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Faculty Tech Highlights

Welcome (or welcome back)!

Whether in-person, hybrid, or remote, however you're delivering instruction we’ve rounded up the essential technology resources, links, and support you need.

Top 5 Checklist

  1. Logged into My Sac State (and your Faculty Center) with your Sac State (SacLink) account and authenticated with Duo?
  2. Connected to eduroam, the campus Wi-Fi?
  3. Opened and explored Canvas, Panopto, and your SacState Microsoft 365 tools like Outlook and OneDrive? (tip: always use M365 OneDrive to ensure your computer is backed up!)
  4. Downloaded the free Sac State Mobile app?
  5. Brushed up on cybersecurity? (it's phishing season year-round - learn how to spot and report scams)

Essentials for Fall 2024

Is your ENS Contact Information Current?

A new semester often brings other changes. Make sure we can always alert you in the event of an emergency by checking and/or updating your Emergency Notification System (ENS) contact information including phone numbers and email addresses.

Verify ENS Contact Information

Dial '7' for Outbound Calls

For public safety reasons, we've officially changed the dial out number from '9' to '7' for outbound/off-campus calls for all Avaya desktop phones and softphones. Why? When dialing the standard '9' then '1' then the area code and phone number, folks frequently accidentally hit a second '1' which results in a '911' call/hang-up which Campus Police must investigate each time it occurs. The '7' is already activated, and the '9' will be discontinued on February 15.

And remember, the switch to '7' only impacts campus desk and softphones, and not your personal phones.


Workstation Refresh

laptop graphicWe continue to work with colleges and divisions to provide updated laptops, docking stations and monitors for campus staff and faculty.

Strategically moving away from fixed desktop computers in favor of a laptop standard helps ensure continuity in all circumstances.

For Your Students

Virtual Computer Lab

Virtual Computer Lab access allows students to access campus Computer Lab software from their own devices whether they're on or off-campus. Be sure and promote this feature to them as a great alternative for accessing software tools they need for coursework.

The Virtual Computer Lab also expands your options for remote teaching/learning as well as supporting:

  • Customization: nearly all colleges have at least one college-specific virtual lab open for student use, but now you can also create course or major-specific Virtual Computer Labs if needed
  • Access: Eliminates the issue of limited computer access for students

Ally Accessibility Tools in Canvas

BlackBoard Ally logoWe're encouraging students to explore the Ally Accessibility Tools built into Canvas to provide options for how they can engage with your course materials. This tool allows students to download alternative formats for course files and Canvas page content that you post to help them to see, hear, and even translate readings to fit their unique learning needs.

Student Technology Resources (STR)

Point students to the Student Technology Resources (STR) to help them navigate Canvas, Zoom, and other coursework tools. Students also have their own specific "welcome back" resources - point them here:

Student Tech Highlights

Resources to manage your SacLink (Sac State) account, see password reset options, enroll in Duo multi-factor authentication, and learn about your Faculty Center on My Sac State:

Manage My Campus Account

Duo Housekeeping

Switch to Duo Mobile App

If you're still having your Duo authentication calls sent to a campus desk phone or mobile phone, switch to the easier option of the Duo mobile app. Most of us always have our mobile devices on us, which makes it possible to authenticate on the go.

Switch to Duo Mobile App

Need to Add a New Device?

Do you have a new or updated device you'd like to use for Duo authentication? Follow these steps to add a new device:

Add New Device to Duo

Duo Flooding Scam

duo-is-that-you.jpgA new phishing scheme involves a scammer sending you a Duo push notification you didn't originate, which may mean your Sac State account has been compromised. Don't accept any unusual Duo pushes - and follow these tips to protect yourself from Duo flooding scams.

Report Phishing

phishme-outlook-graphic.pngCyberattacks hit inboxes frequently - brush up on what to look for at our online phishing resources, and be sure to report anything suspicious using the PhishMe Reporter button in your Outlook menu.

Internet Connection Options

On campus, your devices should automatically recognize and connect to eduroam, our official campus internet. If you have new devices - or just new to being on campus - our campus wireless section covers device-specific connection instructions. Pro tip: Depending on the age of your personal device(s) you bring to campus, you may need some driver updates to ensure your devices (laptops and mobile phones) can tap in.

Working remotely? You can explore off-campus alternatives, too:

Campus Wireless & Remote Internet Options

View Campus Wi-Fi Map

Academic Technology Resources

The IRT Academic Technology Services (ATS) team is your go-to resource for using instructional technology, and offers drop-in virtual and scheduled one-on-one consultations in addition to helpful DIY resources through the Online Teaching Resources (OTR) guide.

  • Learning instructional technology tools - in and out of the classroom
  • Empowering you to use the technology supporting in-person, hybrid, and hyflex modalities
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Creating digitally accessible, inclusive course materials to support all learners
  • Course material remediation support
  • Collaborative faculty support programming and learning communities in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning

Reclaim Hosting

decorative image of a laptop with old desk facing the screen Collaborate with your students each semester through a free, instructional use only website hosting service. Provided by Reclaim Hosting (also known as SacSites) you'll be able to sign up for your own custom sub-domain name URL (username.sacsites.csus.edu) and create a digital presence connecting various mediums such as blogs, portfolios, wikis, or open-source applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Scalar, and Omeka to your domain.

Setup your Domain


Gradescope

Create online assignments, quizzes, and exams easily! Gradescope supports a wide range of assessment types including:

  • Fully paper-based (instructor or student-uploaded)
  • Fully online
  • Hybrid online/handwritten (via file upload questions)
  • Code/Programming, and
  • Bubble Sheets (Scantron alternative)

Gradescope Resources & How To's

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Accessible Instructional Materials

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) is a collaborative campus effort committed to making instructional materials accessible and effective for all learners.

Be proactive in your approach to supporting accessibility - use the built-in Ally tool in Canvas to check whether instructional materials you’ve uploaded are accessible.

Discover resources, training opportunities, and support to help you create, remediate, and innovate an engaging, compliant, and inclusive standard for instructional materials for your students.

ATI Resources

Software, Tools & Training

January and February training sessions available! Are you new to (or need a refresher) on these essential tools? Attend an upcoming virtual training session or view recordings:

Acrobat Sign

Acrobat Sign Resources & Training

OnBase

OnBase Resources & Training

onbase_logo.pngAnd check out the growing OnBase forms library which includes helpful search and other functionalities (form description, who to contact) to make it easier to find Faculty/Staff OnBase forms.

Classroom Technology

Traditional, Hybrid, HyFlex - learn how to use the technology in University learning spaces. Check out DIY and consultation opportunities.

Teaching with Technology

What's new in the classrooms? Discover what campus learning spaces have to offer, and how to use it!

Want to test out classroom technology? Schedule a consultation with the IRT Learning Space Services (LSS) team, where you can practice with the tools within an on-campus training room.

Hybrid Meetings

graphic: hybrid meeting tips staff faculty flyer

New or need a refresher? This one-sheet shares best practices for each web conferencing tool.

While designed with campus staff and faculty attendees in mind, the "Hybrid Meetings: How To's for Hosting & Attending" flyer is also useful for your students, including helpful tips for structuring remote learning recordings to help optimize student access and engagement. Also visit the Zoom faculty resources for a deeper dive.

Hybrid Meetings: How To's for Hosting & Attending

Get Support

Connect with your colleagues by joining the Educators Using Technology Microsoft Teams group or reach out for technical support:

Schedule a Consultation