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ATS Newsletter, Vol.7 - October 2017

BeachBoard is Going Mobile in Spring 2018!

BeachBoard on a Mobile DeeviceBeachBoard is upgrading to a new look and mobile-friendly layout that is easier to read and improves access to courses for students and instructors alike.

BeachBoard arrived at CSULB in 1996 (it's older than an 18 year old freshman!). Since then, there have been few changes to its interface although the world outside of BeachBoard changed. Mobile devices and abundant Wi-Fi coverage have allowed many of us to break free from the typical office setting to get work done. Having the flexibility to complete tasks while on-the-go is especially critical on a college campus where many carry their 'offices' in their backpacks. The way many work today demands that we have tools that can be used anywhere at any time.

Updating BeachBoard instead of switching to a different learning management system saves everyone time and money. Planning began early last spring. ATS staff worked diligently over the summer to implement and test the updated version of BeachBoard that addresses current needs without changing core functions that instructors rely on to develop courses. Testing and quality assurance have now been completed and BeachBoard is ready to launch for the Spring 2018 semester!


TechDay 2017 - Thursday, November 2, 2017 10am-1pm

BeachBoard 2018 on Display at Tech Day!

Stop by our booth at Tech Day on November 2! We'll be showcasing previews of BeachBoard 2018 courses. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Instructor Preview of Courses Now Available

Courses will switch to the new interface during the Winter session (target date set for January 1, 2018). ATS has developed a preview/test BeachBoard site where instructors can see their courses in the new interface and interact with the mobile layout. Instructors who want to make modification to their courses in the new layout may make an appointment with an ATS Instructional Designer for assistance.

Visit the BeachBoard 2018 website now to get instructions for previewing your courses and to view other informational resources.

CSULB is a leader in using instructional technology to reduce barriers students face. ATS is excited to facilitate this enhancement to BeachBoard. Although system upgrades are commonplace in today's technological landscape, ATS recognizes that change can be inconvenient and create unanticipated challenges. Please know that our staff are available to assist you through this transition and are eager to help.

We're certain faculty and students will benefit from the new layout and features that provide better access to courses. If you have any questions, please contact our office at


Meet the Staff: Jennifer Lares

Jennifer Lares

If you need assistance with your courses, Jennifer will be there to help.

With her expertise in developing online courses, Jennifer plays a critical role in expanding CSULB students' access to educational opportunities. She does this by working closely with faculty to convert face-to-face classes into online or hybrid modes and to guide them in using BeachBoard to meet their pedagogical needs. Jennifer is also instrumental in training our Help Desk staff on BeachBoard support and takes great care to ensure that each call is handled effectively.

Jennifer first arrived on the CSULB campus as a graduate student in the Educational Technology & Media Leadership program in the College of Education. Shortly after completing this Master's degree, she joined our team of Instructional Designers at ATS (formerly a part of the CCPE department). Prior to that, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University and a Technical & Professional Writing Certificate from CSULB. It's clear to see that Jennifer is a life-long learner and enjoys reading and writing! We are very fortunate to have Jennifer on our team.

Currently, Jennifer is participating in the New Leadership Fellowship program, sponsored by a partnership between the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (National Forum). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking weekend road trips.


Need Assistance with BeachBoard 2018?

Contact any of our Instructional Designers to meet with you one-on-one by using our contact form. We'll be in touch immediately to schedule the meeting.


Tech Tip of the Month: Getting Familiar with Accessibility

CSULB has implemented the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) in order to help produce equally accessible content and materials for everyone, regardless of a disability. Various committees and teams on campus have come together to form plans and strategies to empower our editors and content creators with the tools to produce materials available to all.

Two easy ways to learn more about building accessible content at CSULB:

  • The Division of Student Affairs' Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center provides support for students with disabilities and provides one-on-one training and small group demonstration sessions for students, faculty and staff members to develop their knowledge and skills in the use of assistive technology software and hardware.
  • The new CSULB site on Accessible Technology is a great first step for learning the how-tos on producing accessible word and pdf documents, meeting color contrast standards, and finding links to informative sites and videos on the subject. Taking action with something as basic marking section titles as headers in a word document or adding alternative-text to an image can help users of assistive technologies immensely.

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ATS Leadership

Shawna Dark, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President, Academic Technology

Jonathan Blake Huer, MFA 
Director, Academic Technologies and Innovation

Dennis LuPresto, MBA 
Interim Director, Classroom Support and Design

Doug Butler, MBA 
Administrative Support Manager