal today for the inaugural CSUN Engagement Conference in partnership between Academic Technology and Faculty Development.

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FTC Tech Pantry Grand Opening


The FTC Tech Pantry is a new service to assist faculty with producing engaging and compelling content for courses. Faculty can access equipment like a lightboard, cameras...

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HyFlex Courses Starting This Fall


Beginning this fall, CSUN is piloting several HyFlex, or hybrid flexible, courses across campus. Using the HyFlex modality, faculty teach from a traditional classroom equipped...

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New: Meetings with Academic Tech


Book one-on-one time with Academic Technology staff. Check out equipment from the FTC Tech Pantry, or provide feedback. You can pick from available times and services.

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Taking Attendance in Canvas with Badges


Taking attendance of in-person students in Canvas with Badges helps us verify student compliance with the campus COVID vaccine policy, and keep campus safe.

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Tech Spotlight: Pronto Messaging


Pronto is a messaging app integrated into Canvas that connects faculty and students via chat and video so they can communicate seamlessly through real-time text messaging.

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"Ask an Expert" Every Monday on Zoom

Join us Mondays on Zoom for our "Ask an Expert" workshops where you can meet with an Instructional Technologist to ask your questions. Ask about any of our learning technologies or how to leverage technology in your courses. Register now on our workshop calendar!

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Upgrade Your Lecture Recordings with Lecture Capture in a Bag

Lecture Capture in Bag kits are available to faculty who are looking to upgrade their lecture recordings. Kits come with an HD webcam, microphone, light, document camera, and everything you need to connect them to your computer. We also have kits with only lights and mics.

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Register for QLT Quality Learning and Teaching Courses

Looking for more opportunities to level-up your online teaching? CSU Online Course Services offers Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) courses to faculty and staff across all 23 CSU campuses. Courses are 3-weeks, online, asynchronous, require 15-20 hours, with due dates that must be followed.

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Video: Activating Zoom Live Captioning For your Meetings

Need a quick refresher on how to use Zoom Live Captions in your meetings? We've got the video for you! Zoom Live Captioning is available to all faculty, staff, and students. While Zoom Live Captions do not meet full accommodation standards, they can still be a useful resource.

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Check Out Our Upcoming Workshops!



We have some exciting workshops scheduled covering topics like Accessibility Testing Tools, EquatIO for Stem Accessibility, Grading in Canvas, Canvas Analytics, Turnitin, as well as taking your PowerPoint presentations to the next level. Don't miss out!

If there are topics you would like to see covered in a future newsletter, if you'd like to give us feedback on your experience with instructional technology, or if there are training topics you are interested in, let us know with the Academic Technology Feedback Form.