Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Programs and Events

Faculty Zoom Sessions

Multiple dates & times: Online via Zoom

Faculty Zoom Sessions

These are informal discussions about whatever attendees want to talk about. Sometimes I’ll suggest a topic or we’ll have special guests. Other times, we talk about teaching ideas and solutions, I can give a little bit of tech help, or we just hang out.

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

Peer Review & Student Ratings for Remote Courses

Multiple dates & times: Online via Zoom

Peer review and student ratings for remote courses have some special features that are different from face to face courses. This research-based session will cover best practices and offer sample instruments. If a departments wants to modify its policies or instruments, these need to be provided to faculty very early in the semester.

All faculty are invited. The intended audience is chairs, DRTP committee members, lecturer evaluation committee members, etc.

There are three options to attend (at least one session will be recorded). Please register in advance:

Gradescope Workshops

Tuesday Jan. 26, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm & Thursday Jan. 28, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm: Online

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Learn to use Gradescope! Gradescope makes it EASY to grade handwritten work by students and to give timed online tests. Gradescope is especially good for STEM and quantitative classes, but is helpful for any class in which handwritten work is prominent.

Gradescope will present workshops on Tuesday Jan. 26, 12 – 1:30pm and Thursday Jan. 28, 12 – 1:30pm. If you can’t attend at those times, register anyway and you will get a recording of the webinar.

We’re grateful to Dr. Jillian Cannons, Mathematics & Statistics, for her work in facilitating Gradescope’s presence on campus!

CHAI Accessibility & Quality Assurance Workshops

Multiple dates & times: Online via Zoom

Champions for Accessibility and Inclusivity

Join CAFE and our Accessibility Champions to learn more about accessibility and quality assurance. Those interested may register by following the links below. Zoom links to each workshop will be provided upon registration.

  • Spring 2021 dates & times coming soon!

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

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.