Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology



Throughout the academic year and summer, the CTLT offers scheduled workshops and Workshops By Request designed to support faculty and staff in creating rich learn-by-doing environments for students. Workshop topics encompass Instructional Practices, Academic Technology, PolyLearn, and others. Our "Workshops By Request" can be facilitated in several different formats, please see our offerings to see what would work for you. Our workshop offerings change frequently, please check often for our updated schedules. If you would like a workshop or information on a topic not listed, please contact the CTLT. Please check our Calendar of Events for a collective list of dates and times.

Accessible Document Design - Fall 2017

FALL 2017 - (Oct 16 - Nov 15)

Disability iconsThe CTLT is dedicated to helping faculty create accessible course materials. This workshop will help you design an accessible Word document and convert to accessible PDF. Bring your own laptop for this hands-on guided 90-minute workshop. 

Facilitator: Pam Dougherty, Instructional Designer/Accessibility Specialist, CTLT (padouge@calpoly.edu)

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Digital Mentorship Competency Workshop Series - Fall 2017

FALL 2017 - (Oct 17 - Nov 28)

Microphone and headphonesJoin the Digital Mentorship Competency Workshop Series for Fall and learn the pedagogical and technological techniques to provide student feedback with digital video assessment. Avoid student trauma from the red pen, save grading time, provide better clarity to your students, and reduce your office hours. (All of these claims were proven by data extracted from a 2016 pilot at Cal Poly). In this workshop series, you will also receive instruction on the "ins & outs" of screencasting video lessons with Screencast-O-Matic - an intuitive and powerful tool that is much easier to learn than Camtasia.

Participants will be required to attend six 1-hour face-to-face sessions on Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:00 PM from October 17 - November 28, 2017. A $200 stipend is available upon completion of the workshop objectives.  

Facilitator: Dr. Luanne Fose, Lead Instructional Designer & Multimedia Specialist, CTLT

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eLearning Addendum

Sept 25 - Oct 7 (fully online)

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. During this workshop, you will learn to navigate the eLearning Addendum and map out key timelines and calendar dates for submitting your course for hybrid or online approval. Stipend available. Instructor: Catherine Hillman

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QOLT Rubric Springboard Workshop

Oct 9 - Oct 20 (FULLY ONLINE)

Digital FingerThe QOLT Rubric Springboard workshop will provide a basic course template for anyone interested in teaching an online or hybrid course that meets the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) rubric. This fully online workshop from Oct 9-20 will address approximately one-third of the QOLT rubric, and is also beneficial for anyone who uses the PolyLearn (Moodle) system for hosting course documents in their face-to-face courses. A $200 stipend is available to those instructors who complete this online workshop by submitting a reflective statement of achievement, screen captures of their work, and achieving a course score of 80% or better. Instructor: Catherine Hillman

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Critical Mentoring Workshop Series

Fall Quarter 2017

Digital FingerThis is an opportunity for Cal Poly educators to deepen their skills and knowledge about mentoring students from underrepresented and underserved groups in undergraduate research experiences. Four meetings are planned for Fall Quarter beginning in Week 6, each with a set topic, to explore ideas and practices from "Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide" by Tori Weisten-Serdan (2017). The goal of this series is to utilize "Critical Mentoring" as a shared resource to seed discussions about critical mentoring and undergraduate research experiences. 

About "Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide" -- Tori Weisten-Serdan (2017) utilizes the framework of “critical mentoring” to “move mentoring research and praxis into a larger discourse around the critical examination of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality as they pertain to mentoring.” This approach to mentoring challenges deficit-based approaches to mentoring – in which the mentee needs to be “fixed” to succeed within the academic or professional environment – and “seeks to engage both the mentor and the protégé in processes that trigger critical consciousness and an ongoing and joint struggle for transformation.”

This series is organized by the CSU STEM VISTA AmeriCorps and LSAMP Programs through CTLT in coordination with the Office of the Dean of Research and the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion. Please contact Nicki Holm (nholm@calpoly.edu) with questions, suggestions, or to find out more.

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ZOOM Video Conferencing Software Workshop

October 2, October 19, November 8, November 29, 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. You have never dealt with a web conferencing tool that is this easy! The screen sharing feature for collaborating on projects from a distance is also awesome! Join instructor, Luanne Fose, in the CTLT classroom (Kennedy Library, Room 209) on either Oct. 2, 19, Nov. 8, or Nov. 29 and learn how to set Zoom up for your next meeting, office hour, collaborative project, or synchronous class.

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YES You Canva!

 NOVEMBER 6, November 30 Or December 5, 2017

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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 either Nov. 6, Nov. 30, or Dec. 5 in Kennedy Library, Room 209 (New 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.

Instructor: Dr. Luanne Fose

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Correcting Automatic Captions in YouTube

 September 29 Or October 26, 2017

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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. Instructor Luanne Fose will teach you how easy the process is in this workshop on Sept. 29 or Oct. 26 in Kennedy Library, Room 209 (New CTLT Classroom). Don’t ever be embarrassed by automatic captions again!

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Principles of Excellent Course Design (PolyLearn)

 October 5 Or November 1, 2017

Bad Course Design

Does your PolyLearn course look inviting? Is it well organized? Is it easy for your students to find your content or is it a complicated quagmire? Is it aesthetically pleasing or incredibly ugly? Take an hour to gather a few tips on what you can do to make your PolyLearn course more appealing and the do's and don'ts of online/hybrid course design by attending this workshop on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 or Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 12:10-1:00 PM in Kennedy Library, Room 209 (New CTLT Classroom).

Instructor: Dr. Luanne Fose

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Workshops by Request


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Workshops By Request are designed to provide Cal Poly instructors with opportunities to engage with high-priority teaching and learning-related topics. Our workshops are research-informed sessions that provide guidance on putting concepts into practice to make real differences in instructional effectiveness and student learning. They are offered at the CTLT teaching lab and can also be presented on site for faculty cohorts in programs and colleges on dates and times most convenient for those interested. Please review our options and let us know what we can do for you.


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