Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology



Throughout the academic year and summer, the CTLT offers scheduled workshops and Workshops By Request designed to support faculty and staff in creating rich learn-by-doing environments for students. Workshop topics encompass Instructional Practices, Academic Technology, PolyLearn, and others. Our "Workshops By Request" can be facilitated in several different formats, please see our offerings to see what would work for you. Our workshop offerings change frequently, please check often for our updated schedules. If you would like a workshop or information on a topic not listed, please contact the CTLT. Please check our Calendar of Events for a collective list of dates and times.

Quality Online Teaching Academy

Summer 2017-Spring 2018

The Academy supports faculty as they enhance their skills to design and teach rigorous, engaging, and effective online courses that exemplify the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) standards of the CSU. This program is a professional development experience that leads to an online course ready to be scheduled. Faculty who successfully complete the Academy will gain a solid foundation of current standards and practices in quality online course design and an extensive set of exemplars and models for effective, state-of-the-art online teaching methods. They will establish supportive relationships with program colleagues through collaborative workshops and will enhance their capacity to provide peer support for high-quality online instruction among university colleagues.

The Academy consists of an integrated series of workshops along with a learning community experience. Participants are eligible for a $6,000 in stipends distributed in three phases. Deadline for application is Friday June 16.

More information and to apply

ZOOM (Video Conferencing Software) Workshops

APril 20 & May 15, 2017

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Do you know about Zoom - Cal Poly's new video conferencing software? Zoom is now available to all Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff. Zoom allows for video, audio, and screen sharing for up to 200 participants. It can be used from any computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, and it works on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. Any Cal Poly user can schedule and initiate a video or audio meeting, allowing Zoom to be used for any online meeting, whether between two or many people. The screen sharing feature for collaborating on projects from a distance can be quite useful. Join instructor, Luanne Fose, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM in the large CTLT Conference Room (35-319b) on Thursday, April 20 or Monday, May 15, 2017, and learn how to set Zoom up for your next meeting, office hour, or synchronous class.

Register here... 

PolyLearn Workshops - Spring 2017


PolyLearn IconThere are several options for PolyLearn (Moodle) workshops . You may take the workshop in a face-to-face session or via an online video conference.

Workshop and Walk-in schedules change each quarter. To learn more about this quarters sessions, please see the PolyLearn Support Site.


Digital Mentorship Competency Workshop Series

Spring Quarter (April 24 - June 5, 2017)

During Fall 2015, Dr. Luanne Fose (Lead Instructional Designer in the CTLT) and Prof. Martin Mehl (Communication Studies) conducted a pilot to evaluate improvement in faculty grading efficiency and assessment by means of asynchronous oral feedback to students through video screencasting techniques. We were especially interested in how this approach would affect student perception of faculty approachability. Our survey data concluded that such an approach positively affected students’ perception of constructive criticism through this one-on-one process while providing the added value of instructor transparency and personally-focused mentoring. An added bonus is that faculty reported saving time with this method of assessment after they became familiar with it.

The Fose/Mehl research resulted in an award-winning six-part series for “Effective Practice” - The Digital Academic Revolution: Digital Mentorship Competency - published in 2016-2017 through the Online Learning Consortium Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership.

Faculty who are interested in learning the technological/pedagogical strategies for digital mentorship are invited to join the CTLT Digital Mentorship Competency Workshop Series facilitated by Luanne Fose during Spring quarter 2017. This 6-session series will focus on digital video feedback assessment via screencasting. Faculty participants will also receive instruction in screencasting basics for the online, hybrid, and flipped classroom using the Screencast-O-Matic software.

A $200 stipend is available to those instructors who complete this workshop series by implementing digital video assessment on at least two assignments during the quarter, submitting a reflective statement documenting the experience, and achieving a course score of 80% or better.

There will be six sessions in Spring Quarter 2017 on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 PM in the CTLT Large Conference Room (35-319b) on the following dates: April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, & June 5, 2017.

Learn More & Register...


Intro to Online Teaching & Learning 

july 10 - august 5 (fully online)

Launching a successful online or hybrid course starts long before the first day of class, and engages practices and pedagogies that are slightly different than the face-to-face environment. This fully online four-week workshop focuses on the foundations of online pedagogy, content delivery and assessment, with a focus on engaging students with timely and effective contact and collaborative learning activities. Participants will develop a fully online module of an online course in a PolyLearn shell as an investment in a future online course.

A $1200 stipend is available to those instructors who complete this online with an 80% score or higher, and who also complete the final learning unit creation project. Course shell will open early on July 8!

Instructor: Catherine Hillman

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Workshops by Request


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Workshops By Request are designed to provide Cal Poly instructors with opportunities to engage with high-priority teaching and learning-related topics. Our workshops are research-informed sessions that provide guidance on putting concepts into practice to make real differences in instructional effectiveness and student learning. They are offered at the CTLT teaching lab and can also be presented on site for faculty cohorts in programs and colleges on dates and times most convenient for those interested. Please review our options and let us know what we can do for you.


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