Provost: No more instructor-written course packs at the Bookstore – use Vista or e-Reserves

Message from the Provost regarding the sale of course materials:

The University has discontinued the consignment of course materials in the Associated Students Bookstore for which individual members of the faculty receive a direct payment or have funds transferred from sales to a foundation account.

In accordance with conflict of interest policies in the FPPP 1.3.a.1., “faculty are prohibited from personally profiting from the local sale of course materials to CSU, Chico students unless the materials are the result of substantial creative effort by the faculty member and have undergone substantial peer review.” For these materials, the faculty profit is limited to 10% of the sales price. The Associated Students Bookstore began adhering to this provision in Fall 2010. Faculty who believe that their materials fit this criterion should confer with their college dean. Their dean will then consult with the Provost.

Course guides, homework or lab manuals can be posted in the VISTA course site or on the Library’s E-Reserve. For more information, please see

For more information, please see FPPP 1.3.a.1 and EM 92-43. Questions regarding this action may be directed to Judy Bordin in Faculty Affairs.

Glad to be on board!

by Jim Aird, Student Assistant in the Technology Learning Program Lab

Globally, distance learning is on the rise.  Ohio, for example, has a state run selection of online educational options for K-12 and universities.  Ohio State educators are very convinced that distance education can narrow the gap and provide a better educational experience for more learners.  Florida Virtual School is an amazing model for what K-12 education could be like.  FVS arguably employs the most engaging content delivery methods ever seen.  Check out what is being developed by 360Ed.   MERLOT houses thousands of freely available, on line,  peer reviewed content objects to use.  The models are out there, the content is out there.  So, where is California?

The SF Examiner reports that California is falling behind. “Countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, Turkey, India and China, along with the European Union, are taking full advantage of online education.”  With all the technology and resources at our disposal in California not only are we failing to lead the charge, but we are mired in 19th century approaches to education and tethered to change resistant lobbies.

At CSU, Chico in the basement of the Meriam Library, work and progress toward expanding opportunities for distance learning happen every day.  I am glad to be on board a ship that is heading out into the waters of the future, but who else is on this ship and who would rather see it return to harbor?

January and Spring 2011 Course Shells Ready for Faculty

The Blackboard Vista course sections for all scheduled January Intersession and Spring 2011 courses are now available for faculty to use. You’ll find them at the bottom of your MyVista list for any sections to which you’re officially assigned by your department. These courses will show up on students’ MyVista list one week before the specific term starts. Contact TLP with questions about how to copy content from other sections or start new courses in Vista.