the Lounge

What is the Lounge? The Lounge, located in the Center for Faculty Excellence, is a place for faculty to come and sit, grab a cup of coffee, meet with others, have conversation, or collaborate on projects.

Lessons from the Lounge - Spring 2018

Join us noon - 1:00 p.m. on the following days for these presentations:

  • Friday, February 2: Bb Gradebook
    Mastering the blackboard grade book. If you are interested in saving time and having Blackboard accurately keep your grade book, this is the workshop for you! We are going to look at a simple point system and set up a weighted grading system in Blackboard to your specifications. It doesn’t matter if you already have a few assignments in the grade book, but now is the time to set it up!! Bring your grading categories, percentages for each, and a laptop.
  • Friday, February 16: Google Tips and Tricks
  • Friday, March 2: Beginning Twitter
    You've heard of people tweeting and hashtags but what is it? Twitter is a popular social network that allows its users to post tweets on just about anything. In this introduction workshop to Twitter you will learn the basic features to help you start using it for professional networking, see what's trending, and post your first tweet!
  • Friday, March 9: Using and Teaching Wikipedia: An Open Discussion
    Wikipedia is often the number 1 source that any researcher may use to  find out more information on a particular topic. However, it is also shunned and avoided. This discussion will cover how Wikipedia can be used as a teaching source to reinforce critical thinking and research practices. A librarian will present best practices to engage with your students to learn more about the biases and lack of information in Wikipedia, and how to strengthen the entries through authoritative and scholarly works.
  • Friday, March 16, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: GE Information Meeting
    Beginning in Fall 2018, all faculty who teach GE courses will be required to indicate a minimum of one assignment that directly aligns with and measures one of the GE student learning outcomes for the appropriate Area (GE A1, A2, B4, C2, etc.). This workshop will give background on the GE ePortfolio requirement for all incoming students as of Fall 2018 which led to the new requirement for syllabi. This workshop will also give specific examples of the minor changes necessary to faculty syllabi to fulfill this requirement. APM 215, a new section at the end of the existing section on GE, describes all aspects of the new GE ePortfolio requirement. If you are unable to attend any of the following meetings: March 16 at 10:00, a.m. April 12 at noon, or April 18 at 5:00 p.m., please email Melissa Jordine (
  • Friday, April 6: iClickers in the Classroom
    Looking for ways to engage your students in the classroom? Last semester, Fresno State upgraded their iClicker system so students can use regular clickers in the classroom and/or a mobile device such as their phone or tablet.  This informal presentation will provide information about the process and how you might use iClickers in a classroom setting.
  • Thursday, April 12: GE Information Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 18: GE Information Meeting
  • Friday, April 20: Google for Teaching
    Learn the various ways you can incorporate Google into your teaching. 
  • Friday, May 4: Bb Ally and How it Helps You

Want to Present?

Short presentations will also be given throughout the semester on fun and interesting topics. Would you like to participate? Do you have a topic you would like to present? Fill out this form and someone from CFE will contact you.