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Faculty Center and eLearning

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my students to do the reading, pay attention, and participate in class?

Check out these online workshops about motivating students to prepare for class and how to create learning communities in class.

What are the most effective strategies for helping students learn?

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.

How do I get help with using Blackboard (Bb) effectively?

For basic Blackboard help, call or visit Studio 6 at 909-979-3099, Bldg 1-205. You can also email blackboard@cpp.edu 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.

I received a notice from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) that I have a student with disability. What do I do?

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.

I am a lecturer. What is available to me?

Lecturers are included in all Faculty Center and eLearning programs! Start with the Quickstart Guide and the Lecturer Guide, and watch your email for announcements from us.

I was given a brand-new course a week before classes start. What do I do?

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.

Can you create an interactive animation to describe a difficult concept in my course?

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.

How can I find grant opportunities and funding for conferences?

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.

How do I find a mentor?

Find information in this RTP intro document. (pdf)

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

How do I create a personal website?

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.

What workshops do you have this term?

Go to our Workshops and Events page to find a complete list of upcoming offerings.