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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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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

CSUN engagement conference highlights

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

Tech-sgiving: What We're Grateful For

November 18, 2021

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This fall we are celebrating “Tech-sgiving” by highlighting some of the technology tools that we’re most grateful for over the past year. Some of these tools are innovative, some are time-saving, some help promote digital equity, but all of them have made a positive impact on how we teach, how we work, or both! Read more about Techsgiving: What We're Grateful For

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

Winter Online Accessibility Training

October 18, 2021

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The CSU Chancellor's Office now offers an online independent-study document accessibility course covering Word, PowerPoint and PDF. The course covers creating, evaluating, and optimizing content and structure in documents. There's also a bonus module on accessibility in Excel. Read more about Winter Online Accessibility Training

CSUCCESS Provides iPads For First-Time CSUN Students

August 23, 2021


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

New Canvas Course Accessibility Report Feature Available

August 23, 2021

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New for 2021-22! The Course Accessibility Report is powered by Canvas Ally and is available in the navigation menu for each of your Canvas courses. The Course Accessibility Report gives you an overview of the accessibility of your course, including guidance like “easiest issues to fix” and “fix low scoring content." The Course Accessibility Report also lists all of the content within that course and displays the Canvas Ally dial for each item. Read more about New Canvas Course Accessibility Report Feature Available