TILT – Exemplary Online Instruction, Experiences to Improve Teaching

Exemplary Online Instruction and the Rubric for Online Instruction are helping CSU Chico faculty redesign and evaluate courses to be effective and exemplary models for others. This TILT Symposium features faculty who have already been recognized for their exemplary work. They will show courses and talk about the process of nominating their course and applying the Rubric for Online Instruction. The experience of going through our EOI program has been identified as a rich and rewarding experience for faculty members. Nominations are open NOW until May 4th. Instructional Technology Consultants in TLP will be happy to help you nominate your course and apply the rubric to it. 

This presentation was given on Thursday, March 5, 2009. Presenters: Denny Gier, Colleen Hatfield, Ann Martin, Laura Sederberg

Watch the archive now through Wimba Classroom.

New Wimba Tutorials Now Online

Wimba Classroom, a virtual presentation and meeting space software, is the main tool for synchronous distance learning supported by CSU Chico. Wimba Classroom is helpful to use in situations when some students cannot come to campus to attend a lecture. The virtual class is equipped with video and audio, and an archive of every class session can be recorded so students can revisit past lessons.

Now for your convenience, TLP has numerous tutorials available from our website that can help teach the basics of using Wimba Classroom. The tutorials are located on the TLP page under Teaching with Technology.

In addition to the Wimba Classroom tutorials, another set that explains the Wimba Voice products such as the podcaster and voice presentation are also on the TLP website.

For more information about using the Wimba products at CSU Chico, contact Ann Steckel in TLP at x6780.

Western States ‘Brown Bag’ Webinar: Best Practices in Online Instruction

Date: Feb 23
Time: 3pm Pacific
Place: Online – Register Here

Dr. Cris Guenter, CSU, Chico
Mike Carter, Pima Community College;
Vartouhi Asherian, College of Southern Nevada;

Mike Carter of Pima Community College teaches his faculty how to use Blackboard. Vartouhi Asherian at the College of Southern Nevada works with Spanish and ESL instructors, and Dr. Cris Guenter – who won the National Arts Educator of the Year Award – teaches arts courses to students in mountainous northern California.

Learn how schools in Arizona, California, and Nevada use online technologies to do everything from teaching faculty how to use Blackboard, to teaching ESL and Spanish online, to reaching very remote students.

TILT – Vista Communities: How are we using them?

Chico State has demonstrated their innovative thinking once more in using Blackboard Vista to create “Communities” for groups. Thursday, Feburary 19, 2009 from 12:30-1:30pm in MLIB 031 some of the many community coordinators will come to do a show and tell about their community.

Presenting will be: Esther Larocco, Debbie Summers, Jody Prusia, and Clint Woeltjen. You may attend in person, or online. For more information, contact Laura Sederberg, x4326.

The archive of this session is available NOW for viewing through Wimba. It is recommended that you test your computer with the Wimba Wizard before viewing the archive.

TILT – Accessible Syllabi – What are the benefits to students?

An “accessible syllabus” is highly usable by all students including those with disabilities, more easily updated by the faculty member, and is created using best practices and organization with software faculty already commonly use, such as MS Word. Dozens of faculty have attended TLP’s workshop to make their syllabi accessible, and three of those faculty members were kind enough to share their experiences working with their own syllabus, adopting a syllabus template for a new course, and getting feedback from students on their new syllabus. Presenting on February 26, 2009 at our TILT Symposium about accessible syllabi were Laurel Hill-Ward (Special Education), Kathryn Schifferle (Marketing) and Julie Schneider (Nutrition and Food Science) .

Watch the archive online through Wimba here.

TILT – Teaching Unprepared Students: A 2-Part Workshop for Faculty

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education
Two sessions will be presented by Dr. Kathleen F. Gabriel, author of highly acclaimed book, Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education.

PART I: Motivating Students to Read, Wednesday, March 11, 2009, from 2:00-3:30pm.
PART II: Interweaving Assessment and Teaching, Friday, April 24, 2009, from 12:30-2:00pm.

As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education—not just more students with learning disabilities, but students (with and without special admission status) who are academically at-risk because of inadequate reading, writing, and study skills. This book provides professors–those at the front line of interactions with students—with techniques and approaches they can use in class to help at-risk students raise their skills so that they can successfully complete their studies.

PART I: Motivating Student to Read

The first 90-minute session (on March 11, 2009) will deal specifically with strategies that relate to motivating students to read and engage in the reading materials, and strategies to foster a productive classroom environment where the readings can be discussed and analyzed.

PART II: Interweaving Assessment and Teaching
The second 90-minute session (April 24th) will deal specifically with strategies that relate to determining whether or not the majority of students are actually learning the material before the midterms (or finals) are given. Interweaving informal and formative assessments throughout lectures and class discussions can not only kindle students’ enthusiasm, but can also promote student learning. Several different types of assessment techniques (with feedback) will be presented which can be easily integrated into any class.

This special TILT Workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Technology and Learning Program (TLP) at CSU Chico. Reservations are required. Please email Laura Sederberg, lsederberg[a]csuchico.edu for information as to how to sign-up.

TLP Newsletter, Spring 2009

Welcome to TLP’s electronic newsletter for Spring 2009! We’re publishing this newsletter both on our blog and in an HTML-format email to serve you better and to save paper. Comment on this post with your feedback and suggestions for next semester!

Inside this issue:

TLP Focus:
What Faculty Should Know About the Accessibility Technology Initiative

Events and Dates:
TLP Workshops for Spring 2009
TLP Seeks New Topics for Training
TILT Spring Lineup Announced, Symposia Will Be Broadcast Online
CELT Spring 2009 Workshops Announced

Technology Updates:
Clickers Creatively Engage Students

Spotlight on Faculty:
Exemplary Online Instruction Recognized in Fall 2008 – Call for 2009 Nominations Coming
Graham Thurgood: Synchronous Transcription Online: Getting it “Write”
Vista Community for Criminal Justice Students & Faculty

Community Watch:
Groups Communicate, Collaborate in Over 100 Vista Communities

Inside TLP:
New Video Cameras, Laptops and Audio Equipment Available for Free Checkout to Faculty
TLP Offices and Training Lab Remodel Finally Complete
Consultants and Student Staff Are Available To Help You

TLP has also posted a survey on our home page where you can give us more detailed feedback about our services and workshops. Please take it!

TLP Focus: What Faculty Should Know About the Accessibility Technology Initiative

See our new web page answering your frequently asked questions: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/accessibility/faq.shtml

Provost Flake announced in December that the short-term goal for our campus is to have all course syllabi accessible to all students. TLP regularly offers a one-hour workshop on how to do this called “Make Your Syllabus Accessible with Microsoft Word”. This past summer, TLP hosted a two-day institute for 60 faculty who learned how to create an accessible syllabus, Universal Design for Learning, and how to use Vista to enhance accessibility for all users. This fall semester, another 14 faculty members took the one-hour syllabus workshop, and during the winter intersession another 26 attended. It’s best to learn in a group! Group workshops for your departments are available, by appointment. Faculty Symposiums for TILT and CELT were offered in the fall, with faculty demonstrating how they are applying these new strategies to their courses.

Confused about how to begin working with ATI? Start by making your syllabus accessible: training, tutorials and a checklist are online at http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/accessibility/syllabus.

For more information about how TLP is supporting the Accessible Technology Initiative for Chico State faculty, see our Accessibility Page: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/accessibility.

TILT – Using Ning.com to Engage Students in the Classroom

Thinking of building a community in which students can engage in conversation? Watch this hour-long presentation by Maria Sudduth of the CSU Chico, Center for Bilingual Multicultural Studies as she shows viewers how she used Ning for three groups of students to interact. During the presentation she compares and contrasts the results, as well as gives advice to those who would like to integrate social networking into their classes.

To view the presentation, go to the archive of her presentation, Using Ning.com to Engage Students in the Classroom.
[The original date of the presentation was Thursday, February 12, 2009.]
If you are new to running Wimba Classroom, be sure to run the Wizard before viewing the archive.

Maria Sudduth can be contacted at:

To read the article, Turning On The Lights, please go to the article that can be found at the ASCD Educational Leadership website.

TILT Symposium Spring 2009 Lineup Announced

The upcoming Spring TILT Symposium schedule features some new technologies being practiced by our faculty, and we’re excited to announce that these sessions will also now be broadcast live online and archived for easy viewing later with Wimba Classroom technology. So even if you can’t make it to the room in person, you can still watch from your home or office and interact live, or watch the replay later.

All sessions will be held in the basement of the Meriam Library in room 031. RSVP FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE – Call TLP Manager, Laura Sederberg at x4326.

You can watch these sessions live online too! Links will be posted before each event. An archive will also be available later on the TILT web page, http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt.

Thursday, February 12
12:30 -1:30pm
Using Ning.com to Engage Students in the Classroom
Maria Sudduth, Presenter

Thursday, February 19
12:30 – 1:30pm
Vista Communities: How are we using them?
Esther Larocco, Debbie Summers, Jody Prusia, Clint Woeltjen

Thursday, February 26
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Accessible Syllabus: What Are the Benefits to Students?
Laurel Hill-Ward, Kathryn Schifferle, and Julie Schneider

Thursday, March 5
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Exemplary Online Instruction: Experiences to Improve Teaching (Learn How to Apply the Rubric for Online Instruction to Nominate A Course!)
Denny Gier, Colleen Hatfield, Ann Martin, Laura Sederberg

Wednesday, March 11
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Teaching Unprepared Students:
Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education – Part 1 is Motivating Students to Read

Kathleen Gabriel, co-sponsored by CELT and the CSU

Thursday, March 26
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Engaging Students Online: Tips from the Top Hitters in Blackboard Vista & How They Do It
Tony Waters, Lee Altier, Brian Brazeal, and Sean Morgan presenting

Thursday, April 2
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Effective Technology Time-Savers for Teachers
TLP Staff, presenting

Thursday, April 9
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Using Clickers to Teach Mathematics
Jan Costenbader and Math Dept. presenting

Thursday, April 23
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Second Life – How and Why Faculty at CSU Chico are Using It.
Paula Selvester & Rick Ford presenting

Friday, April 24
12:30-2:00 pm
Teaching Unprepared Students:
Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education – Part 2 is Interweaving Assessment and Teaching

Kathleen Gabriel, co-sponsored by CELT and the CSU