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ATS Newsletter March 2019

Published March 28, 2019

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) for Students Now Only $20 A Year

Faculty! Encourage your students to take advantage of this reduced price to access these critical tools. 

Now through a special license agreement, CSULB students can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud on their personally-owned computers for only $20 per year. The subscription includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and a host of other popular applications. Beginner-level training on these products is available through our campus license with (log in through SSO). 

Faculty are also eligible for Adobe Creative Cloud on their university computers and two copies on personally-owned computers.


Manage Surveys With Qualtrics

CSULB faculty and students are eligible for a Qualtrics account as a benefit of the campus software license. 

Qualtrics provides a secure, web-based platform to collect, store, and analyze all of your survey data in one place. From simple classroom engagement polls to complex research, Qualtrics can help you quickly get results and build reports that are easy to share. The campus license for Qualtrics also includes direct, 24/7 technical support and online training courses. Learn more about Qualtrics and other assessment services offered by ATS.

Go Mobile with Offline Surveys

Qualtrics also offers an app for mobile devices that gives you the power to conduct surveys without an internet connection. The data collected offline can be synced to your Qualtrics account the moment you are back online. This feature ensures that your data will be accurately transferred to your account and be accessible in the cloud from any location. The app provides a great opportunity to reach target audiences in the field that may be otherwise difficult to engage. ATS staff utilized the offline survey app at the 2018 CSULB Tech Day to poll students about their use of technology. During the 2-hour event, 234 students stopped at our booth to complete a 10-question survey on an iPad. See the survey results.


BeachBoard Tip:  Check Your Students' Course Engagement  

The Class Progress tool in BeachBoard allows you to view details of student activity including login frequency, contributions to discussions, and time spent on course Content. Use this tool to get a snapshot of student behavior to better understand how it affects learning metrics.

To view an individual student’s Class Progress:

  1. Select the ‘Classlist’ link on your course navigation menu.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the student’s name.
  3. Select ‘View Progress’ from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on any of the topics to see detailed engagement information.

For more Classlist features and screenshots of the tool, view our BeachBoard Help Topics.

For assistance, email or contact Academic Technology Services at 5-8324 (5-TECH).


Quality Matters Develops Standards for Online Courses

Quality Matters (QM) is a global non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the quality of online education through research-based standards and professional development for instructors. As an affiliate of the CSU Quality Assurance program, CSULB benefits from membership that gives faculty access to comprehensive resources, training, and a growing community of peers dedicated to best practices for improving the online learning experience.

QM Certification for online courses is internationally recognized. To achieve certification, courses must pass an established peer review process and meet the criteria of the QM Rubric. The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric 6th edition (2018-PDF) consists of specific standards for curriculum in areas such as developing learning objectives, course technology, and accessibility. Instructional Designers at Academic Technology Services (ATS) are qualified to assist faculty and provide an internal review of courses in preparation for the official certification process.

Quality Matters offers workshops to assist faculty in preparing their courses for certification, or simply to improve online teaching skills. A sampling of topics include:

For more information or to meet with an ATS Instructional Designer, contact us at