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Office of IDEAS

Summer 2024 Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Application deadlines for programs below: Sunday, May 12

Assignment Design Institute
May 29-31

The Assignment Design Institute is a dynamic and creative gathering of faculty who are committed to designing assignments that foster creativity and equity. Through the use of transparent assignments, multiple means of engagement, action and expression, and assignments that leverage A.I., participants explore innovative approaches to student assessment that prioritize communication, inclusivity, and individualized learning.Faculty will get access to tools, develop skills, and collaborate on designing course assignments in several inclusive modalities. 

  • Faculty will identify assignments that are sticking points for students in their courses. 
  • Faculty will reflect on data and student feedback regarding assignments. 
  • Faculty will design at least three inclusive and equitable assignments. 
  • Faculty will explore transparent assignments, assignments using multiple means, and assignments that leverage AI. 

Register for the Assignment Design Institute

Introduction to AI Tools for Teaching & Learning
July 14 - August 4

This 3-week online workshop, offered on Canvas, is an introduction to Artificial Intelligence tools where guided experimentation empowers participants to understand some of the basics of AI functionality, and techniques to address potential misuse of AI tools by students. 

Register for AI Tools for Teaching & Learning 

Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Workshop: Developing a W Course
June 3, 4, and 5, from 9 am to 3 pm

This workshop series is for instructors looking to develop and propose a W course to add to the university course catalog. Participants will learn about the landscape of undergraduate writing at Fresno State, writing across the curriculum (WAC) mission and goals, and the writing resources available to students and instructors. The workshop will then shift to developing a curriculum that emphasizes the writing process along with critical thinking and reading skills. Participants may revise a course syllabus to meet W requirements set by the university writing sub-committee or design a new course syllabus.

Register for Writing Across the Curriculum

Additional Opportunities through the CSU System

CSU Online Course Services - Quality Learning & Teaching (QLT)

Registration for spring sessions is now open

All CSU-OCS courses are taught by Certified CSU Facilitators, 3-weeks in length, online, asynchronous, and require 15-20 hours. While you are able to move ahead in the course, you must follow the due dates as peer-to-peer collaboration is integral to each course.

Introduction to Teaching Online (Q1)

For faculty new to teaching online using the CSU QLT rubric. Content includes orienting students to the online course, setting up the structure and navigation, designing online modules for content delivery and engagement, developing discussions, developing assessment tools, and using technology tools.

Reviewing Courses Using the QLT Rubric (Q2)

Ideal if you have prior knowledge and familiarity with QLT and plan to review courses seeking QLT certification. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences using the QLT objectives to rate elements of a sample course, learn how to write helpful recommendations, and discuss examples for setting up a peer-review process on their campus. 

Advanced QLT Course in Teaching Online (Q3)

Participants will complete a QLT Core-24 self review on their own course for reflection and to identify areas of improvement and will produce a final project showcasing three course changes made in the course while completing the training. Faculty will need to have a partially or fully developed online/hybrid course is required prior to registration.

Introduction to AI Tools for Teaching & Learning

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence tools where guided experimentation empowers participants to understand some of the basics of AI functionality, including its workings and methods for detecting its usage. Learn basic AI terminology, engage in hands-on exploration of AI Tools, learn strategies for detecting AI-generated content, and techniques to address potential misuse of AI tools by students. Participants will apply the knowledge gained to develop a personalized AI use policy for their course, and find resources to maintain currency in this dynamic field.

Apply for an OCS course