Academic Technology Newsletter, November 2023 Read This Email Online



Academic Technology Newsletter

Academic Technology Newsletter

November 2023

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we would like to share our appreciation to faculty for your participation and support throughout another innovative year in Academic Technology!

  Did you know that you can easily review the Alternative Testing Requirements for your students seeking accommodations? The Universal Design Center (UDC) has conveniently compiled links and instructions within the Student Access and Accommodation System (SAAS) to make this process seamless for you.

 As we approach the semester's end, we're excited to share valuable tutorials on how to post grades, change grades, and more in the CSUN Portal.

  Save the date for our upcoming "Demystifying AI" Faculty Coffee Hour on Wednesday, December 6th, from 12 to 1 pm in room UL30. Join us for a virtual conversation with a Turnitin AI representative to explore their AI Detection tool. Plus, coffee is on us!

    In a recent study published by Inside Higher Ed, it was found that students are enthusiastically adopting Generative AI at a faster rate than faculty, showcasing their eagerness to embrace this cutting-edge tool. As educators, your exploration of this technology reflects your commitment to staying at the forefront of educational innovation.

 If you’re looking for a winter program to work on your online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced spring 2024 course, apply for Faculty Development's Winter eLearning Institute. This program uses the latest version of the CSU Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) Framework which places a higher emphasis on equity-minded teaching, and includes many new examples from CSUN Faculty. After a Zoom orientation session, participants work at their own pace to build one of their courses, complete a self-paced review of their course, and receive one-on-one faculty mentoring.


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Academic Technology News

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New Report on Student AI Use


A new study in IHE finds over half of students use generative AI, while more than 75 percent of faculty members do not regularly use the technology.

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Alternative Testing Accommodations


Alternative testing accommodations, like extended time for testing, ensure that a student's performance is representative of their mastery of the...

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Featured Tech Pantry Item


Looking to improve your audio recordings? Check out the Blue Snowball condenser mic and see what other items are available to you in the FTC Tech Pantry.

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Resources for Grading in Portal


Ready to post grades in the CSUN Portal? We have guides with step-by-step instructions on recording and changing grades, uploading your grade roster, and more.

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Featured Workshop: Grading in Canvas


Learn how to give your students extra credit, grade more efficiently, automate late penalties and have Canvas calculate the students’ total grade more accurately.

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Faculty Coffee Hour: Demystifying AI


Join us on Wednesday, December 6th, 12 to 1pm in room UL30 and talk via Zoom with a Turnitin representative about AI and AI detection. Coffee will be provided!

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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 Friday, December 1st to learn how to use this tool for your students' submissions and assignments.

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Falling For Academic Technology Open House Recap

After the rousing success of the 2022 Spook-TECH-ular Open House, our team decided this year to host another event to greet our faculty, and introduce some new team members. Join us as we reflect on the fun fall festivities, featuring resources for faculty, technology integrations...

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