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ATS News March 2021


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Faculty Symposium: Online Student Assessments and Academic Integrity

Friday, March 26, 2021  |  9am-12:30pm 

Co-hosted by Academic Technology Services, the Faculty Center, and the College of Business

Join us for discussion and insights on this critical part of the instructional process and the unique issues presented by a remote teaching environment.

  • Keynote Address: Presented by James Lang, a well-known authority in the field of assessment.
  • Faculty Panels: Discussion related to security, proctoring, inclusivity, and more.
  • Vendor Demos: Gradescope, PlayPosit, Poll Everywhere and how they can improve assessments.

Please visit our event page.


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Blackboard Ally Available in Fall 2021 Courses

As part of our campus commitment to accessibility and inclusion, ATS has been working closely with CSULB faculty and students since last fall to pilot test Blackboard Ally, a new tool that works within BeachBoard to assist instructors in creating accessible course materials. Ally is licensed by the CSU Chancellor’s office and campuses across the system are in various phases of implementation.

After having completed a successful pilot, Blackboard Ally will be made available in all BeachBoard courses starting in Fall 2021. Faculty will be able to access and use this optional tool, which will automatically generate alternatives to instructors’ course materials in accessible formats.

To support our faculty, ATS is offering monthly workshops from March through August:

Blackboard Ally Workshops

Monthly  |  March-August |  1-Hour Sessions  |  Details & Registration

Join our ATS Instructional Design team at one of these monthly workshops to see a demonstration of Ally in BeachBoard. Get tips to get started quickly and easily make a big difference for students in your courses. We’ll also share resources for further training and support on campus.


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Alternatives to Remote Exams

Remote exams and quizzes, whether through Zoom or a proctoring service such as Respondus Monitor, require substantial planning and setup on the part of instructors and students. Students may need special technology, reliable Wi-Fi, a quiet location where there will be no interruptions, and other accommodations for privacy and accessibility.

For these reasons, faculty may want to consider alternate forms of assessment. Here are some examples of projects where students can demonstrate learning with basic technology demands:

  1. Reflective paper: students write a reflective critique of their personal experience.
  2. Student-proposed project: students complete a project with specific conditions that they propose.
  3. Open-book assessments: Create a take home exam that involves conceptual or applied questions that are not easy to look up. Encouraged for large courses.
  4. Professional presentation: Students submit a variety of presentation types (i.e. video, audio, PowerPoint).
  5. Fact sheet: A one-page fact sheet on a topic where students explain facts clearly and concisely.
  6. Peer-and self-review activity: Provide students with a rubric, followed by a peer and self- review activity.
  7. E-Portfolio: students display their best work from the semester.
  8. Non-traditional paper or project: students write a paper on “real-world” relevance.
  9. One-minute paper: In the last few minutes of class, ask students to write for a minute “the most important thing they learned and what they understood least.”

For more information and considerations related to remote assessments, find resources on our Assessment Tools website.

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