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


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. 


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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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Rethinking Support for At-Risk Students

Thursday, Dec. 14, 9am - 3pm

Students At-Risk

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 CTLT is hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday, Dec. 14. This workshop is available to faculty of all ranks (tenure, full, and part-time lectures). Lunch provided. A $300 stipend is available to those who complete the program.

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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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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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