Academic Technology Services - Identifying, Advancing and Supporting your Academic Technology Initiatives

Sharing Exemplary Educational Practices

Academic programs have access to exemplary educational practices to improve student learning and to reduce costs.

Sharing exemplary educational practices include participating in communities of practice, learning and adopting effective pedagogical strategies, discovering methods for implementing academic technology effectively and recognizing exemplary practices can be achieved through the following ATS products and services.

Here's a snapshot:

  • Learning Management System (LMS) Best Practices
  • Accessibility Best Practices
  • Transforming Course Design (TCD) Project Underway
  • Single Search for all CSU Online Degree Programs
  • Over 42,000 Visitors per Year to Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)

ATS Resource Description

Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI)

Accessible Technology

Discover the guidelines for procurement, web accessibility, instructional materials and training to meet the Accessible Technology goals of the CSU.
Course Redesign Course Redesign continues to focus on high-enrollment general education courses, with instructors sharing their quality instructional practices to increasingly meet the needs of CSU students. Instructional strategies include fully online, hybrid, flipped, supplemental instruction services and technology-enhanced delivery methods.
Online Degree Programs Discover all online BA/BS, MA/MS and credential degree programs offered across the CSU system.
Teaching Commons: ePortfolio Provides web-based guidelines, resources and tools for planning and implementing the use of e-portfolios in the CSU.
CSU-MERLOT Mobile Learning Portal Provides a library of strategies and plans for using mobile devices and apps in teaching and learning, a library of faculty development "best practices" for faculty and staff to design and use mobile app, and a library of mobile apps designed and used for educational purposes.
MERLOT Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) Provides FREE online journal of peer reviewed research and case studies on the effective use of Academic Technology in teaching and learning.
MERLOT Pedagogy Portal Provides a collection of online resources concerning teaching strategies, learners and learning theory, instructional design, teaching challenges, assessment and evaluation.
Mobile Apps MERLOT (maMERLOT)

Provides a FREE, open online collection of over 4,000 downloadable mobile apps for iOS (Apple), Android, and Windows smart-phones and tablets. maMERLOT also connects users to an open online community of learners and teachers from around the world.

MERLOT Communities Provides a collection of over 20 disciplined based portals for sharing teaching strategies, learning materials, links to professional development resources beyond MERLOT and showcasing exemplary online resources.
MERLOT ELIXR Provides a discipline oriented web-based resource that illustrates exemplary teaching practices and inspires faculty to adopt those practices.
Teaching Commons: BioCompass Provides the CSU Gateway to Biotechnology Education & Resources in the Greater Los Angeles region.
CSU Libraries Network

The 23 libraries in the California State University system are a network, led by the Council of Library Deans (COLD), with support of the Systemwide Digital Library Department (SDLD).


The California State University wants to give students access to online courses available across the CSU system with the goal of expanding enrollment opportunities.

Quality Assurance As CSU campuses offer additional blended and online courses, it is critical to define quality online teaching and learning, as well as to determine how to assess it and make desired improvements. In commitment to quality, the CSU offers multiples services and resources to faculty and students.

The three State of California Higher Education Systems are working together to provide easy access to quality FREE and OPEN eTextbooks that everyone and anyone can use for teaching and learning.