New CIC Assistant Director: Jacki Fiscus

Hello CIC instructors and teaching with technology fans!  My name is Jacki Fiscus, and I am the new CIC Assistant Director (AD).  I am very excited to be working with all of you!  I’ll use this first blog post as a way of introducing myself and reminding us (or telling newcomers for the first time) what my role is and how I can assist those interested.

For those of you that did not know, Ann completed her AD term last quarter and now is back to teaching (in the CIC — no surprise!), and my term will run for the next year.  (So yes, as many of you have already asked, I’m “the new Ann.”  I am honored to be following in her footsteps.)

To get in touch with me, feel free to email me ( or find me on Twitter (@jackifiscus).

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A little about me: I’m a PhD student who focuses on english language studies and composition.  I am particularly interested in language ideologies, sociolinguistics, and multimodal composition.  In the last couple of years, I have taught English 108, 121, and 131, a lot of which were hosted in the CIC.  The CIC is my favorite place to teach on campus because I enjoy the way the space naturally decentralizes the classroom power dynamic, shifting the energy and focus of students onto one another.  The CIC is an excellent place to utilize technology productively while also playing with student-centered and activity-based pedagogy.  If you are at all interested in project-based learning, flipping the classroom, or group work more generally, I would love to brainstorm lesson plans or assignment sequences with you.  In particular, I have experience with guiding students through multimodal projects of their own choosing, so do contact me if you would like to give me insight into your best practices, swap stories, or brainstorm how to design a project that gives students a chance to respond to exigencies of their choosing.

For those of you who are regularly teaching in the CIC this quarter, know that I’m always on campus during your scheduled lab times.  Please call me or text me if you need my immediate assistance in your classroom.  Know that I can always come assist you with introducing new technology or trouble-shoot with you when technology malfunctions.  Most importantly, I am here to help you via doing observations, brainstorming ideas for your classes, working through any interesting classroom dynamics, or anything else you might need.  Email me if you would like to make an appointment to chat about all things CIC, teaching in general, or whatever you think I could help you with.

And for those of you that are not regularly scheduled in the CIC, remember that you can (and really should!) request a CIC lab for your class by emailing me.  Of course these labs are a great space to introduce portfolios, but I encourage everyone to try using a lab for another lesson as well, particularly one where you want students to interact in groups or with a certain technology.  I can also come to your classroom to help introduce a new technology to your students.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Like Ann, I will be using this blog space to post about teaching with technology tips and general information.  Please use the comment box below if you have any special topics you would like to see addressed.

Troubleshooting Display Problems

We hope all of your classes in the CIC are going well!

This week, we’ve had a couple of questions about what to do if the Instructor Station computer screen does not match the display on the flat-screen. Usually, this happens because the instructor computer automatically opens all PowerPoint presentations in “presenter mode,” which leaves the display screen empty after the presentation is closed.

The good news is… there’s an easy fix!

If this happens during your class, press the Windows button + the P key.


From there, select “Duplicate” from the menu on the right. This will ensure that the display matches the instructor screen.


If for any reason this doesn’t help, try restoring the computer to its default settings by signing off and letting it reboot. To do this, right-click on the Windows icon and select “Shut down or sign out,” and then “Sign out.”

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We hope this helps! As usual, please don’t hesitate to ask Kimberlee or Tesla if you have any questions or would like to talk about the new technology.


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