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Center for Faculty Excellence

The Center for Faculty Excellence provides faculty professional development, technology training, support and development of academic uses of technology.

Located on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library we are open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Our phone is 559.278.6892.

DISCOVERe applications are now being accepted. Learn more and apply here. Deadline is November 15.


1. Learn about Universal Design for Learning

Talk about ideas to support your students content knowledge. Buff up High Impact Practices, and meet with UDL Fellow Dr. Kimberly and other committed UDL faculty at Fresno State. Please register for these events using this link.

  • Assessment Within the UDL Frame
    Tuesday, November 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in HML2134
    What can it look like? Specific ideas, strategies and rubrics to encourage your students to dig deep and show what they know.
  • The Brain!
    Wednesday, December 11, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in HML2134
    Find out what three strategic networks in the brain affect learning and why the left brain - right brain theory of learning is a neuromyth. Specific strategies to activate learning through neuroscience.

2. Final Hands-on Workshops for the Semester

Working With the Gradebook in Canvas (1 hour BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE)
This workshop offers an in-depth look at structuring Canvas' Gradebook. Explore the link between the grade book and assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions. Learn how to remove unused/unwanted assignment groups and how to view assignments in the grade book. We will also review managing and entering grades.

End of the Semester Workshop (1 hour BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE)
In this workshop we will be saving and printing the Gradebook, removing old courses from the Dashboard, cleaning up the Files and Pages areas, and getting your course ready to copy for the next semester.

3. Canvas Open Labs

Come work in CFE and get help when you need it! No need to register.

  • Wednesday, December 18, noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 19, noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

4. QA Training Registration is open

The spring 2020 QA training schedule is now open for registration! For more information on the courses and to register visit the QA training page 

5. Call for Proposals for the CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning accepted through November 26!

This year’s theme for the CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning is IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Student Success. This theme provides an opportunity for participants to explore topics crucial to the success of higher education. As educators, it is imperative that we continually acknowledge the valuable life experiences that all learners, including ourselves, bring to our educational environment. The purpose of the symposium is to challenge our biases, affirm our commitment to current best practices in inclusive pedagogy, acknowledge the achievements of our peers, encourage one another, and recharge ourselves as educators. Please join us as we celebrate what faculty are doing and explore ways that we can improve education for the next generation.


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