Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

News & Events

News & EvetnsThe CTLT offers a rich variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year. This page includes information about upcoming events as well as other campus opportunities. We welcome all Cal Poly educators (faculty at all ranks and staff with an educational role) to attend and participate.

For more information and to register for an event, click on the corresponding entries, see our Calendar of Events, or contact the CTLT directly. If you would like to promote a teaching/learning themed event or opportunity to the Cal Poly campus through the CTLT, please contact us.

Please check our Calendar of Events for a list of events, dates, and times.

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3 Slice of Inspiration Instructional Innovation Showcases

Spring Quarter 2017

May 2, 9 & 23, 2017

As Cal Poly class sizes expand, faculty requests have increased for more information about personal response systems (i.e., clickers). Several years ago, after a thorough study of PRS, Cal Poly recommended iClicker as the common campus PRS. Since that time, several other PRS companies have risen to prominence. The following three sessions this quarter will inform you about the most popular personal response systems on our campus. Company reps and faculty will answer your questions, share pedagogical strategies, and discuss the pros and cons of their favorite PRS. 

May 2: Top Hat - Laura Freberg (Psychology) & Tracy Tanner (Top Hat Rep) 

May 9: Learning Catalytics - Solina Lindahl (Economics), Emily Taylor (Biology), Nick D'Incelli (LC Rep) & Warren Roberge (LC Rep) 

May 23: iClicker - Grace Goschke (Biological Sciences), Tricia Salata (iClicker Rep) & Tonia Malone (PolyLearn Administrator)

Pizza, salad, and beverages will be provided during these lunch sessions. All sessions will be held in Kennedy Library, Room 202A from 12:10 - 1:00 PM.

No registration required.

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Correcting Automatic Captions in YouTube

April 12 & May 8, 2017

Federal accessibility mandates require that all videos used in online course materials are properly captioned. The easiest way to do this, without paying a vendor to do it for you, is to upload your video into YouTube and turn on automatic captions. Most of you have probably seen some of the strange results of automatic captions, but it is quite easy to fix them. Luanne Fose will teach you how easy the process is in this workshop on Wednesday, April 12 or Monday, May 8, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 PM in the CTLT Large Conference Room (35-319b). Don’t ever be embarrassed by automatic captions again!

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ZOOM (Video Conferencing Software) Workshops

April 20 & May 15, 2017

Do you know about Zoom - Cal Poly's new video conferencing software? Zoom is now available to all Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff. Zoom allows for video, audio, and screen sharing between up to 200 participants. It can be used from any computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, and it works on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. Any Cal Poly user can schedule and initiate a video or audio meeting, allowing Zoom to be used for any online meeting, whether between two or many people. The screen sharing feature for collaborating on projects from a distance is also awesome! Join instructor, Luanne Fose, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM in the large CTLT Conference Room (35-319b) on Thursday, April 20 or Monday, May 15, 2017, and learn how to set Zoom up for your next meeting, office hour, or synchronous class.

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PolyLearn Walk-in Support

Spring 2017

At the beginning of the quarter, instructor’s can get help with setting up their PolyLearn course shell. At the end of the quarter, instructor's may want help with their Gradebook. If you would like a PolyLearn Support person to review your course and provide guidance, please drop by during the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 4 from 11-1pm in 35-202a
  • Thursday, May 11 from 11-1pm in 35-319b
  • Tuesday, May 16 from 11-1pm in 35-202a
  • Tuesday, May 30 from 12-2pm in 35-319b
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5 Habits to Create More Accessible Word Documents

April 25 & June 7, 2017

Do you want to make more accessible Word documents for your students but you don't have the time? Come to this workshop and learn how to incorporate 5 habits into your document creation workflow to alleviate 90% of accessibility problems without adding to your document creation time. Instructor, Luanne Fose, will help you make the "magic" happen on either Tuesday, April 25 or Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 12:10-1:00 PM in the CTLT Large Conference Room (Kennedy Library, 319b).

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Supporting At-Risk Students

April 28 & May 26, 2017

Within PolyLearn there are multiple tools that can provide an instructor information about students who are performing poorly in the course and may be at risk of failing or dropping the course.

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Digital Mentorship Competency Workshop Series

Spring Quarter: April 24 - June 5, 2017

Are you tired of the traditional methods of providing student feedback with red pen in the margins of papers or projects? Would you like to spend less time during office hours clarifying the comments that you made on student papers? Would you like to develop a mentoring relationship with your students? Would you like to save time in grading? Yes? Achieve all these desires and more by joining the Digital Mentorship Competency Community of Practice during Spring quarter and learn the pedagogical & technological techniques to provide student feedback with digital video assessment. Raise your digital literacy IQ! Meetings will be from 3:00-4:00 PM on Mondays from April 24 – June 5, 2017. Facilitator: Dr. Luanne Fose, CTLT

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Spring Book Circles

Spring 2017

Four book circles are available this Spring! They are open to all Cal Poly educators and participants who commit to full participation (three one-hour meetings a week apart) will receive a copy of their selected book. Titles are:

  • The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It (Kelly McGonigal)
  • The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion (Sara Rose Cavanaugh)

Two are books in preparation for Winona LaDuke's visit to campus this quarter through the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity: 

  • The Winona LaDuke Chronicles (Winona LaDuke)
  • Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming & Claiming (Winona LaDuke)

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"Reinventing The Large Lecture" Learning Community

2016 - 2017

Large lectures present instructors with distinctive challenges when they strive to embrace Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing" pedagogical commitment. Is it feasible to include active learning, student engagement, collaboration, and frequent feedback in support of student learning in large lectures? Many innovative scholars have shown that it is not only feasible but quite effective. Stipends available.

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"Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum" Learning Community

2016 - 2017

Did you know that Cal Poly has "Sustainability Learning Objectives" necessary for all university graduates? If you are an educator who understands the importance of educating the next generation about sustainability principles and are interested in weaving sustainability principles in your course(s), this learning community is for you. Stipends available.

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"Teaching Today's American Students" Learning Community

2016 - 2017

This is for educators who find it challenging to provide an effective learning experience for today's students. It is particularly well-suited for international faculty as well as anyone else seeking to connect better with American students. We will focus on achieving high success in student learning through activities based on community members' needs. Teaching will be central but we can also address other aspects of faculty life such as research, service, and life in the area. Stipends available.

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"Online and Hybrid Course Design and Instruction" Learning Community

2016 - 2017

Hybrid and online course design offers new and exciting ways to engage students beyond the lecture model, and deliver flexible learning opportunities for students as well as instructors. In addition, developing a hybrid course is excellent preparation for transitioning it into a quality fully online course. Stipends available.

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CTLT Has Moved to 3rd Floor of Kennedy Library (35-319)

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology has moved upstairs in Kennedy Library to new offices in 35-319, where we share space with Academic Programs and Planning. Our new space includes a private consultation room and a conference room. Drop by and say hello! Our instructional space remains in 35-202a for the near future but we are developing plans to renovate our old office space (35-209) for our new instructional space in the coming year. 

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