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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of October 9

1. From Faculty Development

a. Back to the Bay Feedback

Please provide your feedback by completing a survey on your Back to the Bay experience  

b. Fall Writing Challenge:

The Fall Writing Challenge. Register by clicking the link below.  We'll use Blackboard Organizations to host a discussion board and the blog option will also be open.

c. Workshops the week of October 9th and beyond: (RSVP)

Promoting Academic Integrity
Monday, October 9th
2-3:30 pm
SF 329

This session will examine these questions, provide preventative suggestions and explore our own efforts to create an intellectual community that promotes ethical standards and values academic integrity.  

Presenters: James Carroll, Student Conduct, Jen Nguyen, SCAA*

What Makes a Good Discussion Facilitator?
Tuesday, October 10th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
SF 329

Discover an instrument for soliciting feedback from our students and improving our skills. An article about the instrument appears here:

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development*

Pacing Courses for Sanity and Student success (Semester Conversion)
Thursday, October 12th
12:00-2:00 pm
SF 329

Participants will leave with a draft course timeline that incorporates best practices in semester assessment planning.

Presenters: Andrew Carlos, Library, Julie Glass, Mathematics, Jodi Servatius, APGS, Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

1st and 2nd year Retention Dossier Workshop
Thursday, October 12th (2 of 4 repeat workshops)
2:00-3:30 pm
SF 314

Review of how to get together your paper or edossier.  Dossiers due to your department chair on November 13th.

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Electronic Dossier Training: Retention Candidates
Monday October 16th
11-12:00 pm
SF 328

Whether you are a submitted or a reviewer you will want to attend this workshop. Bring a laptop for some hands on practice.

Presenters: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development; Cheryl Saelee, Bernie Salvador, Online Campus

1st and 2nd year Retention Dossier Workshop
Tuesday, October 17th (3 of 4 repeat workshops)
10-12:00 pm
SF 314

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Responding to Learner Resistance, Tuesday
October 17th (New Date--moved from 10/11)
11:30-1:00 pm
SF 329

 If you’ve ever excitedly introduced a new activity or wonder why your efforts meet student apathy or even antipathy, this workshop is for you.

Presenter: Jessica Weiss

Upcoming: Getting Good Student- Generated Questions, Oct. 18

2. From the Director of Sustainability

The Sustainability Consortium publishes an enewsletter with loads of resources.  If you are interested in having a issue forwarded to you, contact

3. From the Office of the Online Campus

VoiceThread Workshop
Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: SF-0466


In this workshop, participants will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop.

Facilitator: Voicethread/ George 

Fall First Five Week surveys will open on Monday, October 16th at 11:59 pm and close on Monday, October 23rd at 11:59 pm.  Some courses will be evaluated at a different time before final. Students can complete their evaluations by logging into Blackboard. A separate link for each of course evaluation, with an embedded password, will also be sent to Horizon email accounts.

4. Textbook Orders Due: October 30; Coffee Rewards for those who submit by October 23, 2017

5. From the Center for Community Engagement, Make a Difference Week, Oct. 24-28

a. The Center for Community Engagement, in collaboration with many campus departments, is continuing the tradition of hosting Make A Difference Week on campus.  A few event highlights include:

  • A Kickoff Talk by a Co-Creator of Google's Outer Space View

  • Coffee & Cocoa with Cops to spread the word about the campus’ immigration policy

  • Get Connected to Service Volunteer Fair

  • Make A Difference Day

For information and access to a printable calendar of events, visit

b. High Impact Practices Certificate Workshop: Community-Based Learning
Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Biella Room

Field based “experiential learning” gives students direct experience with issues they are studying in the curriculum as well as ongoing efforts to analyze and solve problems in the community.  This workshop will explore the key elements of community-based learning pedagogy and how it is utilized in Cal State East Bay classes to deepen student learning and class engagement.

Register online at:

c. Students in courses with community-based learningFaculty are URGED to use S4!

All off campus student placement sites must have a current contract or agreement on file (current contracted partners may be found here: Need additional assistance?  Please contact

6. Catastrophic Leave Donations:

If you can spare some sick or vacation time, James Tandon in the School of Engineering, is part of our catastrophic leave donation program.  Contact Iris Gallardo for details.  Thank you.

Have a Great Week: A Special Edition on Making Textbooks Affordable will follow later this week. 

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