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 (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.

Wall of COOL Speaker Series

Thursday, October 29, 11:00am-11:50am: Online via Zoom

Wall of COOL Speaker Series

Join 2020 Wall of COOL recipient Stephanie Marin Rothman from the Biological Science Department as she presents on "Offering Choices Encourages Engagement in Online Courses." CAFE's Wall of COOL award recognizes excellent courses that effectively use technology to enhance student learning and success.

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

Tuesdays, through October 27, 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 29, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Building a Community of Learners with Threaded Discussions, Cherie Ichinose, CSUF
  • Tuesday October 6, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Using Zoom to Facilitate a Synchronous Math Group Quiz, Bridget Druken, CSUF
  • Tuesday October 13, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Student-Sculpted Topics for Discussion in Large Courses, Thomas Gredig, CSULB
  • Tuesday October 20, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Combined Applications: Moving Beyond the Traditional Exam, Rick Emberley, CSUSLO
  • Tuesday October 27, 1:00pm - 1:30pm: The Students Write a Textbook, Brian Katz, CSULB

Meeting Passcode: 232021

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 Oct. 16: Using Flipgrid to Create Conversation, Peer Connections, and Improve Learning. Gina Harmston, CSU Fullerton. Flipgrid can enhance ice breaker moments, improve conversations, and allow students to practice presentation skills.

Please register in advance.



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

New Remote Course Design Session

October 26 - December 4

If you did not go through the CAFE’s “Remote Course Design” (RCD) workshop in the summer, or you want to do it again, Victoria Bhavsar will be facilitating another session: Oct. 26 – Dec. 4. The RCD provides a step-by-step process for creating or improving remote courses, along with lots of research-based resources and community discussions. Sorry, no stipend this time.