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ATS News September 2020

Keep Teaching Toolkit -AMI Resources for Faculty

This comprehensive master index contains links to handouts, videos, and job aids related to Alternate Modes of Instruction (AMI), created and curated by Academic Technology Services:  Keep Teaching Toolkit [PDF].

Bb Ally Accessibility Tool Pilot Program

Blackboard ALLY (Bb Ally) is a new tool coming soon to BeachBoard, giving instructors more options for providing accessible digital materials to students.

As a pilot program participant, Bb Ally will be enabled in your BeachBoard course and you will immediately be able to identify any instructional materials that are not accessible. You can then choose to convert them into alternative formats such as HTML, MP to give your students more options for accessing the materials.

To join this pilot and have Bb enabled in your course, please email: with the following information:

  • Course Prefix (e.g. HIST):
  • Name of Course:
  • Course section and course schedule number:
  • Link to your BeachBoard course/s:

You will receive confirmation once Bb ALLY has been enabled in your courses.

Go Virtual Unconference

Friday, November 13  |   9:30am-12pm   |  DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

We've collectively learned much since Friday, March 13, the day the campus was closed "temporarily" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this highly interactive event, we'll pull together and share lessons learned over the past 8 months on this anniversary date. 

What is an "Unconference?"
An unconference is a participant-driven event, where the agenda is created by the attendees. What's on your mind?  Bring your ideas and reflections!

Tech Tuesdays

Join Academic Technology Services and colleagues from CSULB and beyond for these monthly discussions about specific technologies in the classroom. Hear from colleagues who've tried different tools and will share what they've learned.

  • PlayPosit Interactive Video
    Tuesday, November 10   |   @11am-12pm  |   REGISTER
    As an interactive, web-based video platform, PlayPosit allows instructors to provide formative assessment both inside and outside the classroom. Instructors are able to embed quiz-type questions into videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, and other popular video platforms. Data can then be analyzed on the individual or group level, providing powerful insight into learning trends in the classroom.
  • Poll Everywhere
    Tuesday, December 1  |  @11am-12pm   |   REGISTER
    Using Poll Everywhere, students can vote on instructor-generated polls through text messaging with a smartphone, handheld device, tablet, laptop, or computer. Poll Everywhere can be used as a formative assessment strategy that enhances and amplifies classroom discussion, participation, and understanding. In addition to the interactive nature of the tool, polls can be integrated into PowerPoint presentations for real-time audience participation.

Online Learning Studio Series

Join ATS instructional designers us for these webinars about key tools for teaching remotely.

  • How to Use Zoom Tools to Engage with Your Students
    Friday, October 23  | @10am-11am  |  REGISTER
    This webinar will guide faculty on how to effectively use Zoom's collaborative tools to engage students. We'll also cover the look, feel and sound of a Zoom session, the effective use of breakout rooms, and the integration of 3rd party tools to make the session engaging.
  • Setting Up and Creating Rubrics for Your Assignments
    Friday, October 30  | @10am-11am  |  REGISTER
    In this session we will be reviewing what rubrics are, how they can be applied to your course, and how to plan one. It will also include a high-level overview of the rubric tool options in BeachBoard.
  • Creating Engaging Videos 
    Friday, November 6  | @10am-11am  | REGISTER
    This webinar is designed for those who have experience creating lecture videos (in either Kaltura, Camtasia or other video creation tool), and are interested in learning about current trends in video creation for learning.  In addition, we will discuss opportunities for implementing strategies for creating engaging videos for courses.