- Academic Senate: The Senate policies, resolutions, and committees have major influence on instruction.
Recent Senate activities include adopting a mission-centered online student ratings
form and updating their policy on required contents of syllabi.
- Archive of hot-links to over 300 useful faculty development sites (MS Excel, 84 KB) compiled by Ed Nuhfer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and others. The Excel file is
in two columns with the topic name in column 1 and the URL hot-link in column 2. Screen
reader software should have no problems accessing the links, but the resource sites
are from around the world. Some sites may be hosted at institutions, corporations
and organizations with varying attention to accessibility issues.
- California Faculty Association: an invaluable source of information about CSU faculty collective bargaining.
- Community Service Learning in the CSU (CSL): this organization provides valuable information about service learning in the CSU.
Instructions for subscribing to their free monthly electronic newsletter CSU Impact
are on this webpage.
- Consultation with diagnostic survey with or without in-class videotaping. Formative diagnostic surveys reveal the students' view of the presence and degree
of presence of instructional traits that research has shown are useful for increasing
student learning and student satisfaction. We use a 60-item diagnostic instrument
that proves very useful. Diagnoses followed by consultation generate far more instructor
gains than do self-interpretations of the survey. The survey can be augmented with
simultaneous digital video recording of instructor and student . The videos serve
mainly to validate the survey results. Results of the surveys, consultations, and
any video footage made of a class are confidential and remain the property of the
instructor. Results are never shared with third parties unless the instructor shares
- Dolphin Gems: This leads to .doc files of contributions of those from on the CI Campus that improve
the learning community.
- Dolphin Morsels: This leads to .doc files that contain the short faculty development Email newsletter
that have largely replaced Riding the Bow Wave and Nutshell Notes (Archives of the
latter still exist. See below)
- Faculty Resource Room: (MS Excel, 6MB) Bell Tower West, Room 1102. Contains books, videos, and publications on Faculty
Development. Both the holdings of CSUCI and the personal collection of the Director
are housed there and both are available for use by anyone who teaches CSUCI students.
The Faculty Resource Room link currently accesses the old inventory of holdings prepared
when the resource room was housed in Malibu Hall. A new inventory is currently in
- Focus Groups: These consist of a short 20 - 25-minute exercise that generates very useful data about
students' views of what is working, what might be improved, and how students see course
learning outcomes as being met. We use a derivation of the focus group format developed
at United States Air Force Academy by Dr. Barbara Millis and popularized by publications
and presentations by Drs. Millis and Marie Revak. There is probably no classroom assessment
technique that provides so much useful information for such a short investment of
time. The focus group may be run in your class by either the Director or by a colleague
of your choosing. The facilitator guides the focus group activities with a PowerPoint®
slide set and uses Excel® and Word® Templates to condense the findings into two or
three useful charts. The materials used to conduct the Focus Group are available for
download. Download the Focus Group Resource Kit here.
- Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL): A CSU organization that seeks to advance teaching and learning. ITL publishes the
Exchanges on-line journal and is interested in the submission of manuscripts by faculty
members and having faculty members serve as reviewers for manuscripts. ITL also sponsors
a listserv that connects CSU colleagues interested in teaching and learning (ITLnet);
instructions for subscribing to this listserv are provided on this webpage.
- Syllabus Support Document (MS Word, 69KB): A Microsoft Word Document (.doc) that outlines materials that the Channel Islands
Academic Senate and CSU Policy designate as needing to be in syllabi. Links and text
provided in this document greatly shorten syllabus preparation time.
- Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT): MERLOT has discipline and topic-specific resources for teaching and is free to join.
- Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD Network): this international organization supports the development of individuals who value
teaching and learning in higher education.
- Tomorrow’s Professor Listserv: Rick Reis at Stanford University maintains the Tomorrow’s Professor Listserv which
provides regular extracts from books, articles, and talks related to issues in higher
education. You can subscribe to this listserv by sending the message [subscribe tomorrows-professor]
- American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U): the campus is a member of AAC&U and has a substantial collection of its reports
and documents. One report that all faculty should read is Greater Expectations: A
New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College (available on-line: http://www.greaterexpectations.org/) which was the basis for the Characteristics of CSU Channel Islands Graduates document (SR 03-03) (PDF, 185KB) approved by the CSUCI Academic Senate.
- A Fractal Thinker Looks at Student Ratings (PDF, 2618KB)An annually updated compilation of pertinent literature on student ratings ("student
evaluations") by Ed Nuhfer (email@example.com).
- Campus Compact Reader: this free on-line journal is published three times a year. Subscription information
is available on this webpage.
- Carnegie Foundation Perspectives: this is a series of on-line commentaries that examine educational issues.
- Resources for Educational Developers: A Baker’s Dozen by Professor Cynthia Desrochers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- A Baker’s Dozen Ideas to Foster Engagement (PDF 131 KB) by Professor Jim Cooper (email@example.com) -- Keynote Talk, 9th Annual
CSU Symposium on University Teaching, Spring 2006 CSU Dominguez Hills.
- Riding the Bow Wave Campus paper one-page faculty development newsletter begun in summer, 2007 but replaced
soon after by Dolphin Morsels.
- Nutshell Notes © archive (PDF, 3740KB)Indexed archives of thirteen years of a one page newsletter authored by Ed Nuhfer
(firstname.lastname@example.org) in response to faculty queries and problems prior to coming
to CSU Channel Islands. The link is to a smaller file for download from a private
server. A huge (20 MB) version of this file made fully compliant for accessibility
is available, but this may be too large to access practically from online. Contact
ed.nuhfer@csuci for a copy of this, if needed, on CD.
- National Teaching and Learning Forum Current issue and archives.