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.

Affordable Learning Solutions

Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Textbooks represent a significant expense for our students, but the good news is there are ways you can help make their education more affordable. If you would like to learn how to reduce textbook costs for your students, join this session. The Affordable Learning Solutions: Selecting Open and Affordable Resources session will take place on March 2, 2018, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Kennedy Library, Room 319B. You will increase your awareness of the breadth of affordable and open resources and explore how to incorporate them into your courses. The session is the first stage in a program designed to support faculty and lower-cost educational materials ($500 stipend for completion of 2 stages) .

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Accessible Document Design - Winter 2018


The CTLT is dedicated to creating an inclusive campus learning community.  This faculty workshop provides hands-on, step-by-step guidance to help you apply the tools in Microsoft Word to create an accessible Word document, and convert to accessible PDF.  Focus is on creating an accessible syllabus. Choose from among eight workshops offered January 19 – March 12, 2018. Workshops are 90-minutes; bring your own laptop!

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Creating Accessible Course Materials 

Fully-online 4-week workshop, FEB 5 - Mar 5

$300 stipend available. Limited seating. This workshop provides an overview of accessibility and Universal Design in college courses. Participants will develop skills and best practices to make course materials technically accessible and usable to a broad range of students. The workshop covers use of PolyLearn tools, accessible document design, video captioning, and a culminating activity to create an Accessibility Action Plan. This session is FULL. Please sign up for the wait list.

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eLearning Addendum Workshop

fully online - Jan 28 - feb 10

Launching a successful online or hybrid course starts long before the first day of class, and engages practices and pedagogies that are slightly different than the face-to-face environment. This fully online workshop focuses on the local (Cal Poly) process for hybrid and online course approval, with an introduction to the CSU's QOLT(Quality in Online Learning and Teaching) exemplary course program.  Stipend available.

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YES, You Canva Workshop
(Graphic Design for the Rest of Us)

Jan 25, Feb 16, or Mar 13

Discouraged that you can't create your own graphics for PolyLearn or other course content (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Keynote, Pages)? Do you think you just can't do it due to lack of aptitude with the complications of Photoshop? YES you can with Canva! Come to this workshop on <strong>either Jan. 25, Feb. 26 or March 13 in Kennedy Library, Room 209 (CTLT Classroom) and learn how to use the free intuitive online graphics tool, Canva, to meet some of your graphic content development needs. Learn how to make a PolyLearn banner for your course from a template or from scratch. It's fun and it's useful.

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ZOOM Video Conferencing Workshops

JAN 10, FEB 1, MAR 2, OR Mar 21 

Do you know about Zoom - Cal Poly's 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. Join instructor, Luanne Fose, in the CTLT classroom (Kennedy Library, Room 209) and learn how to set ZOOM up for your next meeting, office hour, recruitment, collaborative project, seminar, or synchronous class.

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Correcting YouTube Automatic Captions Workshop

JAN 16, FEB 8, OR MAR 5

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 to 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 either Jan. 16, Feb. 8, or March 5. Don't ever be embarrassed by automatic captions again!

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Screencasting Basics with

Feb 2, Mar 8, OR MAR 20

Would you like to get started with creating screencasts for your courses? Screencast-O-Matic is an easy and intuitive software tool for getting started. This 1-hour workshop, taught by CTLT Multimedia Specialist, Luanne Fose, will be offered on Feb. 2, March 8, or March 20 in Kennedy Library, Room 209 (CTLT Classroom) from 12:00-1:00 PM and will introduce you to the basics of this intuitive tool. Pick a date that works for you and join us!

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Rethinking Support for At-Risk Students

mar 28, 2018

The purpose of this program is to provide educators with methods and tools to identify academically at-risk students and to provide them with effective interventions that improve student success.

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 28 from 9am-3pm in Kennedy Library, Room 209. This workshop is available to faculty of all ranks (tenure, full, and part-time lecturers). A $300 stipend is available to those who complete the program. Lunch provided.

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CSU Symposium on University Teaching

Cal Poly Pomona | April 13 & 14, 2018

All CSU faculty and academic staff are cordially invited to attend the CSU Symposium on University Teaching/PolyTeach joint conference at Cal Poly Pomona on April 13 & 14, 2018. The purpose of the Symposium is to provide a forum for CSU educators to connect with other dedicated colleagues to share their insights and to learn new ideas that enhance student success. CTLT will reimburse Cal Poly educators for the registration fee.

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Winter 2018 Book Circles

Winter 2018

The CTLT hosts book circles throughout the academic year and during summers. They are open to all Cal Poly faculty and staff. Selected books draw from a broad array of thoughtful and inspiring educational literature. These are opportunities to enrich your knowledge about timely and significant topics related to higher education while engaging with colleagues from across campus.

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Writing Groups

Winter 2018 Writing Groups


Would you like dedicated writing time to work on writing that is important to you and your career? If so, consider joining one of the CTLT's Faculty & Staff Writing Groups. These groups are open to all faculty and staff working on writing projects such as academic journal articles, a book chapter, grant proposals and reports, creative writing, and more. 

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Upcoming Assessment Workshops

Feb 6 & 8, 2018

CTLT and Academic Programs are pleased to announce Winter workshops designed to support faculty who are engaged in program assessment activities. These 2-hour workshops are engaging, hands-on, collaborative opportunities that will provide participants with the support and time to make substantial, concrete progress on their assessment efforts. Four hours total, the workshops will meet twice, two weeks apart. This is an excellent professional development opportunity that is sure to strengthen participants' contributions to their program's assessment projects. The Winter workshop focus is Curriculum Mapping and will begin on Feb 6th and Feb 8th from 11am - 1:00pm. For additional information, please contact Jack Phelan, Director of Academic Assessment at jgphelan@calpoly.edu 

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"Reinventing The Large Lecture" Learning Community

Academic Year 2017-18

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

academic year 2017-18

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

academic year 2017-18

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

academic year 2017-18

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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