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ATS Newsletter February 2019

Published February 15, 2019

Coming to a Classroom Near You:  SPOT

SPOT (Student Perceptions of Teaching) is an assessment instrument used at CSULB to gather data from students’ evaluations of teaching and provide summary analysis of the results to academic departments. Currently, SPOT is managed by Academic Technology Services (ATS) on behalf of Faculty Affairs according to Academic Senate Policy PS 17-05. Courses to be evaluated are selected by the academic departments. 

For Spring 2019, student evaluations must be administered between April 19 and May 10. 
See more SPOT deadlines and requirements.

Faculty Requirements

  • Review the accuracy of course information printed on the SPOT envelope and forms. 
  • Give forms to a student in the class to administer the evaluation (instructions will be included).
  • Leave the classroom when the evaluations are administered.
  • Do not administer during final exams.
  • Report any errors or concerns to the department administrator.

If you have any questions or concerns about the SPOT process, please contact your department administrator.  For more information, visit Student Perceptions of Teaching.

MATLAB Software License Renewed

MATLAB is a powerful software tool widely used by engineers, scientists, and economists for a diverse range of applications such as numerical computing, simulations, and data analysis.

CSULB recently joined the CSU system-wide license which extends the MATLAB license through 2021. Significant cost savings were achieved with this agreement and users will enjoy continuous access to the software for the length of the contract without having to anticipate annual renewals.  Download MATLAB now directly through a unique CSULB web portal developed by Mathworks, the MATLAB parent company. To get started, users must create a Mathworks account or sign in to an existing account.

MATLAB Workshop, April 18, 2019

Faculty and students are invited to a hands-on MATLAB workshop hosted by the College of Engineering. “Practical Applications of Deep Learning” will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

For more information, visit the Mathworks Workshop Registration page.

BeachBoard Tips for Instructors:  Get the Most Out of Turnitin

Did you know that you can mark up your students’ Dropbox submissions via Turnitin’s Feedback Studio?

Be sure to enable Turnitin on your course before students submit assignments (enabling it after submissions have been made will cause issues). Selecting the ‘similarity score’ of any student will take you to the Feedback Studio where you can provide comprehensive feedback as if you were marking papers physically! 

Visit the Turnitin support pages for more details on Feedback Studio.
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