Faculty Center and eLearning

Programs and Events

"Online Teaching at Its Best!"

We're thrilled to bring Dr. Linda Nilson, emerita Clemson University, back to Cal Poly Pomona! Linda first visited in 2013. She's the prolific and practical author of some of our favorite books and articles about teaching, including Creating Self-Regulated Learners (2013), Teaching at Its Best, now in its 4th edition (2016), and Creating Engaging Discussions (2018) (plus, oh, about 5 more!). Linda's work is based in her rigorous examinations of the research literature. Most recently, her book Online Teaching at Its Best (2018) seemed like a perfect fit. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much about online teaching is relevant to great face to face teaching, and vice versa.

Linda's delightfully engaging and active workshop will help you to:

  • Distinguish myth from reality about differences between face-to-face and online courses
  • Design a tightly aligned course for any environment
  • Organize online course materials to help students find them easily
  • Apply cognitive science to online materials
  • Enhance student motivation in in online and hybrid environments
  • Create a sense of community and interactivity in online environments

As a special bonus, we’ll also have the winners of the 2019 Wall of COOL awards give brief presentations about their inspiring ideas!

“Quality Matters”: Invest in Excellent Hybrid & Online Course Design

Follow up Linda Nilson’s Online Teaching at Its Best workshop with an introduction to the research-based Quality Matters (QM) framework for creating excellent hybrid & online courses. QM emphasizes course alignment for efficient achievement, student engagement in course activities and with each other, and a high degree of organization to ensure that students spend their online time on learning – and you spend your time teaching, not answering “read the syllabus” questions. Courses can be submitted for the nationally recognized QM certification review.

The eLearning team will present an interactive introduction to the QM framework and process. You’ll see some before-and-after course examples and get some tips and tricks to use immediately, plus decide if you would like to pursue QM further.

If you can't come to Linda Nilson's workshop, come to this one anyway!  Although the topics are related, both workshops stand alone.

Motivate Students through “Belonging” - Part 2

Students say that a very important thing their faculty can do is to "help motivate them." Feeling as if you "belong" in a place helps motivate people to engage in the activities of the place. Faculty can do a lot to help students feel that they belong in our classrooms, but how do we know we're doing the best things?

This brown bag discussion will focus on assessing the success of classroom strategies to enhance belonging while not undermining academic rigor. Although we'll talk primarily from the perspective of STEM classrooms, faculty from all disciplines are warmly invited.

Choose from two dates: Wednesday March 20, 12:00-12:50 pm or Thursday March 21, 12:00-12:50 pm. Please bring your lunch; snacks and drinks will be available.

This event is part of the NSF-funded PASSION Project (Polytechnic for All: STEM Success via an Inclusive Institution).

Statistical Analysis Workshop for Faculty & Graduate Students

Dr. Jae Min Jung, International Business & Marketing, offers a special hands-on seminar for Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM) using the SmartPLS software. If your research has presented you with situations such as:

  • Your data do not exhibit a normal distribution; thus, you cannot use regular structural equation modeling
  • Your model is complex with a mix of reflective and formative scales
  • Your sample size is small (less than 100) or very large (more than 800)
  • You have many variables that are measured by a single item
  • You want to examine relationships among variables wherein dependent variables serve as independent variables in a web of networks

then this seminar will be of interest to you.

You will need to bring your own laptop with SmartPLS installed. Please register to get information on how to get SmartPLS. For questions about PLS-SEM, please contact Jae Min Jung ( jmjung@cpp.edu).

For questions about logistics, please contact Victoria Bhavsar ( vbhavsar@cpp.edu). We will provide power strips. Please bring your own lunch; small snacks and drinks will be available.

Faculty Day: Save the date!

Faculty Day is our traditional celebration of Cal Poly Pomona faculty, an event for pure enjoyment. All faculty - full-time, part-time, retired, new, and all in between - are cordially invited to enjoy lunch, music provided by Cal Poly Pomona students, gifts and goodies, and time with colleagues. Stay tuned for location info closer to the time and put the date on your calendar now.

eLearning Engaging the Digital Student Institute (EDSI) 2019

The Summer Institute supports you in designing high quality hybrid or online courses and in using various technologies to increase engagement and learning in face-to-face classes. This Summer Institute will follow up on Linda Nilson's March 22 workshop, "Online Teaching at Its Best." We'll talk about alignment, engagement, and organization, with an overall theme of inclusivity.

Any faculty member, full- or part-time, is welcome, with a limit of 40 total participants. Stipends of $500 will be available for completing the Institute. Please plan to participate in the entire Summer Institute, as we anticipate a waiting list.

Basic abilities for internet use and Blackboard skills will be assumed. If you would like to participate but need a brush-up on Blackboard, please contact Studio 6.

As of March 11, 2019, we are in WAIT LIST. Please go ahead and register, and we'll reach out to you as soon as possible if a spot opens up.