It’s hard to believe, but fall semester is right around the corner. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) team hopes that you had a wonderful summer and are ready for a fantastic semester.
Today, we have information about upcoming events, resources, and faculty development opportunities that can help get your semester off to a great start:
First, remember that this Wednesday and Thursday (8/21-8/22) are faculty development days. The full schedule has been posted on the Intranet, so you can check out in advance which breakout sessions you want to attend. There are sessions on everything from campus safety to assessment, and pretty much everything in between.
- If you weren’t able to participate in the Teaching Circles program last year or attend the summer faculty reading groups, there are sessions that can catch you up.
- There are sessions hosted by the faculty who participated in the “We Teach” course this summer on online learning if you are looking to improve your own online teaching skills.
- We are also very excited to try a new kind of breakout session–department tours! You will have the chance to visit the biology, art, and world languages departments and learn more about what your colleagues in those departments do.
There’s something for everyone!
Normandale has a new Student Resource Center in A2530, which is able to help students meet basic needs such as housing, food, childcare, and transportation. More information about this center is available here. Information about this and other resources for students is compiled each semester by CTL; feel free to use this Campus Resources sheet as part of your syllabus!
We have posted this Campus Resource sheet, along with several new resources that you might find helpful, on the CTL D2L page. If you don’t have access to the page and would like it, please email Jen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will add you. Here are the resources that have been updated recently:
- The Campus Resources page that can be included as part of your syllabus.
- Recording of the “D2L Pro-Tips webinar series” that took place over the summer.
- The PowerPoint that deans show to new faculty during orientation. This, along with other resources in that module, can be a helpful review for long-time faculty as well!
There is a last-minute spot that has become available in the Engaged Citizens Teaching Circle for 2019-2020. This group will work to find ways to enhance your course with activities, assignments, discussions, etc., which will increase student’s knowledge and/or experience in their role as civically responsible adults. Your group will get to choose a focus within this broad category. This group is intended for courses where this is not already inherently a part the subject matter, but rather the work of this group will be to extend existing subject matter in your course to such applications. If you are interested, please contact Ruth Robinson (email@example.com) ASAP!
The MN/IA Campus Compact is hosting an Engaged Faculty Institute on Jan. 8th and 9th in the Twin Cities to support faculty in designing or redesigning a course to have a community-engaged (aka service-learning) component. The Campus Compact is a professional organization that supports colleges in their community and civic engagement efforts. Normandale can send 2-4 faculty, along with a community partner for each. The Center for Experiential Education could cover the cost. If you are interested please email Paige Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org); the program needs RSVPs by early September.
Last but not least, just a reminder that our CTL structure has changed from last year. We will be talking more about this during the development days, but for now, here are a quick overview of some of the major changes:
- We are no longer regularly scheduling CTL programming on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Instead, that time can be used by departments for the work of faculty development and assessment specific to their own departments.
- Instead of having department and division CTL and assessment leaders, that funding is now available to departments to use to bring in speakers, host training events, hold assessment retreats, and the like.
We hope these changes will enable departments to get the faculty development and assessment help that is specific to their department. If you have any questions, please email a member of the CTL team:
Jen Miller, CTL Leader: Faculty Development Coordinator
Kathleen Coate, CTL Leader: D2L/Online Learning Trainer
Betsy Longley, CTL Leader: Assessment Coordinator
We look forward to seeing you in a few days! Welcome back 🙂