Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Programs and Events

Faculty Zoom Sessions

Multiple dates & times: Online via Zoom

Faculty Zoom Sessions

No registration needed, just click the link to join in.

Technology Tuesdays Webinar Series

Tuesdays, October 6 through December 1, 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Online via Zoom

Computer monitor with question mark, Technology Tuesdays

Join CAFE every Tuesday to refresh your knowledge about the many tools and technologies available at CPP to support remote teaching.  Recordings of past webinars can be found on CAFE's Remote Teaching page.

  • Oct. 6, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Zoom Breakout Rooms and Polls
  • Oct. 13, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Gradescope
  • Oct. 20, 3:00pm-4:00pm: OneDrive
  • Oct. 27, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Facilitating Asynchronous Discussions
  • Nov. 10, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Student Panel on Remote Learning
  • Nov. 17, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Creating and Sharing Interactive Videos with Kaltura
  • Nov. 24, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Taking Zoom to Another Level (Intermediate-Advanced techniques)
  • Dec. 1, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Blackboard Grade Center

Register for each session individually.

Software and Computer Support for Students

  • Virtual Software Lab: Access to many software applications installed in campus computer labs, such as SPSS, ChemDraw, SAS, Visual Studio, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, SolidWorks and more. Courtesy of IT and its partnership with Academic Affairs and the Colleges.
  • Additional software for students: Students can download tools for no cost, including Microsoft Office, Mathematica, Adobe Creative Cloud (free until August 2021), Matlab, and more. Courtesy of IT and its partnership with Academic Affairs and the Colleges.
  • Bronco Bookstore Laptop programs: Students can purchase a laptop on a 2- or 4-yr payment plan, possibly using financial aid resources.
  • Office of Student Success technology support for students, including a limited number of loaner laptops and hotspots.

For questions or comments, please contact the co-chairs of the Instructional Technology Committee, Lucas Lanting or Sep Eskandari.

Software for Faculty

This list of software includes popular campus applications. Faculty computers deployed or reimaged by the IT & IP Division since 01/01/2019 can self-install via Windows "Software Center" or Apple "Jamf Store." Please contact the IT Service Desk at 909-869-6776 for additional information.

Chancellor’s Office Webinar Series on Equity and Engagement in the Remote Classroom

Fridays, through date tbd, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Online via Zoom
Sign up on the mailing list for the weekly invitations, or watch this space for zoom info.  Webcasts will be recorded and archived in the professional development calendar archive.

  • Friday Nov. 13: Building non-assessment activities in course credit produces opportunities for social and emotional connections with students. Laurie Starkey, Cal Poly Pomona, discusses how she helps students in organic chemistry to build community and help each other to persist.

Please register in advance.



Chancellor’s Office Webinar Series on Alternative Assessments in Quantitative Courses

Tuesdays, through date tbd, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Online via Zoom

While teaching remotely this fall, we need to think creatively about how we assess our students and give due consideration to equity and privacy issues. High-stakes, proctored examinations may not be the optimal technique for measuring mastery of course objectives.

Webcasts will be recorded and archived in the professional development calendar archive.

  • Tuesday November 10, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Using ConcepTests in calculus to increase engagement and provide feedback, Berit Givens & Arlo Caine, Cal Poly Pomona, demonstrate how elicit student ideas, probe student understanding, and synthesize and review big ideas.

Spring Quality Matters Courses from the Chancellor’s Office

The Chancellor’s Office will offer free courses in February & March 2021, registration opening Dec. 1. Courses are 3 weeks long, fully asynchronous, and require 15-20 hours. Certification is available. For more information see the Quality Assurance training page.

  • Introduction to Teaching Online Using the Quality Learning & Teaching Rubric
  • Advanced Quality Learning & Teaching Course in Teaching Online
  • Design Your Online Course with Quality Matters
  • Improve Your Online Course with Quality Matters