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ATS News August 2020

shariq ahmedMeet Dr. Shariq Ahmed, AVP of Academic Technology

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester. It is my pleasure to have recently joined Cal State Long Beach and serve as your Associate Vice President for Academic Technology Services.
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our move to alternative modes of instruction, the Academic Technology Services (ATS) team has been busy supporting faculty in transforming their courses to alternative modalities. Over the summer, the team developed several professional development events to support faculty, presenting various technology tools and strategies for remote instruction. Most notably, the multi-week Go Virtual Symposium offered a review of technology tools and a rich discussion by academic experts on various topics. In addition, a self-paced Online Learning Studio was offered as a BeachBoard course to help faculty explore online pedagogy and develop courses. Approximately 1,021 faculty members participated in these offerings. 

ATS will continue to provide support and development opportunities for our faculty throughout the Fall semester. Visit our Events and Workshops page for details of upcoming offerings as well as links to resources from past events.

Have a wonderful Fall semester, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or concerns.

Go Beach!

Shariq Ahmed, Associate Vice President

Alternative Modes of Instruction (AMI) Resources for CSULB Faculty

Our most recent addition to the AMI array of resources is the Keep Teaching Toolkit [PDF], a master index of many of the materials developed and curated over the summer to support faculty in their remote teaching practice. It includes links to ATS handouts, tutorials/videos, and job aids created for AMI. This Toolkit will continue to evolve and grow, so visit our Keep Teaching page regularly for the latest version,

Visit these web pages to discover more practical tools to add to your AMI portfolio:

  • BeachBoard Course Templates
    Pre-built frameworks that meet online course standards so you can easilty plug in your own content.
  • Assessment Tools
    BeachBoard quizzes and Respondus can help you build exams and question banks. Articles on remote assessment options are also listed on this page.

beachboard and zoom

Faculty Webinars:  Getting Ready with BeachBoard and Zoom

Need a refresher or some ideas for using BeachBoard and Zoom? Our full schedule of upcoming webinars are listed here on this page, in the right panel. We hope you will join us for these and others planned for the semester.

Visit our Events and Workshops webpage often for the latest program offerings as they develop.

For Students: University Open Lab at the USU

Now open for the Fall 2020 semester, the University Open Lab at the USU is a new resource for students who must be on campus and need access to a workstation. This spacious lab is located in the Ballfoom on the 2nd floor of the USU is open from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Prior to entering the lab, students must make a reservation on our website and pass a temperature screening at the door. Face masks are required.

Campus Champions: CSULB Responds to CoVid-19

In this short video submitted to the CSU Tech Connect Conference, learn how ATS has met the challenges brought on by the CoVid-19 crisis and served as an important campus partner to support teaching, learning and working.

CSULB Tech Connect ATS