Center for Faculty Excellence
The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) provides faculty with tools to help improve
teaching and learning through technology, professional development, and support of
academic uses of technology.
Although we are on campus and our office is open to visitors, we continue to provide support virtually and encourage you to take advantage of one of these options.
FACULTY AND STUDENTS: Get Support Through the Academic Technology Resource Center
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FACULTY ONLY: Talk to an ID
Faculty are welcome to schedule an appointment with an Instructional Designer (ID) for a conversation about pedagogy or their Canvas course by completing this form. If it's a quick question, join the ATRC Zoom Room (link above) and the student assistants will connect you with an ID.
Opportunities for Faculty
ACUE Microcredential in Designing Student Centered Courses Application
The office of IDEAS has partnered with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the Designing Student-Centered Courses microcredential. This opportunity is open to any Fresno State faculty and upon completion they will receive either a taxable stipend or professional development funds. Individuals who enroll in the microcredential will also be part of a Faculty Learning Community during the fall 2022 semester with two required meetings.
Advancing Inclusive Mentoring (AIM)
The Advancing Inclusive Mentoring (AIM) program is a mentor training program developed at California State University Long Beach as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative. The overarching goals of AIM are to provide a variety of engaging faculty training resources to promote student success through positive and inclusive mentoring.
The full description of the Fresno State Summer Program is here. Look for opportunities to join the FLC in the Fall.
Quality Learning and Teaching Professional Development Courses (QLT)
CSU Online Course Services (CSU-OCS) offers professional development opportunities for tenure-track faculty and lecturers developing hybrid/blended, online, or flipped courses. For more information on currently available courses and to register, visit the CSU-OCS website.
Accessible Document Training
This training course is available to all CSU employees, and it provides the core fundamentals for creating accessible Word and PowerPoint documents as well as some high-level best practices in regards to PDF documents. An optional Excel module has been added to the course. Register for the self-paced course here.
Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship
View additional DH/DS information
Canvas Work Order Forms
The Academic Resource Center can help with test creation, uploading course content,
combining course sections into a single course shell, giving student access for incomplete
work, creating development shells and organizations. Complete the correct form to provide the necessary information to complete your request.
Provost Series on Practices for Virtual Instruction. Faculty Videos - By Faculty for Faculty (Fresno State Access only). These brief videos provide our faculty access to tutorials
on topics that range from technology tools, teaching methodology, and assessment within
the context of virtual teaching.
Recommendations from the Academic Senate on the Use of Cameras in Virtual classes
Challenges to establishing a uniform recommendation include:
- class sizes, structure, and content vary greatly
- a number of barriers to video use exist including bandwidth, privacy concerns, background distractions
- it is the university’s responsibility to make sure students are equipped for basic course needs
- students with disabilities may have additional challenges with using audio-visual tools that have not yet been identified
Recommendations for the classroom
Faculty are encouraged to clearly state camera expectations in syllabus and review these expectations the first day of class or even post on Canvas prior to the start of the semester. If camera usage is required on certain days the rationale should be included in the syllabus. If faculty do require the use of cameras there needs to be a procedure for exceptions. Faculty are encouraged to create class expectations at the start of semester (helps to discuss/explain why cameras would be useful) and consider alternative ways of involvement to demonstrate presence and create community. Faculty concerned about privacy issues may consider suggesting the use of avatars. Faculty may need to secure student permission if recording lectures with students visible. Alternative solutions (e.g., virtual backgrounds, school-appropriate profile pictures) should be encouraged as access to technology allows.
Recommendations for assessment
Services for Students with Disabilities recommends flexibility with testing. If faculty require cameras for assessment then those dates should be included in the syllabus so that students can make plans in advance. Faculty are encouraged to consider shorter time periods or multiple attempts to mitigate some technology concerns. Faculty should also consider alternatives if there are identified privacy issues to be negotiated with individual students.
INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, AND EQUITY RESOURCES
- BLACK MINDS MATTER Series.
- Session 1 Recording - Prof. Tyrone Howard and Shante Needham (sister of Sandra Bland)
- Session 2 Recording - Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Ivory Toldson, and Gwen Carr (the mother of Eric Garner)
- Session 3 Recording - Guests included Dr. William Smith, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Dr. Frank Harris III & Michael Brown Sr. (the father of Michael Brown Jr.)
- Far-Reaching Consequences - The Supreme Court Decision
- Responding to Microaggressions in Online Learning Environments During a Pandemic
- Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit from ACUE
By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty create learning environments where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to achieve at high levels.
- Eight Actions to Reduce Racism in the Classroom
The Center for Faculty Excellence provides faculty professional development, technology training, support and development of academic uses of technology.