Academic Technology Newsletter, October 2023 Read This Email Online



Academic Technology Newsletter

Academic Technology Newsletter

October 2023

    As we find ourselves near the midpoint of another engaging semester, we're excited to share an abundance of valuable resources and support to ensure your success in the second half!

    Dr. Mathew Williams has joined our Academic Technology team as the new Director of Instructional Technology. Dr. Williams has over 16 years of invaluable experience in technology management, educational development, and higher education digital transformation.

   LinkedIn Learning is now integrated into Canvas and you can now share videos into both new and existing Canvas pages with a simple click through the Rich Content Editor Bar at the top of the page!

  If you’re using scanned PDFs in your course, you won’t want to miss the Universal Design Center’s helpful guidance on making sure your PDF content is accessible.

  Join us in welcoming Dr. Li Liu as our new Academic Technology Fellow for 2023. Dr. Liu is dedicated to improving user experience with emerging technologies, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can access and contribute to information in the digital age.

 And don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, October 24th in the Garden Level of the University Library for our Falling for Academic Technology open house!


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Academic Technology News

Dr. Mathew Williams

Meet the New Dir. of Instructional Tech


IT is thrilled to announce that Dr. Mathew Williams has joined us as the Director of Instructional Technology in the Academic Technology Department.

Adding LinkedIn Learning to Canvas

LinkedIn Learning Now in Canvas


Exciting news! You can now add LinkedIn Learning videos to new or pre-existing Canvas pages by clicking on the Rich Content Editor Bar on the top of the page.

A PDF on a laptop screen

UDC: This PDF is Scanned


Your PDF in Canvas has a bright red dial, a score of 0%, and the message reads “This PDF is scanned.” What do you do? The UDC is here to help you!

Falling for Academic Technology over some fall leaves

Fall Open House This Tuesday!


We look forward to seeing you at the "Falling for Academic Technology" open house on Oct. 24th, 12pm to 2pm in the Garden Level of the University library.

A dollar sign on a table

Student Affordable Connectivity Program


October 23-24, 10 to 4, students meeting eligibility, can sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program at the Campus Store Complex.

Dr. Li Liu

Dr. Li Liu: AT's Newest Faculty ATF


Dr. Li Liu is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering & Computer Science, who is passionate about enhancing...

Google drive logo on a gradient background

Quick Tip: Google Drive in Canvas Assignments

Did you know that CSUN’s Google Workspaces is integrated into Canvas? This allows students to seamlessly access their Google Drive for Assignments. Please note this feature works with CSUN Google accounts. Non-CSUN accounts, unfortunately, cannot be connected.

Canva vs. Powerpoint Infographic accessibility workshop october 25th 10am to 11:30am

UDC Featured Workshop: Canva vs. PowerPoint

Learn the difference between Canva vs. Microsoft PowerPoint on creating accessible content. Learn about the importance of creating accessible flyers and infographics content, and how to evaluate documents to identify inaccessible features.

Panopto quiz workshop November 8 2 to 3 pm

Featured Workshop: Panopto Quizzes

Learn how to create quizzes in Panopto. Video quizzes are a great way to create engagement, and results can sync to the Canvas Gradebook. Topics covered in this workshop include: How to create and add quiz questions to a recording, sync results to Gradebook, and more!

AI Turnitin

Featured Workshop: Turnitin AI Detection Capabilities

Generative text products like ChatGPT have been making headlines for a few months now. TurnItIn's new AI writing detection tool is available. Join us on Monday, November 13th to learn how to use this tool for your students' submissions and assignments.

If there are topics you would like to see covered in a future newsletter, if you'd like to give us feedback on your experience with instructional technology, or if there are training topics you are interested in, let us know with the Academic Technology Feedback Form.