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Five (Practically) Foolproof Ways to Help Your Students Succeed

 MONDAY October 31*, 12:00 -- 1:30 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Students who know what to do, when, and how, and who have good company along the way, can learn deeply. This session, which includes some working time, presents five “big ideas” (all with a strong research basis) that overcome overwhelm and confusion. The ideas are: Organization, Transparency, Metacognitive Activities, Encouraging a Growth Mindset, and Classroom Learning Communities. Presented by Victoria Bhavsar.  Please register!

*Note -- the workshop was originally scheduled for 10/25 and 10/26.  Due to a schedule conflict, 10/26 has been rescheduled to 10/31.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Register for MONDAY Oct. 31

Reach Beyond the Campus: What Faculty Need to Know About Academic Internships

Wednesday November 9, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

The Center for Community Engagement ( presents the second in a series of workshops about service learning.  Please register!

Register for Wednesday November 9

Strategies for Engaging Students in Large Classes

Tuesday November 15, 12:00 -- 12:50 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Featuring Dr. Alison Baski, the new Dean of the College of Science!  At her previous university, Virginia Commonwealth, Dr. Baski taught large introductory Physics courses using all the tricks of the large-class trade. Get to know Dr. Baski and swap ideas about teaching challenging courses.

Register for Tuesday November 15

The Accessible Syllabus

Wednesday November 16, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Bo Choi (eLearning), Cathy Schmitt Whitaker (Accessible Technology), Jimmie Flanagin (DRC), and Joanne Van Boxtel (Education) hold a hands-on session about creating documents that are accessible to students with disabilities, using the course syllabus as a model document.  Please register!

Register for Wednesday Nov. 16

Creating Engaging Videos through Camtasia

Wednesday November 30, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Dr. Wei Yu (Finance, Real Estate & Law) will share her experiences in creating instructional videos using Camtasia and integrating videos and adaptive learning resources in teaching introduction finance classes.

Register for Wednesday November 30

Getting Started with Classroom Research

Friday December 9, via videoconference -- no need to schlep to campus!

Part 1: 9:00 -- 10:00 a.m. -- Designing a project

Part 2:  10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. -- Navigating the IRB for classroom research

If your department counts classroom research, or the scholarship of teaching & learning, for RTP, these sessions are for you.  They'll introduce you to the topic enough to get started.  Part 1, Designing a project, will introduce steps in clarifying a classroom research question, deciding what data to gather, and how to handle such data.  Part 2, Navigating the IRB, will cover the IRB's policy for classroom research, steps to take to submit a protocol, and a protocol template including syllabus language and a sample informed consent letter.  Presented by Victoria Bhavsar.

Register for Part 1

Register for Part 2

Successful Proposal Series: Introduction to the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Presented by the Office of Research, Innovation, & Economic Development

Monday December 12, 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

Location tbd

Dr. Sadiq Shah (AVP of Research, Innovation, & Economic Development) and Cal Poly Pomona faculty who have both received NSF grants and served on the NSF review panel will give an overview of the structure and function of NSF funding opportunities.  LIMITED to 20 participants.  

The Successful Proposal Series will continue in Winter & Spring quarters.  See the series flyer.

Register for Introduction to NSF

Blackboard Mastery Seminar

Monday & Tuesday December 12-13, 9:00 -- 4:00

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Eric Davis and Pauline Muljana of eLearning present a hands-on, in-depth workshop that explores the more sophisticated functions of Blackboard.  Make your teaching life easier by investing some time in learning what this powerful tool can do for you.  LIMITED to 12 participants!

Register for Blackboard Mastery Seminar

Winter Highlight: Save the Date

Teaching What You Don't Know

Friday February 17, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location tbd

Presented by Dr. Therese Huston, Seattle University, Author of Teaching What You Don’t Know and How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices.

This is the Faculty Center’s “flagship” workshop of the year.  Most professors are asked to teach material that’s not directly in our area of greatest expertise – we all teach what we don’t know (yet)! As we prepare for semester conversion, many of our classes will have revised, rearranged, and new course content.  This lively, interactive workshop will provide practical strategies for navigating these changes. 

Spring Highlight: Save the Date

PolyTeach 2017

Friday April 28, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., plus stand-alone afternoon workshops until 3 pm

Ursa Major, BSC

This is the sixth annual PolyTeach event! PolyTeach is a campus conference which highlights the creative ways in which Cal Poly Pomona faculty use technology to enhance teaching and learning, and provides an opportunity for a campus conversation about the future of technology on campus.  PolyTeach 2017 will feature the 2017 Wall of COOL awardees (the call for self-nominations will come out in late September!) and an array of faculty technology-and-learning work supported by various grant programs.  Afternoon workshops will be hands-on, practical offerings to help you adopt some of the best technologies.

Although the day runs from 9:00 -- 1:00, please feel free to come and go to various parts of the program as you need to!  A complete agenda will be available later in the Fall quarter.  For questions, please email

See previous PolyTeach programs at