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ATS Newsletter, Vol.6 - September 2017

AS-120 Renovations Now Complete!

We are pleased to announce that the summer renovation project has been completed in the Academic Technology Services office. Staff have begun moving back in to AS-120 and are getting settled into the new space. In the near future, ATS will celebrate with a “Grand Opening” reception. You'll be invited to come for a tour of the new training room, BeachBoard support area, lightboard studio, equipment checkout service, and more new features of the upgraded space. In the meantime, feel free to visit us if you need any assistance from our staff.

AS-120 Office Hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday or email


BeachBoard 2018 Updates: Pilot Testing Success

ATS has just wrapped up a successful pilot phase of BeachBoard 2018! This was conducted over the summer as part of the SOAR program. In this phase, we learned that approximately 34% of incoming freshmen completed their orientation courses primarily on mobile devices. Student feedback was positive about the new responsive layout of BeachBoard 2018 which makes it easier to interact with course materials using their mobile devices while they are on-the-go.

In the coming weeks, ATS staff will open the BeachBoard Next system so that faculty can access a preview of their Spring courses on the new BeachBoard 2018 interface. An announcement will be made about course preview availability in our October Newsletter. Stay tuned!

What is Responsive Design?

The term 'Responsive Design' was first coined in 2010 by an independent web designer named Ethan Marcotte.

Content that appears on websites built with responsive layouts will adjust to fit into whatever size browser window or mobile device you are using. If you open a responsive website on your desktop and then change the size of the browser window, the content will automatically flow and arrange itself in an optimal way for that particular browser or mobile device.


ATS Staff Changes: Rica Young Pursues Her Passion

Some of you may have worked with Rica Young, our Training Lead here at ATS. Rica has decided to concentrate more on completing her doctoral degree and her last day in our office was September 22, 2017. During her time at ATS, Rica developed faculty training programs for hybrid and flipped courses, managed the development of student support online workshops, and collaborated with the CSU Chancellor’s Office and San Francisco State to update to the QOLT (Quality Online Learning and Teaching) Rubric for blended and flipped course formats.

We wish Rica the best in her future pursuits and appreciate the three years she spent as our colleague at ATS.

ATS will continue to offer training workshops according to our current schedule. Please visit our website for the list of workshops and other instructional technology support.


Meet the staff: Matt Karnofel

Matt Karnofel

A native of Long Beach, Matt is one of our technicians who, as a part of the ATS Support Team, supports approximately 300 staff members in the Division of Academic Affairs as well as the campus Librarians. His job involves assisting staff to get the technology help they need either directly or in collaboration with other technical organizations on campus. He’s been on staff at CSULB for about four years.

Matt became interested in the area of IT while a student of Chemistry. He began college after his first son was born and found that working in IT was a good fit for him and his young family. Matt completed his Associate’s degree in Chemistry and then went on to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at Western Governor’s University.

On a personal note, Matt is an amateur chef who loves many different types of cuisine, especially barbeque and Italian. Matt has been married to his “awesome wife” for 21 years and has four children currently in college.

If you need technical support, contact the ATS Support Team at x54052 or by emailing


Tech Tip of the Month: Using iClickers with Mac OSX Sierra

Are you using iClickers with a Mac OSX Sierra? If you plan on using iClicker in your class, and you have a Mac running on OSX Sierra (To check: click on the apple symbol on the upper left corner, and select “About this Mac”), please come and see one of the Instructional Design Consultants in AS-118 for your initial setup.


Learning Design: Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) Available at CSULB!

Students work in an ALC Classroom

What is an Active Learning Classroom? An active learning classroom is a student-centered, technology-rich learning environment where students engage with course material, participate in the class and collaborate with each other.

There are 10 Active Learning Classrooms on our campus:

  • AS-244 (opened Fall 2012)
  • AS-235, CBA-217, CBA-218 (opened Fall 2013)
  • LA2-101, LA2-200, LA3-106, LA3-204 (opened Spring 2015)

For more information, please visit our Active Learning Classrooms website.

To reserve an ALC, contact Francine Vasilomanolakis


New Fall Hours: The Horn Center

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am - 11pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm

Classroom equipment checkout will continue to be available at the Horn Center. For your convenience, this service is now also available in the new AS-120 office.


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