An Exploration of Podcasting in Higher Education

Dear faculty,

This Tuesday Tip is written to encourage you to attend our new series on Podcasting for Teaching and Learning, which will start next week. Faculty Development is organizing the series in collaboration with the Technology and Learning Program, and we hope that you are excited to learn more about how podcasting can be used in your classes. As you can see in the webpage, the meetings will be held in Glenn 302 (a hyflex room, yay!) and also via Zoom, so feel free to attend in your preferred fashion, but we do ask that you register here so we can plan according to the expected audience.

In tandem with this series, I want to make sure that you are aware of a number of resources available on our website:

In particular, I want to point out this article, “Can creative podcasting promote deep learning? The use of podcasting for learning content in an undergraduate science unit” (Pegrum, Bartle & Longnecker, 2014), which examines the use of podcasts in an undergraduate chemistry course, specifically in relation to deep learning. I want to encourage all faculty to think of ways in which podcasting could be useful and beneficial in your classes, across Colleges, disciplines, and formats.

The first workshop will be held next Wednesday, September 29th, 3:00-4:30 pm, and we hope to see you there!

Add a comment to share ways in which you use podcasting in your class!

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions

Sent on behalf of Beth Shook and Edward Roualdes, CAL$ program leads

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$) provides resources to faculty regarding affordable course materials, including how to find and adopt quality zero-cost or low-cost textbooks and other materials, or create Open Educational Resources (OERs). 

CAL$ has been on the Chico State campus since 2013, and went by the name Textbook Affordability Project (TAP) until 2018. We adopted the name Chico Affordable Learning Solutions to better align our campus effort with the Chancellor’s Office program, Affordable Learning Solutions. CAL$ has offered both summer and academic-year workshops as well as does one-on-one mentoring with faculty. Since 2014, Chico State faculty participating in CAL$ programs have helped students save over 1.2 million dollars.

About OER
Open Educational Resources (OER), for the purposes of CAL$ funded opportunities, are defined as teaching and learning materials that are in the public domain or licensed to allow anyone free and perpetual access to them. OER materials should allow others to engage in the five 5 R activities:  reuse, retain, revise, remix, and redistribute. OERs include a wide range of materials including books, case studies, reference materials, assessments, assignments, tutorials, slides, videos, and more.

Funding opportunity
Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$), for the first time since its inception, is pleased to offer course release support to faculty who want to create their own Open Educational Resources. With funding from the Chancellor’s Office program Affordable Learning Solutions, CAL$ will be able to provide course releases for three faculty members (of up to 3 AWTU per participant) in spring 2022. Applicants should follow the Call For Applications, which are due by Friday, October 1. We anticipate notifying selected applicants by Friday, October 8th.

Rekindling Faculty’s Passion

Dearest faculty,

I don’t know about you, but the first 2-3 weeks have been… weird. There, I said it. I am on campus, I enjoy the FDEV office space and team dynamic, I am energized by the colleagues I see, and yet, most of my meetings are still in Zoom, so I feel I am living in a limbo between limited in-person interactions and the ever-present virtual world. 

In doing some reading in preparation for this Tuesday Tip, I came across an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Great Disillusionment (Ellis, 2021). The author presents a fairly grim look at academia, from the perspective of both faculty and staff, and she explores how, while “employees’ dedication to higher education’s mission has fueled colleges for many years […], the pandemic has caused many people to renegotiate this dynamic.” More specifically, Ellis shares how “the graciousness, the compassion, the ‘we do it for the students, we do it for the work’ — that’s gone.”

This year I would like to commit, as Faculty Development Director, to rekindle some of that graciousness, compassion, and passion and to focus on faculty’s needs more closely. Let me be clear, though: my commitment does not involve glorifying practices that justify working overtime and prioritizing work over health and wellness. I am not looking for faculty to embrace compassion at the expense of their well-being. I want to commit to rekindling faculty’s passion by offering resources, programs, and events that can help faculty thrive in all areas of their professional growth.

Last year, FDEV was inevitably very “reactive” to the pandemic, the switch to online instruction, and the need for supplemental training in digital pedagogy and academic technologies. For this, we have received very good feedback and we are grateful that our efforts could respond to and serve your needs. But looking at the low number of applications for FDEV programs in Fall 2021, I started wondering if we are truly responding to your current needs. This is certainly not a criticism towards the low number of applications we are receiving: on the contrary, I see this is a clear call for the Director of Faculty Development to stop for a minute, listen to “her” faculty, and re-think what faculty truly need to thrive. 

For this reason, we had a long and important conversation last Friday with the FDEV Advisory Board to discuss how, whether we are reacting to the pandemic, climate change, the wildfires, or social and racial injustice, the burnout is palpable, and we are now constantly in “survival mode.” 

Good job, Sherlock, you might think: did you really need an Advisory Board meeting for that??
Well, no, I did not need an Advisory Board meeting to know faculty are burned out. I needed that conversation to discuss how to better respond to and address the exhaustion I feel so present, though.

In this spirit, we have extended the deadline for the open calls of all FDEV Fall 2021 programs, and we have designed THIS SURVEY to collect feedback so that we can plan the rest of the year with your needs in mind. 

I hope that you will be willing to take a few minutes out of your day to fill out this survey, knowing that the Advisory Board and I will read your feedback carefully and we will use it to guide our efforts. 

Faculty, you are my priority, now and always, and I am here to support you in every way I can.

Resources for Tenure, Promotion, and Dossier Writing

Dear faculty,

I hope that your first week in class (virtually or in person) went as smoothly as possible and that you could all get re-energized by the interaction with your students!

This week, I want to encourage you to focus on yourselves for a moment, and to consider the resources available for retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP), and more general resources that can help with your dossiers (whether you are going through a performance or periodic review this year, and whether you are a T/TT faculty or a lecturer). Last year we offered a number of Friday Forums that provided insights into a variety of topics pertaining to RTP, and many faculty helped me explore concrete examples of successful practices. 

I want to share the recordings from those forums, as many of you have dossiers due on September 17th, and I hope that you can find valuable information there.

  1. How to Showcase Evidence of Teaching Excellence (Class Evaluations) – additional material available here
  2. How to Showcase Evidence of Teaching Excellence (in the RTP Dossier) – additional material available here
  3. How to Prepare for a Class Peer Evaluation – slides available here
  4. How to Approach Service Strategically – additional material available here

I want to encourage all faculty (T/TT and lecturers) to reach out to Faculty Development for questions about RTP, dossier writing, class evaluations, etc. We might not have all the answers, but we should be able to point you in the right direction. I am also happy to share my dossier with anybody who would like to see an example, just reach out to me!

Lastly, I want to send one more reminder about the Friday Forum on RTP. Join us for a discussion about tenure and promotion with the Office of Academic Personnel, Deans, Department Chairs, and newly tenured faculty on Friday, September 3rd, 12:00-2:00 p.m. The forum will be offered via Zoom and all sessions will be recorded.

Do not hesitate to reach out to me or Faculty Development for any questions!

FDEV Fall 2021 programs, resources & events

Dear faculty, welcome back! 

I bet you have missed our Tuesday Tips over the summer, and so we are back! And technically, this is less a “tip” per se and more a chance to remind you what FDEV has to offer and what resources and programs are available to you this year. 

This email includes information about this semester’s faculty learning communities, series, and events, in addition to links to important resources and tools. Please read this email carefully and save it for your future needs. 

While the transition back to in-person classes and services is still complex, I am excited that I will get to see many of you on campus, and I hope that these resources will remind you that Faculty Development is always here to support you. 

Faculty Learning Communities 
The Office of Faculty Development (FDEV) is excited to offer two faculty learning communities (FLCs) this semester, focusing primarily on equity, inclusion, and antiracist work.  

Closing the Equity Gaps 
FDEV encourages all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers), and especially those who have not participated in FDEV programs yet, to apply for the Closing the Equity Gaps faculty learning community. In this FLC, participants are invited to think about the effects of equity and inclusion on our primary goal of student success. During the FLC, participants will be asked to access the Faculty Grades and Equity Gaps Dashboard and engage with data from their courses. The goal is to create a space for faculty to understand the meaning of this data, discuss best practices for increasing elements of equity and diversity in their classes, and design assignments and activities that promote inclusion. The FLC meetings will be offered virtually via Zoom. 
Read full call for proposals here (Google Doc). Deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 7th. 

Raising Critical Consciousness: Working Towards Establishing Anti-Racist Learning Environments 
FDEV invites all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers) to participate in a new Raising Critical Consciousness faculty learning community. In this FLC, participants are invited to critically examine systems of power in order to explore their own racial literacy and begin to plan concrete steps toward developing and nurturing anti-racist learning environments. Possible strategies include removing barriers to opportunity for diverse student populations, improving representation in curricula, and revising assessment practices to reduce inequities. The FLC workshop meetings will be offered virtually via Zoom, while the team meetings can be scheduled either virtually or in person based on the team member’s preferences (but according to the University Covid-19 guidelines).  
Read full call for proposals here (Google Doc). Deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 7th. 

Quality Learning & Teaching (QLT) Workshops 
The Office of Faculty Development is partnering with the Technology & Learning Program (TLP) to offer a series of workshops created around the Quality Learning and Teaching instrument
These workshops will be held on Zoom and are designed to meet core standards in the QLT instrument and are associated with deliverables that will allow you to fully redesign a course (or design a new course). 
Visit the QLT workshops page for details on how to apply. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 7th. 

FDEV Series 
The Office of Faculty Development is excited to offer a number of series starting this semester and continuing into Spring 2022.  

Podcasting for Teaching and Learning Series 
In collaboration with TLP, FDEV will offer a series on podcasting for teaching and learning in Fall 2021. The series will be offered in a hyflex classroom (Glenn 302), so participants will be able to attend in person or via Zoom. Participants are welcome to attend individual workshops or the whole series, based on availability and interest. In Spring 2022, we will offer a similar series focusing on the use of videos and other media in the classroom. 
Visit the series page to learn more and to register for the four workshops. 

Teaching Racial & Social Justice Series 
FDEV is proud to sponsor the second annual Teaching Racial & Social Justice Series for 2021-2022 and is calling for six workshop proposals. Proposals should identify the workshop’s outcomes, deliverables/tools, ways of participant engagement, and address resources that will be shared. Visit the series page for more details. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 7th. 

Upcoming Events: Friday forum on Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (9/3, 12:00-2:00 p.m.) 
FDEV will be offering a Friday forum on Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) on Friday, September 3rd, from noon to 2:00 p.m. The forum will be offered via Zoom and is open to the entire campus community. Mark your calendars for this important conversation! 
The forum will be recorded and all sessions will be available in the FDEV media channel (and linked in the Friday forum page). 

FDEV Tools  
FDEV is also excited to promote a number of tools that we hope will provide valuable help and resources to faculty.  

  1. Grades and Equity Gaps Dashboard: the data in the dashboard is intended to generate thoughtful reflections and discussions, leading to pedagogical adjustments that may decrease equity gaps. 
  2. Model Course Design: a database that allows searching concrete examples of course design. If you click on the blue icons you will be able to access individual course portfolios created by Chico State faculty.  
  3. Teaching Guides: offer tips in a variety of areas of instruction. Modeling Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we made the teaching guides brief, clear, easily accessible and applicable, and we organized the resources in four areas (explore, listen, watch, and read), offering additional information in various formats (websites, podcasts, videos, and articles). 
  4. FDEV media channel: FDEV uses a Kaltura media channel were most workshops are recorded and archived. Visit the channel to see what we offered last year! 
  5. FDEV podcast – Rise, Teach, Learn: the podcast is hosted by Dr. Jamie Linn Gunderson and is designed to engage in timely conversations with faculty, staff, and students at Chico State. The podcast is released on the first and third Thursday of each month.  
  6. FDEV Virtual Library: in partnership with the Meriam Library, the Office of Faculty Development has selected a list of electronic publications that cover key areas of faculty interests and responsibilities. Explore these resources and send us suggestions on additional titles! 
  7. FDEV Zine: it is released on the first Monday of each month (first issue this year will come out on October 4th) and contains news from the Advisory Board, updates about the faculty learning communities, and timely discussions about the faculty experience at Chico State and in higher education more broadly.  

FDEV Office and Rose Garden Room 
Lastly, we want to let all faculty know that the FDEV office (MLIB 458) and the Rose Garden Room (MLIB 459) are open and we hope you will visit us often! 

The FDEV Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. I, together with admin support coordinator Rebecca Nelson and the FDEV student assistants, will be happy to welcome and assist you with our website or any questions you might have in relation to faculty development, training, and resources. The Rose Garden Room is available for faculty Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. With the exceptions of the FDEV Advisory Board(opens in new window) meetings (scheduled in the Rose Garden Room on the first Friday of each month, 8:30-10:00 am) the room is open for faculty to write, grade, read, etc. However, following Meriam Library policy and guidelines, FDEV will not provide any beverages or refreshments this semester. 

I truly hope that you will find these programs and resources useful and that you will count on faculty development for the support you need to thrive as both a teacher and a scholar. Please reach out if you have any questions. 

Welcome back, dear faculty! We sure have missed you! 

Chiara Ferrari 

Faculty Development, Director 
Campus zip: 026 
Phone: 530-898-3094 
https://www.csuchico.edu/fdev/
Professor 
Department of Media Arts, Design, and Technology 
Campus zip: 504 
Phone: 530-898-4647

Good-bye from FDEV Student Assistant

Sent on behalf of Ariana Singh, FDEV Student Assistant

In my four years as the Student Assistant for the Office of Faculty Development, I have learned many things and met many people. Fresh out of high school, this was my first and only job before starting my career – what a serious jump, right? All the experience and knowledge gained from a tiny office job – and by tiny, I mean with such a small team – all to get me to where I am today. I’m graduating this week, so cheers to that! I start with my career full time in less than a month with a prestigious law enforcement agency. With this week’s Tuesday Tip, I am offering a student perspective on Faculty Development. 

FDEV has taught me a lot over the years, but it has mostly given me the rare opportunity to see things from the perspective of the faculty. I loved getting to know the cohorts of new faculty over the years, planning events for all faculty on-campus, and being able to provide resources. It’s truly been an honor, as I know that not as many students get to know faculty on the level I feel that I have. I mean, had I never worked for FDEV, I’d probably be that student that complains about grades not being posted fast enough, and so on. 

Fortunately, I have been able to work with so many awesome faculty and other members of the campus community. Just last week, I was presenting FDEV Website Metrics data to the President and Provost, as well as many other VPs, and I realize that not many students may have that opportunity in their academic careers. I feel that this job has given me experience that I will hold near and dear, and it also has matured me in ways that I know will benefit me in life. Did I expect this assistant job to impact me this much when applying? Absolutely not! Yet, here I am. I always try to bring my best understanding of the faculty perspective into student conversions amongst my peers, and also I try to bring the student perspective to my work. This balance has helped myself and others think bigger, and more “outside the box.” It also brings me to appreciate the work that we all do together on this campus. I appreciate all the faculty I’ve had as professors, I’ve met through work, or haven’t met personally but have processed paperwork for. You are the fuel that keeps students going, so please keep working on your professional development because I can assure you that it helps! Take advantage of what the Office of Faculty Development has to offer you, your students will love you for it!

Summer Opportunities for Professional Development and Training

Dear faculty,

I know I mentioned in my last Tuesday Tip that you might be tired of opportunities for professional development and that you might prefer a nap at this stage, but….

We do have a great series of summer programs available and I want to make sure you know where to find them and how to apply. Below, you will find information about three different opportunities that we hope you will consider!

2 Ps in 2 Days: Increasing Student Engagement (Hosted by: Office of Civic Engagement)

May 27-28, 2021

Faculty will develop plans to increase students’ engagement through assignments that highlight a sense of place and community partnerships. Learn how you can tweak a single course to better align your assignments with the 2 Ps, or work with a group of interdisciplinary faculty on university-community partnerships. Campus and community presenters will share their experience and expertise. Participants will be provided blocks of time to work with a more experienced colleague to apply the 2 Ps in ways that are meaningful for their discipline and deepen student learning.

Contact Ann Schulte for more information or questions.

Institute on Active & Experiential Learning (Hosted by the Office of Faculty Development)

June 8-10, 14-15

The Office of Faculty Development will be offering an Institute on Active & Experiential Learning in Summer 2021 (June 8-15). The Institute is designed to offer faculty practical tools, resources, and ideas to use in the classroom to facilitate and promote more active methods of learning. The institute will be offered virtually, via Zoom.

The Institute will provide faculty the opportunity to work in cohorts and explore best pedagogical practices that promote:

  1. student research;
  2. innovative use of classroom space;
  3. civic and global engagement;
  4. application of learning to professional fields
  5. collaborations with local institutions and businesses. 

The institute will also offer resources in relation to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and faculty will have a chance to explore successful examples of SoTL. 

Faculty development is looking for both faculty participants and faculty that can facilitate workshops in the areas listed above.

Full Call for Applications

Application for Participants

Application for Workshop Facilitators 

Contact Chiara Ferrari for questions.

GoFlex Summer Institute (Hosted by: TLP, FDEV, and CST)

Session #1 – June 22, 23, 24, 29, and 30; approx 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Session #2 – July 27, 28, 29, August 3 and 4; approx 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In fall 2021, there will be over 100 classrooms equipped with new tracking cameras and microphones installed in the ceilings that allow students online in Zoom to communicate with the faculty and students in-person in the classroom. These classrooms are called hyflex classrooms. 

ChicoFlex is the Mode of Instruction (MOI) we created that gives students flexibility in attending their classes in-person and/or online. ChicoFlex classes are noted in the Class Schedule and are taught in hyflex classrooms. More information on hyflex classrooms and ChicoFlex modes of instruction can be found here.

For faculty to prepare to teach in hyflex classrooms in fall 2021 or spring 2022, we are offering a GoFlex Summer Institute. This call for applications is for faculty participants and mentors. Faculty participants will learn about how to manage the classroom equipment, the features and configurations to engage in-person and online students at the same time. Faculty mentors will lead and facilitate a cohort of up to 15 faculty. GoFlex will support faculty in leveraging tools (e.g. Poll Everywhere for polling students both online and in-person at the same time), sharing templates for student activities and best practices for classroom rules of engagement in this new environment.  

Full call for applications

Application Form

DRAFT Schedule at a glance

Contact Kathy Fernandes or Chiara Ferrari for questions.

Tuesday Tip (Or Lack Thereof)

Dear faculty, 

Rebecca Nelson, the FDEV administrative support coordinator, sent me a nice reminder about the Tuesday Tip today and I panicked: blank, zip, nada. I got nothing! 

The Tuesday Tip snuck up on me, coming out of nowhere: I had not thought of a topic, let alone was ready to write about a topic. The past week has been focused on ChicoFlex, QLT, the Zine, welcoming two new student assistants (we can’t wait for you to meet them!), planning for summer training, and well… the Tuesday Tip surprised me.  

I always feel I can juggle anything, no matter how much work it is, but the Tuesday Tip fiasco was a reminder that, in fact, I can’t. 

And then I realized that this episode was actually worth writing as a tip: I feel your pain, I feel how overwhelmed you are, I know you feel that this semester needs to end because there is not much energy left. The cup is not “runneth over”: it’s running empty.  

I also know that you are tired of being offered professional development opportunities when all you need is a nap! 

So, my tips for you this week are as follows: 

  1. Take a break from grading, seriously. A short break can do wonders for refocusing our mind. I know you have endless grading. But make sure you take some breaks. 
  2. Go outside. Enjoy the sun and the weather (I know, it’s hot, there is pollen, but still, leave the office for a bit). 
  3. Do not feel guilty about saying “No.”  
  4. Do not feel vulnerable about needing help, and reach out for that help. 
  5. Enjoy lovely food and indulge in some treats. 
  6. Take care of your body, in the way your body needs it (for some people this means working out, for others being outdoors, for others maybe just relaxing). Listen to what your body needs. 
  7. Focus on something that does not involve a screen or a computer. 
  8. Have a chat with a friend, and even better, share some laughs too. 
  9. Register(opens in new window) for Angela Davis’ talk (yes, this is nourishment!) 

Faculty Development has a million resources for you, and we are always available to help and provide support. But for today, our only tip is to take good care of yourselves. 

Chiara Ferrari, Ph.D. 
Faculty Development, Director 
Campus zip: 026 
Phone: 530-898-3094 
https://www.csuchico.edu/fdev/ 
Professor 
Department of Media Arts, Design, and Technology 
Campus zip: 504 
Phone: 530-898-4647 

The ChicoFlex Pilot

Dear faculty,

I want to take this opportunity to share some information about the ChicoFlex pilot that started in early April and invite you to this week’s Friday Forum for a chance to hear from the faculty who are participating in the pilot. Danielle Hidalgo (Sociology), Jaime Raigoza (Computer Science), Kevin Kimbell (Finance and Marketing), Nicholas Nelson (Physics), and Scott Brady (Geography and Planning) have been teaching in classrooms equipped with hyflex technology for the last couple of weeks, and have experimented with different pedagogical practices.

Faculty Development has been working closely with Classroom Technology Services and the Technology & Learning Program to learn the ins and outs of hyflex technology, class management, and general pedagogical needs for hybrid courses that will adopt the ChicoFlex Model. The ChicoFlex Team (Brent Liotta Chiara Ferrari, Kathy Fernandes, Marjorie Shepard, and Mike Magrey) has attended these classes in a variety of capacities: acting as students in person, participating as students online, and providing some tech support.

We are incredibly grateful to the faculty who are participating in the pilot, and I think I speak for our whole team when I say that we are learning so much about the possibilities, as well as the challenges of this mode of instruction. This Friday Forum will give us an opportunity to share what we have learned so far: we encourage everyone to join us for a chance to ask questions about ChicoFlex and hear about Summer training opportunities!

ChicoFlex Pilot Friday Forum

(Friday, April 30th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., via Zoom)

The ChicoFlex Spring Pilot Team

Interactive Journals & Digital Toolkits

Sent on behalf of Dr. Jamie Gunderson

Get excited, educators! FDEV has a new, creative idea on how to further increase engagement AND experiential learning: interactive journals and digital toolkits! Interactive journals are gaining popularity in the digital learning environments as well as research and are easily accessible for learners and educators alike! See an example of an interactive journal! Digital toolkits serve as a repository for learners (and educators) to organize resources that can support learners beyond the classroom.
Interested? Join us to learn more about creating your own interactive journal and toolkit at our GoVirtual Community meeting tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.