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Course Welcome Message

Course Welcome Message
California State University, Fresno
Joan Sharma, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a welcome message that includes a warm introduction to the course as well as essential information about required course materials and supplies.

Active Learning Through a Team Project

Active Learning Through a Team Project
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Wu Lin, an Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, designed a team project in an asynchronous online class to improve active learning. The project is chunked into weekly tasks and due at the end of the semester to facilitate and support active learning with frequent peer to peer engagement. in addition to helping students reinforce what they learned in class, the project also helps students develop various skills, including collaboration skills which will help them be successful beyond the class.

Assignment using Perusall

Assignment using Perusall
California State University, Fresno
Donald Henriques, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses the social annotation tool Perusall to encourage interactive reading.

Learner Support Resources Section of a Syllabus

Learner Support Resources Section of a Syllabus
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Lara Killick, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, provides a sample from her syllabus that includes the learner support resources. These include technical support, and academic and non-academic support resources.

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement
California State University, Fresno
Erin Dormedy, an Instructor from Fresno State, provides an intentional and warm statement celebrating student diversity.

Syllabus Diversity Statement

Syllabus Diversity Statement
California State University, San Bernardino
Treasure Ortiz, an Instructor from CSU San Bernardino, incorporates a diversity statement into the class syllabus. This statement is written specifically for students in a public administration class who work with all types of communities and community members. This statement is focused on inclusion and diversity and includes a statement that reads: "Diversity and inclusion are only obtained through understanding and empathy, while we may not agree on everything, at the end of the day, what you think, and feel is valuable to the conversation."

Preparing and Brainstorming for Experiential Lab Group Activity

Preparing and Brainstorming for Experiential Lab Group Activity
California State University, Fresno
Professor Emerita Betty Garcia from Fresno State, developed a small group activity where students are asked to brainstorm about "possible" "presenting problems" that would be brought to a group with the identified focus (i.e., graduate student stress) using Zoom breakout rooms. The purpose of this activity is to reflect on the role they will take in the group and in preparing and planning for the class lab group activity. The multi-sequence activity involves students thinking about options and choosing one. Possible presenting problems are posted on Jamboard for all students to review and factor into their decision-making about what "presenting problem" will be theirs.

Facilitating Asynchronous Debates

Facilitating Asynchronous Debates
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
Jill Anderson, an Instructor at Cal Poly Humboldt, developed a debate activity for an asynchronous online class that facilitates peer-to-peer interactions and critical thinking. This debate utilizes the online platform Kialo to host and organize the debate. This tool assists with the organization of information is an accessible tool that integrates with Canvas.

Course Homepage

Course Homepage
California State University, Fresno
Feiyan Chen, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed an engaging homepage to welcome students and to guide them to start the course. The instructor uses icons and images to provide students with easy access to the course tools and modules.

Summary Reflection using the Discussion Board

Summary Reflection using the Discussion Board
California State University, Chico
Instructor Angela Alger from CSU Chico, provides students with weekly asynchronous online discussions. During the first week, students were asked to do their best to define a sustainable diet and share their opinion on genetically modified foods as part of their introduction. The final project was the Sustainability and Food Biotechnology Project. During the last week of the class, students are asked to recall their opinions at the beginning of the semester and compare how their opinions have changed after completion of the course and share these on the discussion board. This encourages students to reflect on the knowledge they have gained by completing the learning objectives.

Course Home Page

Course Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Rana Shailesh, an Instructor at Fresno State, created a home page in their course using accessible images and graphics. The home page includes a banner and a welcome message as well as buttons to the Start Here area, the syllabus, a welcome video and the modules in the course.

Module Outline

Module Outline
California State University, Northridge
Svetlana Tyutina, an Instructor at CSU Northridge, organizes the course modules in this Spanish course in a logical and consistent way. Each course module includes an extended overview of the material at the beginning, a link to tech support for essential technology in the course (just-in-time pedagogy), and a conclusions page that summarizes the material learned and links it to the material in the next module. The headings in each module are in both Spanish and English to further support the course content.

Mt. Shasta Legends Collaborative Assignment

Mt. Shasta Legends Collaborative Assignment
California State University, Fresno
Kiersti Ford, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed an assignment where students are asked to investigate the Lemurians of Mt. Shasta. In addition to the detailed instructions, the instructor has included a Course Learning Outcomes Alignment. Students will take notes as they read through the provided links and additional research is encouraged. Students then submit a reflection/reaction on their thoughts or impression of the stories on a shared Google Doc prior to submitting an essay. This assignment is available for import in Canvas Commons.

Perusall Activity

Perusall Activity
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Terri Fleming-Dright, an Instructor from CSU Dominguez Hills, used the software Perusall to discuss a class reading. The opportunity to create starter posts and ask students questions that they can then respond to and each other is an excellent way of fostering active learning.

Meet Your Peers: A Shared PowerPoint Activity

Meet Your Peers: A Shared PowerPoint Activity
California State University, Long Beach
Barton Saunders, an Instructor from CSU Long Beach, designed an activity using PowerPoint to provide students the opportunity to self-introduce themselves and begin developing a sense of community while also engaging them with course content.