Instructional Resources

Instructional Resources

Overview

As a faculty member at CSU Stanislaus, you have access to a range of services and resources to help support your teaching and research. You can find assistance for many things, from creating a multimedia PowerPoint presentation for your class to getting room fixtures repaired. Below are descriptions of the offices you will most commonly deal with for instructional materials, resources, and support.

University Library

The University Library is located on the second and third floors of the Vasche Library building. A satellite location ?? The Library Access Center ?? is available on the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton campus.

The mission of the University Library is to provide access to information resources and services that facilitate teaching, learning and research, and to provide an environment that encourages and enables those in our diverse community to expand their intellectual, cultural and artistic horizons.

At present, the University Library owns over 380,000 volumes and acquires approximately 3,000 to 4,000 new books each year. The Library also provides access to over 9,000 electronic books and maintains an extensive reference collection. The Library sustains a collection of DVD and VHS tapes that can be used in classes. The University Library also maintains several discovery tools to facilitate searching and accessing the Library collections, as well as materials owned by other libraries worldwide.

The University Library subscribes to over 150 different online resources, including full-text electronic journal collections, research databases, academic e-book collections, and online reference materials. With these resources, the Library provides the campus community with electronic access to the full-text of over 16,000 scholarly journals and 35,000 newspapers, popular magazines, and professional/trade publications. Additionally, the Library maintains 811 print periodical subscriptions.

Other collections maintained by the Library include federal, state and local documents (the Library has been a partial repository for federal and state documents since 1965); a juvenile collection containing over 7,000 volumes of award-winning and notable titles in children??s literature; University Archives, comprised of documents relating to University history; and Special Collections, containing materials that relate primarily to the University??s six-county service area.

You can access all of these resources through the Library??s website at:

http://library.csustan.edu

Within the Library, campus community members have access to desktop computers for student use, laptops for student check-out, a variety of e-book devices, great study spaces including group study areas, the East and West Reading Rooms, and wireless network access. Furthermore, reference librarians are available and dedicated to offering reference services in a variety of mediums, access services for distance learning programs, and instruction. Librarian goals include supporting and supplementing classroom, independent, and faculty research; and providing users with lifelong skills in identifying, locating, and evaluating information.

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Changes or exceptions for holidays, finals week, time between terms, and intersession or summer sessions are available from the Library??s website.

Borrowing Privileges

Most library books circulate to undergraduate students, faculty spouses and immediate family for 28 days. Faculty can borrow books for up to one year.

Reference Services

To assist faculty and students in the location and use of varied information resources, librarians are available for consultation in person at the Reference Desk, via online chat, by phone or email, and by appointment. http:// library.csustan.edu/refdesk/webref.html

Research Skills Instruction

Instruction is available for all courses. Sessions can be conducted in the University Library??s computer instruction room or in Turlock and Stockton classrooms. To make an appointment for class instruction, complete the Online Instruction Request Form available at http://library.csustan.edu/instruction/

Course Reserve

At the request of the course instructor, Circulation Desk staff will place materials on reserve for students?? use. Call 667-3234 (on-campus extension 3234) for more information. At the beginning of a term, at least two to three days notice is needed to place materials on reserve. Forms for reserving materials may be obtained at the Circulation Desk or from the Library website at http://library.csustan.edu/course-reserves

LINK+

LINK+ is a consortium of academic and public libraries in California and Nevada that allows Stanislaus students, faculty, and staff to borrow books not available from the University Library. Requests are easily made online from the University Library Catalog with a few simple steps and generally arrive in two to three days. The Library provides this service at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The University Library maintains a vibrant and active Interlibrary Loan Department (ILL). This department obtains materials not owned by the Library from an international partnership of libraries. ILL is a valuable resource for faculty conducting specialized research. ILL provides electronic delivery of articles to best serve users. Students, faculty, and staff can make interlibrary loan requests from the Library??s website.

Books not available via the Library??s print or electronic collections or through LINK+ may be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Articles not available via the Library??s electronic or print collections may also be requested through ILL. The Library provides this service at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. Interlibrary Loan requests may be made online from the Library??s website. Call the ILL office at 667-3236 (on-campus extension 3236) for more information or go to http://library.csustan.edu/interlibraryloan

Requesting Purchase of Materials for the Library Collection

The Library allocates funds to each academic department to develop the Library collection. A faculty member who wishes to request the purchase of library materials should consult his or her department??s Library Representative concerning procedures. Questions that cannot be resolved at the departmental level should be directed to the office of the Dean of Library Services at 667-3232 (on-campus extension 3232).

CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Library Access Center

The CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Library Access Center (LAC) is located in the Acacia building on the Stockton campus. Circulating materials from the University Library can be delivered on request to the LAC via courier service in two to three working days. In addition, the LAC provides access to course reserves and ILL materials. Computers within the LAC offer access to Library databases, online catalogs, and the Internet. For more information, call 664-4410 (on-campus extension 4410).

University Archives & Special Collections

The University Archives is a repository for materials concerning the history of California State University Stanislaus and includes documentation in the form of press releases, newsletters, catalogs, photographs, the student newspaper The Signal, campus yearbooks, local newspaper articles, and other ephemera from the various campus entities. The Library also houses a Special Collections unit that contains a variety of collections of local and regional interest. Notable collections include the Sayad Assyrian collection, the Dias Photographic collection, Assemblyman Winton??s legislative papers, and a City and County Historical Documents collection (primarily Stanislaus County). The Library also holds a rare book collection that features a representative collection of California fine printing. Please call 664-6538 (on-campus extension 6538) or email specialcollections@library.csustan.edu for inquiries or to arrange a special consultation appointment.

Office of Information Technology

(www.csustan.edu/oit)

CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center

The university operates a branch in Stockton to serve the needs of San Joaquin County residents. Functioning as an upper-division and graduate campus, the facility makes use of live instruction, distance-learning technologies, computer labs, a Library Access Center, bookstore, student lounge, exercise room, student information center, and health services. Classes are taught by resident faculty as well as by faculty from the Turlock campus. Courses taught at the Stockton Center are counted as part of the normal workload for Stanislaus faculty.

Office of Information Technology

(www.csustan.edu/oit)

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides a broad range of technology services to faculty, students and staff. The Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer reports to the Vice President of Business and Finance and holds university-wide responsibility for providing leadership for all aspects of campus information technology including academic, instructional and administrative technologies and their associated supporting infrastructure and services.

OIT services to the faculty include:

Instructional Computing Support Labs

OIT operates eight computer laboratories for instructional support. All labs are for student use and support both Windows and Mac OS operating systems. In addition, there are two open labs (L145 and N201) and the Library Collaboratory in which no classes are scheduled. Details on the hardware and software available in the labs can be found at http://www.csustan.edu/oit/ClientServices/ComputerLabs/

Office Computers

If your office does not have the computer equipment necessary for your instruction and research, please discuss the needs with your department chair. Please note that university-provided computing systems must be used in accordance with policies that are available for review on the OIT web site.

Phone and network connections

Most Offices on campus are cabled for a minimum of one telephone and one data/network connection. If this is not the case, or you need more services, please contact the OIT Help Desk in L150, call Ext. 3687 or e-mail HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu

Technology support

The Office of Information Technology provides centralized technical support for university owned computer equipment, computer labs, classroom and media equipment, and related services. Our centralized and consolidated Help Desk located in L150 provides support for technology on campus. You can reach the Help Desk at Ext. 3687 or via e-mail at HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu. When classes are in session, the Help Desk is open M-Th 7:30 AM - 8 PM and Fridays 7:30 AM - 5 PM. When classes are not in session the Help Desk is open M-F 8 AM - 5 PM.

Other helpful documents are also available under Publications at http://www.csustan.edu/oit/Publications.html

Instructional Design & Multimedia Digital Services for Faculty

Learning Services offers pedagogical and technical assistance to faculty in the systematic design, development, and application of multimedia, digital technology to instruction and are a valuable resource for navigating the waters of technological, ADA accessibility, and copyright issues. Scanning photos and documents, CD &DVD recording, locating illustrations, handling international standard video playback, providing training and assistance with Blackboard and lecture-capture, building fully-online courses, PowerPoint, file format conversions, and digital video editing are some of the most frequently requested services. There is also a limited library of software and hardware that faculty may use on their own in the Learning Services location. Please call 667-6511 to discuss your instructional needs. www.csustan.edu/oit/LearningServices

Televised Distance Learning

CSU Stanislaus has classrooms reserved for courses transmitted by video conferencing over the Internet - three in Turlock (DBH-150) and three at the Stockton campus. Some courses can be transmitted over cable television to the Turlock community. Lectures and presentations can be archived and made available for student review over the Internet via MediaSite, our streaming video service.

Faculty offer many upper division general education courses as well as courses in a variety of majors via distance learning. Staff is available to assist instructors with the pedagogical and technological transition to teaching both televised and web-based courses. These offerings extend higher education to community members in our six county service area who, because of work, childcare, or distance, may not be able to attend classes on the Turlock campus or during traditional hours. Staff can be contacted at 667-3171 or www.csustan.edu/oit/LearningServices

Media Production
To enhance and serve the needs of course instruction, the Learning Services department of OIT has a video production facility and is able to create video content and capture lectures for faculty. Staff is available to consult on and assist in creative aspects of productions whether simple or complex. Finished media productions and resources can be delivered to their target audiences by DVD, digital file, or on the Internet via streaming video. A local cablecast channel can also show programming to both the campus and the Turlock community. Satellite-delivered content (such as conferences and special programming) can be downloaded and recorded. Please call staff at x3171 to discuss your needs.

Classroom Technology

All scheduled classrooms are "smart" rooms and have projectors, sound systems, DVD and VHS players. Laptop computers or other digital devices can be connected to the systems via the "Smart Box" located in the front of the classrooms. For assistance with this equipment, please contact the OIT Help Desk in L150, call x3687 or e-mail HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu

Reservation of Equipment and Materials for Classroom Delivery

Requests for equipment should be made by contacting the OIT Help Desk in L150, calling Ext. 3687, or e-mailing HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu

Orders must be received by 12:00 PM on the business day before it is needed. Equipment will be delivered to the classroom and set up by staff prior to the time request. Upon request, the staff will demonstrate the operation of equipment for faculty and staff members.

Check-out of Equipment and Materials

Media equipment including laptops, projectors, tape recorders, etc. is available for check out to faculty for instructional use, with priority given to scheduled credit classes. Equipment is available to faculty for classroom use. Requests for equipment to be checked out should contact the OIT Help Desk in L150, call Ext. 3687 or e-mail HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu at least one working day (24 hours) prior to the time needed. Requests with less lead time can be accommodated if the equipment is available. The borrower can pick up equipment from and return it to the, OIT HelpDesk in L150.

Equipment Problems with Classroom Equipment (Installed or Delivered)

Staff is available to demonstrate classroom equipment to faculty. Any equipment that fails to operate properly should be reported as soon as possible by contacting the OIT Help Desk in L150, calling Ext. 3687 or e-mailing HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu.

A replacement will be provided as quickly as possible. Faculty assistance in alerting the OIT staff of malfunctioning equipment is important in helping in to keep the equipment in working condition. To conserve power and lamp life, we ask that faculty turn off all equipment at the end of their classes.

Videotape Services

DVDs and videocassette tapes may be duplicated if the request can be satisfied under copyright rules, as determined by Learning Services. There is a nominal materials charge for duplication.

VHS videotapes and DVDs from countries on different video standards can be viewed by appointment with Learning Services. Foreign standard tapes are subject to the same copyright restrictions as that of commercially produced domestic tapers.

Exam Scoring

ScanTron machines for scoring exams are located in Physical Education (FH100A), Bizzini Hall (C134C), the Naraghi Hall (N324A), the Stockton Center and Demergasso-Bava Hall (P149). Student answer forms and faculty key forms are available for purchase in the bookstore. Item analysis forms for faculty are provided by OIT and usually are available in the Scantron machine rooms. For additional forms please contact the OIT Help Desk at 667-3687 or e-mail HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu

Web-Based Learning Management System

Blackboard is the web-based learning management system adopted by the campus. It is a powerful, secure, and easy-to-use method of enhancing teaching and learning by giving instructors the ability to post course content, communicate with students, administer tests and surveys, and manage grades online.

Blackboard effectively supplements classroom (incl. televised courses) and hybrid courses, as well as facilitating the complete delivery of fully online courses. A large number of resources and tutorials for both faculty and students are available on the Blackboard login page: www.csustan.edu/blackboard/HelpPage.html For information about and assistance with using Blackboard in your courses, call 667??3898.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a complex, problematic issue for students, faculty, and even skilled researchers. Faculty can help students foster good research skills and methods, and reduce plagiarizing by providing examples of primary and secondary sources and by offering practice activities to summarize, paraphrase, and cite works correctly. Most references, such as the MLA Handbook, provide detailed analyses of appropriate and inappropriate uses of source material. Requiring a bibliography, notes, and several drafts before submitting the final version also helps reduce the possibilities of plagiarism. In addition, the CSU System has a license agreement with TurnItIn.com (TII), a web-based system to assist faculty with identifying plagiarism from sources both on the Internet and in TII??s growing database of digital sources. For more information about TII, creating an account, and using it, call 667-3898.

http://www.library.csustan.edu/lboyer/plagiarism

http://www.library.csustan.edu/gorenstein/helpguides/plagiarism.htm

http://plagiarism.org

http://turnitin.com

Computer Etiquette

The rules of student discipline apply consistently. This includes the use of computers. Hacking and other misuses of computers should not be tolerated. For confidential advice on how to deal with the misuse of computers, contact Fernando Beltran at Ext. 3304

Phone and Network Connections

Most Offices on campus are cabled for a minimum of one telephone and one data/network connection. If this is not the case, or you need more services, please contact the OIT Help Desk in L150, call Ext. 3687 or e-mail HelpDesk@CSUStan.edu

Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center is located in the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center (JSRFDC). The center is dedicated to building a learning-centered community, and to improving student learning by supporting faculty in ways that make teaching a more satisfying and productive activity. The center was founded in fall of 1998 to consolidate and expend the range of faculty development services offered on campus.

The Center houses a Teaching and Learning Resource Center with books, periodicals, and videotapes on a range of teaching and learning topics and a knowledgeable staff for consultations regarding teaching, assessment, and other related professional development issues. The Center also provides services such as videotaping of classes, workshops, institutes, and programs. Whatever your question, from constructing a syllabus to improving students?? motivation, feel free to drop by the Center and browse through the resource materials and/or talk with the staff. The Center is dedicated to supporting your efforts to be as innovative and creative as possible in your teaching. If you would like to see the Center develop other services or programs, please call Ext. 3216.

Bookstore

The Bookstore is operated by contract with Barnes & Noble. You can contact bookstore staff at 667-3161 or via the bookstore web site at www.csustan.edu/bookstore/ The Bookstore website is accessible via the CSU Stanislaus homepage, A-Z Directory, Bookstore. Visit the bookstore website and see what special services are offered faculty on the ??Faculty Services? pages:

  • Online Textbook Adoptions
  • Faculty Center Network: quick access to extensive textbook information, request desk copies, and features like subject ranking and book usage data.
  • Textbook Information
  • Additional Services: special orders, specific supplies.

The Bookstore can be contacted at Ext. 3161.

The Campus Bookstore sells the textbooks and course materials required for classes. The Bookstore also carries general fiction and nonfiction books, reference texts, stationery items, college spirit clothing, health and beauty aids and other items. A percentage of the revenue generated by purchases at the bookstore goes back to the university to support various academic programs and scholarships.

 

Desk Copies

The Bookstore does not order desk copies, however, it sends desk copy forms to your department and keeps a supply at the store. You can also write publishers directly using college or department letterhead. Addresses are available in the National Association of College Stores Directory of Publishers, available at The Bookstore, or in ??Books in Print,? available at the bookstore and the library. Bookstore staff members are happy to provide additional help for ordering desk copies.

Other Services

The Bookstore carries a full selection of books by campus authors and can arrange book signings and prepublication receptions. The bookstore can prepare bibliographies for classes you are teaching or for academic research purposes. Bibliographies are drawn from national lists of best-selling titles in your area of study. The bookstore can order any book in print, free of delivery or service charge, and can acquire books published by foreign presses. The bookstore also offers gift certificates.

Clerical-Secretarial Assistance

Departments vary in the amount and nature of the assistance staff can provide faculty in preparing class materials. While many departments do not provide typing or computer services, most department staff makes photocopies from camera-ready copy, order texts and instructional supplies, and handles classrooms changes.

Check with your chair for more information on how photocopying and other instructionally related tasks are handled within your department.

Student Assistants-Graders

Funding may be available for students to help you with grading papers or handling certain types of activities or assignments. If you have very large classes or have special need for assistance, check with your department chair for the types of help available.

Reprographic Services

A reprographics guide with services available can be obtained upon request. Reprographics is located in MSR 010 (Mary Stuart Rogers Building) for your printing, copying, and bindery needs. Copy machines are located around campus and can be accessed by copy card. To obtain a copy card, contact your department to see if one is available. To obtain a new card, contact Reprographics at Ext. 3013.

Photocopy Machines

Photocopy machines are generally available for your use in the departments. Check with the department chair and secretary to find out specific office policy. Coin-operated copy machines are located upstairs in the Vasche Library. You will generally need a copy card to run these machines. These machines are maintained by Reprographics, Ext 3013.