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Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series AY 18/19

Technology is always changing! Whether you're getting started in your academic career, are looking to fine tune a class, or you just love trying out new technologies and techniques, there is something here for you. We've put together a series of workshops around three themes:

  • Student Engagement
  • Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences
  • Technology & Multimedia

Faculty can attend any of these stand-alone workshops or choose a theme. Attend six or more workshops to earn a certificate.

The workshops are from noon to 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kellogg 2414 (TRC) spaced throughout the academic year. If you can't attend the on-campus workshop, we'll make a Zoom link available to attend remotely.

NOTE: Do you have an idea for a topic or want to present a topic, email with your idea.

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Tues 9/11

CC Reports, Analytics, and Statistics
What insights can Cougar Courses reveal about your students and your course? Access handy visualizations, hidden gems of data, and useful reports. Plus, use built-in analytics graphs and reports to send targeted messages and follow-up on what you discover.

Thurs 9/13

Looking for a new way to connect with your students? To connect them with each other? Come learn about the new features for office hours, breakout rooms, polling, and more.

Thurs 9/27

Mediasite and Desktop Recorder
Instructors already know that providing students with timely, meaningful feedback can greatly enhance learning and outcomes - but it's also time-consuming. In this session we'll show you the tools in Cougar Courses that can speed up this process, including audio feedback, drag and drop comments, and rubrics.

Tues 10/9

Strategies for easy and effective feedback
Make a mini-lesson with EdPuzzle; design an infographic or poster with CANVA, or create beautiful, interactive timelines with tiki-toki.

Thurs 10/11

Diving into Data in the Library - Ann Fiegen
Find out how to use census and consumer survey data in SimplyAnalytics for your classes and research. Students use SimplyAnalytics for detailed market analysis and socio-cultural preferences. Also discover how ReferenceUSA is more than a business listing. Find details on industries, private businesses and non-profit organizations.

Thurs 10/25


Tues 11/13

Open Education Resources
OER – What does it mean and where can you find quality resources? We'll take you on a treasure hunt. First stop: open textbooks through OpenStax & cool4ed. Next: media, simulations & case studies in MERLOT. Final destination: explore ebooks and CALM guides in the Kellogg Library

Thurs 12/6

Syllabus makeover
Does your syllabus read more like a legal document than a course introduction and a framework to guide student success? It's usually the first thing students encounter in your class, so why not set a positive tone with a student-centered, and aesthetically pleasing syllabus.


Spring 2019

Thurs 2/7 Ally
Thurs 2/14 Toolkits for Media Projects
Tues 2/26

Team Projects and Team-based Learning
Team-based learning (TBL) is a structured form of small-group, collaborative learning that emphasizes student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class. Learn how to implement it, and get advice from CSUSM instructors using TBL.

Thurs 3/14

Are your forums suffering from these symptoms: lack of student participation, boring posts, grading takes forever, etc.? Well, the discussion doctor is in! Learn the tried and true cures for common forum ailments – no snake oil here.

Tues 3/26

Presentation Innovations
Stop spending hours each semester reviewing an endless stream of boring PowerPoint presentations. We'll share 3 great, free, online tools that your students (and you!) can use to create engaging, professional-looking multi-media presentations.

Thurs 4/18

Finding and saving images, basic enhancements and editing in PowerPoint, using SmartArt to generate graphic organizers.

Tues 5/7

Are you looking for a way to motivate students to do the readings in advance of class? Perusall is a collaborative annotation tool that promotes active, collaborative reading. You add readings to Perusall, and students can highlight, create public or private comments and answer questions. Perusall can automatically place students into groups and assign a grade based on the quality of their comments, questions and engagement with other students. Best of all, Perusall generates a Student Confusion Report for you.