Academic Technology Newsletter, January 2021 Read This Email Online



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Welcome to the first Academic Technology newsletter! In each newsletter, we’ll bring you updates on what’s new in Academic Technology, share practical tips on using technology in the classroom, bring a faculty perspective from our Academic Technology Fellows, post training calendars and share other resources to help you leverage the use of technology in the classroom. To learn more about us, visit the Academic Technology page.

We want our newsletter to be a dialogue, and we would love to hear from you! If there are topics you would like to see covered in a future edition, or if you'd like to give us feedback on your experience with instructional technology, let us know with the Academic Technology Feedback Form.

Academic Technology News

Helen Heinrich

New Interim AVP of Academic Technology


Academic Technology is happy to announce Dr. Helen Heinrich as the new Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Technology. Dr. Heinrich has worked at CSUN for more...

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FTC Spring Packet Offers Resources for Faculty


The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) has created a Spring Packet stocked with resources to help you as you prepare for teaching in the virtual environment for Spring 2021.

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Lecture Capture in a Bag Provides Video Tools to Faculty


Looking to improve your lecture recordings for Spring? CSUN has loaner kits with a high-definition webcam, microphone, lighting kit, and document camera...

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Faculty Technology Center (FTC) Workshop Calendar


Did you know that the CSUN Faculty Technology Center offers face-to-face virtual workshops to help you leverage technology for teaching?

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Universal Design Center (UDC) Workshop Calendar


The Universal Design Center (UDC) offers training covering topics to help make your course materials more accessible using Universal Design Principles...

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Learning for Online Instruction


The FTC in collaboration with FacDev offers opportunities for self-paced online learning with programs like Get Up to Speed with Online Teaching...

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New Enhancements in Canvas


As of January 4, 2021, the Rich Content Editor in Canvas has been updated to provide a condensed, more intuitive toolbar. Canvas Quiz Log Auditing is a new feature designed to investigate problems students may encounter while taking a quiz. Both features have been deployed to...

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Zoom Updates for Spring 2021


Zoom has implemented multiple new features and updates to their application. Some of these features include allowing participants to assign themselves into Breakout Rooms, customizable Waiting Room settings, Virtual Filters, and Advance Screensharing.

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Canvas Ally Feature: BeeLine Reader


Ally, the accessibility service within Canvas, makes it easier for students (and you!) to read on computer, tablet, or mobile device screens. “By displaying text using color gradients that wrap from the end of one line to the beginning of the next, BeeLine facilitates visual tracking and enables the reader to focus on other aspects of reading.... BeeLine can also help reduce screen fatigue.

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Technology Spotlight: Pronto


Looking for a way to chat with your students from within Canvas? Pronto is a communication hub created for the everyday user. It connects people via chat and video, so they can learn faster, work smarter and communicate seamlessly with each other or their instructor...


Joyce Marie Brusasco and Wendy Yost

Meet Our Academic Technology Fellows

Academic Technology Fellows (ATFs) are CSUN faculty who are working closely with Academic Technology and the Faculty Technology Center to support university initiatives and special projects that involve technology and pedagogy. Dr. Joyce Marie Brusasco and Prof. Wendy Yost have partnered with us to share their experience and expertise...
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