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Backwards Assessment - Bonnie Paller, Philosophy and Academic Assessment
View Archive – November 29, 2011 (Coming Soon)

Typically teaching starts with content and gets to assessment last. Learn from CSUN experts how to maximize learning by creating learning objectives and designing assessments at the outset to yield powerful proof that your students are learning what you want them to learn.

Lecture Capture - Leah Marcal, Economics and Brian Beatty, San Francisco State University
View Archive – November 15, 2011  (Coming Soon)

Learn how you can capture your own lectures either in-class, at home or in-studio to enable students to access your lectures from home and “rewind” – a proven strategy for increasing learning performance. Join us to hear CSUN economics professor Leah Marcal talk about using lecture capture in her classes, and Brian Beatty from San Francisco State talk about how lecture capture is used site-wide on his campus.

Second Life at CSUN - Ashley Skylar, Aida Metzenberg, and Stan Metzenberg
View Archive – November 8, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

Presenters will provide a virtual tour of CSUN’s Second Life island and share ways in which the virtual island is used to provide a real time lecture class, share class projects, and experience simulated learning activities.

Faculty Authoring & Teaching Materials - David Miller, Chemistry and Liz Pisney, Follet Higher Education Group
View Archive – November 1, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

Empower your teaching by creating and publishing your own teaching materials and bring revenues back to your departments with publishing platforms such as Café-Custom. Join David Miller from Chemistry and Liz Pisney from Follet Higher Education Group to see examples and learn how to get started publishing your own material.

Cool Technology Tools - Say-Peng Lim and Dora Preminger, Physics & Astronomy & Patricia Miller, Modern & Classical Languages
View Archive – October 25, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

Join us to explore the use of two technologies to engage students and help them learn. Physics and Astronomy professors Dora Preminger and Say-Peng Lim will present “pencasts” - dynamic, audio versions of teachers’ notes that students can rewind to get the most from lectures. Language professor Patricia Miller will present on Voicethreads, a way to collect and share group conversations online.

Video Storytelling & StoryCube - Brennis Lucero-Wagoner and Theresa White, Psychology & Judy Hennessey, Business
View Archive – October 18, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

Storytelling is civilization’s oldest form of knowledge transfer, while today’s “video generation” is the most technologically savvy. The two come together in this seminar on “video storytelling”. Join experts involved in CSUN’s “storycube” project as they share their use of video storytelling to engage today’s learners in a medium they know best.

Open Educational Resources - Gerry Hanley, Exec. Dir. of MERLOT/CSU Senior Director of Academic Technology Services & Kylie Hsu, Cal State L.A.
View Archive – October 13, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

The OER movement is growing rapidly as a way to increase the availability and quality of teaching materials while lowering cost to students. Join Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT/CSU Senior Director of Academic Technology Services and Kylie Hsu, CSULA professor of Chinese and Linguistics and MERLOT editor, to hear how to share and use OER.

Clickers - Brian Connett, Marketing & Tammy Sherrard, Turning Technologies
View Archive: Part 1 & Part 2 – October 4, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

Formally known as student response systems, clickers are a way to engage students and yield instantaneous feedback in class. Join representatives from Turning Technologies (CSUN’s clicker provider) and Brian Connett from Marketing to learn techniques and best practices to bring out the best in your students.

Digital Content Creation & Podcasting - Tim Parker, Apple & Paul Wilson, Biology
View Podcasting Presentation (Paul Wilson)
Listen to Archived Recording – September 27, 2011 (view transcript)

Due to extenuating circumstances the full recording is audio only. Podcasting presentation re-recorded.

Creating digital content – recorded audio, video or text - is a great way to exercise your creativity and add customized materials to your courses or webpages. Podcasting is a “push” method of distributing digital content (audio, video, readings) to students via subscription so that the content travels with them (versus residing in the cloud). Join a representative from Apple and Paul Wilson from Biology to see how to incorporate these forms of delivery into your classes.

All About ePub - Jay Matheson, Apple & Elio Spinello, Health Sciences
View Archive – September 20, 2011 (Coming Soon) 

ePub is a free, open e-book standard that enables students to view teaching materials on their mobile devices. Join a representative from Apple and Elio Spinello from Health Sciences to see examples and learn how easy it is to create and distribute material in this format for today’s mobile learners.

Spring 2011

Using Technology to Supplement Freshman Seminar – The New High Touch, High Tech University 100 - Cheryl Spector, Director, Academic First Year Experiences/English; Cecile Bendavid, Computer Science; Lisa Riccomini, English; Ellyn G. Lerner, Liberal Studies; and Susanna Eng-Ziskin, Library
View Archive – April 25, 2011

The session will show how technology is used to teach the Freshman Seminar (University 100)by discussing the use of the Wiki, Moodle, and Library databases. In addition, there will be a presentation of the student work posted in a Virtual Environment in Moodle for the Freshman Celebration.

Wikis - Lori Baker–Schena, Journalism
View Archive – April 18, 2011

A wiki is an educational, extremely user-friendly online workspace that can revolutionize the way you teach. You can centralize your syllabus, lecture materials and additional resources while enhancing student engagement. Join Lori Baker-Schena, assistant professor of Journalism, to learn how to create a wiki for your course.

Exploring Assessment Tools from Respondus - Barry Cleveland, Theatre
View Archive – April 11, 2011

This session will introduce two applications from Respondus, Inc. which are available to CSUN Faculty for supporting instruction. The first, Respondus 4.0, helps instructors create and manage printed exams and/or publishing online exams directly to Moodle. The second application, StudyMate Author, generates Flash-based activities and games as study aids (Cross Words, Glossaries, Flash Cards, etc) for students which can be published in any web environment, including Moodle. Respondus 4.0 exam files may be directly converted to StudyMate exercises.

Breaking Out of the Classroom with Elluminate Live - Owen Doonan, Art
View Archive – March 28, 2011

How can the program Elluminate Live be used to extend online synchronous teaching and learning beyond the classroom? Please join Owen Doonan, associate professor of art history and director of the Sinop Regional Archaeological Project, as he discusses exciting ways in which he has used Elluminate, an e-learning and Web-conferencing tool, to bring distant experts and overseas on-site research experiences into his courses.

Digital Learning Objects in Action - Elizabeth Altman, Oviatt Library; Scott Kleinman, English; Eric Collins, Physics & Astronomy; Danielle Skaggs, Oviatt Library
View Archive – March 21, 2011

Join us for a showcase of reusable interactive learning tools developed by faculty across the campus. Presenters will discuss the goals and development process of their projects and illustrate how the tools can serve specific learning outcomes in a range of contexts. Come also to hear about the new CSUN ScholarWorks Digital Learning Objects Grant program.

Wikipedia - Wayne Smith, Management
View Archive – March 14, 2011

Wikipedia, advertised as "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit," is an online tool most of us have heard of and even referred to. But can this collaborative Web 2.0 tool really be used for teaching and learning? Please join us as Dr. Wayne Smith discusses the pedagogical approach he has taken in his course by asking students to make contributions to Wikipedia.

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Treble Hooking: Strategic, Tactical and Situational Awareness from Academic and Internet Sources - James David Ballard, Ph.D., Sociology
View Archive – March 7, 2011

This project will report the results of a collaborative student/faculty effort at California State University Northridge that looks to developing a methodology utilizing open sources for the conceptualization and understanding of important social problems. The project uses what is termed treble hooking, a triangulated methodology of data collection relevant to on-line communities and associated electro-social behavior.

Math Tutoring in Moodle - Alex Alekseenko, Jacek Polewczak & Carol Shubin, Mathematics
View Archive – February 28, 2011

Calculus is a gateway subject to degrees in Mathematics, Engineering and Science. Passing rates for Calculus may fluctuate anywhere from 40% to 80%. Because it is a pre-requisite for non-mathematics courses, students who have failed Calculus substantially delay their graduations.

The Department of Mathematics developed an online interactive service where Calculus students can get answers, exchange opinions and collaborate on solving homework. The majority of communication is handled by teaching assistants hired from CSUN graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching assistants are trained "on the go" by Mathematics faculty who are supervising the web site. A major part of the project was to develop a service that will help learners of all styles, including those who can not hear or see. Therefore the primary mode of communication is writing, although voice and video instruction are available as well.

We will discuss the challenges and benefits of online tutoring and the roadblocks that have been encountered and lay out plans for the future.

The Key to Successful Faculty Videos: It's All About Planning - Mary Schaffer, Cinema and Television Arts
View Archive – February 21, 2011

A video is divided into three phases - pre-production, production and post-production. Teaching and Learning Bytes walks you through the least “sexy” but most essential part of video production – “Pre-Production.” Crucial decisions are made during this phase. Once pre-production ends, the fun begins. We will provide handouts and “how to do” during this session.

TLB Special Edition - Educause: ELI Conference
View Archive – February 14 & 15, 2011

The Open Content Movement and Flat World Knowledge - Jeff Shelstad, Flat World Technology, Deone Zell, Management and Introductory remarks by Harry Hellenbrand
View Archive – February 7, 2011

Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO of Flat World Knowledge, an open content textbook publishing company, will describe the rise of the open content movement and the role of open content textbooks. Licensed by a Creative Commons license, such textbooks are re-mixable, modifiable, and free online. Open context textbooks have the potential to increase student access, reduce textbook costs, and change the landscape of the traditional textbook publishing industry. Deone Zell, management professor at CSUN, will discuss how she has used open content textbooks in her core management and organizational behavior courses.

Fall 2010

Exemplary Non–Course Moodle Sites – Bill Roberts, Management; Danielle Skaggs, Library
View Archive – November 18, 2010

Moodle is more than just a course platform; it can be used for many different purposes. During this session a small group of faculty members will present how they are using Moodle in a variety of creative and innovative ways.

Course Redesign - Deone Zell and Gerard Rossy, Management
View Archive – October 27, 2010

This session described how a mega-section (650+ students) lecture hall course at CSUN used Moodle to "go hybrid" over the course of a year by moving resources, interactivity, and assessment online while maximizing face-to-face time. The session covered benefits of the hybrid approach, current challenges, and lessons learned.

Computer Simulations Using Google Earth - Zeynop Toker, Urban Studies and Planning
View Archive – October 21, 2010

Computer simulations can be used as interactive learning tools, which allow students to think creatively as they learn the subject matter. The focus of the session will be on how Google Earth is utilized in urban planning courses.

Doing More with Moodle: Assignments and Quizzes - Taehyun Kim, Journalism
View Archive – October 14, 2010

This session covered ways in which Moodle’s assignment and quiz tools may be used to replace offline quizzes and writing assignments. In addition, some time-saving grading tips for various type of open-ended questions and short stories were provided. Lastly, speaker explained Moodle's cheating-deterrent feature and the strengths and weaknesses of it.

TurnItIn/Plagiarism - Janis Lyons, Social Work 
View Archive – October 7, 2010

The session covered the various ways in which the plagiarism-detection tool,, may be used as a teaching and learning tool. In addition, some of the best practices and tips were also be shared.

Using Google Apps For Education - Ellis Godard, Sociology
View Archive – September 30, 2010

Google applications can be quite useful for both teaching and student learning, especially since they are free of charge and widely accessible to all. In this session, we went through using Google Docs to create a grade-book, post assignments, and permit students to conduct data analysis using the spreadsheet. In addition, Google’s Calendar, Reader, and Voice are other applications that may be beneficial for education, were also covered.

Moodle Forums - Jose Paez, Social Work
View Archive – September 23, 2010

The forums in Moodle can be used in a variety of ways. In this session we covered some of the best practices and tips for using discussion forums and news forums to facilitate interactive learning for either web-enhanced, hybrid, or online courses.