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Using VoiceThread to Create a Presentation for a Spanish Project

Using VoiceThread to Create a Presentation for a Spanish Project
California State University, Channel Islands
Samanta de Frutos García, an Instructor of Spanish at CSU Channel Islands, created a final project assignment for SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II. The template provides guidelines for students to create a VoiceThread presentation using vocabulary, grammatical constructions, and cultural knowledge learned in this course using the free Spanish textbook Libro Libre. This project assesses students’ ability to answer questions and report orally to demonstrate basic functional proficiency in Spanish, talk about familiar topics, compare and contrast cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Spanish-speaking countries, and present the information and cultural insights gained through the TalkAbroad sessions. This can be modified to fit any class.

Using VoiceThread to an Create Effective and Creative Assignment

Using VoiceThread to an Create Effective and Creative Assignment
California State University, Channel Islands
Diana Lenko, Instructor from California State University, Channel Islands, used VoiceThread to create an assignment that encouraged peer-to-peer learning and enabled students to participate and collaborate using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload, and do it at their own pace. The collaboration tool is also fully integrated into Canvas, so students and instructors don't have to log in to the platform separately. By watching videos of exemplary speakers and exploring the key leadership concepts in action, students gained insights into the communication strategies and leadership attributes essential to effective leaders.

Excel in Agribusiness

Excel in Agribusiness
California State University, Fresno
Neil Tung, a Lecturer at Fresno State in Applied Microcomputing for Agribusiness Management, created a PowerPoint presentation introducing students to the basics of Excel. This includes why Excel is used in Agribusiness and the reasons the instructor has found it a valuable tool throughout his career. The use of spreadsheets, database management, applications to basic farm accounting and financial budgeting, farm production recordkeeping, and commodity price trend tracking using Excel functions and formulas are highlighted in this presentation.

Syllabus - Detailed Rubrics & Collaborative Teamwork Project with Choice

Syllabus - Detailed Rubrics & Collaborative Teamwork Project with Choice
California State University, Los Angeles
Michelle Lopez, an Instructor from CSU Los Angeles, provides a detailed syllabus for CLS 1300. Included in the syllabus are very detailed rubrics and assignment instructions for two team projects that include collaboration and choice. Topics are related to policy and legislation and its' impact on diverse communities in California.

Discussions - Current World Events

Discussions - Current World Events
California State University, Stanislaus
Aprile Stacey, Instructor from CSU Stanislaus, starts each class session (module) with sharing about relevant/current world events related to the topics they are learning about in class. She also invites students to orally share or post in the "Course Questions Forum" if they have something to share.

Empathetic Interview

Empathetic Interview
California State University, Fresno
This is an example to show how Fresno State Professor, Dr. Kate Kafonek simulates an experience in her class where students practice interviewing each other to develop empathetic listening skills through the lens of white privilege. Media is used and students are practicing developing empathetic listening skills as they reflect on reading a chapter in a Criminology class. Question prompts could be modified across disciplines and used to invite students to talk about different perspectives (e.g., discussion forum, synchronous Zoom break-out rooms).

Sample To Do List

Sample To Do List
California State University, Fresno
In this example Mary Bennett, an Instructional Designer from Fresno State, shares a detailed checklist with due dates and times for a module.

Addressing Microagression in an Online Class

Addressing Microagression in an Online Class
California State University, Northridge
Ning Fu, Instructor in the Marketing Dept. at CSU Northridge, shares a couple examples for how he addresses microagressions or disrespectful comments in class.

Using Cultural Background Experiences to Develop a Collage

Using Cultural Background Experiences to Develop a Collage
California State University, Fresno
Matt Hopson-Walker, an Instructor from Fresno State, developed a lesson where students use their cultural background experiences to develop a collage creating an original image in an art class.

Wrap-Up Message After a Microaggression has Occurred in Class

Wrap-Up Message After a Microaggression has Occurred in Class
California State University, Northridge
Kristy Michaud, an Instructor from CSU Northridge, provides an example of a wrap-up message where she acknowledges the grace in which the class navigated a difficult conversation around a microaggression that occurred in class.

Feedback Timeline Statement

Feedback Timeline Statement
California State University, Northridge
In this example Virginia Huynh, Instructor from CSU Northridge, includes a feedback timeline statement in her syllabus.

Assignment Exploring Systems of Oppression and Power

Assignment Exploring Systems of Oppression and Power
California State University, Northridge
Casey terHorst, an Instructor at CSU Northridge, developed an assignment that provides a space for students to explore systems of oppression and power. The purpose of the assignment is to connect the course topic "Human Evolution" and experiences of the students.

A Letter to an Elected Official Assignment

A Letter to an Elected Official Assignment
California State University, Northridge
In this example, CSU Northridge Instructor Kristy Michaud, assigns "A Letter to an Elected Official" assignment that is aimed to increase their sense of agency by writing a letter to an elected official about an issue that has an impact on them and their community.

Optional Assignment - Choice

Optional Assignment - Choice
California State University, Northridge
Ning Fu, an Instructor from CSU Northridge, provides an optional assignment where students can complete and attain a "Google Analytics Certificate" that they can include in their resume. This certification will be relevant for students upon graduation.

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice
California State University, Fresno
Ryan Ditchfield, an Instructor at Fresno State, creatively organizes group discussions providing students an opportunity to self-assign themselves to a group discussion topic that interest them in his "Eyewitness Identification-FTB 159T" class. In the group discussions they have the choice to pick a role - Researcher, Eyewitness, Defense Attorney, Police Officer, Suspect, and Timekeeper and throughout the semester the students will also be changing to a different group and also change their role. This example represents student choice and group roles in discussions.