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Review Moodle 3.0 features

New features available in Moodle 3.0.

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Course Redesign for Student Success

Cal State LA’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) will be funding up to 45 faculty to help redesign courses for student success.  As part of this two-semester program, participants will take online professional development on effective teaching practices from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).  These online modules will be facilitated by CETL staff and will expose faculty to research-based effective instructional practices.  Each module will require faculty to try a new effective teaching practice and reflect on its impact on students.

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Mindful Teaching and Learning

Call for Proposals: Mindful Teaching and Learning workshop (Fall 2016)

Hybrid Course Design Program

Hybrid Course Development Program

Call for Proposals: Hybrid Course Development Program for SEMESTERS

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Course Redesign with Affordable Learning Solutions

This was a call for participation during the fall 2016 semester.

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Moodle 3.0 is now available

Take time to review the new features.

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New Moodle Turnitin Assignment Process

A new process for creating turnitin assignments in Moodle 3.0 has been created. 

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Active Learning 2 Day Workshop

The Cal State L.A.’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) sponsored a 2-day faculty workshop on incorporating active learning strategies in the classroom. Future faculty interested in this workshop must be able to attend the workshop on BOTH days from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

This workshop is for faculty open to new discoveries in their own teaching and learning, and who are willing to modify their classroom teaching methods. Active learning fosters highly interactive classroom sessions featuring small groups working collaboratively while deemphasizing classroom lecture.

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Quality Matters Grants

As part of the CSU Chancellor's Office Quality Assurance Program, CETL awards grants to Cal State L.A. faculty, staff, and administrators to attend online professional development workshops provided by Quality Matters (QM). Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online course design and online components. The QM Rubric is used in course reviews that result in continuous improvement and faculty development.

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Awards and recognition of exemplary teaching and learning in blended and online course(s).

An information session recording regarding the program is available.


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Call for Participation - QM Rubric

In coordination with CSU Academic Technology Services, Cal State LA offered a hybrid version of the Applying the Quality Matter’s (QM) Rubric workshop on May 2016 at Cal State LA.  The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online or hybrid courses.  Workshop objectives included:

  • Recognizing the foundational concepts of Quality Matters
  • Applying specific review standards to online or blended/hybrid course examples
  • Applying the concept of alignment to online or blended/hybrid courses
  • Drafted helpful recommendations for specific review standards in the Quality Matters rubric

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ACUE - Civic Learning Module

Coming in January 2016, this module focuses on creating a civic learning assignment based on problem-solving using the basic research methods of any discipline. The module provides a framework for creating a course assignment with a “real world,” public component that allows faculty and students to explore and develop civic knowledge, civic skills, and civic values.

If you’re interested in taking the Civic Learning module please complete the form at

For more information, please contact Cat Haras at
[email protected]

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Moodle 2.8 Now Live

Cal State L.A. has upgraded to Moodle version 2.8. This is part of a regular system upgrade. Moodle users will experience a streamlined text editor, which will auto-save text when you leave the page. In addition, Moodle 2.8 has many gradebook enhancements such as an improved grader report, a new grade history report, and new “single view” which allows you to either view all of the grades of one student, or a single grade item for all students. In addition, Moodle assignments can now have a grade over 100 points. 

For more information on Moodle 2.8 and all the new features, please visit the Moodle 2.8 page on the Educational Technology Support site.

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CSU Symposium on University Teaching

A record 385 faculty members and students from nearly all of the California State University campuses took part in the CSU Symposium on University Teaching at Cal State L.A.

The theme of the 18th annual event was “Grit”—the non-cognitive ability to stay focused on a goal for the long term. In all, 21 of the 23 CSU campuses were represented at the March 13 and 14 symposium, as well as faculty members from 14 additional colleges and universities across California.

Please visit the GRIT Symposium on University Teaching website for more information on this past event. 

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CETL Quality Matters

To learn more about implementing Quality Matters Standards in online course design, please visit Quality Assurance in Online and Hybrid Course Design