Frequently Asked Questions
That's a big question with an extensive literature. Start small with this list of 13 things you can do to help your students learn. It includes citations and links to literature. Also see our online workshops on transparency, productive persistence, and organization.
For basic Blackboard help, call or visit Studio 6 at 909-979-3099, Bldg 1-205. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or review Blackboard instructor guides at eHelp and official Blackboard instructor videos.
The Bb Quality Matters (QM) Course Template makes course navigation easy and intuitive. Instructors using this template report that students spend more time on task. Learn more about QM and request the Bb QM Course Template.
Make sure your instructional materials, such as Word docs, PowerPoints, and PDFs are “accessible.” To learn more, review our Accessible Instructional Materials guide.
Also, use closed-captioned videos and provide transcripts for audio material. Unfortunately, auto-generated captions in YouTube aren't adequate. Contact MediaVision for help with captioning.
You can also make an appointment to get help.
Your department chair should give you at least the course syllabus and "expanded course outline." Ask who taught the course before, and reach out to them to see if they will share materials with you. If they used Blackboard, ask them for permission to see their Blackboard shell - this will need to be in writing in an email so you can contact eLearning and ask for access to the course. You may also like this project plan for planning a course in a week.
Request the creation of a Multimedia Learning Object (MLO). An instructional designer will reach out to you. Be aware that developing a MLO is a very involved process which will require your active participation as the subject matter expert.
There are many small internal grants at Cal Poly Pomona. See the Grant Opportunities page. For help in seeking larger or external grant opportunities, contact the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. Funding for conference travel is limited at Cal Poly Pomona; contact your dean’s office to see what your college may have available.
Your department chair should assign you a point person from your department. However, it’s best to create a "network" of mentors for yourself, each offering a different kind of information and support. For more on mentors, see the "Your Career at CPP" section of our Quickstart Guide. Also, for 2018-2019, you can make an appointment with our faculty associate Dr. Steve McCauley, "Everybody’s Mentor." Contact
All faculty may create a personal website through Cal Poly Pomona’s content management system, Cascade. Learn more at the "Making Web Pages" eHelp article.
Go to our Workshops and Events page to find a complete list of upcoming offerings.