Faculty Center and eLearning

Semester Conversion

Cal Poly Pomona's switch from quarters to semesters is quickly approaching. This webpage provides workshops, resources, and tips to convert quarter-based courses to a semester-based format.

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Face-To-Face Workshops

Semester Conversion Camps are three-day guided agenda programs to convert quarter courses to semester courses using best practices. There will be plenty of time to work on your own courses. Early Bird, Spring Break, and Procrastinators' Camps are limited to 15 participants, while Summer Institute is limited to 40 participants. Tenure line and lecturer faculty welcome. One camp per person, please. We are working on getting funding for small stipends.

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Online Workshops

Online workshops are short videos highlighting specific topics related to semester teaching best practices. Topics are broken up into "gotta do's," "mighty good to do's," and "ponder to do's" to help you decide how to best use your time.


Gotta Do

Issues that every instructor will have to handle

How Much Content to Cover in a Semester

This is the first video in a series of three. It talks about the time available in a semester (less than we think!) and pedagogical strategies to help students transition to the semester pace. The video ends with some of the good things about semesters, like not having classes start on January 2!

 

Timing of Course Activities

This is the second video in a series of three. This one talks about how to use a semester calendar so you can get a jump on pre-planning to make sure your course includes active learning and checkpoints to help students stay on top of their semester. An actual course example is used.

 


Mighty Good To Do

Enhance the semester for both you and your students

Active Learning

Learn about Active Learning and its researcher-proven effectiveness. This workshop will introduce you to six popular active learning strategies that you can implement right now in your own course. And as work to convert your quarter courses into semester courses, think about how active learning can be incorporated into your sessions.

 

Administration and Time Management of a 4/4 Load

This includes three videos.

The first, describes the principles of investing over reacting, as well as using your brain wisely. The second, describes the principle of telling the truth and making friends by calendaring and seeking out multi-section collaboration. The third, describes getting clarity and focus by pruning your classwork and using the Pomodoro technique.

 

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Ponder To Do

Well, those would be great if you have time

Transforming a Face-to-Face Class to a Hybrid or Flipped Class

Learn about hybrid online teaching, the flipped pedagogical approach, and the differences between them. This workshop will introduce you to technologies capable of creating and delivering instructional materials online.