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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. Access online workshops or view the face-to-face workshop schedule

Featured Workshops

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Teaching with Canvas (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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Teaching with Canvas: Grading and Analytics for Student Success (online, self-paced)

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. 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 and immediately followed by a Canvas Studio (see below). View dates and register using the online Workshop Calendar.

 

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Canvas Studio (in-person)

Do you need some carved out time to work on your Canvas course? Are you looking for a creative boost to get some actual work done? Join other faculty, instructional designers, and technologists in a collaborative working environment at our Canvas Studio sessions hosted by the Faculty Technology Center. Use this time for setting up your courses, building out assignments and activities, sharing ideas and techniques with your peers, or getting some much needed grading done. Bring your laptop or device, and we will provide the coffee and cookies! No RSVP required. View dates on the 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.

 

eLearning On-Demand Workshops

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. We would also be happy to discuss the opportunity to develop custom-tailored workshops to meet the needs of your college, department or program. Contact ftc@csun.edu to make a request, based on one of the workshop descriptions below.
 

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

Teaching online or employing eLearning in hybrid, flipped or technology-enhanced courses allow you to provide more options to meet the needs of your students, but also present challenges for rigor and engagement. In this workshop, we will look at pedagogy and course design using the CSU-developed Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) framework to inform high quality course design and delivery. 

Creating Online Lectures

Whether you are teaching fully online or creating materials for your Canvas site, creating online lectures can be an engaging way to deliver instructional content to your students. This workshop will cover the basics of creating welcome videos, narrated slide lectures, and interactive instructional materials.

Facilitating Learning Online

Canvas allows you to not only collect student work online, it also provides opportunities for students to interact with you and each other. In this advanced Canvas workshop, we will cover how to facilitate online discussions and how to provide feedback for students. We will also cover additional Canvas tools that can help you better connect with students and facilitate online learning experiences outside of the classroom. Completion of a Teaching with Canvas workshop, Canvas Essentials workshop, or previous knowledge of Canvas is highly recommended.

Interactive Polling and Engagement

Use interactive polling as a strategy to get students more engaged and increase participation in your classroom. A student-response system lets you gather responses from your students and display the results live in class. This session will cover how to use polling to check for knowledge and/or understanding of a certain topic, review instructional material, and gather feedback.

Multimedia for Teaching and Learning

Learn how to create your own multimedia content for your classes. Topics include creating and editing images, screenshots, video presentations and interactive activities for your students. This workshop includes hands-on time allotted at the end, so bring your laptop and any other devices you may have.

Organizing eLearning in Canvas

Canvas gives you the ability to organize and sequence your content to make your course welcoming and easy to navigate. In this advanced Canvas workshop, we will cover the strategies to organize modules in Canvas, as well as provide instruction on creating a custom home page with images, buttons and links. In addition, we will cover best practices for customizing your course navigation menu and advanced features for locking modules by setting requirements and prerequisites. Completion of a Teaching with Canvas workshop, Canvas Essentials workshop, or previous knowledge of Canvas is highly recommended.

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.

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

Using 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.

Zoom: Virtual Synchronous Engagement

Learn how you can use Zoom, CSUN’s video and web conferencing tool, to increase engagement in your online or face-to-face classes. Zoom allows you to create a live synchronous classroom experience with features such as whiteboard, screen sharing, chat, and breakout rooms. In this session, we will cover how to use Zoom to hold synchronous or asynchronous lectures, schedule recurring meetings like virtual office hours, and to record and share instructional material.