Teaching Resource Center

Welcome to the Teaching Resource Center!

As the incoming director for the Center, I wanted to share some of my vision for what the TRC can be.  The TRC provides professional development support around teaching and learning—regardless of your level of teaching experience or faculty appointment type. You can find workshops, institutes, faculty learning communities and programs to introduce you to new teaching ideas, techniques, technologies, and to provide ongoing professional development around specific topics.  You can also get support through our grant programs to attend teaching, learning, and assessment conferences or to develop or re-tool a course to include best practices, use new techniques (like flipping the classroom), or change the format from face-to-face to online or hybrid.

The TRC is an important partner in advancing CSUSB’s teaching mission. The Center partners with other entities on campus to provide faculty with resources to address major campus and system initiatives, such as the Quarter to Semester Conversion (Q2S), the new General Education program (GE2020), and the system’s graduation initiative (GI2025), among others. The TRC also supports faculty to pursue their more individualized professional development goals through its programming, learning communities, and grants.

As a person passionate about good teaching and student learning, I can think of no better job on campus than to work with our faculty who share that same passion, and support them in their continuous journey to do better for our students. I’m looking forward to working with all of you in this new role.

Jo Anna Grant

Director, TRC

Mission Statement

Established in 1996 for CSUSB faculty, the Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is dedicated to promoting and advancing effective, innovative instruction and the scholarship of teaching and learning through its programs and resources. 

The Faculty Senate Policy 871.4 guides the TRC's mission.

TRC Fall 2018-19 Events

Strategies for University Learning
TSSA grant recipients from 2017-18 will share with colleagues what was learned at conferences, along with what worked in the classroom, and what didn’t. A light lunch will be provided.
Winter Date and Time- Wednesday, Febuary 13, Noon-1:00 pm
Spring Date and Time- Wednesday, May 08, Noon-1:00 pm
Location- PL-4005A, FCE

Teaching and Learning with e-Portfolios: Portfolium
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the workshop above has been cancelled. A notification will be sent when a new date has been scheduled.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Teaching Academy: Theatre Methods for Activating Material and Engaging Students
All faculty and graduate student teachers are invited to join Professor Johanna Smith from Theatre Arts to explore fun and useful techniques that are guaranteed to engage CSUSB students in meaningful ways.  This workshop will showcase a variety of methods that can be easily applied across disciplines in large classrooms as well as small ones. Food and drinks will be provided. We hope to see you there.
Date and Time- Wednesday, November 07, 12:30-2 pm
Location- ​​​​​​​PL-4005A, FCE

*To register for TRC events, please visit this link

Workshop: Creating accessible instructional materials with Bb Ally
Blackboard Ally is an awareness tool that help faculty create a more inclusive environment by offering accessibility recommendations for Blackboard courses. The tool integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, the campus learning management system. Using Ally, instructors can see a dashboard that provides insights into the accessibility level of their course material, as well as suggestions on remediation and alternative formats. In addition, the Ally tool can automatically generate alternate electronic formats of course materials, including electronic braille, that help create an inclusive environment for all students and various styles of learning. The institutional reports produced by Ally offer a basis for strategic efforts to implement accessibility best practices at institutional level and to advance the GI2025 initiative.
This workshop will cover:
- Ally overview for instructors and Q & A
- CSUSB’s current document remediation process
- Faculty development activities
All faculty are invited to attend!
Date and Time- Monday, October 29th, 2:40-3:50 pm
Location- PL-4005, FCE

Special Announcement

The Teaching Resource Center is pleased to announce its official support for Doctoral & Graduate Students! All are welcome to join our professional development groups, guest speaker events and weekly workshops. Please stop by PL-4005 at the Faculty Center for Excellence to visit us and we look forward to having you!

Instructional Quality Committee, 2018-19 Members

  • Lisa Bartle, Library 2017-2019 
  • VACANT, College of Education 2017-2019
  • David Maynard, Natural Sciences 2017-2019
  • Monty Van Wart, Business & Public Administration, 2018-2020
  • Mihaela Popescu, Arts & Letters, 2018-2020
  • John Reitzel, Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2018-2020
  • Rafik Mohamed, Dean Social & Behavioral Science
  • Clare Weber, Deputy Provost & Vice Provost Academic Programs, Ex-officio
  • Jo Anna Grant, Director, Teaching Resource Center Ex-officio
  • Craig Seal, Undergraduate Studies Rep Ex-officio
  • Dorota Huizinga, Associate Provost for Academic Research/Graduate Studies, Ex-officio

Instructional Quality Committee, Duties

This committee, in conjunction with the Teaching Resource Center, shall study and provide recommendations to the Senate concerning the maintenance of instructional quality, and the systematic review of Instructional Quality Evaluation, and teaching excellence at the University, especially in an environment of rapid growth.

The duties shall also include serving as advisory committee to the Director of the Teaching Resource Center, allocating available funds and encouraging activities in areas such as workshops on instructional improvement, instructional consultation services, innovation in teaching, and curriculum development.