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Faculty pedagogy workshops coming soon!

by Mingyu Li -

Dear faculty,

We hope your semesters are going well.

We'd like to invite you to register for the following new pedagogy workshops offered by our Instructional Designers, Mingyu Li and Adrian Applin. 

Designing Effective Learning Activities: The Challenges and Opportunities of Online Discussion Forums

Wednesday, April 19⋅10:00 – 11:00am PDT

Presenter: Mingyu Li, Ph.D., Instructional Designer, CCA Libraries

Topics Covered: Discussion forums are a staple asynchronous online learning activity across disciplines, yet college students often perceive them as “boring,” “uncreative,” and “a waste of time.” In response to this phenomenon, this workshop will first introduce universal strategies and factors to consider in designing effective learning activities and then delve into the challenges and opportunities of designing and implementing asynchronous online discussion forums, empowering instructors to evaluate and improve their own learning activity designs.

Instructional Analysis: Building Blocks of Effective Teaching

Wednesday, April 26⋅10:00 – 11:00am PDT

Presenter: Adrian Applin, Instructional Designer, CCA Libraries
Topics Covered: The instructional analysis process is a great method for analyzing goals and identifying the specific skills and knowledge needed to achieve them. This process can help instructors define clearer goals and more effectively teach students with a diverse variety of skill levels. In this workshop, faculty will be introduced to the theory behind instructional analysis and participate in hands-on activities to explore how to apply these principles to their own courses.

In addition, other workshops that highlight CCA’s Teaching & Learning technologies are also being added regularly throughout the semester for faculty, covering a range of topics such as VoiceThread, MURAL, Zoom, and more. Check out the Teaching Lab Calendar to see these offerings!

Please reach out with any questions, feedback, or suggestions! We'd love to hear from you. 


The Instructional Services and Technology (InST) Team

Students: Help Us Support You in an Emergency – Complete Workday Inbox Items Now

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Help Us Support You in an Emergency – Complete Workday Inbox Items Now

When students experience a crisis during their time at CCA, staff are here to offer support. Please help us to help you by making sure that your contact information and emergency contacts are up-to-date each semester.

Continuing students (those who started at CCA before Spring 2023): Please complete both of the following Workday inbox tasks as soon as possible: (1) Update My Primary Home Address & (2) Update My Emergency Contacts.

New students for spring 2023: Although you may not have Workday inbox tasks, please update your Primary Home AddressPersonal InformationPreferred Name, and Friends and Family (Emergency Contact) information.

Questions? Contact

Students: Enroll in Duo for More Secure Logins

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Students will soon be required to use Duo two-factor authentication for logging into any CCA systems (by March 1, 2023).

We encourage you to opt into Duo prior to that date to ensure a smooth transition.

Accounts that are protected with Duo two-factor authentication are far less likely to be compromised (we saw this with the recent phishing scam) because Duo requires two methods to verify your identity: 

#1: Your username + password 
#2: A device, like a mobile phone, to approve authentication requests).

You can read more about two-factor authentication here.

What can happen when your CCA account is compromised?

    • Your personal and sensitive information can be accessed in your Workday, Gmail, or Google Drive account.
    • You could lose money. For example, the attacker logs into Workday and changes direct deposit information for your payroll or financial aid refunds (a known tactic).
    • Your identity could be stolen and used to commit fraud.

To opt into Duo, please visit this Portal page for step-by-step instructions.

In February, staff by the front desks of Hooper, Founders Hall, and the Main Building can help you get enrolled in Duo! Look out for posters around campus as well, directing you to the instructions for enrolling in Duo.

If you have any questions or run into any problems, please reach out to the Help Desk at or by phone at 415-703-9560 between 9am and 5pm.

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