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.

  • Friday, Sept. 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Open discussion: Suggested topic supporting students (and ourselves) coping with trauma.
  • RESCHEDULED, date TBD, Trauma-informed teaching: A professional counseling faculty member from CAPS will join us. The truth is that most people experience trauma, and it affects us deeply. There are strategies we can use to support students and ourselves, while not placing an inappropriate amount of responsibility on us as faculty.

Technology Tuesdays Webinar Series

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

Join CAFE every Tuesday to refresh your knowledge about the many tools and technologies available at CPP to support remote teaching.

  • 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 (tentative)
  • Oct. 27, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Facilitating Asynchronous Discussions
  • Nov. 10, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Student Panel on Remote Learning (tentative)
  • 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.

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

Tuesdays, through September 29, 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 September 1, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Assessment: The Little Things That Count, Stan Yoshinobu, CSUSLO & Matt Jones, CSUDH
  • Tuesday September 8, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Assessing the Assessments: The Transition from In-Person to Online Engineering Classes, Will Tsai, CSUM
  • Tuesday September 15, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Press <START> to Continue: Gamification and Grades by Attrition, Tumay Tunur, CSUSM
  • Tuesday September 22, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Oral Assessment as an Alternative to Proctored Exams, Sayonita Ghosh Hajra, CSUS
  • Tuesday September 29, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Building a Community of Learners with Threaded Discussions, Cherie Ichinose, CSUF

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, August 21 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 Sept. 25: Teaching about learning and our disciplines with reading and reflective writing. Brian Katz, Mathematics, CSULB, discusses how to use weekly readings and reflections to help students engage more deeply.
Meeting Password: 811013

Quality Assurance Workshops from the Chancellor’s Office

The Chancellor’s Office is once again providing Quality Matters and Quality Learning & Teaching workshops this fall.  There is a limit of 1 free course per person (if you enroll for more than 1 course your course registrations will be cancelled; register using your CSU email address).

Please select only one:

  • October 5-25, Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT (Q1), Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
  • October 5-25, Improve your Online Course, Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
  • November 2-22, Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT (Q1), Online, 15-20 hrs, asynchronous
  • November 2-22, Reviewing Courses Using QLT (Q2), Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous
  • November 2-22, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric, Online, 10-15 hrs, asynchronous