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Mission Statement

Our mission is to support the CSUN community in its endeavor to transform and elevate students’ lives through education, by spearheading the integration of technology and universal design to enrich teaching and learning.

To accomplish this mission, we champion equitable access to education regardless of one’s ability and background, create professional development training opportunities, support the adoption of instructional technology for curricular enrichment, and develop data-supported tools to facilitate faculty, staff, and student success.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of service, promoting innovation in the classroom, and fostering partnerships that benefit our CSUN community.

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News

Winter Accessibility Bootcamp

December 20, 2021

Universal Design Center

Ensure your Spring syllabus is accessible and earn a stipend through this four-day workshop Jan. 11-14th, 10-11:30am each day. The Accessibility Bootcamp covers best practices, tips, and the core tools and campus resources available to make documents, videos, and other course materials more accessible. Featured tools include Canvas Ally, which aids in identifying accessibility challenges in your course materials in Canvas. Read more about Winter Accessibility Bootcamp

Want to be an FTC Technology Champion?

January 20, 2022

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CSUN’s Academic Technology is inviting faculty to apply to join the inaugural group of Faculty Champions this Spring semesterThe program will be composed of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, enthusiastic about the integration of technology into instructional practice at CSUNThis team will work with their college and campus colleagues to make resources that benefit CSUN faculty.  This semester the effort of the team will focus on the creation of College/Department specific course templates and best practices for online instruction and student engagement.  

We will be asking for a commitment of 20 hours per month from February – May.  The Faculty Champions will meet monthly to discuss progress and commonalities identified as they engage their colleagues.  The Champions developing best practices may take part in workshops through the Faculty Technology Center 

If you would like to champion the use of technology here at CSUN please apply using the interest form 

Read more about Want to be an FTC Technology Champion?

Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant Awarded to Academic Technology

How Do Students Use Canvas Ally?

November 18, 2021

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In 2020-2021, students downloaded 57,704 PDF versions of Word and PowerPoint course materials. Students have several alternative file formats to choose from, and Ally will convert a variety of files. However, Word and PowerPoint to PDF was by far the most popular. What does this mean for faculty? Read more about How do students use Canvas Ally?

Engagement Conference Highlights

November 18, 2021

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Thank you to all of the presenters and participants who helped make the inaugural 2021 CSUN Engagement Conference such a success! The conference, which took place on Friday, October 29th, was a brainchild and a collaboration of Undergraduate Studies, the Office of Faculty Development, Academic Technology, and the Faculty Technology Center. Read more about Engagement Conference Highlights

Adding Matador Moments 2021 Challenge to Your Course

October 18, 2021

Matador Moments

What is Matador Moments?

Matador Moments is an online challenge that reflects on first-year student experiences for Freshmen and Transfer students. Students enter this challenge using their CSUN Portfolium account.

What is Portfolium?

Portfolium is an online portfolio and professional social media platform developed to showcase academic and career achievements. Read more about Adding Matador Moments 2021 Challenge to Your Course

CSUCCESS Provides iPads For First-Time CSUN Students

January 20, 2022

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CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success) is an initiative that represents CSUN and the CSU’s commitment to student success by providing all first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students with a 64GB iPad Air, Apple pencil, and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for free to use through the completion of their degree. Read more about CSUCCESS Provides iPads For First-Time CSUN Students